The Call of Cthulhu

The Call of Cthulhu

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by H. P. Lovecraft
     
 

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One of the feature stories of the Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft's 'the Call of Cthulhu' is a harrowing tale of the weakness of the human mind when confronted by powers and intelligences from beyond our world.  See more details below

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One of the feature stories of the Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft's 'the Call of Cthulhu' is a harrowing tale of the weakness of the human mind when confronted by powers and intelligences from beyond our world.

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ISBN-13:
9781453875162
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Pages:
50
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

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Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft, August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937, was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.

Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His father was confined to a mental institution when Lovecraft was 3 years old. His grandfather, a wealthy businessman, enjoyed storytelling and was an early influence. Intellectually precocious but sensitive, Lovecraft had begun composing rudimentary horror tales and had begun to be overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety by the age of 8.

Although he seems to have had some social life, attending meetings of a club for local young men, Lovecraft in early adulthood was established in a reclusive 'nightbird' lifestyle without occupation or pursuit of romantic adventures. In 1913 his conduct of a long running controversy in the letters page of a story magazine led to his being invited to participate in an amateur journalism association. Encouraged, he started circulating his stories; he was 31 at the time of his first publication in a professional magazine. Lovecraft contracted a marriage to an older woman he had met at an association conference. By age 34, he was a regular contributor to newly founded Weird Tales magazine; he turned down an offer of the editorship.

Lovecraft returned to Providence in 1926, and over the next nine months he produced some of his most celebrated tales including "The Call of Cthulhu", canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, commercial success increasingly eluded him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. Lovecraft subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.

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Call of Cthulhu 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 22 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!
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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.