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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales is "The Call of Cthulhu", canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.


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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales is "The Call of Cthulhu", canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Fiction The Alchemist 4⭐ At the Mountains of Madness 5⭐ Azathoth 3.5⭐ The Battle that Ended the Century 2⭐ The Beast in the Cave 4⭐ Beyond the Wall of Sleep 5⭐ The Book 4⭐ The Call of Cthulhu 5⭐ The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 5⭐ The Cats of Ulthar 4⭐ Celephaïs 4⭐ The Challenge from Beyond 3.5⭐ Collapsing Cosmoses 2.5⭐ The Colour out of Space 5⭐ Cool Air 4⭐ The Crawling Chaos 4⭐ The Curse of Yig 5⭐ Dagon 5⭐ The Descendant 3⭐ The Diary of Alonzo Typer 5⭐ The Disinterment 5⭐ The Doom That Came to Sarnath 4⭐ The Dream-Q Fiction The Alchemist 4⭐ At the Mountains of Madness 5⭐ Azathoth 3.5⭐ The Battle that Ended the Century 2⭐ The Beast in the Cave 4⭐ Beyond the Wall of Sleep 5⭐ The Book 4⭐ The Call of Cthulhu 5⭐ The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 5⭐ The Cats of Ulthar 4⭐ Celephaïs 4⭐ The Challenge from Beyond 3.5⭐ Collapsing Cosmoses 2.5⭐ The Colour out of Space 5⭐ Cool Air 4⭐ The Crawling Chaos 4⭐ The Curse of Yig 5⭐ Dagon 5⭐ The Descendant 3⭐ The Diary of Alonzo Typer 5⭐ The Disinterment 5⭐ The Doom That Came to Sarnath 4⭐ The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath 5⭐ The Dreams in the Witch House 5⭐ The Dunwich Horror 5⭐ The Electric Executioner 4⭐ The Evil Clergyman 3.5⭐ Ex Oblivione 4⭐ Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family 4⭐ The Festival 3.5⭐ From Beyond 4.25⭐ The Green Meadow 2.5⭐ The Haunter of the Dark 5⭐ He 4.25⭐ Herbert West—Reanimator 5⭐ History of the Necronomicon 4⭐ The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast 3⭐ The Horror at Martin’s Beach 4⭐ The Horror at Red Hook 4⭐ The Horror in the Burying-Ground 3.5⭐ The Horror in the Museum 4⭐ The Hound 5⭐ Hypnos 3.75⭐ Ibid 3⭐ In the Vault 4⭐ In the Walls of Eryx 4.25⭐ The Last Test 3⭐ The Little Glass Bottle 2⭐ The Lurking Fear 5⭐ The Man of Stone 3.5⭐ Medusa’s Coil 5⭐ Memory 4⭐ The Moon-Bog 4⭐ The Mound 5⭐ The Music of Erich Zann 4⭐ The Mysterious Ship 2⭐ The Mystery of the Grave-Yard 2⭐ The Nameless City 4.5⭐ The Night Ocean 2⭐ Nyarlathotep 3⭐ Old Bugs 3.5⭐ The Other Gods 3⭐ Out of the Aeons 4⭐ The Outsider 4⭐ Pickman’s Model 5⭐ The Picture in the House 5⭐ Poetry and the Gods 2⭐ Polaris 3.5⭐ The Quest of Iranon 4⭐ The Rats in the Walls 5⭐ A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson 2⭐ The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure 2⭐ The Shadow out of Time 5⭐ The Shadow over Innsmouth 5⭐ Discarded Draft of The Shadow over Innsmouth 3⭐ The Shunned House 5⭐ The Silver Key 4⭐ The Slaying of the Monster 1⭐ The Statement of Randolph Carter 4.5⭐ The Strange High House in the Mist 5⭐ The Street 4⭐ Sweet Ermengarde 3⭐ The Temple 4.5⭐ The Terrible Old Man 4⭐ The Thing in the Moonlight 3.5⭐ The Thing on the Doorstep 5⭐ Through the Gates of the Silver Key 3.5⭐ “Till A’ the Seas” 3.5⭐ The Tomb 5⭐ The Transition of Juan Romero 4.25⭐ The Trap 4⭐ The Tree 4⭐ The Tree on the Hill 4⭐ Two Black Bottles 3.5⭐ Under the Pyramids 4⭐ The Unnamable 3⭐ The Very Old Folk 3⭐ What the Moon Brings 4⭐ The Whisperer in Darkness 4.5⭐ The White Ship 3.5⭐ Winged Death 5⭐ Poetry An American to Mother England 3.25⭐ The Ancient Track 5⭐ Arcadia 2.5⭐ Astrophobos 3⭐ The Cats 4.5⭐ Christmas 4⭐ [Christmas Greetings to Annie E. P. Gamwell] 2⭐ [Christmas Greetings to Eugene B. Kuntz et al.] 2⭐ [Christmas Greetings to Felis (Frank Belknap Long’s cat)] 3⭐ [Christmas Greetings to Felis (Frank Belknap Long’s cat)] 3.25⭐ [Christmas Greetings to Laurie A. Sawyer] 1⭐ [Christmas Greetings to Rheinhart Kleiner] 2⭐ [Christmas Greetings to Sonia H. Greene] 2⭐ The City 4⭐ The Conscript 4⭐ Dead Passion’s Flame 3⭐ Despair 4⭐ Fact and Fancy 3.5⭐ Festival 4.25⭐ Fungi from Yuggoth 5⭐ A Garden 4.5⭐ Hallowe’en in a Suburb 5⭐ The House 4⭐ In a Sequester’d Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk’d 4.5⭐ Laeta; a Lament 4.5⭐ Life’s Mystery 3.25⭐ Lines on Gen. Robert Edward Lee 3.5⭐ The Messenger 4⭐ Nathicana 3.75⭐ Nemesis 4⭐ The Nightmare Lake 5⭐ Ode for July Fourth, 1917 3.5⭐ On Reading Lord Dunsany’s Book of Wonder 4⭐ On Receiving a Picture of Swans 3.5⭐ The Outpost 4.5⭐ Pacifist War Song—1917 2.75⭐ The Peace Advocate 4⭐ The Poe-et’s Nightmare 4.5⭐ Poemata Minora, Volume II 3⭐ Providence 3.5⭐ Psychopompos: A Tale in Rhyme 4⭐ Revelation 4⭐ The Rose of England 3⭐ Sunset 4.5⭐ To Clark Ashton Smith, Esq., upon His Phantastick Tales, Verses, Pictures, and Sculptures 3⭐ To Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Eighteenth Baron Dunsany 3⭐ Unda; or, The Bride of the Sea 5⭐ Waste Paper 4⭐ The Wood 4⭐ Essays The Allowable Rhyme 3⭐ At the Root 3⭐ Cats and Dogs 4⭐ The Despised Pastoral 3⭐ Literary Composition 3⭐ Metrical Regularity 4⭐ Notes on Writing Weird Fiction 5⭐ Supernatural Horror in Literature 5⭐ Letters Letter to the Gallomo (Alfred Galpin, Samuel Loveman, and Maurice W. Moe), 11 December 1919 ✔ Letter to Clark Ashton Smith, 27 November 1927 ✔

