The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

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A definitive edition of stories by the master of supernatural fictionHoward Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This Penguin Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The Music of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, "The Dunwich Horror," The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness.The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each story.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781101663035
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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May 26, 2010

This occupies a proud place on my shelf at home. The last story, which I believe is "At the Mountains of Madness," although I haven't double-checked, is possibly even better than "Call of Cthulhu" for its very inventive alien creatures.

I do not wish to provide spoilers, but these odd creatures give a very odd and vertigo-like sense to the reader; as one learns their ways and their psychology, one realizes the arbitrary and tenuous place of the human species in the cosmos. It's also a fine adventure story with a few genuinely harrowing moments.

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