H.P. LOVECRAFT [Inspiration for Stephen King] COMPLETE MAJOR WORKS All the Major Masterpieces of H.P. Lovecraft Classics of Horror Over 10,000 Pages Including "The Call of Cthulhu", The Shadow Over Innsmouth, At the Mountains of Madness and More! [Nook] [NOOK Book]

H.P. LOVECRAFT [Inspiration for Stephen King] COMPLETE MAJOR WORKS All the Major Masterpieces of H.P. Lovecraft Classics of Horror Over 10,000 Pages Including

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H.P. LOVECRAFT
[Inspiration for Stephen King]
COMPLETE MAJOR WORKS

All the Major Masterpieces of H.P. Lovecraft
Classics of Horror Over 10,000 Pages Including "The Call of Cthulhu", At the Mountains of Madness and More! [Nook]

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SUPERNATURAL HORROR IN LITERATURE
THE BEAST IN THE CAVE
THE ALCHEMIST
THE TOMB
DAGON
A REMINISCENCE OF DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON
POLARIS
BEYOND THE WALL OF SLEEP
THE TRANSITION OF JUAN ROMERO
THE WHITE SHIP
THE DOOM THAT CAME TO SARNATH
THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER
THE STREET
SWEET ERMENGARDE
THE TREE
THE TEMPLE
FACTS CONCERNING THE LATE ARTHUR JERMYN AND HIS FAMILY
CELEPHAÏS
FROM BEYOND
THE PICTURE IN THE HOUSE
THE NAMELESS CITY
THE QUEST OF IRANON
THE MOON-BOG
THE OUTSIDER
THE OTHER GODS
HERBERT WEST — REANIMATOR
THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN
HYPNOS
THE HOUND
THE LURKING FEAR
THE RATS IN THE WALLS
THE UNNAMABLE
THE FESTIVAL
IMPRISONED WITH THE PHARAOHS
THE SHUNNED HOUSE
THE HORROR AT RED HOOK
HE
IN THE VAULT
COOL AIR
THE CALL OF CTHULHU
PICKMAN'S MODEL
THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH
THE SILVER KEY
THE STRANGE HIGH HOUSE IN THE MIST
THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD
THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE
THE VERY OLD FOLK
THE DUNWICH HORROR
THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS
THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH
THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE
THE EVIL CLERGYMAN
THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP
THROUGH THE GATES OF THE SILVER KEY
THE HAUNTER OF THE DARK
FRAGMENTS
THE DESCENDANT


EXCERPT

"Examined at headquarters after a trip of intense strain and weariness, the prisoners all proved to be men of a very low, mixed-blooded, and mentally aberrant type. Most were seamen, and a sprinkling of Negroes and mulattoes, largely West Indians or Brava Portuguese from the Cape Verde Islands, gave a colouring of voodooism to the heterogeneous cult. But before many questions were asked, it became manifest that something far deeper and older than Negro fetishism was involved. Degraded and ignorant as they were, the creatures held with surprising consistency to the central idea of their loathsome faith.

They worshipped, so they said, the Great Old Ones who lived ages before there were any men, and who came to the young world out of the sky. Those Old Ones were gone now, inside the earth and under the sea; but their dead bodies had told their secrets in dreams to the first men, who formed a cult which had never died. This was that cult, and the prisoners said it had always existed and always would exist, hidden in distant wastes and dark places all over the world until the time when the great priest Cthulhu, from his dark house in the mighty city of R'lyeh under the waters, should rise and bring the earth again beneath his sway. Some day he would call, when the stars were ready, and the secret cult would always be waiting to liberate him.

Meanwhile no more must be told. There was a secret which even torture could not extract. Mankind was not absolutely alone among the conscious things of earth, for shapes came out of the dark to visit the faithful few. But these were not the Great Old Ones. No man had ever seen the Old Ones. The carven idol was great Cthulhu, but none might say whether or not the others were precisely like him. No one could read the old writing now, but things were told by word of mouth. The chanted ritual was not the secret - that was never spoken aloud, only whispered. The chant meant only this: "In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."

