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The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling…

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre (1963)

by H.P. Lovecraft

Other authors: Robert Bloch (Introduction)

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    The Return Of The Sorcerer: The Best Of Clark Ashton Smith by Clark Ashton Smith (artturnerjr)
    artturnerjr: Lovecraft and Smith had many of the same philisophical and stylistic concerns, but Smith's probably the better writer of the two (or at least the better stylist).
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    The Innswich Horror by Edward Lee (Scottneumann)
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    The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (Arboreus)
    Arboreus: Whom may have found the concept of documents which condemmn the reader to a dark fate appealing, will find in some of the stories of this work a bit of the inspiration behind Lovecraft. Reader beware, as The King in Yellow is not something to tread lightly.

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Entertaining enough, but account after account of earnest protagonists' encounters with stuff pertaining to Cthulu got old after a while. The best story in this collection? "The Rats in the Walls"-- where no Old Ones are to be found. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Nov 1, 2013 |
I would like to start off this review with a few words that I will always associate with HP Lovecraft after reading this, a modest offering of his work: foetid, febrile and eldritch. There. That's better.

I can't believe that Lovecraft made it only in the pulp magazines. Seems like his writing caliber was much more literary. I would think that pulp magazines would frown upon such prose. But this could come from my understanding of pulp magazines back in the day. Regardless, there is a lot of written beauty in this collection.

Of course, the creativity of Lovecraft does not disappoint. It seems easy to fall into telling archetypal stories of horror, but Lovecraft took care to add a very original type horror to his own work. A more existential horror. And that's why Lovecraft is worth reading. This is horror in another realm.

But it's not all about creativity. A lot of the structures of his stories are very similar: first-person narratives of intelligent men who know that you, the reader, will doubt their tales and the wild discoveries that they unearth throughout the process of their stories. In short, Lovecraft has a penchant for a certain formula of story telling. Regardless, none of his stories disappoint in the imagination factor. Lovecraft is worth it for sure. ( )
2 vote TJWilson | Jul 27, 2013 |
This is a great collection of tales from the master. My only quibble is that it is hard to imagine that "the best of HP Lovecraft" does not include At the Mountains of Madness. But one can tell that they were going for a collection of short fiction here while Mountains is a more of a novella and maybe Lovecraft's longest story. Still, I would call this the definitive anthology if not for that omission. This book serves as a fine entry point to Lovecraft as well. ( )
  josh314 | Dec 18, 2012 |
You can't understate Lovecraft's influence. This edition has an introduction by Robert Bloch. That introduction, titled "Heritage of Horror" had such an impact on me as a young writer that it cemented my goal to become a published author. The intro is more about horror than SF (my field) but it was stunning, life changing. ( )
  adamconnell | Oct 20, 2012 |
There's a length introduction to this excellent 3.95 collection of his shorter work.

Best of H P Lovecraft : The Rats in the Walls - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Picture in the House - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Outsider - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : Pickman’s Model - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : In the Vault - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Silver Key - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Music of Erich Zann - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Call of Cthulhu - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Dunwich Horror - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Whisperer in Darkness - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Colour Out of Space - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Haunter of the Dark - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Thing on the Doorstep - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Shadow Over Innsmouth - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Dreams in the Witch-House - H. P. Lovecraft
Best of H P Lovecraft : The Shadow Out of Time - H. P. Lovecraft

Cat not up to Roman god stuff and rodents.

4 out of 5

Very odd stuff in that book, and very odd dialect.

2.5 out of 5

Bookworm discovers scary stuff.

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Creepy paintings have too real subjects.

4 out of 5

Tomb rearrangement injuries.

3.5 out of 5

After opening the iron box and finding what was in it, no one can find Randolph Carter anymore.

4 out of 5

Really bad playing.

3 out of 5

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

4.5 out of 5

Yog-Sothoth worshipper's precocious son a chip off the old block find the blokes from Arkham.

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Trust your dogs to tell you if monsters like the Outer Ones from Outer Space are bad, not the rambling letters of spook old friends.

4 out of 5

Meteor's spectrum perversion brings madness and grey death.

5 out of 5

Painter type investigates a temple of the Starry Wisdom sect, and some scary looking notes, ends up leaving some of those himself.

3.5 out of 5

"It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to show by this statement that I am not his murderer. At first I shall be called a madman--madder than the man I shot in his cell at the Arkham Sanitarium."

Pretty much sums it up, really.

4.5 out of 5

Small town's Esoteric Order of Dagon proves more than a little fishy.

4 out of 5

Talented broke mathematics students should choose other places to study than in a house in Arkham with space-time continuum conduits, witches, and vampire rats.

4.5 out of 5

Western Australian evidence of Great Race timespanning colonisation and communication.

4.5 out of 5

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  BlueTysonSS | Jan 16, 2012 |
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Ballantine Books/Del Rey/Science Fiction Book Club edition
ISBN: 0345294688; 9780345294685; 0345350804; 9780345350800
Contents: Rats in the walls -- Picture in the house -- Outsider -- Pickman's model -- In the vault -- Silver key -- Music of Erich Zann --Call of Cthulhu -- Dunwich horror -- Whisperer in darkness -- Colour out of space -- Haunter of the dark -- Thing on the doorstep -- Shadow over Innsmouth -- Dreams in the witch-house -- Shadow out of time

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Contents: The call of Cthulhu -- The Dunwich horror -- The whisperer in darkness -- The thing on the doorstep -- The shadow over Innsmouth -- The shadow out of time

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Introduction: Heritage of Horror by Robert Bloch
The Rats in the Walls
The Picture in the House
The Outsider
Pickman’s Model
In the Vault
The Music of Erich Zann
The Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Colour Out of Space
The Haunter of the Dark
The Thing on the Doorstep
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Dreams in the Witch-House
The Shadow Out of Time
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345350804, Paperback)

Lovecraft is "the American writer of the twentieth century most frequently compared with Poe, in the quality of his art ... [and] its thematic preoccupations (the obsessive depiction of psychic disintegration in the face of cosmic horror)," writes Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Review of Books. Del Rey has reprinted Lovecraft's stories in three handsome paperbacks. This first volume collects 16 classic tales, including "The Rats in the Walls," "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dunwich Horror," and "The Colour Out of Space." Introduction by Robert Bloch. Wraparound cover art by Michael Whelan.

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This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction must read: sixteen of H.P. Lovecraft's most horrifying visions....

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