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Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Paperback]

H.P. Lovecraft
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27 Mar 2008 GOLLANCZ S.F.

WIKIPEDIA says: 'H.P. Lovecraft's reputation has grown tremendously over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, exerting an influence that is widespread, though often indirect.'

H.P. Lovecraft's tales of the tentacled Elder God Cthulhu and his pantheon of alien deities were initially written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s. These astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published.

This handsome tome collects together the very best of Lovecraft's tales of terror, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were originally published. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, as well as being a must-buy for those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive, highly attractive volume.

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; Export ed edition (27 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575081570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575081574
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.8 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You need to read him--he's where the darkness starts." --"Neil Gaiman" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The best of H.P. Lovecraft's stories in one handsome volume, a companion to THE COMPLETE CHRONICLES OF CONAN.

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110 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a Relic. This is THE one. 12 April 2008
Wow. Wasn't expecting that much. This 900 pages book look so huge and is fantastic with the black leatherbound cover. When first opening it you got a Arkham map illustrated on the inside of the cover. All the great stories of H.P. Lovecraft are in there, even some poems. They all have the original published date and infos on them too. It's like a Lovecraft Encyclopedia! There are just enough illustrations and at the end you got a LONG biography of Lovecraft beautifully written. For this price it's a steal. I must stop writing now, Cthulhu calls me! GET IT!

(For the glue on the back sticker it's pretty easy to remove. First get the sticker off and then stick it again where there is glue remaining. Do that several times and all the glue will be removed)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great collection, but... 14 Mar 2012
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A collection of the best of H P Lovecraft's tales, in a book which is well crafted and beautifully presented.
But the proof reading and sub-editing are abysmal.
Mostly just irritating typos; 'this' instead of 'his', 'flight' instead of 'light' and the word 'he' omitted in error. These 3 examples from one short story alone (The Haunter of the Dark). But in other places the errors are much more serious.
For example, this sort of sentence from 'Cool Air' "My amateur efforts, however, proved of no use; and when I had new piston would have to be obtained." (sic). Shoddy.
Although HPL wrote mostly for the pulp magazines he was a meticulous craftsman. It is as much his style and precision as the sweep of his imagination that make him the important, influential and popular writer that he remains.
He deserves more care than this.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Lovecraft collection 18 April 2008
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It appears that I, unlike the other reviewers of this book, am a new edition to the legions of Lovecraft fans that I had until recently been completely unaware of. I have long since been a fan of horror film and have read my fair share of such obvious novelists as King, but never could have dreamt of something as elegant and terrifying in the nowadays all too neglected medium of the written word.
The tome itself bleeds horror; the black leather cover (which alone would suggest a much higher price) and occasional illustrations and even the feel of the pages spark the imagination, but it is undoubtedly Lovecraft's own artful imagery and originality that would be expected long after his time makes this a vital part of the collection of not just any horror fan, but any literary enthusiast.
However, as has been said before me, the sticker is the one blight of this book, and you must be prepared for a strenuous battle. The glue! THE GLUE!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Collection 29 Mar 2009
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For anyone used to a variety of paperback editions over the years- and indeed hopfully for new readers of Lovecraft- this beautifully presented hardback is a real treat. Containing over thirty stories and two poems, it is as close to a definive edition as could ever be hoped. All HPL's best tales are there, including all the major components of the "Cthulhu Mythos." It must be said, however, that there are a number of annoying typographical errors in several of the stories
There is an informative "Afterword" by editor Stephen Jones which not only adumbrates HPL's life and career, but also his influence on subsequent writers and the creative media in general- as well as sressing the pivotal roles of August Derleth and Donald Wandrei in preserving HPL's work from ill-merited obscurity.
In short, typographical errors aside, this is an essential collection, and a bargain even at cover price.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GAH! Spelling mistakes 23 April 2012
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This book contains most (not all) of H.P. Lovecraft's assured, the ones left out aren't the best bits at all. If you want the complete collection (includes lots of poems) buy "Eldritch Tales: A Miscalleny of the Macabre" IN ADDITION to this.

Now, let's move on to the review of this book.

I love H.P. Lovecraft's work, this is not even up for debate. He is one of the founding fathers of suspense in literature. However, the sole reason why I only give this book 3 stars is because of something that deeply makes me cringe and almost pull my hair out:

The abundance of spelling mistakes.

Yes, the print is small. Yes, this book has about one thousand pages. And yes, telling somebody to proof read it would drive him insane just like most characters in Lovecraft's stories. However, this is standard procedure is most published books, I don't know why it was omitted here. Heck - a team of 10 people could have divided the book into segments and proof-read it in a short time, but NO, didn't happen.

You're right in the middle of a scary story when all immersion is broken by a blatant spelling mistake...and there's quite a lot, so this is very, very disappointing to me, given that otherwise, I love the Necronomicon so much.

Three stars for the leather-bound hardback book at such an amazingly affordable price, but two stars won't be given for the spelling mistakes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the major works of Lovecraft 26 Jan 2009
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It is good to have all the major works of Lovecraft between hard covers and in a single volume. There are some nice illustrations too, but proof-reading is poor: `Gthulhu' for pity's sake (p.225)!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good anthology but not complete 21 Aug 2009
This is a good anthology of Lovecraft's work, but mind!
Some of the reviews make it seem as if it was the complete collection of his novels, which it is not.
(I'm still looking for one)
But it looks fabulous, there is a just dose of atmospheric illustrations and in short: it is certainly worth it's price !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! Read it!
Some people criticise Lovecraft for his turgid style, but I think it adds to the creepy menace of his books, this collection being a fine example. Read more
Published 1 day ago by E. Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but a very typing errors
This is very good and everything Lovecraftian is here. The stories are well written and keep me interested. Read more
Published 2 days ago by wilf.nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars what can i say
may not have all of his works but it is great, in every way, it looks and feels good a great tribute to love craft
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read.
This is a compilation of the better known stories of H.P. Lovecraft. It's a brilliant read and I loved every story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mags
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeously rendered tome of macabre tales
What can I say, this is most probably the one book in my collection which I am hugely proud to own. The black leather binding with the gilded lettering hints at the wondrous... Read more
Published 2 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery.
Much faster delivery than expected, also much BIGGER than expected. It's gorgeous though. Can't wait to start it.. After I've given it to someone else as a present haha
Published 3 months ago by Miss H. L. Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This was a great gift for Christmas. It was a few days late but it did arrive eventually. The only complaint i have is that there was slight damage to the leather cover of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ChaoticDreams
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary vision
Neil Gaiman once said that people should read Lovecraft because that is where the darkness started.

And he's not wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Sockel
4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive but better to read slowly
Until I read the other reviews I must confess I hadn't noticed how many typographical errors were in the text, I don't think it affected my enjoyment but upon reflection there are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. J. Maslen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
My partner loves the works of H.P Lovecraft, and this was the perfect present for him.

Even though I bought it for him around 2 years ago, he still picks it up to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chelsi Andrews
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