  2. 5 out of 5

    DeAnna Knippling

    As far as I can tell, this is everything but the letters (there are some essays pulled from a letter or two at the end). That means it includes some drafts with no punctuation and typos. And juvenalia. This is *not* the best-of collection. I have The Annotated Lovecraft and am working through that. Lovecraft is one of those authors that, unless you have a special interest in, you really want a curated selection of rather than the whole fire hose. When looking at his work as a whole, some things p As far as I can tell, this is everything but the letters (there are some essays pulled from a letter or two at the end). That means it includes some drafts with no punctuation and typos. And juvenalia. This is *not* the best-of collection. I have The Annotated Lovecraft and am working through that. Lovecraft is one of those authors that, unless you have a special interest in, you really want a curated selection of rather than the whole fire hose. When looking at his work as a whole, some things popped out at me: --"Once upon a time there was a setting. AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!" seems to be the entirety of his plot a great deal of the time. Often it's, "Once upon a time a found a journal that said that once upon a time there was setting, and the author was like, 'AIEEEEEEE!' and I was like that was creepy, but then I realized, 'AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!'" --The Old Ones are really big germs. Like, look up images of microorganisms. --Dude hated that which he fears, and dude was afraid of everything. --"It wasn't my fault; it never would have happened if them damn [insert racial/gender/class epithet here] hadn't made me do it." It's not just that he was racist. It's that racism is the plot of his stories. One of his plots was, "BECAUSE SHE HAD ONE DROP OF BLACK BLOOD SHE WAS A MONSTER." Double yay? He was a master of setting. Unfortunately, when you take look at the whole of his work, it becomes clear that setting was about the sum of his genius. Herbert West is about the only memorable character. I didn't see any plot twists that wouldn't have been around in the pulp era (and that he didn't himself use multiple times). He couldn't write dialog to save his life (or rather he might have been able to write dialog--if he chose to do so--and if he had more than "the main character who is relatively sane and stands in for Lovecraft" and "the character who's kind of nuts" and "look, just don't write in accent anymore" as characters. His research is laughable (ah, yes, a story set in Australia, referring to native magic, and not a word of songlines). His style is hypnotizing (I skimmed a lot and often just fell asleep). But oh, that setting. When it works, it works.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anna Lyse

