The Call of Cthulhu

The Call of Cthulhu

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by H. P. Lovecraft
     
 

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"The Call of Cthulhu" is a short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in Weird Tales, February 1928. It is the only story written by Lovecraft in which the extraterrestrial entity Cthulhu himself makes a major appearance.

It is written in a documentary style, with three independent narratives linked

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"The Call of Cthulhu" is a short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in Weird Tales, February 1928. It is the only story written by Lovecraft in which the extraterrestrial entity Cthulhu himself makes a major appearance.

It is written in a documentary style, with three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. -- From Wikipedia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012004284
Publisher:
McCarthy Press
Publication date:
12/21/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
903,375
File size:
31 KB

Meet the Author

Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.

Lovecraft's guiding literary principle was what he termed "cosmicism" or "cosmic horror", the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. As early as the 1940s, Lovecraft had developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fiction featuring a pantheon of humanity-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christian humanism. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the antithesis of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality and the abyss.

Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. According to Joyce Carol Oates, Lovecraft — as with Edgar Allan Poe in the 19th century — has exerted "an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction". Stephen King called Lovecraft "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." King has even made it clear in his semi-autobiographical non-fiction book Danse Macabre that Lovecraft was responsible for his own fascination with horror and the macabre, and was the single largest figure to influence his fiction writing. -- from Wikipedia

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Call of Cthulhu 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously? This is what started it all. Bad spellchecking? Dude this was written waaaaaaaay before computers. That video game you mention was INSPIRED by this masterpiece. Every Horror Maven since (think SAW or Hellraiser) owes thier inspiration to Lovecraft. This man practically created $h.. your pants horror. Go back and learn your literature history. THEN write a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is the first real clasic ive read and its feels like a modern tale. Lovecraft was way before his time. A must read for all would be writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this and I could not put it down. It is a great piece of fiction and I recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good, quick read.
Rhonda Johnson More than 1 year ago
Scaryest story ever!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I love h.p Lovecraft
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LOL!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story itself is outstanding. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down! The two flaws unfortunarely are as follows: 1) The story was not thoroughly reviewed, as there were a moderate number of typos. This at times can throw off the reader because not all words are obvious fixes and can be something entirely different. 2) The imagery is either repetative or entirely unoriginal. One image I recognized immediately from a video game called "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth". Other images I have seen elsewhere, so I really was disappointed that these images were anything but original. These flaws are minute in comparison to the overall story, but they are the reason this received a 4/5.
VoxCity More than 1 year ago
The story is great, this is a fantastic title, I really love it.