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The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre Ph nglui mglw nafh Cthulhu R lyeh wgah nagl fhtagnTry saying that backward or forward, which is equally challenging.H.P Lovecraft is definitely the granddaddy of Cosmic Horror and Weird Fiction He is often mentioned in science fiction fantasy horror related websites and forums, not to mention myriad other kinds of websites Reading fans raving about his works and seeing the numerous fan arts online make many of us genre fiction enthusiasts want to start getting into his fiction to sPh nglui mglw nafh Cthulhu R lyeh wgah nagl fhtagnTry saying that backward or forward, which is equally challenging.H.P Lovecraft is definitely the granddaddy of Cosmic Horror and Weird Fiction He is often mentioned in science fiction fantasy horror related websites and forums, not to mention myriad other kinds of websites Reading fans raving about his works and seeing the numerous fan arts online make many of us genre fiction enthusiasts want to start getting into his fiction to see what the fuss is all about I suspect a lot of first time readers of Lovecraft are disappointed at what they find The way he goes about telling his stories is very idiosyncratic, he has a tendency to overwrite and is often ridiculously verbose This can be very disappointing and off putting if you choose the wrong story to start with and you were expecting a quick thrilling read This is where the unwieldy titled The Best of H.P Lovecraft Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre comes in This is a greatest hits type of anthology which is ideal for the uninitiated and of course fans who want their favorite stories all in one book It does not include the novellas At the Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, which is just as well as these are not so suitable starting places I think it is better to get used to and forgive the author s verbiage and appreciate the otherwise awesomeness of his stories.A lot of the stories tend to be supernatural sci fi hybrids with witches and wizards summoning aliens from another planet or dimension by magic Here is my quick run through of the stories in this collection Introduction by Robert Bloch Best known for Psycho, one of his prot g s A good intro to Lovecraft the man and his fiction Don t skip it The Rats in the Walls As your very first Lovecraft story his convoluted prose style may take a while to get used to The climax is spectacular but also a bit of a mess in the narrative department The story is great though, worth a reread later on The Picture in the HouseThe book that drips blood where the useless protagonist runs away just when things are heating up to a critical point, next time stay at home old chap Nice, short and atmospheric though The OutsiderA story of self discovery Great twist at the end Awesome in a most eldritch way Pickman s Model You are in for a treat with this one Classic Lovecraft, one of his most popular and enduring stories The colloquial writing style is rather unusual for Lovecraft I think Possibly his most accessible story and a great starting point for new readers In the VaultBreak a leg An amusing and rather inconsequential little story The Silver KeyTime traveling shenanigan featuring some Lovecraft s patented awful faux hillbilly dialog A Twilight Zone ish story The Music of Erich Zann Featuring a man who is attracted by weird music Next time just buy a Yoko Ono album Actually one of HPL s most popular stories Doesn t really do much for me, unfortunately The bloody protagonist does a runner again just when things are getting interesting The Call of Cthulhu The narrative is a little fragmented and the story is rather incohesive, but there is some tremendous world building going on in this story The creepy atmosphere is very well done and for once the monster actually shows up in all its glory HPL s monsters generally prefer to lurk and mess with your head This story is also often cited as evidence of his racism According to Robert Bloch Lovecraft did becomemellow and tolerant of foreigners after marriage The Dunwich HorrorThis is what newcomers to Lovecraft are probably looking for A great, thrilling and creepy tale That Wilbur Whateley reminds me of Damian in the Omen movies a bit to begin with He changes later on though not for the better of course The Whisperer in DarknessGives new meaning to the Kodak moment , talk about product placement A very creepy story featuring weird floating monstrosities and a whispery ET The Colour Out of SpaceThis Ladies and gentlemen This Lovecraft s best story IMO For a change, the story is pure sci fi, no chanting monks, witches, voodoo or Cthulhu The poor Gardners family literal disintegration thanks to a meteor falling on their farm will surely give you the heebie jeebies The Haunter of the DarkSet in Italy The story of a weird black church If you spot a copy of theNecronomiconby Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred in a church head for the exit immediately The Thing on the DoorstepThis also What a great body swap story, much better than Freaky Friday Featuring the eponymous Thing on the Doorstep whose catchphrase is Glub Brrrr The Shadow Over InnsmouthOh my Gawd A blasphemously amazing story of some very fishy folks Set mainly in the creepiest town ever Featuring a very cool twist The Dreams in the Witch HouseFeaturing a witch, a rat with a man s face and a sort of hyperspace bypass The narrative is a little rambling for my taste, but a great story is embedded in there The Shadow Out of TimeAnother story of involuntary body swap The Great Race aliens are almost benign by HPL s standard, unauthorized body swap notwithstanding It is a longish story 70 pages or so , it starts off