by H. P. Lovecraft


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WIKIPEDIA says: 'H.P. Lovecraft's reputation has grown tremendously over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, exerting an influence that is widespread, though often indirect.'

H.P. Lovecraft's tales of the tentacled Elder God Cthulhu and his pantheon of alien deities were initially written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s. These astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published.

This handsome tome collects together the very best of Lovecraft's tales of terror, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were originally published. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, as well as being a must-buy for those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive, highly attractive volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780575081574
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Pages: 896
Sales rank: 97,203
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937) is probably the most important and influential author of supernatural fiction of the 20th century. A life-long resident of Providence, R.I., many of his tales are set in the fear-haunted towns of an imaginary area of Massachusetts, or in the cosmic vistas that exist beyond space and time. Since his untimely death, he has become acknowledged as a master of fantasy fiction, and a mainstream American writer second only to Edgar Allan Poe, while his relatively small body of work has influenced countless imitators and formed the basis of a world-wide industry of books, games and movies based on his concepts.

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Necronomicon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
ded_jester More than 1 year ago
H.P. Lovecrafts style of telling weird tales coupled with psychological thrilling horror is magnificent, and dozens if not all of the great horror/thriller writers of our time have paid homage to this great craftsman of terror, the creator of those things that haunt the darkest corners of our nightmares. H.P. Lovecrafts tales will open the outer gates of your mind and leave them such forevermore. In this compilation you will find one of the most complete collections available today without having to buy dozens of separate books and duplicating needlessly. I have enjoyed this work of literary beauty and grotesque and I trust that you will as well.
Driftglass More than 1 year ago
H.P Lovecraft continues to maintain a cult following decades after his death. His unique and horrific view of the universe, placing man far, far from the top of the food chain, has been capturing audiences for generations. References to his work may be found in the works of such writers such as Steven King, Robert Bloch and countless movies and television shows too numerous to name. Lovecraft has a obligue manner of describing horror with only a few select adjectives. The effect is chilling and, well, disturbing. This is a wonderful collection of his work.
LarryFCO More than 1 year ago
HP Lovecraft created a type of horror genre that was not too gory, but grounded in a dark fantasy universe of his own making. The author grew up in Providence, Mass., and, by the time you are done, you will believe that this Massachusetts is the scariest place in the universe. Lovecraft wrote in the most "purple" of prose, one of the greatest pulp writers in history, inspiring fans that included other horror authors (like Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith, to name three) who freely borrowed his concepts and locals, like the haunted town of Arkham, the dangerous and evil tome, the Necronomicon, and Cthulhu, the dark god. This book gathers all the really important short stories and novellas that Lovecraft wrote himself. The only down side of this collection is that its truly large and heavy, not a book to be carried around easily.
theshelbstinator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely stunning. Lovecraft's writing is interesting because he uses emotions and imagery mostly tapped from the readers' imaginations. Combined with excellent prose, this makes the writing both timeless and uniquely personal to the reader.
mmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fair warning -- all of Lovecraft's work is suffused with his racism and misogyny. He also tends to overwritten passages that are pure examples of purple prose. Yet he was, and is, a major influence on many writers and indeed, could be argued to be more of a presence in modern-day horror/science fiction than in mainstream horror novels. For the reader who is comfortable with prolixity or who wants to better understand writers such as Stross, reading Lovecraft is a necessity.
BrendanCarroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More weird tales that live up to the author's reputation for the bizarre.
horrorreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must-have book for all fans of horror reading! A classic collection of stories, all wrapped up in an attractive new hardback edition. Seriously worth a look, even if you are not a huge Lovecraft fan - it may just change your perception of the work completely (for the better!)
basilisksam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must have read nearly everything by Lovecraft thirty years ago or more. Was concerned that it might be a letdown but I really enjoyed ( if that's the right word) reading all the Cthulu related stories in one volume. The language is so flowery in places that it should be risible (see S Donaldson for some really bad examples) but somehow it works and I am in awe of his facility with language. I was disappointed with the article on the Author's life which completes the book - it's more of a chronology or extended bibliography than a real biography. I learnt nothing of note from this but plan to read Decamp's biography soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The order in which the stories are told is coherent. Lovecraft's work were scattered through a timeline, and not many were ever published in his lifetime. This collection makes sense of that mess to make an enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you know you life HP Lovecraft and want to have an instant collection. If you aren't sure if you like all of his stuff or only want a few, it would be better to own a smaller volume
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Along the likes of Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most unique and distinguished horror writers of all time. ¿Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft¿ is an exhaustively comprehensive collection of his most famous works, including ¿The Call of Cthulu¿, ¿Herbert West- Re-Animator¿, ¿The Color Out of Space¿, ¿The Dunwich Horror¿, ¿At the Mountains of Madness¿ and many more. These tales deal with the strange and the occult- the living dead, ancient beings, mythical creatures, aliens and some of the vilest people on earth. Each story deals with a different part of the Lovecraft mythos and as one reads more and more, it not only gets more and more addictive but the themes and mysteries become clearer and clearer. The main theme on display here is the unknown and how we will never be able to understand everything. Each story deals with it in a different way with, perhaps, the most effective use on display in ¿The Color Out of Space¿-a tale of a strange comet that crash-lands on Earth and sends an infectious feeling and presence across the countryside. In the story one never learns the mysteries behind what is happening. The audience never learns how, who, when or why this is happening, making the happenings all the more sinister and frightening. ¿At the Mountains of Madness¿ takes a different approach by explaining all of the mysteries surrounding the story, which regards an expedition to Antarctica that discovers terrible and horrifying secrets regarding the true history of the world. However, the mysteries explained spoil the effectiveness of many other pieces and, as such, ¿At the Mountains of Madness¿ should be one of the last Lovecraft tales read. Still, the story is extremely effective at explaining many of mysteries, however horrific they may be. These mysteries prove to be the backbone behind each and every Lovecraft story. The title ¿The Best Weird Tales¿ does not disappoint, as they are truly some of the best and weirdest tales that I have ever read. ¿The Dunwich Horror¿, in particular, is one of the most horrific stories I have ever been exposed to. It details the life of the son of a family knee-deep in the occult. This son is extremely abnormal and has a special plan, given to him by the ¿Elder Ones¿ who created the world as we know it and now aim to destroy it. To give any more away would be a crime. However, as effective as these pieces are, there are a few problems. At times, Lovecraft trips up over his own wordiness and this leads a select few sections to drag, most noticeably in ¿At the Mountains of Madness¿. However, the stories are never boring and, in fact, they are some of the most interesting of any that I have read. Flaws and all, these stories are supremely entertaining and integral to both the history of horror literature as well as the history of American literature.
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I've never read anything else like it to be sure. Lovecraft's writing is reminiscent of E.A. Poe but still different. He is truly a unique author with a unique style of writing that I have never seen anywhere else. A little off beat, Lovecraft is not for the faint of heart or those who do not enjoy the writings of Stephen King(who was inspired by Lovecraft) of Edgar Allen Poe. Lovecraft's writing is a category of fiction called Strange Fiction for a reason, but still, he is extremely good with some of the best diction that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I wholeheartedly recommend H.P. Lovecraft's stories to anyone as a diadem of the strange and abnormal to those looking for something out of the ordinary and a damn good read.
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I thought the stories were very original they give one a feeling that one is in a dream world they give one a feeling of a horror that is not quite seen but felt. As in all collections of stories some are better than others but overall I would give the book 5 stars. Also I was impressed with the binding and appearence of the book.
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