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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (25 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141187077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141187075
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1890, Lovecraft was self-educated and lived in his birthpplace 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.

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IN RELATING THE CIRCUMSTANCES which have led to my confinement within this refuge for the demented, I am aware that my present position will create a natural doubt of the authenticity of my narrative. Read the first page
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Salinas on 26 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very fine number of Lovecraft's stories though in this collection his longer works predominate over the shorter stories.

Amongst others, this volume contains three of Lovecraft's most iconic stories, The Horror of Dunwich, The Thing in the Doorstep and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

At the Mountains of Madness is another long story that starts phantastically well, though it withers a bit towards the end.

The short stories are not Lovecraft's best, but The Music of Erich Zann and The Temple hold their own fairly well.

Most notably, the near complete absence of his oniric tales (I can't think of anybody who would rank those as their favourites) makes this volume his most palatable.

The comments and edition by S.T. Joshi is second to none and his notes at the back are a great help to contextualise both in time and within Lovecraft's opus each of the tales.

Just for The Horror of Dunwich, this collection is worth every penny. As a whole, it's brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bike Guy on 23 Aug 2012
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Great collection of lovecraft stories. A very enjoyable read, particularly The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and At The Mountains of Madness
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D on 13 April 2003
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Not only is Lovecraft the orignal master of the horror genre, to my mind he is among the greatest authors of all time. I can't explain quite how appealing his work is, but among other characteristics it is his style of thoroughness. He never leaves a loose end or an unexplained point. His is methodical and full. A writer really in touch with his imagination, his work comes across with the feel of an unlimited universe to which the reader is invited, if they dare. I go back to his stories over and over again.
Many critics talk of his early death and connect it with his imagination and an all too real link with the dark world about which he writes...maybe so, maybe not. But for sure his death was all too early because I believe his best was yet to come. You will not be dissapointed with this work whether or not you are a fan of horror or just a fan of good writing.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. on 30 May 2010
Format: Paperback
My dear Youngsters:--

Penguin seems to be reprinting this book in hardcover, as part of a series for which del Toro is the fake "editor" -- he has indeed written a new Foreword, but I assume that the forthcoming hardcover volume will be a reprinting of this softcover edition. The cover illustration on the hardcover is ruddy AWFUL...

Ah, I remember as if it were yesterday, that hot Octobyr of 1707 when my friends and I spent some four days in Providence. As chance wou'd have it, S. T. Joshi was in town, working on the Clark Ashton Smith poetry volumes that wou'd soon be publish'd by Hippocampus Press. I had taken my three beloved editions of ye Penguin Classics series of the tales of H. P. Lovecraft that Sunand had edited so brilliantly, and we met, a horde of Lovecraftians, in St. John's Burying Ground, where once Lovecraft and Barlow had sat upon tabletop tombs and written sonnets to Poe's memory. S. T. led us on a walking tour of Lovecraftian sites, and I carry'd with me all three of the Penguin editions plus my wee mass pb edition of FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH. As we stood in front of the mansion mentioned by Lovecraft in THE CASE OF CHARLES DOCTOR WARD as the childhood home of that title character, Jonathan Thomas asked S. T. about getting ahold of a reliable edition of the novel; & I handed S. T. my copy of THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER WEIRD STORIES. We then moved down the street to 10 Barnes Street, where Lovecraft lived when he wrote WARD and so many other classics, many of which are found in this edition.

As usual, S. T. supplies a very inform'd & fascinating Introduction, in which he relates the history of the writing of the stories in this volume. And what tales they are!
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