    Books and stories around the Cthulhu myth were fascinating. The vastness of the creatures and the universe Lovecraft creates is astounding. That being said, the gods are almost too large to be able to plausibly inhabit the earth and I found myself wondering why these monsters should choose earth as their abode. Since most stories are recounting of fictional characters they didn't have too much direct speech in it which became quite an ordeal to read at length. The antique way of writing and long Books and stories around the Cthulhu myth were fascinating. The vastness of the creatures and the universe Lovecraft creates is astounding. That being said, the gods are almost too large to be able to plausibly inhabit the earth and I found myself wondering why these monsters should choose earth as their abode. Since most stories are recounting of fictional characters they didn't have too much direct speech in it which became quite an ordeal to read at length. The antique way of writing and long-winded sentences didn't help either to follow all stories with the same passion. Overall, a great way to get to know one of the masters of horror and to see where so many writers have taken inspiration from.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER The Little Glass Bottle 2⭐ The Secret Cave 2⭐ The Mystery of the Grave-Yard 2⭐ The Mysterious Ship 2⭐ The Beast in the Cave 4⭐ The Alchemist 4⭐ The Tomb 5⭐ Dagon 5⭐ A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson 2⭐ Sweet Ermengarde 3⭐ Polaris 3.5⭐ The Green Meadow 2.5⭐ Beyond the Wall of Sleep 5⭐ Memory 4⭐ Old Bugs 3.5⭐ The Transition of Juan Romero 4.25⭐ The White Ship 3.5⭐ The Doom That Came to Sarnath 4⭐ The Statement of Randolph Carter 4.5⭐ The Terrible Old Man 4⭐ The Tree LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER The Little Glass Bottle 2⭐ The Secret Cave 2⭐ The Mystery of the Grave-Yard 2⭐ The Mysterious Ship 2⭐ The Beast in the Cave 4⭐ The Alchemist 4⭐ The Tomb 5⭐ Dagon 5⭐ A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson 2⭐ Sweet Ermengarde 3⭐ Polaris 3.5⭐ The Green Meadow 2.5⭐ Beyond the Wall of Sleep 5⭐ Memory 4⭐ Old Bugs 3.5⭐ The Transition of Juan Romero 4.25⭐ The White Ship 3.5⭐ The Doom That Came to Sarnath 4⭐ The Statement of Randolph Carter 4.5⭐ The Terrible Old Man 4⭐ The Tree 4⭐ The Cats of Ulthar 4⭐ The Temple 4.5⭐ Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family 4⭐ The Street 4⭐ Poetry and the Gods 2⭐ Celephaïs 4⭐ From Beyond 4.25⭐ Nyarlathotep 3⭐ The Picture in the House 5⭐ The Crawling Chaos 4⭐ Ex Oblivione 4⭐ The Nameless City 4.5⭐ The Quest of Iranon 4⭐ The Moon-Bog 4⭐ The Outsider 4⭐ The Other Gods 3⭐ The Music of Erich Zann - 4⭐ Herbert West — Reanimator 5⭐ Hypnos 3.75⭐ What the Moon Brings 4⭐ Azathoth 3.5⭐ The Horror at Martin’s Beach 4⭐ The Hound 5⭐ The Lurking Fear 5⭐ The Rats in the Walls 5⭐ The Unnamable 3⭐ The Festival 3.5⭐ Under the Pyramids 4⭐ The Shunned House 5⭐ The Horror at Red Hook 4⭐ He 4.25⭐ In the Vault 4⭐ The Descendant 3⭐ Cool Air 4⭐ The Call of Cthulhu 5⭐ Two Black Bottles 3.5⭐ Pickman’s Model 5⭐ The Silver Key 4⭐ The Strange High House in the Mist 5⭐ The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath 5⭐ The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 