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Lovecraft, H. P. (Book - 2005)
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The visionary master of cosmic horror joins The Library of America with this collection of classic stories of the strange and fantastic.
Authors: Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937
Title: Tales
Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Putnam, c2005
Characteristics: 838 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: H.P. Lovecraft
Contents: The statement of Randolph Carter
The outsider
The music of Erich Zann
Herbert West, reanimator
The lurking fear
The rats in the walls
The shunned house
The horror at Red Hook
Cool air
The call of Cthulhu
Pickman's model
The case of Charles Dexter Ward
The colour out of space
The Dunwich horror
The whisperer in darkness
At the mountains of madness
The shadow over Innsmouth
The dreams in the Witch House
The thing on the doorstep
The shadow out of time
The haunter of the dark
ISBN: 1931082723
Subject Headings: Horror tales, American
Topical Term: Horror tales, American
LCCN: 2004048979
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Thank you again, Library of America. Long, long overdue and containing his most crucial, landmark stories.

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This book is truly wonderful. The terms Lovecraft uses are applicable today: intangible miasma, mongrel riff-raff...what fun!

And if you want to insult someone who isn't well read, say that person has The Innsmouth Look and walk away. I did this once to a fish-like person who pushed ahead of me at a deli counter and he called after me, "What does that mean?" Pure bliss.

Apr 27, 2011
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I had always wanted to read Lovecraft, but never did until i got this book. 22 stories. How much I liked each story varied considerably, but there were many i loved. Easy to see how many modern authors and scriptwriters have been influenced by this master of suspense and horror. I guarantee at least one of these stories ( some of them VERY short and easy to quickly read to get a feel for the author ) will impress you if you like horror.

Feb 11, 2011
  • fillups rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful deluxe collection of all of Loveecraft's best short fiction. Lovecraft published his creepy fiction in the pulp magazones of his time. I'm sure he never imagined such reverential treatment for that work. It is a pleasure to read his work so loveingly preserved.

As for the work itself, if you feel drawn to the unameable dread that stirs in the darkest part of night when sounds emanate from between the walls, Lovecraft practically created the genre.

Sep 08, 2010
  • stuvw27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Who'da thunk it!? The old mad Arab Abdul Alhazred himself on acid free paper, in a sturdy library binding and with a learned dissertation included!! Despite all that do NOT, under any circumstances, read this alone in an old dark house on a dark and stormy night! Be warned thou spawn of Cthulhu!


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