The Classic Horror Stories

The Classic Horror Stories

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H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a reclusive scribbler of horror stories for the American pulp magazines that specialized in Gothic and science fiction in the interwar years. He often published in Weird Tales and has since become the key figure in the slippery genre of "weird fiction." Lovecraft developed an extraordinary vision of feeble men driven to the edge of sanity by glimpses of malign beings that have survived from human prehistory or by malevolent extra-terrestrial visitations. The ornate language of his stories builds towards grotesque moments of revelation, quite unlike any other writer.

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H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a reclusive scribbler of horror stories for the American pulp magazines that specialized in Gothic and science fiction in the interwar years. He often published in Weird Tales and has since become the key figure in the slippery genre of "weird fiction." Lovecraft developed an extraordinary vision of feeble men driven to the edge of sanity by glimpses of malign beings that have survived from human prehistory or by malevolent extra-terrestrial visitations. The ornate language of his stories builds towards grotesque moments of revelation, quite unlike any other writer.

This new selection brings together nine of his classic tales, focusing on the "Cthulhu Mythos," a cycle of stories that develops the mythology of the Old Ones, the monstrous creatures who predate human life on earth. The stories collected here include some of Lovecraft's finest, including "The Call of Cthulhu," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Dunwich Horror," "The Colour Out of Space," "The Shadow over Innsmouth," and "The Shadow out of Time." The volume also includes vital extracts from Lovecraft's critical essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature," in which he gave his own important definition of "weird fiction." In a fascinating introduction, Roger Luckhurst gives Lovecraft the attention he deserves as a writer who used pulp fiction to explore a remarkable philosophy that shockingly dethrones the mastery of man.

Featuring a chronology, bibliography, and informative notes, this is a must-have critical edition for Lovecraft aficionados, and the best introduction to his work for first-time visitors to his strange fictional world.

Publisher: Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780199639571
0199639574
Branch Call Number: FICTION LOVEC...H
Characteristics: xxxvi, 487 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Luckhurst, Roger - Director

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Tales of cosmic horror from the master.


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AL_JEREMIAH Aug 09, 2016

Known as the Godfather of Modern Horror, Lovecraft’s brand of terror is a type of cosmic horror, populated with extremely ancient entities that are simply indifferent to humanity. It’s akin to a religious type of terror, the dread and fascination that result in response to something completely Other. His mythology includes a recurring Necronomicon text and “gods and monsters” that are so far beyond human understanding that they’re literally indescribable. The stories are often set in old New England towns, and follow the poor humans who somehow get caught up in the path of these “things” and suffer terribly because of it, usually leading to collapse of sanity, madness, and death. Lovecraft’s writing style is a bit difficult: rather dense language, British spellings, and not much dialogue at all. It requires some effort, but he’s one of the best writers in the world when it comes to producing horror feelings. These are two of my favorite stories of his, a good place to start: “The Colour Out of Space” and “The Dunwich Horror”

KCLSRecommends May 22, 2014

Move over Stephen King, and Edgar Allan Poe, too: Lovecraft is at least as scary and the intricate realm he created, the Cthulhu mythos, is twice as mind-expanding! Don’t neglect his freaky story “The Shadow out of Time” where a bizarre extraterrestrial library is central to the plot!

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