The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Orange Collection)

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Orange Collection)

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Orange Collection) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback

Winner of the 2016 AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers competition

 
For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary classics representing the breadth and diversity of the Penguin Classics library. These collectible editions are dressed in the iconic orange and white tri-band cover design, first created in 1935, while french flaps, high-quality paper, and striking cover illustrations provide the cutting-edge design treatment that is the signature of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions today.

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
 
Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Phillips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the twentieth century, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. This definitive collection reveals the development of Lovecraft’s mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical—and visionary—American writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143129455
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Penguin Orange Collection Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 343,785
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction—three short novels and about sixty short stories—has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction.
 
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has prepared comprehensive editions of Lovecraft’s collected fiction, essays, and poetry. He is also the author of The Weird Tale (1990), The Modern Weird Tale (2001), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012). His award-winning biography H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996) was later expanded as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (2010). He has also prepared Penguin Classics editions of the work of Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, and Clark Ashton Smith, as well as the anthology American Supernatural Tales (2007).

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Imp_O_Light More than 1 year ago
The long forgotten craft of wordscape. Truest encapsulation of all that glitters. Lovecraft provides the reader with a multilayered, multifaceted portal into places one is regretful to leave. This is horror without the McSplatter. This gives ample pause for nostalgia. This one is a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. The first book I read of Lovecraft several months back and it sparked my interest of the unknown and horrible things that this man had in mind. Im on my fourth lovecraft book now, and it all began with this one right here. Just utterly remarkable, from the statement of randolph carter to the amazing Call of Cthulhu, this is a must read for those who wish to venture into a new vista of horror that is yet to be surpassed by anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book and again I am amazed at Lovecraft's evolution as a writer. The selections cover Lovecraft's earlier efforts, which are OK, and include quite a bit of his groundbreaking later works like Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Color Out of Space, and the title tale. Lovecraft was among the first to kick out the ghosts and jangling chains of Victorian horror and slowly added science fiction elements into the mix. The result has influenced many writers since. By the way, is it just me or is the movie 'Alien' about as Lovecraftian as a film can get?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came upon Lovecraft's stuff only briefly knowing a little bit about what he wrote about. Bored with 'normal' fantasy books, I decided to give this a go. I am definitely pleased and have a new author to add to my list of favorites. Lovecraft's stuff is not only artistically inspiring--it will probe the boundaries of your imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed just about every story in this book, particularly 'The Outsider' (a phenomenally strange prose-poem) and of course 'The Call of Cthulhu', Lovecraft's most famous story. This stuff is imaginative and colorful and, of course, downright creepy. Lovecraft's prose is often criticized for being extravagant, but most of the time here it simply provides an appropriate atmosphere of gothic horror. I'd recommend this book (or just about any Lovecraft anthology) to the curious reader of speculative fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a metallica fan i found this quite interesting and a knowledge filled insight on what inspired the instrumental 'The Call Of The Ktulu' on their ride the lightning album.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I struggled with this one - in fact, no other book has taken me longer to read. I first took a look at it in 2005, and slowly worked my way through the first half dozen stories. Then, sadly, I shelved it as a project I couldn't finish. I didn't take to Lovecraft's style of writing at all. I found it to be too idiosyncratic and somehow distant, and definitely too pensive. I can understand the cult that's grown up around his work, and I did get a real kick out of reading "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," but I think this is where my horror adventure ends.
bookwitch on LibraryThing 6 days ago
What I like about Lovecraft¿s short stories is the way he created a whole mythology that not only links them together but pulls in strands from the stories of other horror writers of the era. A little Internet investigation will confirm this ¿ whole dissertations have been written about it and The Necronomicon, that hideous and blasphemous text, supposedly written by the mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred, but in reality a fiction and construct of Lovecraft¿s imagination. I read somewhere that he used to edit and improve the stories of other writers, giving him further opportunity to extend the web of his fiction until one almost begins to wonder where imagination begins. These stories have become modern classics, although sometimes they feel overlong and dated in their formality. There are passages of marvellous writing and glimpses into the mind of the writer himself: somehow one feels the presence of Lovecraft in all his narrators, so it¿s almost as though one knows the author (although some darkish mystery remains) by the end of the book. I¿m not sure how these stories would compare to the modern equivalent because I haven¿t read any to speak of; all I can say is that the horror in Lovecraft¿s work doesn¿t rely on gore or explicit violence and there¿s no sex. It¿s more the creeping fear of the unseen, the presence in the darkness, that builds gradually to alien and unspeakable happenings, some of which seem almost to tap into primeval memories. Clever stuff!
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ReddRider More than 1 year ago
I have this book for two years without reading it. Last week I saw a documentary on CHILLER pertaining to Lovecraft. They spoke about the Shadow over Innsmouth story. I decided to give it a try, so I picked the book up to read the short story and I haven't put this book down since. This book is creepy and I love every minute of it. Very detailed and interesting.
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