The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by H. P. Lovecraft

“The twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” – Stephen King about H. P. Lovecraft

 

H. P. Lovecraft’s fiction reveals a universe that is vaster, darker, and stranger than anything previously imagined. His “cosmic horror” reflects a peculiarly modern philosophical belief system in which human beings are regarded as insignificant in light of the vastness of time and space. The especially Lovecraftian twist on this apocalyptic premise is that it is alien forces and powers at work in the universe that possess the potential for the ultimate destruction of mankind. 

 

Reprinted here are many of Lovecraft’s most famous works, including “The Call of Cthulhu” (1928), “The Dunwich Horror” (1929), and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” (1936).  These stories will introduce readers to Lovecraft’s pantheon of “gods,” his characteristic themes, his fictitious New England geography and, of course, the Necronomicon, Lovecraft’s famous invented book of occult secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411434981
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 254,143
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island.  When Lovecraft was three, his father was admitted to an insane asylum, and by the time he was eight he suffered his own “near-breakdown.”  The year before that, he had begun writing short horror tales.

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Zteilgb More than 1 year ago
This book was my first direct exposure to Lovecraft and it was great! Some of the writing syntax was odd (written in a Colonial American style) but otherwise it was a fairly easy read. The stories are beautifully constructed to keep the reader interested and for the most part fairly short. I think most horror/mystery readers would enjoy this collection.
TheEerieCoterie More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best collections of Lovecraft's cosmic horror fiction. Our Eerie Coterie Conversation Group loved this gory book, full of Lovecraft's Cthulhu tales and other supernatural, atheistic stories of Elder Gods and Deep Ones. With a great price point, it is easy to sit down and dive into these stories. A sure fire hit for any horror lover.
Lillip More than 1 year ago
The early master of the macabre. His shortcomings as an author are repetition of descriptive words and a perverse pride and fascination with New England architecture (how many times can one use the term eldritch?), yet his descriptions of the fantastic and horrible still bring fear and chills. If you like horror, this is definitely still a must-read.
Rhonda Johnson More than 1 year ago
if you like poe this is for you.its one of the scareyest books ever. this should be a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovecraft had such a pessimistic view of reality and life, when you think about it, it all makes a terrible sene. Gods and creatures who are indifferent to mankind. The kind of indifference men have to an insect. He understood fear at its core, that men will never know what lies beyond the stars. The writing style he chooses is older even for his time (1920s) but for me it adds to the unique experience that is Lovecraft. While it may not terrify modern teens and their lust for gore porn, it scares me to think that the stars may hold a secret yet to come. I encourage everyone to read Lovecraft and get to know a man that influenced countless others, including Stephen King. My personal favorite is The Colour Out of Space. Take a step into the unknown and the infinite possibilities of space.
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I really enjoyed this. They don't make authors like this anymore.
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I really wanted to like this and I really tried. But I could not get past the awful writing and get into the stories.