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The Call of Cthulhu : And Other Weird Stories

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Collecting uniquely uncanny tales from the master of American horror, H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories is edited with an introduction and notes by S.T. Joshi in Penguin Modern Classics. Credited with inventing the modern horror tradition, H.P. Lovecraft remade the genre in the early twentieth century. Discarding ghosts and witches, and instead envisaging mankind at the mercy of a chaotic and malevolent universe, Lovecraft's unique works would prove to be a huge influence on modern horror writers such as Stephen King. This selection of short stories ranges from early tales of nightmares and insanity such as 'The Outsider' and 'The Rats in the Walls' through the grotesquely comic 'Herbert West - Reanimator' and 'The Hound', to the extraterrestrial terror of 'The Call of Cthulhu', which fuses traditional supernaturalism with science fiction. Including the definitive corrected texts, this collection reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerising narrative style and establishes him as a hugely influential - and visionary - American writer. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), born in Providence, Rhode Island was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales starting in 1923. If you enjoyed The Call of Cthulhu, you might also like Arthur Machen's The White People and Other Weird Stories, available in Penguin Classics. 'The twentieth century horror story's dark and baroque prince' Stephen Kingshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 322.05g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141187069
  • 9780141187068
  • 9,274

About H. P. Lovecraft

Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1890, Lovecraft was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in Weird Tales starting in 1923. He died in 1937.show more

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Like many people I read Lovecraft as a teenager. Like many I stopped reading him in my late teens, feeling too sophisticated for his curious prose style. However, after reading two authors, Thomas Ligotti and Jorge Luis Borges, I thought it might be worth re-reading Lovecraft. This book shows me that there is a lot I missed as a teenager. Lovecraft was a voracious reader, and this bonded with his profound imagination. His style at its best has a curious blend of scientific and antiquarian vocabulary which makes it highly fascinating. This volume contains three of his most memorable stories: the title tale and The Festival and The Haunter in the Dark as well as many other excellent tales. It is true that his style is far from that which literary critics admire, but it is still highly enjoyable (and whether by accident or design often very funny).show more
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