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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Panther; New Ed edition (18 April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586063242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586063248
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 3.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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STEP INTO A NIGHTMARE WORLD OF HELLISH HORROR…

Crawling, clawing, sliming horror, seeping from the night-tipped pen of that Grand Master of heart-stopping supernatural terror – H.P. Lovecraft.

Sample a dark universe peopled with gods best forgotten and strange races best left undiscovered. Shudder in the dank breath of an ages-old evil blowing icily from the dusk-shrouded eons of time before history. Savour, in this classic collection of masterpieces of the weird and eerie, the grave-fresh tang of total fear. Here is horror to set your skin crawling from your spine's based to your scalp – and back again.

"A real collector's piece for connoisseurs of the unusual…lovers of the macabre, the sinister and the uncanny, take note"
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About the Author

Renowned as one of the great horror-writers of all time, H.P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 and lived most of his life in Providence, Rhode Island. Among his many classic horror stories, many of which were published in book form only after his death in 1937, are ‘At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels of Terror’ (1964), ‘Dagon and Other Macabre Tales’ (1965), and ‘The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions’ (1970).


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By Theo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2011
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This book is volume two in a three volume anthology of the works of H.P. Lovecraft: a horror writer of real genius. I have already explained my reasons for according Lovecraft genius status in my review of volume one, so I shall not repeat myself here. For those who are interested I will place a link to that review in the comments section below.

Taking then my estimate of Lovecraft's merits as a writer simply as a given, the question then becomes one of the strengths of this particular volume.

The first thing you need to know is that unlike most serious writers, Lovecraft did not express himself in full-sized novels. Rather, he wrote exclusively in short stories and novellas. This means if you are going to explore his body of work, you are going to need to do so via collections such as this one. The great thing about this series (The H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus vols. 1 to 3) is that it contains literally everything Lovecraft ever wrote in three modest volumes. Thus, you can easily use this series to explore his writing without any difficulty or redundancy.

As compared to the other two volumes in the series, this book contains a far larger number of tales, most of which are individually rather short.
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Of the 3 "Omnibus" paperbacks containing the works of H.P.Lovecraft, this contains most of his non Cthulhu Mythos work. Don't let that put you off, this is an absolute must have collection of short stories. The atmosphere he creates in such stories as "The Tomb" & "Arthur Jermyn" will never leave you, once read.
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This book is one of three which, between them, provide MOST (but not all) of Lovecrafts' stories. Purchase Volume 1, 2 and 3 of this "omnibus", and you will own a truly magnificent collection of this master's works! Lovecraft, like Poe, had an untouchable talent for macabre and gothic horror stories - his works being a great influence on the wonderful Stephen King. Lovecraft's style is simple and yet so very intricate in weaving the most captivating stories. Like Poe, Lovecraft's works are ageless and the stuff of dreams and nightmares that will remain in your mind for many years after reading.
Sadly, not enough of Lovecraft's works have been translated into movies, but the movie "Dagon" should give you a taste of his work if you want to view something based on his writings. Amazon stock this movie.
In truth, I would much rather have a decent hardback with all of Lovecraft's stories - somehow your average paperback seems insufficient a medium to do real honour to such a master of this genre. BUT - this omnibus makes for a great resource and I am sure lovers of this genre will find Lovecraft's work a real treasure within their collection.
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It is difficult to review the works of the Master of Horror without self-consciousness, especially if you are a fan, as it is too easy to sound slavishly devoted. Lovecraft's work, in my experience, inspires a polemic: either you love it or hate it. Grey areas are hard to find.

Dagon is an essential part of any collection for the devotee of HPL, but also a rewarding read for the lover of supernatural horror-literature. For those who have not read him before, it perhaps isn't the best introduction, as the volume contains a number of immature tales which obviously represent early stages of his development.

Not everything that Lovecraft wrote was wonderful, and in Dagon, there is a mix of quality, although the discerning reader can see the gradual development of the Cthulhu Mythos, which becomes more fully-blown in Omnibus Two: The Haunter of the Dark.

The early stories, "Dagon," "Polaris," "The Tomb" are among the weakest in the volume, evoking a "Tales from the Crypt" feeling, although "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" is markedly more effective and imaginative.The volume also contains a number of Lovecraft's Dunsanian pastiches, another vein which represents a weak area, and seems to be at odds with the aims of Lovecraft's more mature tales.

Despite the inconsistencies in the quality of the tales, there are a significant number of very powerful stories in which the reader can feel the creeping cosmic fear which became HPL's trademark. "Imprisoned with the Pharoahs," (ghost-written for Houdini), and "The Horror at Red Hook" are undoubtedly the best of these and in the latter the reader can clearly see a presage of the Cthulhu Mythos.
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