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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories Paperback – 25 Jul 2002
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H P Lovecraft is credited with reinventing the horror genre in the twentieth century. In this volume, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, S T Joshi, presents a selection of the master's fiction. These stories reveal the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establish him as a canonical - and visionary - American writer.
About the Author
Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1890, Lovecraft was self-educated and lived in his birthplace all his life, working as a freelance writer, journalist, and ghostwriter. Using many pen names, he contributed his supernatural/horror and science fiction/fantasy stories to various pulp magazines but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in Weird Tales starting in 1923. He died in 1937.
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Joshi, probably the most respected Lovecraft scholar around, gives a concise and detailed runthrough of the author's often tragic and bizarre life; it's a great and helpful resource for newbies as a lot of Lovecraft's fiction was informed by his experiences.
Joshi also adds full annotations for the stories themselves, and on the Kindle they are all properly linked, allowing you to jump to or ignore them as you wish. The notes are well-researched and never less than informative, especially on the subect of some of HP's more esoteric references.
The stories themselves are some of Lovecraft's finest, including brief but unsettling gems like Dagon, the skincrawling unease of Arthur Jermyn and of course the justifiably famous and celebrated Call of Cthulhu. Those that know them already will need no further encouragement, while those who have always wondered what the fuss is all about can have no better place to start.
This is the brilliant, blasphemous and mindblasting heart of the Mythos, and this book, together with its two companion volumes, finally gives it the treatment it deserves.
The product description is a bit misleading. The Naxos Audio CD Version consists of 4 CDs with the following unabridged titles:
The Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror