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The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classic Horror) Hardcover – 3 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143122320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143122326
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 4.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I've seen in a cover in quite some time." - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Each cover does a pretty spectacular job of evoking the mood of the title in bold, screenprint-style iconography." - Dan Solomon, Fast Company

Praise for Penguin Horror Classics:

"The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I've seen in a cover in quite some time." - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Each cover does a pretty spectacular job of evoking the mood of the title in bold, screenprint-style iconography." - Dan Solomon, Fast Company

Praise for Penguin Horror Classics:
"The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I've seen in a cover in quite some time." - Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Each cover does a pretty spectacular job of evoking the mood of the title in bold, screenprint-style iconography." - Dan Solomon, Fast Company

Praise for Penguin Horror Classics:
The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I've seen in a cover in quite some time. Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Each cover does a pretty spectacular job of evoking the mood of the title in bold, screenprint-style iconography." Dan Solomon, Fast Company"

About the Author

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His relatively small body of work - three novels and sixty short stories - has nevertheless exercised an incalculable influence on horror and supernatural fiction.

Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and designer, most famous for his Academy Award-winning film, Pan's Labyrinth, and the Hellboy film franchise. He has received the Nebula, Hugo, and Bram Stoker awards and is an avid collector and student of arcane memorabilia and weird fiction.


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Format: Hardcover
This is one in a series of hardcovers that Guillermo del Toro has selected for publication by Penguin. Despite the very poor and uncouth cover illustration, the book is a wonderful tribute to the genius of H. P. Lovecraft, and contains many of his very finest tales.
CONTENTS
Series Introduction by Guillermo del Toro
Introduction by S. T. Joshi
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
The Tomb
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The White Ship
The Temple
The Quest of Iranon
The Music of Erich Zann
Under the Pyramids
Pickman's Model
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dunwich Horror
At the Mountains of Madness
The Thing on the Doorstep
Explanatory Notes

Despite the lapse of decades since these tales were written, and the horde of followers who, influenced by these stories, write riffs on them (guilty), the fictions here presented retain their magnificence and originality. The writing is not at all "cumbersome," as another reviewer has claimed, but smooth, poetic and near-perfect. Lovecraft alter'd his style to suit the mood and needs of particular tales; and the narrative voice of "Pickman's Model," perfect for that peculiar tale, is not the voice of "The White Ship" or "The Music of Erich Zann." It is wonderful and proper to see Lovecraft's fiction dignified by being publish'd by Penguin, Modern Library, and The Library of America; for he was a Literary Artist as assuredly as was Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Henry James and Oscar Wilde--and Poe.
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Format: Paperback
Not only is Lovecraft the orignal master of the horror genre, to my mind he is among the greatest authors of all time. I can't explain quite how appealing his work is, but among other characteristics it is his style of thoroughness. He never leaves a loose end or an unexplained point. His is methodical and full. A writer really in touch with his imagination, his work comes across with the feel of an unlimited universe to which the reader is invited, if they dare. I go back to his stories over and over again.
Many critics talk of his early death and connect it with his imagination and an all too real link with the dark world about which he writes...maybe so, maybe not. But for sure his death was all too early because I believe his best was yet to come. You will not be dissapointed with this work whether or not you are a fan of horror or just a fan of good writing.
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This is a very fine number of Lovecraft's stories though in this collection his longer works predominate over the shorter stories.

Amongst others, this volume contains three of Lovecraft's most iconic stories, The Horror of Dunwich, The Thing in the Doorstep and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

At the Mountains of Madness is another long story that starts phantastically well, though it withers a bit towards the end.

The short stories are not Lovecraft's best, but The Music of Erich Zann and The Temple hold their own fairly well.

Most notably, the near complete absence of his oniric tales (I can't think of anybody who would rank those as their favourites) makes this volume his most palatable.

The comments and edition by S.T. Joshi is second to none and his notes at the back are a great help to contextualise both in time and within Lovecraft's opus each of the tales.

Just for The Horror of Dunwich, this collection is worth every penny. As a whole, it's brilliant.
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Format: Paperback
My dear Youngsters:--

Penguin seems to be reprinting this book in hardcover, as part of a series for which del Toro is the fake "editor" -- he has indeed written a new Foreword, but I assume that the forthcoming hardcover volume will be a reprinting of this softcover edition. The cover illustration on the hardcover is ruddy AWFUL...

Ah, I remember as if it were yesterday, that hot Octobyr of 1707 when my friends and I spent some four days in Providence. As chance wou'd have it, S. T. Joshi was in town, working on the Clark Ashton Smith poetry volumes that wou'd soon be publish'd by Hippocampus Press. I had taken my three beloved editions of ye Penguin Classics series of the tales of H. P. Lovecraft that Sunand had edited so brilliantly, and we met, a horde of Lovecraftians, in St. John's Burying Ground, where once Lovecraft and Barlow had sat upon tabletop tombs and written sonnets to Poe's memory. S. T. led us on a walking tour of Lovecraftian sites, and I carry'd with me all three of the Penguin editions plus my wee mass pb edition of FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH. As we stood in front of the mansion mentioned by Lovecraft in THE CASE OF CHARLES DOCTOR WARD as the childhood home of that title character, Jonathan Thomas asked S. T. about getting ahold of a reliable edition of the novel; & I handed S. T. my copy of THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP AND OTHER WEIRD STORIES. We then moved down the street to 10 Barnes Street, where Lovecraft lived when he wrote WARD and so many other classics, many of which are found in this edition.

As usual, S. T. supplies a very inform'd & fascinating Introduction, in which he relates the history of the writing of the stories in this volume. And what tales they are!
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