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    Description'Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men. A time will come - but I must not and cannot think!' H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a reclusive scribbler of horror stories for the American pulp magazines that specialized in Gothic and science fiction in the interwar years. He often published in Weird Tales and has since become the key figure in the slippery genre of 'weird fiction'. Lovecraft developed an extraordinary vision of feeble men driven to the edge of sanity by glimpses of malign beings that have survived from human prehistory or by malevolent extra-terrestrial visitations. The ornate language of his stories builds towards grotesque moments of revelation, quite unlike any other writer. This new selection brings together nine of his classic tales, focusing on the 'Cthulhu Mythos', a cycle of stories that develops the mythology of the Old Ones, the monstrous creatures who predate human life on earth. It includes the Introduction from Lovecraft's critical essay, 'Supernatural Horror in Literature', in which he gave his own important definition of 'weird fiction'. In a fascinating contextual introduction, Roger Luckhurst gives Lovecraft the attention he deserves as a writer who used pulp fiction to explore a remarkable philosophy that shockingly dethrones the mastery of man.


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    Title
    The Classic Horror Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) H. P. Lovecraft, Edited by Roger Luckhurst
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 528
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 754 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199639571
    ISBN 10: 0199639574
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HOR, SST
    BIC subject category V2: FYB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.4
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Libri: AMER3750
    Ingram Subject Code: FO
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
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    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    BIC subject category V2: FLC, FKC
    DC22: 813/.52
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 70
    B&T General Subject: 444
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC015000
    DC23: 813.52
    LC classification: PS3523.O833 A6 2013
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Roger Luckhurst is Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. An expert on science fiction and Gothic literature, he is the author of The Invention of Telepathy, Science Fiction, The Trauma Question, and The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy.
    Review quote
    [Luckhurst] furnishes a satisfyingly wide-ranging introduction that situates Lovecraft's work in relation to his scientific materialist views and his rather chilly stance of "cosmic indifferentism". Julian White, Times Literary Supplement For those interested in Lovecraft but unsure of where to start, this book rolls out the welcome mat. Highly recommended for both new readers and seasoned veterans with an eye toward literary curatorship. Booklist
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; Select Bibliography ; A Chronology of H. P. Lovecraft ; The Horror at Red Hook ; The Call of Cthulhu ; The Colour out of Space ; The Dunwich Horror ; The Whisperer in Darkness ; At the Mountains of Madness ; The Dreams in the Witch House ; The Shadow over Innsmouth ; The Shadow out of Time ; Appendix: from 'Supernatural Horror in Literature' ; Explanatory Notes