- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Hardback | 896 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 239mm x 58mm | 1,324g
- Publication date: 1 June 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0575081562
- ISBN 13: 9780575081567
- Edition statement: Commemorative ed.
- Sales rank: 2,592
WIKIPEDIA says: 'H.P. Lovecraft's reputation has grown tremendously over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, exerting an influence that is widespread, though often indirect.' H.P. Lovecraft's tales of the tentacled Elder God Cthulhu and his pantheon of alien deities were initially written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s. These astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published. This handsome leatherbound tome collects together the very best of Lovecraft's tales of terror, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were originally published. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, as well as being a must-buy for those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive, highly attractive volume.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) is probably the most important and influential author of supernatural fiction of the 20th century. A life-long resident of Providence, R.I., many of his tales are set in the fear-haunted towns of an imaginary area of Massachusetts, or in the cosmic vistas that exist beyond space and time. Since his untimely death, he has become acknowledged as a master of fantasy fiction, and a mainstream American writer second only to Edgar Allan Poe, while his relatively small body of work has influenced countless imitators and formed the basis of a world-wide industry of books, games and movies based on his concepts. Stephen Jones has 100 books to his name as writer or editor, and dozens of awards in the horror and dark fantasy fields. He is is one of Britain's most acclaimed authorities on horror fiction and film.
By Carly Nicholas 14 Nov 2013
H.P Lovecraft is a horror/sci-fi writer from the 1920's.
He is among one of the greatest writers in the 20th century, some of my other favourites are Edgar Allan Poe and May Shelley.
I have read all the stories in the book, but i'm still reading the information about the Author, because it's really long..
So my favourite stories were:
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Cats of Ulthar
The Music of Erich Zann
The Rats in the wall
Call of Cthulhu
The Shunned House
The Dunwich Horror
The Dreams in the Witch-House
The Shadow over Innsmouth
The thing on the doorstep
The case of Charles Dexter Ward
To a Dreamer (Poem)
My Least favourite stories:
The Lurking Fear
The Doom that came to Sarnath
The Nameless City
Under the Pyramids
In the Vault
The horror at Red Hook
The Colour out of space
The Silver Key
The Whisperer in the darkness
The Strange High House in the Mist
Through the gates of the Silver Key (With E.Hoffmann Price)
At the mountains of madness
The Shadow out of time
The Haunter of the dark
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
I really liked all of these stories in particular, because they were entertaining, and creepy.
Most of the time, I read these stories really late at night, when it was quiet. I couldn't sleep after reading some of these stories. Since H.P. Lovecraft had strange and vivid dreams, that's where he got the inspiration for his stories, but he was possibly mentally ill. He was an intelligent, quiet, shy introvert, some people may of thought of him as a father figure or teacher.
To be honest I much preferred the horror stories more than the sci-fi stories because they were to the point, and creepy. The sci-fi stories were incredibly detailed, but to the point that it distracted you with laborious details, that I was confused by. If the stories were more about horrible things happening to the protagonist, than going into great detail about an ancient civilization that I've never heard or don't understand how to even pronoun their name, then I would have been happy to read them. However, because there was so much attention to every single detail, or what an ancient long since dead creature would look like, it took me a lot longer to read some of these stories. In the mountains of madness, would be a good example. Due to the attention to detail in the sci-fi stories, I found it incredibly boring to read some of these stories, and was glad once I reached the end of the story. If you are like me and would like to read the horror stories first, then I recommend that you read the stories that I listed above. You will not be disappointed.
However if you are more of a sci-fi fan, then by all means, read the rest of the stories that I have mentioned as my least favourite above. I would recommend this to horror and sci-fi fans, although I personally didn't like all the stories, due to the attention to detail, it made reading some of the stories to read, very tiring. Some of the stories in my opinion, once I read them were not very memorable, I preferred reading some of the more obvious, creepy and disturbing stories. This book, might not be for everyone however, since the author wrote these stories in the 19th century, so the language and vocabulary are unlike anything that I am used to, so I had to look up what certain words mean, because I didn't always understand what they meant, or how to pronoun them. This book is perfect, if you have a lot of spare time, since it will take you months to read it all, this book is not for the faint of heart, some people might be disturbed by the subject matter of the stories. The Cats of Ulthar is violent, the animals are harmed, so some people might be offended by this for example.
"You need to read him--he's where the darkness starts." --"Neil Gaiman"