Only two of the prisoners were found sane enough to be hanged, and the rest were committed to various institutions. All denied a part in the ritual murders, and averred that the killing had been done by Black Winged Ones which had come to them from their immemorial meeting-place in the haunted wood. But of those mysterious allies no coherent account could ever be gained. What the police did extract, came mainly from the immensely aged mestizo named Castro, who claimed to have sailed to strange ports and talked with undying leaders of the cult in the mountains of China."
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Editorial Reviews

Book Reviews - Stephen King
The twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.
Book Reviews - Joyce Carol Oates
An incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction.
Book Reviews - Robert Howad
A masterpiece, which I am sure will live as one of the highest achievements of literature ... Lovecraft holds a unique position in the literary world; he has grasped, to all intents, the worlds outside our paltry ken.
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Meet the Author

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) — known as H. P. Lovecraft — was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.
Lovecraft's guiding aesthetic and philosophical principle was what he termed "cosmicism" or "cosmic horror", the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally inimical to the interests of humankind. As such, his stories express a profound indifference to human beliefs and affairs. Lovecraft is best known for his Cthulhu Mythos story cycle and the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore.

Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his lifetime, 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 King's own fascination with horror and the macabre, and was the single largest figure to influence his fiction writing. His stories have also been adapted into plays, films and games.

H. P. Lovecraft is now noted as a significant figure in 20th-century horror fiction. His writing, particularly the so-called "Cthulhu Mythos", has influenced fiction authors worldwide, and Lovecraftian elements can be found in novels, films, movies, music, video games, comic books (e.g. the use of Arkham Insane Asylum in The Batman comic book series), and even cartoons. Many modern horror and fantasy writers, including Stephen King, Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Alan Moore, Junji Ito, F. Paul Wilson, Brian Lumley, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Neil Gaiman, have cited Lovecraft as one of their primary influences. Beyond direct adaptation, Lovecraft and his stories have had a profound impact on popular culture and have been praised by many modern writers.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    The COMPLETE Lovecraft

    I picked this up today. What a steal for the Lovecraft fan! This book contains ALL of HPL's fiction, including stories he wrote as a child, fragments, prose poems, and his long essay on supernatural literature. Yes, the book lacks those revisions of other writers' stories, but I've never considered them the real thing anyway. At $13 there is no reason to buy the various paperback editions or Arkham House hardcovers. The book is nicely made: hard covers, sewn, and finally a cover with art you won't be embarassed by.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    All the Lovecraft! Complete works

    This book is must have for the Lovecraft completist. It has all of his fiction, in chronological order. It's wonderful to have it all in one place!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I love Lovecraft!

    This collection of Lovecraft writings is a must for any fan of weird stories and horror stories. I have long been a fan of Lovecraft and this is a wonderful compilation of his stories in one volume.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Get it while you can!

    This volume is a must. It's among the nicest of the series because it's a complete collection and the font is totally manageable (not like Melville or Tolstoy where they had to cram a bunch of epics into 1000 pages),

    Then there is the content of the book. This was my first exposure to Lovecraft and all the hype in the world couldn't have prepared me for how dope he is. Stories like THE DUNWICH HORROR, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and THE CALL OF CTHULU hit at the core of our collective search for humanity in a way that no other author that I've experienced has. Lovecraft has earned his place in the pantheon of my favorite authors of all time. I hope this book remains available for as long as possible.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

    DEAR LORD!

