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S. T. Joshi

Author of American Supernatural Tales

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About the Author

S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer, a scholar, and an editor. He is the author of The Unbelievers: The Evolution of Modern Atheism and God's Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong, and the editor of Atheism: A Reader, The Agnostic Reader, H. L Mencken on Religion; Documents of American show more Prejudice; In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice against Women; and What Is Man? And Other Irreverent Essays. He is also the editor of the American Rationalist. show less


Works by S. T. Joshi

American Supernatural Tales (2007) — Editor — 429 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (2010) — Editor; Introduction — 258 copies
Atheism: A Reader (2000) — Editor — 181 copies
H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996) 158 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu 2 (1601) — Editor — 137 copies
A Mountain Walked (2014) — Editor — 111 copies
The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature (2000) — Editor — 104 copies
The Weird Tale (1990) 97 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu 3 (2014) — Editor — 86 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu 4 (2016) 85 copies
The Madness of Cthulhu (vol 1) (2014) — Editor — 77 copies
The Haunter of the Dark [short story] (1936) — Introduction — 69 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu 6 (2017) — Editor — 59 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu 5 (2016) — Editor — 59 copies
The Agnostic Reader (2007) — Editor — 55 copies
Swords & Steam Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2016) — Foreword — 48 copies
Dissecting Cthulhu: Essays on the Cthulhu Mythos (2011) — Editor; Contributor — 46 copies
The Madness of Cthulhu, Volume Two (2015) — Editor — 43 copies
Great Tales of Terror (2002) — Editor — 39 copies
H.P. LOVECRAFT: Four Decades of Criticism (1980) — Editor; Contributor — 33 copies
The Red Brain: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (2017) — Editor — 28 copies
Weird Fiction Review #1 (2011) — Editor — 28 copies
Weird Fiction Review #5 (2015) — Editor — 25 copies
Weird Fiction Review #2 (2012) 25 copies
Weird Fiction Review #4 (2013) — Editor — 24 copies
Weird Fiction Review #3 (2013) — Editor — 24 copies
Weird Fiction Review #7 (2016) 21 copies
Weird Fiction Review #8 (2017) 21 copies
Letters to Robert Bloch and Others (2015) — Editor — 18 copies
Weird Fiction Review #6 (2016) 17 copies
The Call of Cthulhu: Volume 7: Lovecraft Illustrated (2013) — Introduction — 15 copies
The Cold Embrace: Weird Stories by Women (2016) — Editor — 14 copies
The Shadow Over Innsmouth (2015) — Introduction — 9 copies
Dead Reckonings #1 (2007) — Editor — 7 copies
Lovecraft Illustrated Vol 17 - The Curse of Yig (2018) — Introduction — 7 copies
Dead Reckonings #10 (2011) 6 copies
Gothic Lovecraft (2016) — Editor — 6 copies
Best of Black Wings (2019) 5 copies
Something From Below (2019) 5 copies
Dead Reckonings #4 (2008) 5 copies
Spectral Realms No. 1 (2014) 4 copies
Spectral Realms No. 2 (2015) 4 copies
Lovecraft Studies 44 2004 (2004) — Editor — 4 copies
Count of Thirty (1993) — Editor — 4 copies
Spectral Realms No. 6 (2017) 3 copies
Spectral Realms No. 8 (2018) 3 copies
Moderne Horrorautoren (2001) 3 copies
Black Wings of Cthulhu 7 (2023) 3 copies
The Collected Fables of Ambrose Bierce (2000) — Editor — 3 copies
Spectral Realms No. 10 (2019) 2 copies
Apostles of the Weird (2020) 2 copies
Spectral Realms No. 16 (2022) 2 copies
Coś Spod Spodu 2 copies
Spectral Realms No. 12 (2020) 2 copies
Nameless Digest #3 (2013) 2 copies
Spectral Realms No. 4 (2016) 2 copies
Spectral Realms No. 3 (2015) 2 copies
Studies in Weird Fiction 8 — Editor — 2 copies
Spectral Realms No. 5 (2016) 2 copies
Conspiracy of Silence (2010) 2 copies
The Recurring Doom (2019) 1 copy
Spectral Realms No. 9 (2018) 1 copy
Spectral Realms No. 7 (2017) 1 copy
Spectral Realms No. 15 (2021) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1928) — Editor, some editions — 3,301 copies
The Complete Fiction (2008) — Introduction, some editions — 2,044 copies
Dagon (1905) — Editor — 1,283 copies
At the Mountains of Madness [novella] (1936) — Editor, some editions — 1,181 copies
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels (1919) — Editor, some editions — 1,037 copies
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001) — Editor, some editions — 938 copies
The Dunwich Horror and Others (1920) — Editor; Foreword — 799 copies
