The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

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ISBN-13: 9780142180037
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 330,627
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. Frequent illnesses in his youth disrupted his schooling, but Lovecraft gained a wide knowledge of many subjects through independent reading and study. 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. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.

S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale(1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life(1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird StoriesIntroduction by S. T. Joshi
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

The Tomb
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The White Ship
The Temple
The Quest of Iranon
The Music of Erich Zann
Under the Pyramids
Pickman's Model
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dunwich Horror
At the Mountains of Madness
The Thing on the Doorstep

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Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
rameau on LibraryThing 11 months ago
And this completes my reading of Lovecraft. Highlights: the title story, The Dunwich Horror, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, his most terrifying work.
GrazianoRonca on LibraryThing 11 months ago
THE TOMB An horror short story written in June 1917.`All things appear as they do only by virtue of the delicate individual physical and mental media through which we are made conscious of them.¿ (p. 1)Jervas Dudley discovered the entrance to a mausoleum belonging to the Hyde family , whose house had burnt many years before.Jervas attempts to enter in the tomb, but he is unable; so, inspired by an example of Plutarch¿s Lives, he decides to wait until it is his time to gain entrance to the tomb.After several years, while Jervas is sleeping beside the mausoleum, he believes to see a light from inside the tomb. He finds the key to the tomb and inside the mausoleum Jervas discovers an empty coffin with the name of Jervas Hyde upon the plate.Following again the example of Plutarch he starts to sleep inside the coffin, so to gain the name upon it.Jervas is awoken by his father and discovers that he has never been inside the tomb. A desire becomes dream, or nightmare: every person change with his consciousness the appearances of the things.
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The second Lovecraft collection released under the Penguin Classics imprint, 'The Thing On the Doorstep and Other Weird Tales' introduces Lovecraft to a reading population that otherwise not considering reading his works. Besides the title tale, 'The Tomb', 'The Dunwich Horror', 'At Moutains of Madness' are among the Lovecraft gems included. Edited by top Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, the collection includes a wonderful brief biographical sketch of Lovecraft that goes beyond the usual scant information usually seen about the author and marvelously detailed notes that not only discuss references in the story itself but give a short history of that stories publication and further reading suggestions. The number of stories included the Penguin editions may not be as vast as the recent Del Ray trade paperback editions. However the true Lovecraft devotee and those new to the Providence Gentleman will be thrilled with the vast amount of information contained between the covers.
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