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The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (edition 2021)

by H. P. Lovecraft (Author)

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Collects the author's novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes. Includes such horror classics as The call of Cthulhu, At the mountains of madness, The Dunwich horror, The colour out of space, along with other works.… (more)
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I really vacillated on the score of this one. The earlier stories are rough, and it's obvious how much better a writer Lovecraft was toward the end. On the other hand, he didn't vary too much from the

1 - Meet a tortured soul
2 - Get vague hints as to why he's tortured (and it's always a "he")
3 - A lot of description of architecture
4 - Find out either he, or a peer has been dabbling in the dark arts
5 - Get a mention of their impressive occult library, including the Necronomicon
6 - Find out which particular indescribable horror is responsible for the torture

Yes, I understand some of the stories do, at times, leave this well-trodden path, but not a lot of them. On the other hand, there are times when it just all comes together and clicks, such as in The Shadow Over Innsmouth, or The Dunwich Horror, or The Haunter of the Dark, or my personal favourite, The Colour Out of Space>.

I think what I admired most about reading all these stories over the past year--and make no mistake, there's no way I could have read them back to back to back--was the ultimate universe the man created. It's more the idea of the Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos than the actual execution of it. He's not the best of writers, focusing more fascination on the buildings and architecture than the characterization. However, the naming of his various Old Ones and the other beasts of his stories is wonderful and the language of the Old Ones is amazing.

And his influence goes without question. Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, Stephen King...and so many more have borrowed and built upon his creations.

So, overall, while I can't say I was knocked out by the stories most of the time, I definitely walk away from his collection of stories humbled and impressed by what he was able to accomplish.
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  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I don't know if it was me looking for something new and unknown in my next reading adventure, but, whatever it is, there could not be a better introduction to the American Gothic Horror than this. The kind of cosmic terror that Lovecraft invented, embarking on the arcane, forbidden and ancient worlds, was as authentic and fearless and fits perfectly within my own existentialist beliefs. Being as this is a voluminous book, there was an unrealistic long wait list for the ebook version from the library and so I ordered the hardcover edition on Amazon. Now halfway through the book and so far my favourite is The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. A story about Randolph Carter's search for the city beyond the cold waste and the ancient gods and his encounters with fantastical but ungodly beings, shapeless and unnamable creatures, crawling chaos, ghouls, shantaks, moon beasts, you name it, which really pushes the envelope of imagination.

And The Call of Cthulhu? No wonder it has spawned such a cult and entire mythos. ( )
  Indrit | Dec 12, 2019 |
This was a solid set of tales by the master of horror. There is much to like, though I preferred his short pieces- whose language bordered on the purely literary and astounded me with its power. Nevertheless, the longer stories are still highly readable and interesting and the entire collection is well worth it. It's on Amazon for 0.99c, which is a steal considering how much you can get out of it. I recommend it for all lovers of American literature, horror, and classics of the time.

4 stars- well earned! ( )
  DanielSTJ | Nov 17, 2019 |
I'm not sure what to say except that it's Lovecraft and if you're looking at the collection, chances are you already have some idea of what his work is like. If not, Eldritch, horrors, and all things beyond the ken of the human mind.

This collection covers all the fiction that I've ever encountered, both short things and longer, multi-part works, but no poetics. The book is a little more square than the picture shows, and it quite light for a hardcover. The quality seems reasonable, though not as elaborate as some, but if you intend to read from the book it's a manageable book for lap reading, and the text isn't cramped. It's not a book I'd break the bank for, but it's good pick for those that want a collection.

The rating I gave it is more for content. I've yet to find someone to surpass Lovecraft in the realm of "weird" fiction. "Lovecraftian" is a term for a reason. I started reading his works to understand just what that term really referred to, and I'm only sad that we won't be seeing any more of it. ( )
1 vote WeeTurtle | Dec 16, 2018 |
I couldn't resist this. I've probably read less than half of Lovecraft's stuff anyway, and when this stunningly produced, gold-leaf trimmed, 1098 page hardback arrived in the post today I knew I'd made a good call. Yes, Lovecraft is a flawed writer, but he changed the face of horror and Speculative Fiction.
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
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Collects the author's novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes. Includes such horror classics as The call of Cthulhu, At the mountains of madness, The Dunwich horror, The colour out of space, along with other works.

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