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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but Lovecraft beginners should start elsewhere, 29 Nov 2002
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tomb: And Other Tales (A Del Rey book) (Mass Market Paperback)
In terms of readability or pure enjoyment, this title ranks low among the myriad Lovecraft titles. However, for the Lovecraft devotee, it offers enlightening insights into the author's writing. There is quite a hodge-podge of tales to be found in these pages. "The Tomb" is a fairly standard horror piece, "Imprisoned With the Pharoahs" is a story ghost written for Harry Houdini which I count among Lovecraft's lesser tales, "In the Walls of Eryx" is a compelling, uniquely Lovecraftian science fiction story set on Venus. "The Horror of Red Hook," while harkening to the types of unworldly themes Lovecraft came to be known for, is a somewhat dense story which I had unaccustomed trouble reading--largely, I feel, because it was written in the third person. "The Festival," "He," and "The Strange High House in the Mist" concern ancient rites and hints of unearthly terrors while also hinting at the dream worlds that Lovecraft so often contemplated; not surprisingly, I find these stories to be the best ones in this collection.
The really interesting parts of this book consist of a number of early tales and fragments. There are four stories Lovecraft wrote during his teens, and it is almost incredible to see the distinctive Lovecraft voice and style so well developed at such an early age. "Poetry and the Gods" and "The Street" are unusual and bear an ethereal air that did not find its way into his mature writings, while "The Beast in the Cave" and "The Alchemist" foreshadow the stories whose fame we now celebrate. The four story fragments are fascinating; though incomplete, they easily fit into a Lovecraftian world in that certain sometimes obscure references point to elements, characters, and themes developed more fully in other stories. One begins to see that all of Lovecraft's tales, Mythos and non-Mythos, share a mysterious thread or foundation. It is for this reason that I would not recommend reading this book without having read some of Lovecraft's better known stories. Certainly, those not yet fascinated by Lovecraft will reap small rewards from reading the fragments and early writings, and the other tales collected here are much less satisfying than those of the Cthulhu Mythos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking Gothic horror, 9 Sep 1998
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This review is from: The Tomb: And Other Tales (A Del Rey book) (Mass Market Paperback)
When I first tried reading this book in high school, I put it down after the third story. About four years later, I read it again - and loved it. You have to get into Lovecraft's style of writing - first-person perspective, typical gothic-horror themes. Once you do, you'll be immersed into the stories. They leave you with something many books don't - thoughts and memories of the stories. A good relaxing read for those who want to sit and immerse themself into a story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft express, climb aboard!, 21 Jun 1997
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This book offers a perfect way to introduce someone to the works of Lovecraft. The tales within offer chills in a way only Lovecraft could do. Ordinary people thrust into the heart of madness. The pace of the stories builds nicely, often erupting into a frightening climax. Be sure to check out "The Strange High House In The Mist" and "The Evil Clergyman". There are also some early work and fragments here for your reading pleasure.
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