H. P. Lovecraft

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Overview

This volume brings together 22 tales, the very best of Howard Phillips Lovecraft's fiction. Early stories such as "The Outsider," "The Music of Erich Zann," "Herbert West - Reanimator," and "The Lurking Fear" demonstrate Lovecraft's uncanny ability to blur the distinction between reality and nightmare, sanity and madness, the human and the non-human. "The Horror at Red Hook" and "He" reveal the fascination and revulsion Lovecraft felt for New York City; "Pickman's Model" uncovers the frightening secret behind an ...
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Overview

This volume brings together 22 tales, the very best of Howard Phillips Lovecraft's fiction. Early stories such as "The Outsider," "The Music of Erich Zann," "Herbert West - Reanimator," and "The Lurking Fear" demonstrate Lovecraft's uncanny ability to blur the distinction between reality and nightmare, sanity and madness, the human and the non-human. "The Horror at Red Hook" and "He" reveal the fascination and revulsion Lovecraft felt for New York City; "Pickman's Model" uncovers the frightening secret behind an artist's work; "The Rats in the Walls" is a terrifying descent into atavistic horror; and "The Colour Out of Space" explores the eerie impact of a meteorite on a remote Massachusetts valley.
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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Handler
If you spend enough time in Lovecraft's lonely landscapes, fear really does develop: not the fear that you will come across unearthly creatures, but the fear that you will come across little else. And what first seems horridly overdone accumulates a creepy minimalism. Taken as a whole, Lovecraft's work exhibits a hopeless isolation not unlike that of Samuel Beckett: lonely man after lonely man, wandering aimlessly through a shadowy city or holing up in rural emptiness, pursuing unspeakable secrets or being pursued by secret unspeakables, all to little avail and to no comfort. There is something funny about this -- in small doses. But by the end of this collection, one does not hear giggling so much as the echoes of those giggles as they vanish into the ether -- lonely, desperate and, yes, very, very scary.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Two of H.P. Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth sonnets appeared in the Library of America's American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Vol. I (2000). Now Lovecraft (1890-1937), the most important U.S. horror writer since Edgar Allan Poe and a big influence on nearly every major figure in the genre after his day, has been honored with a volume of his own in this prestigious series. Drawing from scholar S.T. Joshi's definitive texts, Peter Straub, the bestselling author of In the Night Room, has selected 22 works of fiction, ranging from such traditional ghostly tales as "The Outsider" and "The Rats in the Walls" to such lengthy cosmic narratives as "The Call of Cthulhu" and "At the Mountains of Madness." This edition represents the latest scholarship, including a recently discovered missing passage from "The Shadow Out of Time" and a few new minor corrections. Some may quibble over the inclusion of the pulpish "Herbert West-Reanimator" and the even worse "The Lurking Fear," though they're of interest as rare examples of Lovecraft aiming to please an audience other than himself. Still, all the best fiction is here in a book sure to help reinforce Lovecraft's place in the American literary canon. (Feb. 8) Forecast: Despite the many other editions of Lovecraft's fiction in print, every fan will want to own this landmark volume. Sales success could prompt Library of America to issue a second Lovecraft collection. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This collection of Lovecraft shorts includes Herbert West-Reanimator, Pickman's Model, The Haunter of the Dark, and other shockers (22 total) selected by editor Peter Straub. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A landmark that lifts Lovecraft from pulp to Poe as a master of macabre fantasy and horror, despite Edmund Wilson's infamous destructive essay "Tales of the Marvelous and Ridiculous." Is Lovecraft's storytelling genius equal to Poe's? Well, he has a wider canvas, quite cosmic, though he wrote swatches of haunted verse and carves graven paragraphs. At first he saw himself as a knowing and skilled amateur storyteller but, far more obsessively, as a lifelong antiquarian. Before his teens he self-published journals about chemistry and astronomy; in his teens had weekly newspaper columns, later wrote travel books, and ghosted many works for hire while publishing fantasies in Weird Tales and other pulps. Though idolized, he never earned a living at fiction. Among the 22 tales selected by horrormeister Peter Straub are Lovecraft's favorite "The Colour Out of Space" and his classics "The Rats in the Walls," "The Thing on the Doorstep" and "The Whisperer in Darkness." Also herein: the dreadful "Herbert West-Re-Animator," a youthful dud later filmed as the agonizingly but amusingly awful Re-Animator, now a grisly cult classic but less admired than its ringingly empty sequel, Bride of Re-Animator. Straub's notes fascinate, and there is a cool-spirited, nonanalytic chronology of Lovecraft's short but odd, odd life (1890-1937)-and this seems adapted from Lovecraft biographer S.T. Joshi's excellent 30-page Internet essay "Scriptorium-H. P. Lovecraft." (Joshi-edited texts were used for this volume.) HPL lacked all interest in plain folks and fought off his cosmic chills by inventing a pseudomythology. He bore the Cthulhu Mythos midway in his career, adopting starry infinitudes as his big black backdrop,with hidden and hideous ancient beings now ready to rise from slime: "After vigintillions of years great Cthulhu was loose again, and ravening for delight." The present volume collects a third of Lovecraft's fiction-he wrote three times more nonfiction than fiction, mostly for bread. Black-robed by Library of America, the real King rises from darkness in his homeland. His reputation abroad glows. Agent: David Gernert/The Gernert Company
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781424218226
  • Publisher: Central Programs Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

The statement of Randolph Carter 1
The outsider 8
The music of Erich Zann 15
Herbert West - reanimator 24
The lurking fear 55
The rats in the walls 77
The shunned house 97
The horror at Red Hook 125
He 147
Cool air 158
The call of Cthulhu 167
Pickman's model 197
The case of Charles Dexter Ward 211
The colour out of space 340
The Dunwich horror 370
The whisperer in darkness 415
At the mountains of madness 481
The shadow over Innsmouth 587
The dreams in the witch house 654
The thing on the doorstep 692
The shadow out of time 719
The haunter of the dark 784
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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 February 16, 2010

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    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 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.

    3 out of 3 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

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    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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    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 May 18, 2014

    Grea read!

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    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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