    I agree with earlier reviews and comments. This book is obviously on high demand, as its used prices are so high. Barnes and Noble really did something amazing when they published this stunning anthology and must have gained some profit due to how well it sold. I also have been told that this item would be back last fall, only to be disappointed. It seems to me that the library of essential writers series has ended, while this is a shame I think that the loss of this tome is a greater shame.
    It would be nice to see Barnes and Noble republish this volume, maybe they could import it into their Leather Bound Classics series, that would be something amazing.
    I suppose my final question is to the B&N big wigs. What are you guys thinking? Bring this book back already.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Quite Possibly, Inimitable

    In my humble opinion, the stories of HP Lovecraft are incredibly difficult to find in a definitive, encompassing edition. Indeed, most books claiming to be "THE COMPLETE HP LOVECRAFT" instead will further their nom de plumes under a more disheartening nature, e.g. "THE BEST OF HP LOVECRAFT". For the Lovecraft connosieur, this is, inevitably, saddening. You already HAVE read the "best of" (subjectivity?) HPL, but want to continue reading his unparalleled portrayal of cosmic nihilism, and the fantastically unaware and numinous universe. He really is, undoubtedly, a unique writer.

    Enough about HP LOVECRAFT, let's get to the book. This book, in my opinion renders all other editions obsolete. None other can boast of such an unbeatable price, such an impressive plethora of material, and a format increasingly difficult to find at low prices. This edition will single handedly clear the playing-field.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    H.P. LOVECRAFT-COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED STORIES

    One reader complained of typos. These did not detract from the stories themselves. I found the stories to be very entertaining. I enjoyed the way that Lovecraft wrote in the era in which he lived. I especially enjoyed the content of his stories. I have always wanted to find a complete tomb of his stories, and this book fulfilled my desire. I highly recommend this book for all who enjoy the Cthulu Mythos.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    NOT OUT OF PRINT-BEWARE EBAY AND BOOKSELLER SCAMS

    I purchased my copy 3/08/09 at my local Barnes & Noble for $12.95 plus tax, less than $14. If you see copies on sale for $32 on Ebay or booksellers for $50 or more, do not throw away your money on book that is still in print.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!!

    H. P. lovecraft was an absolute genius! Some of his stories chilled me to the bone, and I couldn't turn the light out or put this book down until the story was over. I would think to myself, "OK, just finish the next story...and the next...and maybe the next one too!" I was up late for a whole week reading this book. I highly recommend this book to science-fiction lovers. It isn't exactly traditional sci-fi, but its surreal quality is unmatched!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Guys this book is good but not the best.  The other book publish

    Guys this book is good but not the best. 
    The other book published by orintage Publishing is a massive one with 150 eBooks and 20 Audio Books. 
    It's worth checking it out. 
    It's the best one over here. 

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Super-Duper~ Lovecraft Compendium

    I haven't been able to find a big book like this,
    but yesterday it was sitting up on a shelf at half
    priced books and I got it for 6.89! SUPER AWESOME
    my new favorite thing, oozed over it last night.
    AMAZING! Perfect for any H.P.LC fan :3

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    My first opportunity to read Lovecraft

    I bought a copy of this a few weeks ago at the local barnes and noble...Was realy enjoying it....then someone nicked my copy while i was at the local starbucks. Damn. And the entire company is out of stock. Anybody wanna part with a copy?

    Addendum:

    There are 2 people selling this edition on Amazon for $23 and $24..
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001JYLUSW/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&condition=all
    and one guy trying to sell this for $99!
    http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/directvantage/items/H_P__Lovecraft__The_Fiction__Library_of_Essential_Writers__b

    not trying to PROMOTE these guys - want to light a fire under B&N's butts to PRINT MORE COPIES! PLEASE!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    AMAZING

    This collection of stories is my absolute favorite. They are creepy, weird, and out-of-this-world. Lovecraft is a bit wordy at times, but he still gets the message across. My favorite one is "The Temple" because it has many red herrings that lean towards supernatural events. Lovecraft = Master of Sci-Fi. He doesn't use a lot of dialouge either.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Leaves you squirming

    Not for those afraid of alien gods, things that go bump in the night, or wordy writers. Worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    &hearts &crowns &bats &batclans &smiles & smileyfaces &dogs &cats &hats

    Sorry making symbols

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Grea read!

    ...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Not working

    Purchased but can only view the cover close up or normal size.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Doesn't want to work on Nook Color

    I couldn't get anything readable to show up on my Nook Color.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 19, 2008

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    Posted August 29, 2011

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