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by H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi (Editor), Travis Louie (Illustrator)

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Title:The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Authors:H. P. Lovecraft
Other authors:S. T. Joshi (Editor), Travis Louie (Illustrator)
Info:Penguin Classics (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 448 pages
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After ploughing through the hard-to-read, truncated, cyber-punk craziness of Neuromancer, I went to the more "simple" and "traditional" The Call of Cthulhu. Ahhh, Lovecraft, isn´t it great to read such well written and immersive fantasy?! Will stay on this book for quite some time enjoying each of the short stories... ( )
  elviomedeiros | Jan 20, 2017 |
I finally got around to reading Lovecraft. And, now I get the obsession nerds have with him. The "Shadow at Innsmouth" really quite a scary story - between the town itself, and the ending.

A few of the stories were predictable, such as - but it might be that this was first in of a type - and other authors copied him. For example "The Picture in the House".

A few stories are science fiction, although a science fiction written in before an understanding of what is in space.

Over all - I found the language to be a bit difficult, but after a few stories, the language gets easier to read. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 13, 2015 |
Fast, fast pace. He doesn't let you breathe. Excellent story. ( )
  caanderson | Dec 21, 2014 |
I’m pretty sure I’ve read Lovecraft in the past – in fact, I have a quite vivid memory of the cover art of a Lovecraft collection which, I think, I borrowed from Coventry City Library back in the early 1990s. It’s hard to be sure, given there’s so many different ways to pick up knowledge of his oeuvre and the Cthulhu mythos – I used to play the Call of Cthulhu RPG when I was at school, for example. Having said that, none of the stories in The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories seemed especially familiar. I’d always thought Lovecraft’s prose of poor quality, and despite a recent discussion on that subject, I suspect I may be revising my opinion. The early stuff is pretty bad – Q: when is a door not a door? A: when it’s a “panelled portal”; and Lovecraft had a bad habit of saying something is indescribable… and then going on to describe it. But by the late 1920s, his writing had improved hugely, and in stories like ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ (1928) and ‘The Shadow of Innsmouth’ (1931), he’d toned down his love of adjectives to great effect; and while he might still recycle his favourite words a few times too often, the less-is-more approach was certainly better at evoking eldritch horror. I have to admit, I enjoyed this collection a lot more than I’d expected. Happily, I bought all three of the Penguin Modern Classic Lovecraft books, so I have The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories, all in nice matching paperback editions. ( )
1 vote iansales | Sep 17, 2014 |
A selection of weird tales from the master of weird fiction. The epononymous work, Colour out of Space, The Whisperer in Darkness, and the Haunter of the Dark are the standouts. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
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I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more.
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This work should include the Penguin edition along with other collections containing the following stories:

Dagon -- Statement of Randolph Carter -- Facts concerning the late Arthur Jermyn and his family -- Celephais -- Nyarlathotep -- Picture in the house -- Outsider -- Herbert West--Reanimator -- Hound -- Rats in the walls -- Festival -- He -- Cool air -- Call of Cthulhu -- Colour out of space -- Whisperer in darkness -- Shadow over Innsmouth -- Haunter of the dark

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Contains the following novellas and short stories.

The Terrible Old Man
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family
The Picture in The House
Herbert West - Reanimator
The Rats in The Wall
The Call Of Cthulhu
The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward
The Colour Out Of Space
The Dunwich Horror
The Whisperer In Darkness
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Dreams In The Witch House
The Haunter Of The Dark
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141182342, Paperback)

Frequently imitated and widely influential, H. P. Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre for the twentieth century. Discarding witches and ghosts, he envisaged mankind as an outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi makes his selection from the early tales of nightmares and madness to the overpowering cosmic terror of 'The Call of Cthulhu'. This is the first paperback edition to include the definitive corrected texts of these classics of American fantasy fiction.

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Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Phillips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the twentieth century, discarding ghosts and witches and envisioning instead mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. Love craft's preeminent interpreter S. T. Joshi presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" and "Rats in the Walls," through the grotesquely comic "Herbert West-Reanimator" and "The Hound," to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "The Call of Cthulhu." The first paperback edition to include the definitive corrected texts, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical-and visionary-American writer.… (more)

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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141187069, 0143106481

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