very fascinating, but then Lovecraft goes into his rambling mode in the second half of the story an example of his overwriting Still a great story though, one that will stay with you Due to his verbiage, thin characters and appalling dialogs Lovecraft s dissenters often dismiss him as a bad writer IMO he was not bad as such, but his literary ambition exceeded his ability, or perhaps he is the most excellent bad writer of all time The thing about his writing is that while some of the stories will have you nodding off while wading through the long winded prose, but once you get to the end of the stories you realize that they are actually quite good Also when he is on top form, such as in The Colour Out of Spacewhere the narrative is very evocative and the story is just right, he is unbeatable.Notes The website Cthulhuchick has kindly put together a free e book of the Complete Works of H.P Lovecraft in several formats The download link is on the main front page.You can read any and all of Lovecraft s stories online at Dagonbytes.Download links for free Lovecraft audiobooks HP Lovecraft Has Yet To Be Surpassed As The Twentieth Century S Greatest Practitioner Of The Classic Horror Tale Stephen King The Oldest And Strongest Emotion Of Mankind Is Fear, And The Oldest And Strongest Kind Of Fear Is Fear Of The Unknown HP LovecraftThis Is The Collection That True Fans Of Horror Fiction Must Have Sixteen Of HP Lovecraft S Most Horrifying Visions, Including The Call Of Cthulu The First Story In The Infamous Cthulhu Mythos A Creature Spawned In The Stars Brings A Menace Of Unimaginable Evil To Threaten All MankindThe Dunwich Horror An Evil Man S Desire To Perform An Unspeakable Ritual Leads Him In Search Of The Fabled Text Of The NecronomiconThe Colour Out Of Space A Horror From The Skies Far Worse Than Any Nuclear Fallout Transforms A Man Into A MonsterThe Shadow Over Innsmouth Rising From The Depths Of The Sea, An Unspeakable Horror Engulfs A Quiet New England TownPlus Twelve Terrifying Tales H P Lovecraft is a peculiar writer His stories are extremely predictable The first person narrator, a sober man of reason and science, will halfway through the story start noticing something odd about his surroundings It was almost as though horrifying revelation from the end of the story , but I knew that could not be the case And then, at the end, when all his reason has been denied, It was then I knew the terrible truth horrifying revelation that we all guessed thirty pages ago H P Lovecraft is a peculiar writer His stories are extremely predictable The first person narrator, a sober man of reason and science, will halfway through the story start noticing something odd about his surroundings It was almost as though horrifying revelation from the end of the story , but I knew that could not be the case And then, at the end, when all his reason has been denied, It was then I knew the terrible truth horrifying revelation that we all guessed thirty pages ago He also tends to use the same handful of adjectives over and over again ancient, blasphemous, and cyclopean occur faroften than is really necessary.But for all that, there is still some strange magical property to his writing A personal example the first time I read Lovecraft, I was visiting my sister on spring break I wanted something to read before going to bed, so I picked up The Best of H.P.L and started reading The Call of Cthulu Halfway through the story, I was thinking Wow, this is really kind of hack y and predictable I was starting to feel rather afraid, though what of I couldn t tell you Then, I went to sleep, and had scary effed up nightmares all night about undersea cities and evil giant monsters Which, I think, is rather the point of reading H P Lovecraft.He s not a terribly good writer, but his stories have a strange way of getting into your subconscious and taking root I recently read a review by Glenn Russell of a Lovecraft short story called From Beyond In his review Glenn provides this link to a Guttenburg Australia site titled the Collected Stories of Lovecraft H.P Lovecraft, 1934, age 43 3 years until he passed on to what These are horror stories dating back close to a century now, from one of the stranger American fiction writers The fictional worlds that Lovecraft created are located in temporally shifting realms which intersect with everyday r I recently read a review by Glenn Russell of a Lovecraft short story called From Beyond In his review Glenn provides this link to a Guttenburg Australia site titled the Collected Stories of Lovecraft H.P Lovecraft, 1934, age 43 3 years until he passed on to what These are horror stories dating back close to a century now, from one of the stranger American fiction writers The fictional worlds that Lovecraft created are located in temporally shifting realms which intersect with everyday reality in usually horrific ways, inhabited by ancient creatures having no relation to the life forms familiar to us The stories generally involve an interaction between the other these worlds and creatures , and a human being who has somehow come into contact with this other The contact often happens through some type of portal, likely in an old abandoned house or castle, perhaps simply in an outdoors location miles from normal human traffic The results of such contacts are always pretty unfortunate for the human, resulting in death or, just as frequently, insanity.The other that Lovecraft created is often referred to as a mythos , specifically as the Cthulhu Mythos from a series of stories which refer to one of these ancient beings by that name view spoiler To my knowledge, these are the only stories in the horror literary genre that have ever been made into successful games the Arkham Horrorboard game, the Call of