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I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale (Stephen King ) --Stephen King
Reading Lovecraft is challenge enough, but listening to his work can be fraught with peril unless William Roberts is at the mike. Readers and listeners either love or hate Lovecraft, most commonly because of his complex language and near overwhelming sentence structure. Roberts takes on this challenge and delivers these short stories beautifully. He seems to have wrangled the leviathan that is Lovecraft s style and bullied it into submission. His delivery is engaging and dramatic. It shows that he has spent time with the text and understands the author s sometimes dizzying style. Best of all, he is able to communicate that understanding to the listener. Roberts s narration provides a perfect introduction for newcomers who are interested in Lovecraft s work but who are intimidated by his reputation. --A.H.A., AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1890, Lovecraft was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in Weird Tales starting in 1923. He died in 1937.
This seemed to be the best place to start when reading Lovecraft. It is the first of three collections of his work issued by Penguin, the later collections being 'The Thing on the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil B
H.P. Lovecraft is one of the greats of the Cosmic Horror genre and this collection contains eighteen of his short stories, all of which are quite enjoyable and interesting to read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. R. Alexander
I enjoyed very much reading The Call of Cthulhu. I found in it all the basic narrative motives that Jeff Vadermeer takes over and develops in the trilogy Southern Reach.Published 5 months ago by Giampaolo Lai
Amazing. Never read HP until this. Now a total fan. Too enervated to go on. Top stories :)Published 9 months ago by Flowers
I wanted to get into reading Lovecraft, and when I saw this, I thought it would be an excellent start, and indeed, it was. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Horus