5⭐ The Colour Out of Space 5⭐ The Very Old Folk 3⭐ The Thing in the Moonlight 3.5⭐ The Last Test 3⭐ The History of the Necronomicon 4⭐ The Curse of Yig 5⭐ Ibid 3⭐ The Dunwich Horror 5⭐ The Electric Executioner 4⭐ The Mound 5⭐ Medusa’s Coil 5⭐ The Whisperer in Darkness 4.5⭐ At the Mountains of Madness 5⭐ The Shadow Over Innsmouth (Draft) 3⭐ The Shadow Over Innsmouth 5⭐ The Trap 4⭐ The Dreams in the Witch House 5⭐ The Man of Stone 3.5⭐ The Horror in the Museum 4⭐ Through the Gates of the Silver Key 3.5⭐ Winged Death 5⭐ Out of the Aeons 4⭐ The Thing on the Doorstep 5⭐ The Evil Clergyman 3.5⭐ The Horror in the Burying-Ground 3.5⭐ The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast 3⭐ The Slaying of the Monster 1⭐ The Book 4⭐ The Tree on the Hill 4⭐ The Battle that Ended the Century 2⭐ The Shadow out of Time 5⭐ Till A’ the Seas” 3.5⭐ Collapsing Cosmoses 2.5⭐ The Challenge from Beyond 3.5⭐ The Disinterment 5⭐ The Diary of Alonzo Typer 5⭐ The Haunter of the Dark 5⭐ In the Walls of Eryx 4.25⭐ The Night Ocean 2⭐ LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER The Poem of Ulysses 3⭐ Ode to Selene or Diana 3⭐ To the Old Pagan Religion 3⭐ On the Ruin of Rome 2⭐ To Pan 2⭐ On the Vanity of Human Ambition 2.25⭐ On Receiving a Picture of Swans 3.5⭐ Unda; or The Bride of the Sea 5⭐ An American to Mother England 3.25⭐ Lines on Gen. Robert Edward Lee 3.5⭐ The Rose of England 3⭐ The Poe-et’s Nightmare 4.5⭐ Aletheia Phrikodes 5⭐ Fact and Fancy 3.5⭐ Pacifist War Song — 1917 2.75⭐ A Garden 4.5⭐ The Peace Advocate 4⭐ Ode for July Fourth, 1917 3.5⭐ Nemesis 4⭐ Astrophobos 3⭐ Sunset 4.5⭐ Laeta; a Lament 4.5⭐ Psychopompos: A Tale in Rhyme 4⭐ The Conscript 4⭐ Despair 4⭐ Revelation ⭐ The House 4⭐ The City 4⭐ To Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Eighteenth Baron Dunsany 3⭐ The Nightmare Lake 5⭐ On Reading Lord Dunsany’s ‘Book of Wonder’ 4⭐ Christmas 4⭐ Waste Paper 4⭐ Providence 3.5⭐ The Cats 4.5⭐ Festival 425⭐ Hallowe’en in a Suburb 5⭐ The Wood 4⭐ The Outpost 4.5⭐ The Ancient Track 5⭐ The Messenger 4⭐ Fungi from Yuggoth 5⭐ Dead Passion’s Flame 3⭐ Arcadia 2.5⭐ In a Sequester’d Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk’d 4.5⭐ To Clark Ashton Smith, Esq., upon His Phantastick Tales, Verses, Pictures, and Sculptures 3⭐ Life’s Mystery 3.25⭐ Nathicana 3.75⭐ Christmas Greetings to Eugene B. Kuntz et al 2⭐ Christmas Greetings to Laurie A. Sawyer 1⭐ Christmas Greetings to Sonia H. Greene 2⭐ Christmas Greetings to Rheinhart Kleiner 2⭐ Christmas Greetings to Felis (Frank Belknap Long’s cat) 3⭐ Christmas Greetings to Annie E. P. Gamwell 2⭐ Christmas Greetings to Felis (Frank Belknap Long’s cat) 3.25⭐ Selected Essays Metrical Regularity 4⭐ The Allowable Rhyme 3⭐ The Despised Pastoral 3⭐ At the Root 3⭐ Literary Composition 3⭐ Supernatural Horror in Literature 5⭐ Cats and Dogs 4⭐ The History of the Necronomicon 4⭐ Notes on Writing Weird Fiction 5⭐ LIST OF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WORKS Biographical Notice 2⭐ The Brief Autobiography of an Inconsequential Scribbler 2.5⭐ Within the Gates by “One Sent by Providence.” 3⭐ A Confession of Unfaith 3⭐ Selections from “News Notes” 3⭐ Commercial Blurbs3⭐ Autobiography of Howard Phillips Lovecraft 2.5⭐ Some Notes on a Nonentity 3.25⭐

