“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
–H. P. LOVECRAFT
Welcome to the world of H. P. Lovecraft, the undisputed master of terror. His work has inspired countless nightmares, and this collection of some of his most chilling stories is likely to inspire even more.
Cool Air–An icy apartment hides secrets no man dares unlock.
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward–Ward delves into the black arts and resurrects the darkest evil from beyond the grave.
The Terrible Old Man–The intruders seek a fortune but find only death.
Herbert West–Reanimator–Mad experiments yield hideous results in this bloodcurdling tale, the inspiration for the cult film Re-Animator.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth–A small fishing town’s population is obscenely corrupted by a race of fiendish undersea creatures.
The Lurking Fear–An upstate New York clan degenerates into thunder-crazed mole like creatures with a taste for human flesh.
PLUS TEN OTHER SPINE-TINGLING TALES
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
H. P. Lovecraft lived his life in the moody New England that was the setting for his tales. His writing appeared in some of the most famous “pulp” magazines, but no book of his work was published in his lifetime, and so Lovecraft died in relative poverty and obscurity. Since then he has been recognized as one of the most influential cult horror writers of this century. His influence on American horror has extended to Stephen King, Anne Rice, Clive Barker, and many others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I find Lovecraft fascinating...except sometimes the things that are supposed to frighten me don't bother as much as the intolerance the master shows towards so many different groups of people. Read with a pinch of salt.
For those who just entering the strage and fascinating world of H.P. Lovecraft, this is a book that combinds some of his best works brought together. These include THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, a tale of a New England town mysteriously turned into aqautic creatures by the power of an undersea god, Dagon. This title was the basis for the 2001 cult film, DAGON. There is also the short story of THE TEMPLE, the story of a german u-boat captain that discovers the city of atlantis in a way that no man should. Without doubt, this book holds the best stories in it's 2 covers. The only complaint is for the lack of the story, THE CALL OF THE CHUTHULU. Look for this in other books, for it sets the basis for CHUTHULU, a character that is in many of his books.
HP Lovecraft is often considered one of the greatest horror writers of all time and an example to all the writers that follow him, but he can also describe exquisite beauty. This book contains three long stories: The Shadow over Innsmouth, Herbert West Reanimator, and the Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and several shorter stories, including Cool Air, The Hound, The Temple, The Moon-Bog, The Lurking Fear, The White Ship and The Terrible Old Man. All of those are superb stories and definitely worth reading.
This is without a doubt the best collection of H.P. Lovecraft's work. It is hard to believe that he died convinced that his life had been a failure. Excellent book, I recommend it to anybody who likes horror, and even to people who are into real scientific things.