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The Cthulhu Mythos

The Cthulhu Mythos

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by H. P. Lovecraft
     
 
This collection represents the tales H.P. Lovecraft penned in his lifetime regarding the macabre universe he created, and filled with ancient gods and primordial creatures from the abyss. They deal with subjects who, through delving too deep into the shadowy manifestations of magic and hidden lore of the grimoire called the Necromonicon, have unleashed horrors beyond

Overview

This collection represents the tales H.P. Lovecraft penned in his lifetime regarding the macabre universe he created, and filled with ancient gods and primordial creatures from the abyss. They deal with subjects who, through delving too deep into the shadowy manifestations of magic and hidden lore of the grimoire called the Necromonicon, have unleashed horrors beyond imagination.

Although utilized as themes by other writers and musicians through the years, the stories included in this compilation remain the core root of Lovecraft's vision:

"The Nameless City",
"The Festival",
"The Colour Out of Space",
"The Call of Cthulhu",
"The Dunwich Horror",
"The Whisperer in Darkness",
"The Dreams in the Witch-House",
"At the Mountains of Madness",
"The Shadow Over Innsmouth",
"The Shadow Out of Time",
"The Haunter of the Dark",
"The Thing on the Doorstep", and
"The Case of Charles Dexter Ward".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011978487
Publisher:
Trilogus Media Group
Publication date:
12/26/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
715 KB

Meet the Author

Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.

Lovecraft's guiding literary principle was what he termed "cosmicism" or "cosmic horror", the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. As early as the 1940s, Lovecraft had developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fiction featuring a pantheon of humanity-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christian humanism. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the antithesis of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality and the abyss.

Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, 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 his own fascination with horror and the macabre, and was the single largest figure to influence his fiction writing.

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