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Murder

    Lovecraft knows how to write a story that chills you and gives excellent atmosphere in most of his works. He could use help in having more memorable characters, but you can't have everything. It's clear how much how he's inspired by Poe and how much of an influence that he has in literature, comics, and games today. This book has the stories in chronological order, so you can see the progression of him as a writer take form. Now let's talk about an uncomfortable subject: Racism in Good Writers. It Lovecraft knows how to write a story that chills you and gives excellent atmosphere in most of his works. He could use help in having more memorable characters, but you can't have everything. It's clear how much how he's inspired by Poe and how much of an influence that he has in literature, comics, and games today. This book has the stories in chronological order, so you can see the progression of him as a writer take form. Now let's talk about an uncomfortable subject: Racism in Good Writers. It's no secret that Lovecraft was a collosal racist, in fact most people were in that time. However, while I'm greatly opposed to those viewpoints, I do acknowledge that he's great at writing fiction. There are many famous people living and dead that had wonderful creative talent that we're entertained by. That's all well and good, but always try to separate the work from the person. I know that's not everyone's opinion, but that's why there are so many kinds of books out there. In the end it all boils down to taste. I only bring this up, because at least two people I know here were bullied because they like Lovecraft. If you don't like something, just be respectful to the other person and move on. But you don't have to take my word for it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Francesca

    DNF but only because I loved it so much I went and bought a very fancy hardback and I'm going to read that instead. The Nameless City 3/5 The Festival 2/5 Colour Out Of Space 4/5 The Call of Cthulu 4/5 The Dunwich Horror 4/5 The Whisperer in the Darkness 5/5 The Dreams in the Witch House 3/5 The Haunter of the Dark 5/5 The Shadow Over Innsmouth 5/5 Will probably return to read all the little bits that my other edition doesn't have. DNF but only because I loved it so much I went and bought a very fancy hardback and I'm going to read that instead. The Nameless City 3/5 The Festival 2/5 Colour Out Of Space 4/5 The Call of Cthulu 4/5 The Dunwich Horror 4/5 The Whisperer in the Darkness 5/5 The Dreams in the Witch House 3/5 The Haunter of the Dark 5/5 The Shadow Over Innsmouth 5/5 Will probably return to read all the little bits that my other edition doesn't have.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Noa

    Amazing art and animations that kept me at the edge of my seat and really engrossed in each story. As an artist myself, I also really appreciated the bonus sketches at the end. So pleased with this purchase.

