H.P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: Classic Tales of the Macabre

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"For anyone interested even faintly in good horror writing, what we have here is pure gold: Lovecraft's own selection of the best the genre has to offer, along with his comments on the individual stories. Talk about the horse's mouth! This book is long overdue."
- Peter Straub
 
"Lovecraft opened the way for me, as he had done for others before me — Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber, and Ray Bradbury among them. The reader would do well to ...

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Overview

"For anyone interested even faintly in good horror writing, what we have here is pure gold: Lovecraft's own selection of the best the genre has to offer, along with his comments on the individual stories. Talk about the horse's mouth! This book is long overdue."
- Peter Straub
 
"Lovecraft opened the way for me, as he had done for others before me — Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber, and Ray Bradbury among them. The reader would do well to remember that it is his shadow, so long and gaunt, and his eyes, so dark and puritanical, which overlie almost all of the important horror fiction that has come since."
- Stephen King 

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear."
- H.P. Lovecraft
 
 
In 1927, Howard Philips Lovecraft published a 30,000-word essay titled "Supernatural Horror in Literature." In it, the father of American horror writing  whose tales  presented one of the earliest scholarly studies of the supernatural in fiction, defined the horror story as one in which "a certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present." Those authors discussed in Lovecraft's seminal essay were used as the basis for the 1993 anthology H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror, edited by Dave Carson and Stephen Jones.
 
With H.P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural, Jones uses that same essay as inspiration for a new anthology of nineteen new selections, each preceded by an excerpt from Lovecraft. Included here are works from authors as varied as Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, and Robert Louis Stevenson. While these stories may carry a classical pedigree, their contents remain just as chilling and disturbing as anything cooked up by modern-day horror writers. The book also includes a short essay from Lovecraft himself, "Notes on Writing Weird Fiction," in which he lays out tips and rules for mastering the form.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760791233
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/25/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Jones, one of the most renowned horror anthologists in the world, is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, three International Horror Guild Award, and a fifteen-time recipient of the British Fantasy Award. He lives in London.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Lovecraft is the Man

    Here is a collection of great horror stories from another century. I had read most of them before I bought the book. The Draw here is the introduction to each story by the old New Englander himself HP Lovecraft. There is a short critique of the story or the author before each story. Pretty cool, this is a bargain book as well. Great item!

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Book of the Supernatural

    This is a wonderful compilation of short stories from various writers of early horror/thriller stories. It includes some top notch writers such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These works were picked by H.P Lovecraft as some of the best examples of the genre and as authors that inspired him in his writing. Before each short story is an excerpt by Lovecraft that explains why he found this author and/or story to be particularly interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in macabre fiction of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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