The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary (2000) — Editor — 773 copies
The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories (2004) — Editor, some editions — 680 copies
The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (1997) — Editor — 518 copies
Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories [9 stories, ed. Joshi] (1908) — Editor, some editions — 514 copies
In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales (1901) — Editor — 464 copies
Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (2005) — Introduction, some editions; Editor — 402 copies
The White People and Other Weird Stories (2011) — Editor, some editions — 397 copies
The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies (2014) — Editor — 365 copies
The Three Impostors and Other Stories (2001) — Editor — 315 copies
The Haunted Doll's House and Other Ghost Stories (2000) — Editor, some editions — 276 copies
More Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (1999) — Editor — 252 copies
The Devil's Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs (2011) — Editor — 219 copies
The White People and Other Stories (2003) — Editor — 210 copies
The Yellow Sign and Other Stories (2000) — Editor — 203 copies
The Terror and Other Stories (2005) — Editor — 130 copies
Lovecraft Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2017) — Foreword — 117 copies
Acolytes of Cthulhu (2000) 116 copies
The Thomas Ligotti Reader (2003) — Contributor — 96 copies
Lord of a Visible World (2000) — Editor — 86 copies
Incredible Adventures (1914) — Introduction, some editions — 68 copies
Lovecraft at Last: The Master of Horror in His Own Words (1975) — Introduction, some editions — 59 copies
Graphic Classics: Ambrose Bierce (2003) — Author — 56 copies
Best Ghost and Horror Stories (1997) — Editor — 48 copies
Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft (2014) — Afterword — 47 copies
Collected Essays of H. P. Lovecraft: Travel (2004) — Editor — 43 copies
Collected Essays of H. P. Lovecraft: Science (2005) — Editor — 35 copies
Collected Fiction Volume 1: 1888-1895 (2019) — Editor — 30 copies
Collected Fiction Volume 2: 1896-1910 (2019) — Editor — 27 copies
Collected Fiction Volume 3: 1911-1937 (2019) — Editor — 26 copies
The Place Called Dagon (1927) — Afterword, some editions — 26 copies
The Sword of Zagan: And Other Writings (2004) — Introduction — 26 copies
Dear Dead Women (2010) — Introduction, some editions — 24 copies
Thirty Hours with a Corpse: and Other Tales of the Grand Guignol (2016) — Editor, some editions — 23 copies
The Secret Ceremonies: Critical Essays on Arthur Machen (2019) — Contributor — 17 copies
Library of Weird Fiction: Arthur Machen (2017) — Introduction — 16 copies
Cthulhu Cymraeg (2013) — Foreword — 15 copies
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown [2008 film] (2008) — Self — 14 copies
H L Mencken On American Literature (2002) — Editor — 14 copies
The Ghost in the Corner and Other Stories (2017) — Editor — 11 copies
Robert E. Howard: Selected Letters, 1931-1936 (1991) — Editor — 11 copies
The Robert E. Howard Reader (2010) — Contributor — 11 copies
21st-Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels Since 2000 (2010) — Foreword — 11 copies
Discovering Classic Horror Fiction I (1991) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Lady Who Came to Stay & The Elixir of Life (1915) — Introductions, some editions — 9 copies
Fritz Leiber: Critical Essays (2007) — Contributor — 8 copies
Innsmouth Nightmares (2015) — Contributor — 8 copies
The H. P. Lovecraft Dream Book (1994) — Editor — 6 copies
In difesa di Dagon e altri saggi sul fantastico (1921) — Foreword — 4 copies
Collected Essays of H. P. Lovecraft: Complete (2007) — Editor — 3 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Joshi, S. T.
Legal name
Joshi, Sunand Tryambak
Pune, India
Places of residence
Pune, India
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
New York, New York, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
Brown University (B.A.|Classics ∙ 1980)
Brown University (M.A. ∙ 1982)
Princeton University (Ph.D. program DNF)
literary critic
Mencken Society
Awards and honors
IAFA Distinguished Scholarship (2003)
Short biography
S.T. Joshi has edited the standard editions of H.P. Lovecraft's fiction (1984-89, 4 vols) and many other editions of Lovecraft's work. He is the founder and editor of Lovecraft Studies, Studies in Weird Fiction, and Lovecraft Annual. He has also published editions of works by Clark Ashton Smith, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, H.L. Mencken and many other writers.



