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The Call of Cthulu and Other Weird Tales

The Call of Cthulu and Other Weird Tales

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By (author) Howard Phillips Lovecraft

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 38mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099528487
  • ISBN 13: 9780099528487
  • Sales rank: 69,879

Product description

Between these pages you will find things that lurk, things that scurry in the walls, things that move unseen, things that have learnt to walk that ought to crawl, unfathomable blackness, unconquerable evil, inhuman impulses, abnormal bodies, ancient rites, nameless lands best left undiscovered, thoughts best left unspoken, doors best left closed, names best forgotten. You have been warned.

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Author information

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island on August 20, 1890. His father, a traveling salesman, suffered a nervous breakdown three years later and was hospitalised until his death in 1898, from a form of syphilis. Lovecraft's family experienced financial difficulties after the death of his grandfather in 1904, and the shame of this deeply affected the young writer. His relationship with his mother was severely troubled, and she was also hospitalised after a nervous breakdown in 1919. After a brief marriage and a period living in Brooklyn where he first began publishing his stories in the magazine Weird Tales, Lovecraft returned to Providence where he continued to write stories, and supported himself through ghost-writing. He continued to be plagued by money problems, and died in relative poverty on March 15, 1937. His numerous stories, novellas and poem were never collected and properly published during his lifetime.

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"The twentieth century horror story's dark and baroque prince" -- Stephen King "Dark, weird tales about tentacled beasts, ancient artifacts that ooze unidentifiable slime and baby-eating cultists eager to bring about the end of the world" New York Times "Lovecraft found a voice that was profoundly his own -- and brought horror into the 20th century. His best stories sent the gothic into collision with science fiction and offered a bleak vision of a world whose thin veneer of civilization was being stripped away by an implacable zeal for knowledge" Washington Post "The founding father of what has become known as "weird fiction"...Lovecraft has nothing in common with Anita Brookner" Daily Telegraph

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'The twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale' Stephen King Between these pages you will find things that lurk, things that scurry in the walls, things that slither unseen, things that have learnt to walk that ought to crawl, unfathomable blackness, unconquerable evil, inhuman impulses, abnormal bodies, ancient rites, nameless lands best left undiscovered, thoughts best left unspoken, doors best left closed, names best forgotten. You have been warned. See also: Journey to the Centre of the Earth