  8. 5 out of 5

    William

    Getting my weird / horror pump primed by reading the masters. Next is Algernon Blackwood.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Snow

    For lovers of words. If you love to love words in all forms, thrn this is the book for you. I enjoyed it profusely.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kenya Starflight

    NOTE: Before I went to review this collection, I was unaware of the controversy surrounding it -- apparently it was compiled by a Lovecraft fan and posted online for free, and someone else is publishing the compilation on Amazon to make money off her hard work. If this is true, then shame on whoever's trying to profit off someone else's work... but not only did I get this collection for free via a free e-book program, but it appears this volume is no longer available to purchase on Amazon, so at NOTE: Before I went to review this collection, I was unaware of the controversy surrounding it -- apparently it was compiled by a Lovecraft fan and posted online for free, and someone else is publishing the compilation on Amazon to make money off her hard work. If this is true, then shame on whoever's trying to profit off someone else's work... but not only did I get this collection for free via a free e-book program, but it appears this volume is no longer available to purchase on Amazon, so at least the thief isn't getting any more money for their theft... I've been curious about the works of Lovecraft for some time -- while not terribly successful during his life, and while his racist views have made him an uncomfortable figure today, his mythos has seen a revival in recent years, with his take on cosmic horror reverberating with many readers and inspiring many other writers and artists from Stephen King to Guillermo del Toro to the webcomic artist Wayward Martian. This collection gave me a chance to become acquainted with his work, and while his writing isn't superb, his imagination is vivid and chilling, and the universe he created is one that won't soon be forgotten. Many of Lovecraft's most famous works are here, as well as some of his more obscure stories. Of these stories, "At the Mountains of Madness" would have to be my favorite, though I also highly recommend "The Color Out of Space," "Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," "Cool Air," "The Horror of Red Hook," "The Dunwich Horror," "The Music of Erich Zaan," "The Shadow Out of Time," "The Thing on the Doorstep," and the non-horrific and actually rather hilarious satirical "Sweet Ermengarde." In all but that last story, Lovecraft manages to build a real sense of horror and suspense, and while sometimes the climax/twist can seem obvious to the reader, the payoff is still satisfying in most cases. Lovecraft rarely resorted to the creatures of horror that were mainstays back in his day -- vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc. His creatures were bizarre, ones with strangely shaped bodies, eyes and tentacles in odd places, and biology completely unknown to science. He seemed to understand that the most horrifying thing of all is things of the unknown, and tapped into this quite frequently. And notably, many of his stories share a universe, with elements and creatures and events of one often being referenced in another later on. This is a tactic that provided a sense of continuity to his works, though it wasn't necessary to read all of them to understand what was going on... and seems to have inspired the "shared universe" that other authors have indulged in, such as Stephen King. I wasn't as fond of the "Dreamland" stories in this collection as I was of his others -- "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," "The Silver Key," "The White Ship," etc. I did enjoy his "Cats of Ulthar," which is set in this universe, but it's the exception. And yes... Lovecraft was infamously racist even for his day, and it leaves its uncomfortable mark on many of these stories. One character owns a cat whose name would be considered a racial slur today, and his disdain for not only people of color but people of different social strata and ethnic backgrounds will make the more politically correct reader squirm and squint. Some people may have trouble overcoming this as they read, which I can fully understand. While a controversial writer, Lovecraft has left his mark on the literary world, and his mythos has become beloved to a new generation of readers. His work is worth a look if you enjoy horror that's far more than the standard "monster hunts a group of teens/young adults" that's pretty much defined modern horror, and if nothing else it's a nice look at the origins of the Cthulhu mythos.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Brown

    Lovecraft is the master of weird. His cyclopean writing dwarfs that of other horror writers. Cthulu beckons.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Simpson

