The Horror in the Museum: Collected Short StoriesPaperback Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural
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- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 28mm | 322g
- Publication date: 5 January 2010
- Publication City/Country: Herts
- ISBN 10: 1840226420
- ISBN 13: 9781840226423
- Sales rank: 43,474
My eyes, perversely shaken open, gazed for an instant upon a sight which no human creature could even imagine without panic, fear and physical exhaustion...' A wax museum in London boasts a new exhibit, which no man has seen and remained sane...A businessman is trapped in a train carriage with a madman who claims to have created a new and efficient method of capital punishment...A doctor plans a horrible revenge, using as his murder weapon an insect believed capable of consuming the human soul...Within these pages, some of H P Lovecraft's more obscure works of horror and science fiction can be found, including several fantastic tales from his celebrated Cthulhu Mythos. No true Lovecraft aficionado dare be without this volume. The majority of the stories in this edition appeared previously in The Loved Dead (ISBN 9781840226225)
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By Gregor Matheson 16 Feb 2012
HP Lovecraft was an author of genius, but his brain for business was not quite so acute. This resulted in his performing revision work for other authors, which often paid better than his original stories. Which resulted in this book.
Whilst some of the stories are weak and some downright poor, this is worth having for those that work: The Curse of Yig, The Mound and others. Lovecraft essentially took some concepts and fleshed them out with his fascinating style.
Whilst some may be disappointing that Lovecraft is diluted slightly here, I would say that it also made him more adventurous and there is a geographical and thematic diversity not seen in his other anthologies.