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The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre (original 1963; edition 1987)

by H. P. Lovecraft

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Title:The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
Authors:H. P. Lovecraft
Info:Del Rey Books (1987), Paperback
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The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre by H.P. Lovecraft (1963)

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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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Some stories discussed on the A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, Episode 44.

http://agoodstoryishardtofind.blogspot.com/2012/10/good-story-044-hp-lovecraft.h... ( )
  ScottDDanielson | Oct 15, 2015 |
The master tells six tales of horror with a big side of creepy. Each tale creepier than the last. ( )
  caanderson | Mar 5, 2015 |
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 |
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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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