H. P. Lovecraft: Tales

H. P. Lovecraft: Tales

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H. P. Lovecraft: Tales by H. P. Lovecraft

In this Library of America volume, the best-selling novelist Peter Straub brings together the very best of H. P. Lovecraft's fiction in a treasury guaranteed to bring fright and delight both to longtime fans and to readers new to his work. Early stories such as "The Outsider," "The Music of Erich Zann," "Herbert West–Reanimator," and "The Lurking Fear" demonstrate Lovecraft's uncanny ability to blur the distinction between reality and nightmare, sanity and madness, the human and non-human. "The Horror at Red Hook" and "He" reveal the fascination and revulsion Lovecraft felt for New York City; "Pickman's Model" uncovers the frightening secret behind an artist's work; "The Rats in the Walls" is a terrifying descent into atavistic horror; and "The Colour Out of Space" explores the eerie impact of a meteorite on a remote Massachusetts valley.

In such later works as "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Whisperer in Darkness," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," and "The Shadow Out of Time," Lovecraft developed his own nightmarish mythology in which encounters with ancient, pitiless extraterrestrial intelligences wreak havoc on hapless humans who only gradually begin to glimpse "terrifying vistas of reality, and our frightful position therein." Moving from old New England towns haunted by occult pasts to Antarctic wastes that disclose appalling secrets, Lovecraft's tales continue to exert a dread fascination.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931082723
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 02/03/2005
Series: Library of America Series
Pages: 850
Sales rank: 465,946
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Peter Straub is one of America’s foremost authors of supernatural and suspense fiction. He is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the horror classic Ghost Story and The Talisman, which he cowrote with Stephen King. His latest novel, Black House—also written with King—is a #1 New York Times bestseller. A past president of the Horror Writers of America and multiple award winner, he lives in New York City.

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H. P. Lovecraft: Tales 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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IRISHDANCER0 More than 1 year ago
HP Lovecraft is an exceptional author of our time; this is a must to one's library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HP Lovecraft picks up right where Poe left off. This is a great collection as well. You really couldn't ask for a better quality book. The cover is very high quality. Certainly a book worthy of gifting, or even handing down. It will last. Would look good on any library's shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the front cover of this book there is a quote from Stephen King - `H.P.Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century¿s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.¿ I had read other praise for HP Lovecraft before and could not wait to get started on my first collection of tales from what I expected was one of the greatest horror writers ever to grace the earth. As I read the introduction I was even more intrigued and also because of the tragic circumstances of his life even more predisposed to like him. However, as I started to read the first tale I found myself being slightly disappointed. His work did not seem original to me - this is probably a by product of Lovecraft himself being heavily influenced by Edgar Allen Poe and every modern horror writer being influenced by both Lovecraft and Poe. I read on hoping that each story would be a little bit better than the last and still was disappointed. Most of his stories are written in the first person, most our written as eyewitness accounts of the strange events that they themselves ¿ the writers - have witnessed. This does give the reader a sense of realism but at times I believe Lovecraft goes too far in describing these events. Every creature, every nightmare vision is described down to the most intricate of details leaving nothing to the reader¿s imagination. (Is it just me or should a pre-requisite for a horror writer not be to leave something to the imagination of the reader? As our imaginations can conjure up more enduring and sinister visions that a writer could not possible describe on paper.) I feel I have been quite harsh towards Mr Lovecraft, although I do believe my criticisms are warranted, however, I am going to offer him some praise. The Call of Cthulhu gives life to the dreaded creature, Cthulhu a sleeping creature who sleeps the sleep of the dead in his nightmarish domain. He is the High Priest of the `Great Old Ones¿ a race of people that inhabited this earth before we humans evolved. We are warned in this story and in many of Lovecraft¿s other stories that `The Great Ones¿ will return and displace mankind forever. This story shows excellent promise and would have been the basis of a great novel had Lovecraft gained the respect of his peers during his lifetime maybe he would have delighted even me, a Lovecraft sceptic, with more tales of Cthulhu.
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing, and horrifying, are the first two words that come to my mind when i think of Lovecraft's work. once you get used to his style of writing (and figure out what eldritch means), his stories are extremely gripping, and so utterly mysterious that you feel a need to finish it just to find out what happens (even though you already know its going to be something bad). after you read a lot of his tales, you may have a hard time getting to sleep...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read much of Lovecraft in the past, I heard about him from a friend, and I decided to jump right in with a big collection of his works. This book is frightening, H.P.'s thrilling and suspensful short stories will keep you on the edge of your seat into long hours of the night. With about 22 short stories spanning about 800 pages, you will not be dissapointed with this buy! The book includes a chronology of the tales and Lovecraft's life, along with notes on the text. I would definately recommend this to anyone looking for something interesting and scary. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone who already owns many of Lovecraft's works, as it is a little on the expensive side (at least for me).