Cthulhu role playing game Other literary works on this rather small shelf sources for games are mostly fantasy and science fiction tales Such game source stories that I m familiar with with associated games include Frank Herbert s Dune same name Robert Heinlein s Starship Troopers same name Joe Haldeman s The Forever War same name Anne McCaffrey s Dragonriders of Pern series same name Tolkein s Lord of the Ring s trilogy several games Marion Zimmer Bradley s Darkover series same name Isaac Asimov s Foundation trilogy on which the boardgame Star Traders was loosely based the Buck Rogers pulp magazine comic strip series same name and One Thousand and One Nights which served as inspiration for an offbeat game called Tales of the Arabian Nights hide spoiler If you enjoy horror stories, you are certainly familiar already with Lovecraft NoThen surely you must get on board.Lovecraft s writing style is definitely dated, not too different from Poe s to an untrained ear like mine But he really is the preeminent horror writer of the early twentieth century See his Wiki article and his biblio article which gives a good idea of the range of writing that this man did, without ever really being able to support himself from it.One final comment, on the story From Beyond It s quite an impressive tale looking at the horror fiction aspect of an idea which has been taken up by many philosophers, particularly Kant, andrecently evolutionists That is, that we humans are prisoners of our senses Not only are we locked into a prison which makes us interpret the world through the common sensory abilities which we are all born with but as Lovecraft points out we are, at least possibly, locked out of perceiving things in reality of which we have no idea perhaps to our good fortunePrevious review Rage to Live great bio of Richard Isabel BurtonRandom review The Numbers GameNext review The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet s NestPrevious library review ArrowsmithNext library review The Heart is a Lonely Hunter This is a book that tested me as a reader I have had a relatively easy reading year consisting of many popular fiction novels that were great page turners But this collection of stories by H.P.Lovecraft gave me a real workout At times I had to reread many of the intricately composed sentences and quite often found myself checking words in dictionaries It took me almost a month to finish this book I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection But The Call of Cthulhu, The Whisperer in Dar This is a book that tested me as a reader I have had a relatively easy reading year consisting of many popular fiction novels that were great page turners But this collection of stories by H.P.Lovecraft gave me a real workout At times I had to reread many of the intricately composed sentences and quite often found myself checking words in dictionaries It took me almost a month to finish this book I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection But The Call of Cthulhu, The Whisperer in Darkness and The Shadow Over Innsmouth were a cut above the rest In The Call of Cthulhu, the description of the religious cult in a forest in New Orleans was very cinematic I loved how the Cthulhu myth is slowly pieced together from various sources the dreams of a student sculptor and his grotesque creation, the account of a police inspector who leads a raid on a religious cult in a New Orleans swamp and an article in an Australian newspaper about an abandoned ship with a sole survivor Lovecraft uses the epistolary format to great effect in The Whisperer in the Dark The correspondence between the narrator who is a skeptic and a man who lives on an isolated farm and establishes contact with an alien race was riveting The Shadow Over Innsmouth well, this might well be the greatest small town sci fi short story of all time and features a great chase sequence I am surprised nobody has undertaken cinematic adaptations of these stories But after a point, I found the structure of the stories and the nature of the horror to be quite repetitive At the beginning of almost every story, the narrator would announce that something horrible had taken place Then he would proceed to piece together the horror in detail with the help of accounts of other people usually talkative old drunkards or social outcasts , letters, newspaper articles etc The twist or revelation at the end of each story would always be very satisfying.Lovecraft reveals himself to be a bit of a misanthrope especially with regard to the way he viewed the modern world Here is the narrator of Pickman s Model and I tell you, people knew how to live, and how to enlarge the bounds of life, in the old time This wasn t the only world a bold and wise man could know faugh And to think of today in contrast, with such pale pink brains that even a club of supposed artists gets shudders and convulsions if a picture goes beyond the feelings of a Beacon Street teatable He also has no interest in the mundane and the mediocre Or the things that motivates other human beings Michel Houellebecq rightly pointed out in his essay that Lovecraft s heroes hardly ever seemed to struggle with economic concerns or sexual motivations The following lines from The Dunwich Horror perfectly describes the Lovecraftian hero Everyone seemed to feel himself in close proximity to phases of Nature and of being utterly forbidden, and wholly outside the sane experience of mankind Most of the heroes in Lovecraft s stories undergo fantastical and other worldly experiences that are beyond ordinary men And not just that, these heroes often endeavor to hide their experiences from ordinary humanity who are deemed to be too stupid or gullible to learn about the demons or entities that lurk within