Lovecraftian Criticism in The Weird Tradition (November 2017)
New S.T. Joshi Interview in The Weird Tradition (November 2017)
I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft in The Weird Tradition (August 2014)
Lovecraftian Donnybrook in The Weird Tradition (October 2013)


For me, this was a really good book, involving one of my favourite English authors, as well as the Cthulhu and Campbell mythos as it does.

There’s lots to chew on here, including analysis of each of the major works of Campbell. There is also the development of Campbell seven Valley and how he essentially outgrew the essence of those early tales written in the 1960s. coming right up to date, this deals with the whole of Campbell’s career.

For me as a mythos fan this was great fun and very interesting with Joshy using an accessible. Coming right up to date, this deals with the whole of Campbell’s career.

For me as a mythos fan this was great fun and very interesting with Joshi using an accessible writing style, that was intriguing.
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aadyer | Jun 20, 2023 |
I had never heard of Edward Lucas White which I suppose is not surprising considering he lived a century ago. The description intrigued me, since as a child I watched those old Vincent Price movies that were based on stories by Edgar Allen Poe and then later read everything by him that I could find in the library. I did enjoy these stories though you must keep in mind that people spoke (and wrote) differently all those years ago. I especially loved the first story Nightmare House about a man who seeks shelter in a run down house after an accident. The Message On The Slate was also very good, about a woman unhappy in her marriage who seeks advice from a clairvoyant who is a self proclaimed charlatan. I loved Lukundoo which concerned a curse. It gave me chills. In The Pig-skin belt a circus comes to town, as does a man with some strange and mysterious habits. My absolute favorite was The Picture Puzzle, in which a man and his wife find solace and perhaps something more when they occupy their time with puzzles after their daughter is kidnapped. I also loved The Ghoula, a poem about a female ghoul.
All in all well worth a read. 4 out of 5 stars from me.

I received an advance copy for review.
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IreneCole | 3 other reviews | Jul 27, 2022 |
Like the other reviewers to date, I was not wowed by this anthology. There are some stories here that I enjoyed, but fewer than I hoped.

Also disappointing is the overall design of the book, with some weirdly distorted/misplaced lines of text (maybe from overlapping text boxes in a desktop publishing application?); an ugly, rather large typeface; and tiny margins. I know I’m overly picky about such things, but I find they yank me out of the story and get me thinking about the design (or lack thereof) rather than the text.

I also feel that I have to mention the illustrations accompanying each story, which are very sketchy (rather than polished), and felt disorganized and often barely related to the stories. Sometimes when encountering an illustration partway through a story, I found myself distracted by trying to relate the imagery to the story rather than appreciating it as either a supplement to the story or as a piece of artwork on its own.
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cmc | 2 other reviews | Jul 2, 2022 |
I have both the Centipede and Dark Regions editions and while the Centipede is the much more comprehensive edition, it does not have the excellent Jason V. Brock story "The Man with the Horn," which is only in the Dark Regions edition.

The Dark Regions edition excludes the [a:T.C Boyle|7394743|T.C Boyle|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] story while adding the Brock story. It excludes the art galleries, comics, and the Lovecraft stories themselves. It does include a number of the illustrations. In a somewhat bizarre editorial oversight the author biography for the excluded story still appears!

Back to the Centipede press edition, this massive book cannot be overpraised. That given, at least for me, good as it was, the [a:Patrick McGrath|13072|Patrick McGrath|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1206557233p2/13072.jpg] and [a:T.C Boyle|7394743|T.C Boyle|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] stories seemed misplaced. Probably one of those cases where the editor wanted to get anything remotely appropriate from what would be considered more "literary" writers not necessarily associated with genre. The art galleries were strictly eh for me, the Kozowski, while creepy and well done enough, seemed to have little to do with the Cthulhu Mythos, and the Sargent was just not my kinda thing.

In a collection deep in four and five star stories, the masterful and much missed [a:Michael Shea|7213910|Michael Shea|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] delivers the best story for me, Beneath the Beardmore, which somehow manages to pay tribute to the [b:At the Mountains of Madness|32767|At the Mountains of Madness|H.P. Lovecraft|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388341769s/32767.jpg|17342821] while not being pastiche and being as scary as a Mythos story can be.

The book is a bitch to read making doorstop a euphemism. It's so massive you simply cannot read it in bed.

Unless you are a true collector the Dark Regions edition is going to be fine and you can probably find the Boyle story somewhere else. However the slipcased Centipede edition is one of the most beautiful books I've ever seen.
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Gumbywan | 1 other review | Jun 24, 2022 |



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