H. P. Lovecraft: Tales

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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: 9781931082723
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publication date: 2/3/2005
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Pages: 850
  • Sales rank: 587,782
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Straub is one of America’s foremost authors of supernatural and suspense fiction. He is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the horror classic Ghost Story and The Talisman, which he cowrote with Stephen King. His latest novel, Black House—also written with King—is a #1 New York Times bestseller. A past president of the Horror Writers of America and multiple award winner, he lives in New York City.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    The Shadow over Lovecraft

    On the front cover of this book there is a quote from Stephen King - `H.P.Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century¿s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.¿ I had read other praise for HP Lovecraft before and could not wait to get started on my first collection of tales from what I expected was one of the greatest horror writers ever to grace the earth. As I read the introduction I was even more intrigued and also because of the tragic circumstances of his life even more predisposed to like him. However, as I started to read the first tale I found myself being slightly disappointed. His work did not seem original to me - this is probably a by product of Lovecraft himself being heavily influenced by Edgar Allen Poe and every modern horror writer being influenced by both Lovecraft and Poe. I read on hoping that each story would be a little bit better than the last and still was disappointed. Most of his stories are written in the first person, most our written as eyewitness accounts of the strange events that they themselves ¿ the writers - have witnessed. This does give the reader a sense of realism but at times I believe Lovecraft goes too far in describing these events. Every creature, every nightmare vision is described down to the most intricate of details leaving nothing to the reader¿s imagination. (Is it just me or should a pre-requisite for a horror writer not be to leave something to the imagination of the reader? As our imaginations can conjure up more enduring and sinister visions that a writer could not possible describe on paper.) I feel I have been quite harsh towards Mr Lovecraft, although I do believe my criticisms are warranted, however, I am going to offer him some praise. The Call of Cthulhu gives life to the dreaded creature, Cthulhu a sleeping creature who sleeps the sleep of the dead in his nightmarish domain. He is the High Priest of the `Great Old Ones¿ a race of people that inhabited this earth before we humans evolved. We are warned in this story and in many of Lovecraft¿s other stories that `The Great Ones¿ will return and displace mankind forever. This story shows excellent promise and would have been the basis of a great novel had Lovecraft gained the respect of his peers during his lifetime maybe he would have delighted even me, a Lovecraft sceptic, with more tales of Cthulhu.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    Brilliant!

    HP Lovecraft is an exceptional author of our time; this is a must to one's library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2009

    Lovecraft is truly a master.

    HP Lovecraft picks up right where Poe left off. This is a great collection as well. You really couldn't ask for a better quality book. The cover is very high quality. Certainly a book worthy of gifting, or even handing down. It will last. Would look good on any library's shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

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    amazing, and horrifying, are the first two words that come to my mind when i think of Lovecraft's work. once you get used to his style of writing (and figure out what eldritch means), his stories are extremely gripping, and so utterly mysterious that you feel a need to finish it just to find out what happens (even though you already know its going to be something bad). after you read a lot of his tales, you may have a hard time getting to sleep...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    A Bloodcurdling Collection of Macabre

    I haven't read much of Lovecraft in the past, I heard about him from a friend, and I decided to jump right in with a big collection of his works. This book is frightening, H.P.'s thrilling and suspensful short stories will keep you on the edge of your seat into long hours of the night. With about 22 short stories spanning about 800 pages, you will not be dissapointed with this buy! The book includes a chronology of the tales and Lovecraft's life, along with notes on the text. I would definately recommend this to anyone looking for something interesting and scary. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone who already owns many of Lovecraft's works, as it is a little on the expensive side (at least for me).

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