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1astropi
May 19, 11:59am Top

Looks fab, for those of us that love this genre and work :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2d669mDfjk

Limited to 750 copies, currently about 400 remain. Although, it was just released, so it will likely sell out relatively soon.

2HugoDumas
May 19, 1:17pm Top

>1 astropi: lovely book but not at $120. Coincidentally Barnes is coming out with a more complete collection in October. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/h-p-lovecraft-tales-of-horror-h-p-lovecraft/1126...

3supercell
May 19, 1:34pm Top

2: I do wish the limited edition really were $120 - as that would be a no-brainer - but at £345 (+P&P) Cthulhu requires quite a bit more thinking than Mort last year (and the unlimited trade edition is rather more attractively priced at at £75).

4jroger1
Edited: May 19, 2:57pm Top

The price of the LE to American customers is $575 plus p/h. As much as I admire (and sometimes patronize) FS, they overcharge us relative to the exchange rate and won't allow us to pay in pounds. At today's exchange rate, it should be $450.

http://www.foliosociety.com/book/HUL

5astropi
May 19, 5:13pm Top

It's very expensive, no doubt about it! Personal decision of course. However, I don't like any of the B&N "leather-bound" editions myself. All the ones I have seen are very cheaply produced. Which of course is why they're cheap!

6jroger1
May 19, 5:26pm Top

I don't read a lot of fiction, but I do like to be frightened now and then. By the story, though, not by the price!

Poe, Lovecraft, du Maurier, King, advanced math texts - all great stuff.

7Morrowless
May 20, 11:19am Top

What do you mean they overcharge? US customers are treated differently?

8kdweber
May 20, 11:54am Top

>7 Morrowless: Yes, the FS sells to Canada, Australia, and the US in our local currency at an exchange rate that is 20-40% higher than the market rate. There is no option to purchase the books in the substantially cheaper British Pound.

9HugoDumas
May 20, 1:04pm Top

Correction. $120 for regular FS and $575 for DLE.

10treereader
May 20, 7:32pm Top

I wanted to know whether I should buy one of the new FS Lovecraft options based on the fact that I have two EP Lovecraft books already. I asked FS support for a listing of stories and compared it to EP's Dunwich Horror and Other Stories. In summary, there are 7 stories unique to the EP book, 9 stories unique to the FS books, and 9 stories shared by each offering.

Stories unique to EP's Dunwich Horror and Other Stories:
- In the Vault
- Pickman's Model
- The Music of Erich Zann
- The Dunwich Horror
- The Terrible Old Man
- The Thing on the Doorstep
- The Shadow Out of Time

Stories unique to FS' The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories:
- Dagon
- The Statement of Randolph Carter
- Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
- Celephais
- Nyarlathotep
- Herbert West - Reanimator
- The Hound
- The Festival
- He

Stories shared between both books:
- The Rats in the Walls
- The Outsider
- The Colour out of Space
- The Haunter of the Dark
- The Picture in the House
- The Call of Cthulhu
- Cool Air
- The Whisperer in Darkness
- The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Both books have (presumably unique) introductions, as well. I'd appreciate any thoughts on the quality of the stories unique to the FS edition since I'm still on the fence: I like these good old fashioned horror stories but since I already have Dunwich, paying $120+shipping for 9 short stories seems excessive/inequitable; the LE math fares even worse. I might be more inclined to pursue the Centipede Press Lovecraft, which I'm certain has even more stories, even with it not being built as fancy as FS' standard edition. To FS' and Centipede's credit, theirs (as far as I can tell) were self commissioned, designed and they selected the stories on their own; EP's Dunwich is a reprint/facsimile of some other publisher's work.

Anyway, for those without any EP Lovecraft and like Lovecraft, FS' standard edition should be a no-brainer. The LE version obviously depends on your finances and taste. I'd be curious to know if anyone else with EP's Dunwich is getting either of the FS editions.

Also, seriously, why can't EP and FS just list the table of contents (for books that have them) as a standard part of their website listings? Is that so hard? Why do we need to ask? Does not listing them really provide some sort of competitive advantage? Sometimes I wonder if either company doesn't realize that what they sell are books.

11jroger1
May 20, 11:00pm Top

>10 treereader:
Thanks for the lists. Although it doesn't have a very special binding and no illustrations, you could fill in some gaps with this Library of America offering: https://www.loa.org/books/223-tales

Also, this pair of books contains some mighty scary stuff: https://www.loa.org/books/310-american-fantastic-tales-terror-and-the-uncanny-from-poe-to-now-boxed-set

12treereader
May 20, 11:33pm Top

> 11

Oh, thanks! I always forget about LoA. Those look like good options, as well.