    We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. Seeing as how it is impossible to review a collection of someone's life's work, this is more of a brief overview of my thoughts in general about H.P. Lovecraft's work (with the intent of reviewing his prominent works on an individual basis one day!), and my opinion on the specific editions of his work I have. As far as the editions go: my first collection of his work was We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. Seeing as how it is impossible to review a collection of someone's life's work, this is more of a brief overview of my thoughts in general about H.P. Lovecraft's work (with the intent of reviewing his prominent works on an individual basis one day!), and my opinion on the specific editions of his work I have. As far as the editions go: my first collection of his work was the enormous tome from Barnes and Noble. It's great as far as binding, text, and compilation goes, but it's just so unwieldy for comfortable reading. This isn't a big problem, and not one to warrant a un-recommendation, but it's something to consider before purchasing. If you're a table reader, this won't be a big deal, but if you prefer to curl up or lie down to read, this might not be your best bet. Eventually, I tracked down another complete Lovecraft omnibus, this time consisting of six smaller volumes. This set (by Arcturus; the set I'm posting this review on) is exactly what I wanted: small books, hardcover, clothbound. The foiling on the covers is a nice bonus as well. You lose the helpful notes on each story found at their beginnings in something like the BnN edition, but those aren't entirely necessary (and can contain mild spoilers if one isn't careful). The only downside is the BnN edition had the stories listed in chronological order and the Arcturus edition divides up the tales seemingly arbitrarily (although some of the division make sense, admittedly). This was a minor detail I didn't prefer, but just made my original plan of reading the corpus through in order a little more challenging (having to switch between Arcturus volumes after almost every story). Oh well. It's a great collection and I recommend it over the BnN, although neither is bad. Here's a one-word summary of my thoughts on this collection of tales itself: Wow. I'm not a huge horror fan at all, but I feel like Lovecraft transcends such a label anyways. Although you may be able to guess the ending to many of his stories (many of which are purposefully written that way), one has to keep in mind that so many of the horror tropes and sci-fi concepts used in these stories were novel in their day. This man's mind (and vocabulary) was incredible. One particularly interesting aspect for me is Lovecraft's atheistic influence on his work. His corpus is truly a study in grappling with a godless universe. It's fascinating. One of my favorite aspects of his work is the subtly (and sometimes openly) suggested idea that all (or most) of his tales have a shared setting: the same fictitious people, locations, books, 'gods' and monsters constantly crop up in different stories, giving the sense of unity and cohesion to an otherwise disparate and diverse ensemble of narratives. There are times when his loquaciousness--normally a boon for his work--gets in his way and slows his pacing down and hampers the tension he so carefully tries to craft. (Perhaps ironically, 'loquacious' is a word I learned from reading his work, meaning 'wordy'!) Sometimes you just want him to get on with the revelations and exposition, but his characters need to elaborate just a little more on their state of insanity or disbelief. It's not detrimental to his style, but it's not favorable. There are so many things to be said about his individual tales that I can't go into here, so I'll just leave you a few suggested readings (in roughly chronological order, but they can be read in isolation or any order)--many of which are short stories, and a few are novellas or novels, all in the public domain, so you can find collections for cheap or just read free (legal) PDFs online! The Music of Erich Zann The Rats in the Walls In the Vault The Call of Cthulhu Pickman's Model The Silver Key The Dream-quest of Unknown Kadath The Whisperer in the Dark At the Mountains of Madness The Shadow Out of Time

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charn Singh

    In my opinion, while its near impossible to capture the tone and mood of Lovecraft's work in any visual form, without diluting the intensity, the collection here does rather decent job at attempting it. The art work, however, could have been tad more "ominous" and even used a notch or two higher levels of surrealism. Nonetheless fan's of Lovecraft should still be more or less pleased with the end results. Note: the review is for "iClassics (App Book) Edition" (containing Dagon, The Hound, and The In my opinion, while its near impossible to capture the tone and mood of Lovecraft's work in any visual form, without diluting the intensity, the collection here does rather decent job at attempting it. The art work, however, could have been tad more "ominous" and even used a notch or two higher levels of surrealism. Nonetheless fan's of Lovecraft should still be more or less pleased with the end results. Note: the review is for "iClassics (App Book) Edition" (containing Dagon, The Hound, and The Window), but somehow its also showing up for "Complete Collection Of H. P. Lovecraft - 150 eBooks With 100+ Audiobooks"- which I have never read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grateful

    When Lovecraft is at his best it's worth reading but much of this Collection wasnt worth the effort. I'd recommend a best of rather than this complete collection as most of the time I just wanted to move on from it. He is also blatantly racist and classist which I was aware of going in so if you can't look past that and I'd understand if you can't I'd recommend reading something else maybe Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff would be a better option. When Lovecraft is at his best it's worth reading but much of this Collection wasnt worth the effort. I'd recommend a best of rather than this complete collection as most of the time I just wanted to move on from it. He is also blatantly racist and classist which I was aware of going in so if you can't look past that and I'd understand if you can't I'd recommend reading something else maybe Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff would be a better option.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Earnest Hearl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Horror, is a good way to get your blood pumping .I love the fluidity of his stories. H.P Lovecraft has been one of my favorite groups of stories. H.P may not be living, but his stories live on. At least for me they do. It's like being hypnotized by H.P You can almost hear his voice as you read each story. The creatures he writes about, are fantastic, and so real like. Horror, is a good way to get your blood pumping .I love the fluidity of his stories. H.P Lovecraft has been one of my favorite groups of stories. H.P may not be living, but his stories live on. At least for me they do. It's like being hypnotized by H.P You can almost hear his voice as you read each story. The creatures he writes about, are fantastic, and so real like.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Indraroop

