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H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) [Hardcover]

H.P. Lovecraft
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21 Jun 2011 Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection
In the 1920s and '30s, H.P. Lovecraft pioneered a new type of fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction. Lovecraft's tales of cosmic horror revolutionised modern horror fiction and earned him the reputation of the most influential American writer of weird tales since Edgar Allan Poe. H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction collects for the first time in a single volume all of Lovecraft's groundbreaking fiction. The book is exquisitely designed with bonded-leather bindings, distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, the Leatherbound Classics series offers hours of pleasure to readers young and old and is an indispensable cornerstone for any home library.

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  • Hardcover: 1112 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (21 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435122968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435122963
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H. P. Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, specifically, the genre known as weird fiction. Although his readership was limited during his lifetime, his reputation has grown over the decades and he is now viewed as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Corrected Edition 21 July 2011
This is a wonderful book that has been highly flawed by a curious incident wherein it was not proofread by Stefan at Barnes & Noble. S. T. Joshi was hired by Arkham House to edit the Corrected Text editions, which are based on S. T.'s examination of the actual Lovecraft mss at John Hay Library and thus restore the fiction exactly as Lovecraft originally wrote it. The amazing Martin Andersson has gone over the texts in this edition and corrected thousands of errors, and his corrections will be used in the newest edition of this book when it is reprinted around September of 2011.

With this book, the amazing leading expert on H. P. Lovecraft has assembled all of Lovecraft's fiction that he wrote on his own, with only one collaboration (with E. Hoffmann Price). S. T. has written a superb Introduction for the book, and then each tale is prefaced by a wee note concerning the writing of the story, date publish'd, &c. The contents of the books is:
The Beast in the Cave
The Alchemist
The Tomb
A reminiscence of Dr.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Corrected Edition 16 May 2012
By John
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The copy I received is the corrected edition. In the book, Barnes & Noble give thanks to Martin Andersson for his help in correcting the text. There is one glaring error still to be corrected and that is that the contents page states there is an "about the author" section on page 1099. Unfortunately, the book only goes up to page 1098 and so no such section is to be found. It doesn't really matter because S. T. Joshi's Introduction does the job very nicely.

There are some things to note.

Firstly, this is not strictly "the complete fiction" and it would have more accurate (truthful) to call it "The Collected Fiction" - because `Collected' usually denotes that items may have been omitted. As one reviewer has written, the story fragment "The Thing in the Moonlight" is missing. I've noted that the story "Poetry and the Gods" is missing too. The book includes one story written in collaboration with another writer and excludes all the other collaborations by Lovecraft. It hasn't been unusual for a book of Lovecraft's fiction to include a chronological list of his fiction. You won't find one here, perhaps because it would highlight what was missing from a book described as `complete.' No explanation is given for the omissions. Another reviewer here gives a useful full list of contents of this book.

Secondly, despite being part of Barnes & Noble's `leatherbound' classics the book is not leatherbound. It's not even clothbound. It appears to be boards covered in a thick, tough bookbinding paper. Because I didn't buy this book as a `collectable' item, but merely for the convenience of having one book with as many of Lovecraft's stories in it as possible, the points mentioned are not a big deal - but it might be for others so I have noted them here.

All in all, it's a handy convenient edition to read `most' of Lovecraft's fiction, especially as the price I bought it at was a greatly reduced one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite leather, but a wonderful edition. 30 Sep 2012
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I'm new to H.P. Lovecraft and when scouring the web for recommendations on decent psychological horror, numerous sites and blogs pointed me to this celebrated author. On searching Amazon UK, the first page of results pointed me to this particular Barnes and Noble edition and I bought it. It arrived well packaged - there were no scuffs or marks or squashed edges that I've read about on other websites, including Barnes and Noble's own. My only issue is that the book itself isn't leather and so I don't believe it should be listed as such. I don't actually mind as it's still a beautiful and strong edition, and the paper isn't too thin, but some may find this misleading.
After some browsing I discovered that the first edition of this particular collection was filled with spelling errors and other typos. The edition I received is apparently the second edition, which gives thanks to Martin Andersson for his help in the preparation of texts. I bought my copy from Amazon in August 2012, so hopefully anyone else that orders it will presumably get the corrected edition too, however it does contain a
few typos still.
The stories themselves are wonderful, and as I've only read a few so far it would be foolish of me to rate them all, but I love what I've read so far and it was just the very thing I was looking for. If you're a fan of psychological horror, then this edition is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly enjoyable, highly recommended 17 Mar 2013
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Some previous reviews had caused me to delay in my purchase of this very fine and beautifully presented book. I read of spelling mistakes and a cover that was card rather than leather. In actual fact...there are no more spelling errors than you find in the average book of this size, and they certainly do not spoil the flow of the stories. As for the cover - it's real leather all right. You can't mistake the smell for anything else.
As for H.P Lovecraft's stories: I am quite a new fan of this author. I heard both "The Mountains Of Madness" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" on the radio, and was swept away by the tense and fantastic atmosphere shadowing both tales. Finally, I could not content myself with 'listening again' to just these two works. I had to read more! And I have not regretted a moment of it!
Although, I have not yet finished reading this book, Lovecraft has impressed me with his amazing ability to describe with terrifying effect, and yet continue to carry the story along at a good, even pace. Usually, I have a habit of skipping bits of action to reach the exciting conclusion. But not this book. No, I wanted to read every line, soak up every detail. Without doubt, he is a true master of his art as well as his genre. And whereas most modern horror authors carelessly throw bucketfuls of gore about, Lovecraft can chill the soul with a single drop of blood. He touches on realms we dare not think of, shouldn't think of, or are totally incapable of thinking of! And yet, the behaviour of his central characters is still rooted in normality, responding in a real-world sense - rather than in the Hollywood-style, zero to hero, let's-grab-a-Sherman-Tank-and-blast-it-to-kingdom-come kind of way. (That's so annoying, isn't it?)
And Lovecraft did not just dwell in the world of horror.
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Published 1 month ago by mark lockett
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 for the content, 3 for the production ...
This is the best single volume Lovecraft that you're going to get, at least for the forseeable future (the upcoming Klinger edition - The New Annotated H.P. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Colin Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any lovecraftian
It is now one of my prized possessions, so cheap for what you get. Don't second guess yourself buy it!
Published 7 months ago by Tulsa E Grimley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing volume. Correction to some negative reviews
I think this corrects the previous reviews talking about missing stories and pages, and so I say 10 out of 10! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ellison J. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Value Collection!
An excellent, well-presented edition, with good clear type and a riveting selection of stories. There is also a very helpful introduction that highlights the life and works of H. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Lusher
3.0 out of 5 stars I have not read this book but it is presented in a professional and...
This was a gift, I completed my end of the bargain and I have received no complaints so far. Satisfactory.
Published 9 months ago by Jamie Cuthbert
5.0 out of 5 stars it's really comprehensive!!!!
Very good product in material and construction, good paper quality. Lovecraft's novel themselves don't need any reviews, they are masterpiece!
Published 9 months ago by lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifull!
If you want to buy a Lovecraft book which has every stoy in it, then why not buy it with style.
This book has it all, all the stories and beautifully presented in a superb... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Leatherbound But Other Than That Oozes Quality
Very well typeset quality publication. Good introduction and short intros to each story. For this to be perfect it would also include notes on the text (Lovecraft often makes... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Space Zombie
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful tome!
This book looks amazing on the table beside my bed. I have had this book just over a week, and have devoured multiple stories each and every night since. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Emalf Thirteen
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