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Lovecraft Library Volume 1: Horror Out of Arkham Hardcover – 8 Dec 2011

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (8 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161377026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613770269
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HeroPress on 28 Nov. 2011
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Although produced by comic book publishers IDW, The Lovecraft Library Volume 1: Horror Out of Arkham is NOT a collection of eight comic-book style adaptations of Lovecraft's stories, but simply a very well-presented reprinting of a collection of his short stories interspersed with the occasional piece of art (which is primarily black and white or very very subdued colouring and often impressionistic rather than a picture of anything in particular).

The book is attractively designed, and will look good on my shelf of Lovecraftiana, but I was expecting a graphic novel as I already have all these stories in a number of different editions and was hoping for an alternate take on them.
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Beautiful book but mainly for collectors 13 Dec. 2011
By Matthew T. Carpenter - Published on
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The Lovecraft Library Vol 1: Horror Out of Arkham is a gorgeous book newly published from IDW. IDW is more notable for their comics and is currently publishing a series The Dunwich Horror, a sequel of sorts to HPL's story scripted by Joe Lansdale. Horror Out of Arkham is a very nice hardcover with 231 pages, with an introduction by Robert Weinberg. List price is a rather expensive $16.99 but it is a very handsome volume. The premise is that it collects some of HPL's stories in which Arkham the city plays a prominent role.

The main attraction is the incredibly beautiful art and cover by menton3. I counted about 18 full color, full page illustrations and they (and the cover) are marvelous.My favorite was a ramshackle house on page 226, perhaps the Whateley estate? Any collector of Lovecraftian art simply must have a copy of this book. As long as menton3 is contributing to this project I will get every issue.

Now we get to the reason I just can't give this book a 5 star recommendation. Here are the contents:
Herbert West - Reanimator
The Unnamable
The Colour Out of Space
The Dunwich Horror
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Thing on the Doorstep

This is neither a very generous nor very comprehensive HPL collection. All of these stories are in the public domain and available for free online; I wish the editor had given us a discussion of the provenance of the text so we knew it was ST Joshi approved. At the least there could have been some more analysis of Arkham's role in these particular stories. There are more economical ways for readers who want to have print copies of these stories. For example, The Library of America has a comprehensive collection of Lovecraft (ISBN 978-1931082723). Gollancz has a very generous selection of HPL' works (ISBN 978-0575081574) which also has nice illustrations. Finally Barnes & Nobles has a complete collection of HPL's fiction (ISBN 978-1435122963; get the 2nd edition which is corrected).

So, for me this is a 5 star product for the art and an unnecessary purchase for the stories.
An Excellent Shelf Piece For Collectors 12 Jan. 2012
By Ian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rarely do I feel the need to face a book out rather than shelf it spine out. The Lovecraft Library Volume 1 is an exception to the rule. I already own one complete edition of Lovecraft's works, the Library of America edition, several Arkham House editions, and a host of fiction collections based on H.P.'s mythos. But this edition, though slim and not representative of the full canon of Lovecraft's work, is darkly beautiful in its illustration. I think if there is ever a volume 2 or 3, or even 4, I will be more than happy making a seperate shelve for these handsomely decorated volumes.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Actually SIX STORIES -- NOT EIGHT as described! 14 Feb. 2013
By mirgsirk - Published on
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Yeah, the book's nice and the stories are great... the art is pretty cool... but I purchased this edition because I wanted to read THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH... well, guess what?


...neither is "The Shadow Out of Time"...

Hey, I've always wanted to read the other stories, so yeah... cool. I'm keeping the book. I wanted to read the other stories anyway... but c'mon, Amazon -- yer better than that!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a very good introduction to Lovecraft 4 Feb. 2012
By Erik Timbrevig - Published on
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i really like this book;good binding and good to look at and just six stories,as an introduction to Lovecraft it`s perfect (just one little thing;there could have been a dust cover)looking foreward to the next volume
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