The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

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A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror

"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen King

Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and ...

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Overview

A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror

"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen King

Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical- and visionary-American writer.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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To describe it simply, the state of H.P. Lovecraft's works have been a mess since he died in 1937. Copyright disputes and faulty pulp magazine texts have deprived fans of the chance to gain a full sense of this visionary horror author. Thus, this definitive gathering of corrected versions of 30 Lovecraft stories fills a long-felt need. In addition to the title story, the tales in this 448-page collection include "The Outsider," "The Haunter of the Dark," "rates in the Walls," "Pickman's Model," "Herbert West Reanimator," and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep." A major edition of the works of the man Stephen King described as "the 20th century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale."

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Together, these books offer 30 "weird stories" by our nation's greatest horror writer. In addition to the title piece, Cthulhu includes "Rats in the Walls," "Herbert West Reanimator" (the basis of several fun B movies), and "The Haunter of the Dark." The Thing sports such standards as "The Dunwich Horror," "Pickman's Model," and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep." These corrected texts present the definitive versions of each tale. Each volume also contains notes and an introduction by scholar S.T. Joshi. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141182346
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 283,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. Frequent illnesses in his youth disrupted his schooling, but Lovecraft gained a wide knowledge of many subjects through independent reading and study. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction—three short novels and about sixty short stories—has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.

S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale (1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

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Table of Contents

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

Dagon
The Statement of Randolph Carter
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
Celephais
Nyarlathotep
The Picture in the House
The Outsider
Herbert West - Reanimator
The Hound
The Rats in the Walls
The Festival
He
Cool Air
The Call of Cthulhu
The Colour Out of Space
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Haunter of the Dark

Explanatory Notes

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

    The long forgotten craft of wordscape. Truest encapsulation of all that glitters. Lovecraft provides the reader with a multilayered, multifaceted portal into places one is regretful to leave.
    This is horror without the McSplatter. This gives ample pause for nostalgia.
    This one is a keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    Absolute Classic in Horror/Sci-fi literature

    Absolutely amazing. The first book I read of Lovecraft several months back and it sparked my interest of the unknown and horrible things that this man had in mind. Im on my fourth lovecraft book now, and it all began with this one right here. Just utterly remarkable, from the statement of randolph carter to the amazing Call of Cthulhu, this is a must read for those who wish to venture into a new vista of horror that is yet to be surpassed by anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    Highly recommended overview

    Just finished reading this book and again I am amazed at Lovecraft's evolution as a writer. The selections cover Lovecraft's earlier efforts, which are OK, and include quite a bit of his groundbreaking later works like Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Color Out of Space, and the title tale. Lovecraft was among the first to kick out the ghosts and jangling chains of Victorian horror and slowly added science fiction elements into the mix. The result has influenced many writers since. By the way, is it just me or is the movie 'Alien' about as Lovecraftian as a film can get?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    Great

    I came upon Lovecraft's stuff only briefly knowing a little bit about what he wrote about. Bored with 'normal' fantasy books, I decided to give this a go. I am definitely pleased and have a new author to add to my list of favorites. Lovecraft's stuff is not only artistically inspiring--it will probe the boundaries of your imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Truly weird and wonderful

    I enjoyed just about every story in this book, particularly 'The Outsider' (a phenomenally strange prose-poem) and of course 'The Call of Cthulhu', Lovecraft's most famous story. This stuff is imaginative and colorful and, of course, downright creepy. Lovecraft's prose is often criticized for being extravagant, but most of the time here it simply provides an appropriate atmosphere of gothic horror. I'd recommend this book (or just about any Lovecraft anthology) to the curious reader of speculative fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    Call Of The Cthulhu

    As a metallica fan i found this quite interesting and a knowledge filled insight on what inspired the instrumental 'The Call Of The Ktulu' on their ride the lightning album.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    A new fan of Lovecraft after reading

    I have this book for two years without reading it. Last week I saw a documentary on CHILLER pertaining to Lovecraft. They spoke about the Shadow over Innsmouth story. I decided to give it a try, so I picked the book up to read the short story and I haven't put this book down since. This book is creepy and I love every minute of it. Very detailed and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    Awesome

    One of the best books ever, truly a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Best of the best

    H.P. Lovecraft is one of the nations best horror writers,and also one of the least known. The collection of storys in this book will chill your blood. Anyone who looks horror will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    H. P. Lovecraft`s ' The Outsider '

    I was glad to find H.P.Lovercraft`s 'The Outsider' still in print. It is a true classic and a must read for every lover of H.P.Lovercraft stories and of Horror fiction. It is pure Lovercraft at his finest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    Incredible Book

    H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Call of Cthulhu' is probably the main reason to pick this book up. Minor changes in its text here and there make it a better story than it was. P.S.:for those of you quasi-satanists who heard about this book from your friend, pick up the 'Necronomicon' instead. Or anything by Alistair Crowley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    A great collection

    I think it is great that Penguin books has thought to include Lovecraft in their 20th Century Classics series. And many a thanks to S.T. Joshi for selecting the stories.

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