the various dimensions But the Lovecraftian heroes are also bound to feel lonely at times Here is a description of Derby, the tragic scholar in The Thing on the Doorstep he mingled very little with the other students, though looking enviously at the daring or Bohemian set whose superficially smart language and meaningless ironic pose he aped, and whose dubious conduct he wished he dared adopt I think I enjoyed Michel Houellebecq s essay on Lovecraft s life and workthan Lovecraft s stories But I intend to check outof Lovecraft s work after a break Well, I don t watch a lot of horror films, but now I see where they all rip off everything from Lovecraft I didn t read EVERY one of these stories, they got a bit repetitive after a while, but the stories were chilling and seeing how influential the storytelling is on modern horror is really interesting Fascinating how much suspense can be put into a 10 page story Yes, I had nightmares of tentacle things after I finished Don t make fun of me. It was only last year that I discovered the joy of short stories thanks to Anton Chekhov and Edgar Allan Poe although it seems longer since time is a great ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff Since then I have been interested in the great short story authors of all time as well as writing my own short stories , among whom Lovecraft is often mentioned So I was very optimistic about this volume of stories when I started to read it particularly in regards to the infamous Cthulhu Mytho It was only last year that I discovered the joy of short stories thanks to Anton Chekhov and Edgar Allan Poe although it seems longer since time is a great ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff Since then I have been interested in the great short story authors of all time as well as writing my own short stories , among whom Lovecraft is often mentioned So I was very optimistic about this volume of stories when I started to read it particularly in regards to the infamous Cthulhu Mythos This volume opened with a brilliant foreword by Robert Bloch which described why Lovecraft deserves to be among the greats of horror writing and short story writing When I read his stories I found them to have a similar effervescence and mellifluous beauty to Poe and in some parts the simplicity of Chekhov, yet clearly the work was one hundred percent unique What Lovecraft has done with his short stories is create a world that focuses on the unknown His terror is not simple blood and gore shock tactics to scare the audience, it is the horror that requires a deeper level of skill, to creep the audience out by linking the narrators to mysterious and creepy terrors I found the supernatural and science fiction elements of his horror unique to him as while his language may have been similar to other short story artists the themes were completely unique and specific to his work Very few other short story writers have written short stories that constantly link while telling different stories.What are the themes of these short stories Well Lovecraft deals in a variety of themes such as dreams, mirrors and hence the self, the other , the unknown, the danger of cults and occult powers, corpses, tombs, old ruined houses, cannibalism, science vs religion, the cosmos, monsters vs men, crawling and slimy creatures, insanity and psychology It seemed to me that Lovecraft believed not in deities as such or had a personal religion but wasa scientist who believed in the power of the cosmos His view seems that the universe is strange, chaotic and hence unordered by the power of one supreme being but perhaps there may be old powers that exist in the black seas of infinity and will exist after people Of course while my beliefs are very different it was interesting to note this in his fiction He seemed to still hold a concept of black and white morality despite there being very much a greyness about his stance on human life and the powers in the universe CuriousThe thing I also loved about the stories was pointed out to me by the foreword Where most novels and short stories have either an unreliable or a reliable narrator Lovecraft wrote stories that had both at once in some strange way The way he did this was to write first person narratives with characters who had the information but also some kind of flaw to make you doubt where the reliability was or was not For instance this particularly occurs in the first story in this volume view spoiler Where the narrator appears to describe everything reliably until right at the end we discover that he is in fact narrating from an asylum and he is being classed as insane However he claims he s not insane So which viewpoint do we take hide spoiler I strongly recommend also that anyone interested in Lovecraft check out the essay he wrote called Supernatural horror in literature It provides several unique insights and perspectives I also naturally recommend his tales if you re into short stories or gothic horror fiction that meets a kind of supernatural science fiction horror That is you re never quite sure whether what they re telling you is all the facts or the truth such as in the case of Dracula for instance Work it out from my definition of unreliable narrator That is a narrator who you believe to be telling all the facts or at least enough to trust his perspective Think Nick from The Great Gatsby Beautifully written horror that many imitate ahem, Stephen King but few can pull off The real horror of Lovecraft isn t the scariness of the monsters or the gore, but concept that we are pointless blips of dust on the gaping maw of a chaotic, ageless, indifferent universe that constantly destroys itself for no reason at all Each story reminds you of how puny and ignorant you are but that s a good