    I’d strongly recommend “The Best of Lovecraft” over this. Many of the stories haven’t aged well and many are recycled. It’s obvious that the author was paid by the word back in the day: most stories could be edited to half their length. The best of Lovecraft stands the test of time, but the complete Lovecraft does not.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

    Yawn I'm new to Lovecraft and I know a lot of authors were inspired by him, but his stories dragged on way too long. He seems to rely on description to build up a mood, but there wasn't enough action to keep me interested. The exposition for each story went on way longer than necessary before anything significant happened. Yawn I'm new to Lovecraft and I know a lot of authors were inspired by him, but his stories dragged on way too long. He seems to rely on description to build up a mood, but there wasn't enough action to keep me interested. The exposition for each story went on way longer than necessary before anything significant happened.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    These are old(1920) tales of cosmic horror. Lovecraft is a master at what he does, I am glad I can say I worked my way through this Tome. There is something to be said for Pulp Writers. They did more with less. I only gave this 4 stars because of the racism. It is part of Lovecraft and can't be ignored. These are old(1920) tales of cosmic horror. Lovecraft is a master at what he does, I am glad I can say I worked my way through this Tome. There is something to be said for Pulp Writers. They did more with less. I only gave this 4 stars because of the racism. It is part of Lovecraft and can't be ignored.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erlend Tyrmi

    I’m only about halfway through, but I can already tell this is worth it. It’s not great by normal literary standards. Especially in some of the later works it seems like he forgot how to tell a good story. But if you love pure nerdy creativity, then this is for you. My favorites are The cats of Ulthar and The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    J. Stone

    HPL is called a master for a reason. He may have been a man of his time (given all the stuff people have uncovered about him) but I can't deny that his stories are richly written and usually unforgettable. Most stuff you read is not picked up again. HPL is one you always go back to. HPL is called a master for a reason. He may have been a man of his time (given all the stuff people have uncovered about him) but I can't deny that his stories are richly written and usually unforgettable. Most stuff you read is not picked up again. HPL is one you always go back to.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Kramer

    Did you watch Scooby-Doo as a child and fell in love with the creepy mysteries? Then this is the collection for you. Lovecraft's classic stories are short enough to read in a jiffy but suspenseful enough to make your skin start to crawl. Great for any horror lover out there. Did you watch Scooby-Doo as a child and fell in love with the creepy mysteries? Then this is the collection for you. Lovecraft's classic stories are short enough to read in a jiffy but suspenseful enough to make your skin start to crawl. Great for any horror lover out there.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This collection shows the different skills and abilities that Lovecraft has a writer. Yes horror is his genre but there is so much more there too with well written characters, engrossing stories, and superb settings.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karis

    It was ok, not what I was expecting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Conte

    Lovecraft can get in your bones if you're not careful. Lovecraft can get in your bones if you're not careful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lida

    Such a good value!!! I only paid $1.99 US for this complete collection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raz O'Xane

    Kadath was too much for me, I give up.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Philip E.

    Some great stories. Lovecraft's style is unique and his imagination vivid. Even though the stories are dated if gives a great insight into what people imagined was possible back then. Some great stories. Lovecraft's style is unique and his imagination vivid. Even though the stories are dated if gives a great insight into what people imagined was possible back then.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Roger Tribble

    Terrific read Lovecraft slowly builds both character and dread. Amazing use of words. Unlike anything I have heretofore read. Highly recommended All his writing is recommended

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pingo Lito

    I loved the art and all the interactive experience!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hal Brodsky

    Mixed bag of a collection, but worth reading for "Herbert West-Reanimator" as long as you also watch the movie. Mixed bag of a collection, but worth reading for "Herbert West-Reanimator" as long as you also watch the movie.

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