13astropi
Edited: May 22, 4:40pm Top

10: The Centipede Press Lovecraft, either version, did not have any original illustrations. As you know the EP Dunwich has a few illustrations by Jill Bauman, and I really enjoy her art. However, in the end I was not all that impressed with EP's Lovecraft editions. I found both Dunwich and Mountains of Madness to be good, but not extraordinary. Of course, there really have not been many "beautiful" options for Lovecraft until recently. Now, there is the beautiful Pegana Press letterpress
https://www.peganapress.com/h.p.-lovecraft.html
as well as the sold out letterpress Colour Out of Time
http://www.shelterbookworks.com/the-colour-out-of-space/
Both of the two aforementioned are letterpress and extremely expensive. Again, Colour is sold out.

As for the FS LE, I have high hopes that this will be the most beautiful Lovecraft anthology to date. Again, quite expensive, and it's a personal decision whether you think the money is worth it. As a fan of Lovecraft and weird/horror, it's a definite "yes" from me. The FS LE will sell out, although probably not for a few more months. Also, some really nice photos from members, including here:
https://www.librarything.com/topic/256828#6054973

14HugoDumas
May 22, 4:40pm Top

>13 astropi: books for suckers.they are 40 and 56 pages!

15HugoDumas
May 22, 5:09pm Top

The complete Lovecraft, more than 1000 pages. Be sure you get the 2011 edition corrected for hundreds of typos (the one with the purple ribbon). http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/barnes-noble-leatherbound-classics-hp-lovecraft-...

16astropi
Edited: May 22, 6:30pm Top

14: Some people would say the same thing about those that spend hundreds of dollars on an Easton Press DLE edition of Les Miserables, or EP DLE of Hunchback of Notre Dame, or any EP DLE... "why those books are for suckers! you spend hundreds of dollars when you can get the book for $10!"
Myself, I say don't be so quick to call others "suckers" and let people enjoy what they enjoy!

17HugoDumas
May 22, 7:07pm Top

>16 astropi: My sucker limit is about $2 per page, such as Tristan and Iseult. Les Miserables was about 50 cents per page. But $10 per page for a short story...no way.

18jroger1
May 22, 9:27pm Top

>17 HugoDumas:
That criterion probably makes my 6-volume Schoolcraft set the best DLE bargain of all time at 30 cents a page, especially since it is so lavishly illustrated. Of course, one would have to have an interest in the subject before forking over that much green. Or maybe the humongous 2-volume Dore Bible was an even better deal. Anyway, I agree that there would have to be something really special about a book before I would spend even $2 a page.

19HugoDumas
May 22, 11:04pm Top

>18 jroger1: I would love to have Schoolcraft. But I can't buy everything I love. Good value!

20jroger1
Edited: May 22, 11:49pm Top

>16 astropi:
Some people spend 5 or 6 figures on a single work of art or a rare coin, and there is nothing at all wrong with that. Similarly, I would classify a $10/page book buyer as more of a collector than a reader, and I would admire him for finding and obtaining what he really loves.

21HugoDumas
May 23, 1:14am Top

Putting things in perspective, someone just paid $110,000,000 for a Basquiat skull, an expressionistic piece depicting racial violence in America.

22jroger1
May 23, 7:49am Top

>21 HugoDumas:
I wouldn't have paid a cent more than $105,000,000 for such a defective painting. His lower teeth are missing.
https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/may/19/jean-michel-basquiat-110m-sothebys

Then I would have used the other $5,000,000 to hire someone to write better book descriptions for Easton Press.

23astropi
May 23, 1:14pm Top

Holy schnat! $110,000,000 well... again, to each their own. Perhaps to some people $110 million is like $400 for the rest of us. Still, I don't put a price limit on per-page. I would rather have a short volume that I really enjoy than a long and large one that simply collects dust. I can totally understand though why some people will stay clear of that price. I will also say the Pegana Press limited edition was originally offered for $300. Regardless, $300 is still a lot of money, although considering it was 9 months of work, I understand why they have to price it so high.

24HugoDumas
May 23, 2:57pm Top

>23 astropi: let me clarify. If you have money, it is not a big issue. When I worked I paid $1,000 to play golf at places like Pebble Beach with my son-in-law. Looking back it seems crazy now that I am retired. Of the ten or so DLEs I have, I am grateful I was able to get them, sometimes by selling leather books I read.

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