thing because every character finds out a little too much and goes crazy, gets eaten, sacrificed Beautifully written horror that many imitate ahem, Stephen King but few can pull off The real horror of Lovecraft isn t the scariness of the monsters or the gore, but concept that we are pointless blips of dust on the gaping maw of a chaotic, ageless, indifferent universe that constantly destroys itself for no reason at all Each story reminds you of how puny and ignorant you are but that s a good thing because every character finds out a little too much and goes crazy, gets eaten, sacrificed, has his face ripped off, teleported to another dimension or wakes up as a rotting corpse Good stuff A wonderful compilation of his stories This compilation includes such tales as The Call of Cthulhu, the Dunwich Horror and Shadow over Innsmouth HP Lovecraft has a way of writing that in my personal opinion is damn near perfect His sentence structure and word usage is on point in every paragraph Absolutely fabulous writer and absolutely fabulous stories I would recommend this to anyone To the best of my recollection, this may have been my first reading of H.P Lovecraft Seems unlikely, I know What I found is that Lovecraft is as familiar as meat on a stick, seen at carnivals and malls everywhere I feel as though I know Lovecraft s work, for I ve read those who influenced him Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood , and I ve read or seen films by multitude of writers influenced by him, such as Steven King and Brian Lumley, for example I wasn t aware until now that Lovecraf To the best of my recollection, this may have been my first reading of H.P Lovecraft Seems unlikely, I know What I found is that Lovecraft is as familiar as meat on a stick, seen at carnivals and malls everywhere I feel as though I know Lovecraft s work, for I ve read those who influenced him Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood , and I ve read or seen films by multitude of writers influenced by him, such as Steven King and Brian Lumley, for example I wasn t aware until now that Lovecraft created the Cthulhu Mythos which you ll find in music, comic books, video games, and who knows what else in modern culture Lovecraft is everywhere shocking During my brief research, I discovered that a fictional book Lovecraft refers to often in his stories, The Necronomicon, is believed by some Christian fundamentalist groups to be a real book Amazing, isn t it, how writers imaginations can create generational uproars Therefore, although I have no memory of reading a Lovecraft story before this book, I probably have, either directly or indirectly, because I m a child of a culture with a deep thumbprint of Lovecraft upon it The collection of stories I ve read was put out by the Carlton Publishing Group, not by Createspace which has a cover by the same name, but of poorer quality and fewer stories, or so I m told So, be careful out there Here are the titles in the Prion copy Herbert Wesst ReanimatorThe Rats in the WallsThe Call of CthulhuTHe Dunwich HorrorThe Whisperer in the DarknessAt the Mountains of MadnessThe Shadow over InnsmouthThe Shadow Out of TimeThe Haunter of the DarkThe Case of Charles Dexter WardQuite a nice selection, as it turns out Most of Lovecraft s works are public domain, but, as expected, lots of legal wrangling went on after his death he died young Only 47 I loved that he was generous with his work, encouraging others to borrow from his stories, etc In fact, theI read about Lovecraft, theI would have liked to have known him Almost forgot that I was here to write a review Overall, I was enthralled, but the ideas are so ingrained, that they felt familiar rather than fresh I could accurately anticipate much of the plot and was only surprised two or three times in over 600 pages that is how deeply I ve been seeped in Lovecraft s influence The benefit of this was that it allowed me to think outside the plot I could ask myself, why is this or that so frightening What cosmology has Lovecraft created here Etc This led to explorations of Cosmicism, which is Lovecraft s philosophy from Wiki that there is no recognizable divine presence, such as a god, in the universe, and that humans are particularly insignificant in the larger scheme of intergalactic existence, and perhaps are just a small species projecting their own mental idolatries onto the vast cosmos, ever susceptible to being wiped from existence at any moment I see now why Lovecraft has such ardent supporters His philosophy resonates and can displace the notion of a man centric universe that requires a personal god with a notion that we don t know what the hell is out there I imagine, for that, Lovecraft was discredited and a bit feared Fear That is what we go to horror for, isn t it We love to fear without real danger, but Lovecraft doesn t let us off the hook so easily You are an insect, he says, and there are things that go slop and slurp in the shadows that will eventually destroy you, and you will never see or understand them That, folks, is cosmic horror, and it doesn t need gore to send chills Reading Lovecraft can be pretty amazing if you have courage, entertaining if viewed on merely a plot level, but quite disturbing, perhaps, if you are of a highly sensitive nature Reading it is your choice, of course, but Lovecraft has most likely worked his way in your psyche already


About the Author: H.P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.Lovecraft s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity Lovecraft s protagonists usually achieve the mirror opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.Although Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe Wikipedia


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