Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales

Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales

by Kenneth Hite

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BN ID: 2940012302656
Publisher: Atomic Overmind Press
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kenneth Hite is the multiple Origins Award-winning author, co-author, or designer of over 70 roleplaying game books and supplements, including GURPS Horror, Call of Cthulhu d20, and most recently, Trail of Cthulhu from Pelgrane Press. He has written on the narrative of horror roleplaying in Nightmares of Mine, and on the narrative structure of Call of Cthulhu in the Second Person anthology from MIT Press. His other recent works include the Mythos miscellany Dubious Shards and a children’s book combining Lovecraft and Sendak, Where the Deep Ones Are. His column “Suppressed Transmission” explores the Higher Weirdness in Pyramid magazine, and his column “Lost in Lovecraft” explores Lovecraft Country for Weird Tales. He lives in Chicago with his wife Sheila, the mandatory Lovecraftian cat, seven thousand or so books, and a sense of adventurous expectancy.

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Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
carpentermt on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Somewhere, somewhen on alt.horror.cthulhu someone mentioned this book and I didn't give it much thought. Then, all of a sudden, I seemed to be running across the name Kenneth Hite associated with unusual mythos works. He has written Where the Deep Ones Are, a mythos take on Maurice Sendak's classic book, as well as the forthcoming Antarctic Express. He also has written Cthulhu 101, not yet available, a sort of novice's guide to the mythos. It turns out he's been an extremely successful author of rpg material for years, including some Delta Green and some similar to Call of Cthulhu. I've seen none of his work, but I plan to remedy that. When I picked Tour de Lovecraft up I wasn't sure what to expect. Reading it I realized I don't know bupkus about Lovecraftian literary criticism. Oh, I write reviews, but they are about what I like and don't like about stories, with no more depth than that. Looking back over the years, the bulk of HPL criticism I have read has been the ultimate fan's (Robert Price) lengthy introductions to the stories of the Chaosium cycle books. I never subscribed to any periodicals (Weird Tales or otherwise), just waited around for the stories to make it into book form. It was a major step for me to read Joshi's The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos; I still have not read a full length biography of the man. Way back when, on alt. horror.cthulhu we tried to do a read along, having enlightened discussions of HPL's stories. We fizzled after one story. Tour De Lovecraft does this for us in a series of pithy little articles by a well read thoughtful scholar of the genre (I don't know if he has ST Joshi's academic credentials but he is certainly more widely read than me (Which reminds me a bit of my dear but eccentric Uncle George. My dad always said don't bother arguing with him, he's smarter than anyone and has read tons more than you; just call him silly names and poke him in the belly. So if I ever get into a discussion with Mr. Hite I suppose I'll call him silly names and poke him in the belly.)). Mr. Hite read the Joshi edited Penguin editions of Lovecraft and did a LiveJournal discussion back in 2007. He has reordered it chronologically, altered it slightly and made a few additions. This ably serves as an educated discussion of all of HPL's mature prose. Note: Those of you who want to use this as a companion to your own reading of Lovecraft should be aware that this book only has the discussion, not the stories! Get the Penguin editions or some other to go along with it! I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it shed light on some works for me and was like spending some time with an educated fan who appreciated these stories as much as me. Interestingly, Mr. Hite makes no bones about his disagreements with some of ST Joshi's analysis (which is hard for me to comment on, considering how little of Joshi I have read). Per the author, Mr. Joshi mostly thinks of HPL as a philosopher using ficton to expound his cosmic viewpoint. Mr. Hite more thinks of HPL as an artist crafting stories. I am not going to pretend there is a way to sort out this differing opinions; I'll just note I really liked this book (as I really enjoyed The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos.). Did I disagree with anything? Well, he likes The Colour Out of Space best and I like At the Mountains of Madness best (the fool!). I don't know much about Atomic Overmind Press. They seem to publish rpg supplements, hence the author's association. This book ain't cheap, at $14.95 for a total 108 pages, but it is worthwhile for serious Lovecraftians as well as new readers who need some guide to the stories. I will now preorder Cthulhu 101. Addendum: In the interests of equal time, ST Joshi wrote a review dismantling this book in Dead Reckonings #5, a magazine devoted to reviews of weird fiction. In it, Joshi uses many learned examples and cool words like apothegm to basically say (with sympathies to those others who ended up watching Meet the Spartans because