H. P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales: The Roots of Modern Horror

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H.P. Lovecraft's favorite horror stories, those that inspired and awed him!

In 1929-30, H.P. Lovecraft made some lists of both literary and popular stories "having the greatest amount of truly cosmic horror and macabre convincingness." These lists of his favorite weird tales make for a truly landmark Lovecraftian anthology. We present Lovecraft's own favorites horror
stories, including some well-known classics, alongside of a number of ...

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Overview

H.P. Lovecraft's favorite horror stories, those that inspired and awed him!

In 1929-30, H.P. Lovecraft made some lists of both literary and popular stories "having the greatest amount of truly cosmic horror and macabre convincingness." These lists of his favorite weird tales make for a truly landmark Lovecraftian anthology. We present Lovecraft's own favorites horror
stories, including some well-known classics, alongside of a number of excellent rare tales by forgotten authors. Many of these stories are classics, inspiring several generations since of the world's best horror authors. Contributors include Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, Robert W. Chambers, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, M. P. Shiel, A. Merritt, Walter de la Mare, Paul Suter, M. L. Humphreys, H.F. Arnold, Everil Worrell, Arthur J. Burks, and John Martin Leahy. This is the anthology of favorite weird tales that Lovecraft himself hoped to compile!

"To understand why Lovecraft regarded these stories as the touchstone for greatness in the literature of supernatural horror is to understand the significance of the genre itself. The classic works included in this collection, along with Lovecraft's own best tales, both justify and represent the essence of this form of human expression." – Thomas Ligotti

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593600563
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Anderson is a Mythopoeic Scholarship Award Winner and one of the best-known fantasy scholars and anthologists. He is the author/editor of The Annotated Hobbit (Houghton Mifflin, revised 2002) and Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (Ballantine, 2003), and is Cold Spring Press's series editor for our classic fantasy and horror series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
I The Literary Weird Tale 11
"The Fall of the House of Usher" 12
"The Suitable Surroundings" 30
"The Death of Halpin Frayser" 38
"Novel of the Black Seal" 52
"Novel of the White Powder" 87
"The Yellow Sign" 102
"Count Magnus" 119
"The White People" 131
"The Willows" 165
"The House of Sounds" 209
"The Moon Pool" 235
"Seaton's Aunt" 279
II The Popular Weird Tale 307
"Beyond the Door" 308
"The Floor Above" 324
"The Night Wire" 336
"The Canal" 343
"Bells of Oceana" 362
"In Amundsen's Tent" 374
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    If you like Lovecraft....

    I found H.P. Lovecraft's Favorite Weird Tales to be a wonderful, though not a perfect anthology. The tale choices are based on letters by Lovecraft about his favorite weird tales rather than his essay, Supernatural Terror in Literature--these are not necessarily the most terrifying or horrific tales of the supernatural, but they are all high quality, atmospheric tales. The first two thirds of the tales are all classics, and most of them are mentioned in Supernatural Horror and Literature. The last third of tales are all tales from Weird Tales that Lovecraft said were the best in a couple of letters--perhaps because he wanted to avoid offending his circle of friends and pen pals, Lovecraft did not mention any tales by Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, etc, and these tales do not seem to overlap with those listed in his essay. These last few tales are entertaining, but are not on the same level as the tales earlier on. On the other hand, the latter tales are written in a less ponderous prose than many of the earlier tales. I am a fan of purple prose--the kind of longwinded but ornate and atmospheric language that characterizes Poe, Machen (prominently represented in the anthology), and so many other late nineteenth and early twentieth century writers. That said, there are passages, particularly in Blackwood's "The Willows" and M.P. Shields "The House of Sounds", that are hard to follow because of the prolixity of prose. If you want to relish the nuance of the prose style, atmospherics, etc. of these tales, you need to go slowly and, most likely, take breaks so that you can savor the language, ideas, and atmosphere, as well as understand the nuances of plot and theme. I read the book over about a two week period.

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