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The Call of Cthulhu by [Lovecraft,  H. P.]
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, known then simply as weird fiction. His major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. He has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of Enlightenment, Romanticist, and Christian humanism. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality. Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

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Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft, August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937, was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His father was confined to a mental institution when Lovecraft was 3 years old. His grandfather, a wealthy businessman, enjoyed storytelling and was an early influence. Intellectually precocious but sensitive, Lovecraft had begun composing rudimentary horror tales and had begun to be overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety by the age of 8. Although he seems to have had some social life, attending meetings of a club for local young men, Lovecraft in early adulthood was established in a reclusive 'nightbird' lifestyle without occupation or pursuit of romantic adventures. In 1913 his conduct of a long running controversy in the letters page of a story magazine led to his being invited to participate in an amateur journalism association. Encouraged, he started circulating his stories; he was 31 at the time of his first publication in a professional magazine. Lovecraft contracted a marriage to an older woman he had met at an association conference. By age 34, he was a regular contributor to newly founded Weird Tales magazine; he turned down an offer of the editorship. Lovecraft returned to Providence in 1926, and over the next nine months he produced some of his most celebrated tales including "The Call of Cthulhu", canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, commercial success increasingly eluded him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. Lovecraft subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IB1MDK0
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thoroughly enjoying the book but am disappointed by the print. The cover looks nice enough but the paper is thin so that the whole book ends up curved from reading. It is printed by Amazon which it states in small ashamed type at the back but there are layout issues too perverse to have been done by human eyes or at best done without care (at one point the heading of the chapter is at the bottom of the preceding page). Also it seems that the thick border around the pages and the large spacing between paragraphs has been done so as to create the effect of a small novel in size and bump page count rather than for any stylistic reason. The title doesn't get its own page in the book and is followed by a quote and then the first chapter's half paragraph. I feel I could have done a better job with my own printer at home. Disappointed as I paid £5 for the book and had purposefully looked for a version that looked good (what's that old saying..) I see the price has gone down now but would suggest to anyone looking to buy to keep searching.
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The Call of Cthulhu was key in launching a plethora of weird tales more than a century ago, so I wanted to read it. To buy it for only 77 pence from Amazon for my Kindle was great. I have since found the same story for free from other online sources, but the Kindle version comes with Kindle's dictionary at the touch of the mouse, bookmarks and note taking facilities.
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It took me a while to get through it, even though it was a short story, but certainly worth it. Great read for any avid horror or sci fi fan willing to put effort into it, however some of the language in the book may be offensive to people of mixed race as it is out dated, old book old terms. Never the less great read.
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No illustrations appear in this edition. This appears to be a standard text version of the venerable classic. Amazon should change the name.
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Grandson loved this book. A very good read!.
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Amazing hp lovercraft entry. A must read for any reader.
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My son liked it so much I've ordered the complete works.
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A good beginning of the Mythos, but I feel H.P Lovecraft could have made use of more time to develop some settings and make better use of some language to better describe the pictures he wished to project. At the time it may have made more sense to those he spoke with, but I guess it takes more imagination now in our understanding to find a way that makes it easier to relate to.
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