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The Watchers Out of Time (Masters of Horror) Paperback – 3 Jan 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc; New edition edition (3 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881847690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881847697
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,663,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lovecraft is the twentieth century's dark and baroque prince."
-Stephen King --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, August 1890 - March 1937, was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works ofhorror 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 inProvidence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life.

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) is now recognized as a master of the macabre in American literature, on the level of Poe, Hawthorne, and Bierce. His works with August Derleth include The Watchers Out of Time. August Derleth (1909-1971) was the founder of Arkham House Publishers, which kept Lovecraft in print after his death, and was the author and editor of over one hundred and fifty books, including Quest for Cthulhu and The Trail of Cthulhu. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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It is most unfortunate and wrong in more ways than one that this collection of stories is passed off as the work of H.P. Lovecraft. All of these stories were written by August Derleth, who was inspired by various little notes Lovecraft left behind, but the only indication of the true ownership of the tales comes in the list of sources from which these stories were assembled, a section quite easy to overlook by the general reader. Any Lovecraft disciple must have mixed feelings about August Derleth. His contribution to the Lovecraft legacy is undeniably significant; in the years after Lovecraft’s death, Derleth almost single-handedly kept his memory alive, forming the historic Arkham Press to publish the master’s stories himself. Derleth’s contribution is much more controversial when it comes to extending the Cthulhu legacy, however, for his conception of the Mythos is significantly different from that of Lovecraft; Derleth tended to see things in black and white, good vs. evil. This bifurcation of the Mythos legacy is in sharp contrast to Lovecraft’s original vision of a world where good and evil do not exist per se. Reading Derleth’s Mythos stories poses a danger of the reader conflating Derleth’s ideas and conceptions with those of Lovecraft, and I for one strive to keep the original legacy intact in my mind. This danger is exacerbated by Derleth’s frequent citation of events and characters from Lovecraft’s original writings.Read more ›
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Despite the book's byline and what some reviewers here are telling you, this book is 99% the work of August Derleth, executor of the estate of H.P. Lovecraft. Derleth merely took a few sentences from Lovecraft's writing journal ("The Common Book") and made stories out of them, claiming collaboration. He used the same ideas over and over again, which is why these short stories begin to humorously resemble on another after awhile (come on, how many stories can you end with a massive run on sentence in italics?). Guy inherits house, guy finds old books, guy goes nuts. Derleth never really understood Lovecraft's appeal. Interesting only if you've read most of Lovecraft's work, and Derleth has done much better mythos pastisches: check out Carroll and Graf's "Mask of Cthulhu" and "Trail of Cthulhu", both of which have Derleth's byline instead of a hoax!
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This book was somewhat of a dissapointment to me, a devoted Lovecraft fan, because it contains only one story by the Great Old One. The rest is written by August Derleth, Lovecraft's friend and one of those who made the master's work famous after his untimely death. Derleth is, however, not a bad writer, but can in no way be compared with the original. Most of the stories deal with the things we already know; old, infamous mansions in isolated townships, warlock ancestors, witchcraft and unnameable things in basements and attics. Sure, this is all very exciting, but we have read it before and, most important of all, we have read it better written.
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One should be warned that these stories are mostly not written by Lovecraft, but by his self-proclaimed inheritor, August Derleth. And the discerning reader will notice a difference in the depth and texture of these stories as compared to the real deal. There also is considerable repetition in the themes of these stories. However, one of the odd things about Lovecraft fans (myself included) is that imitation is not necessarily considered a bad thing--the obsessive repetition of Lovecraft's themes seems somehow a fitting homage to his helpless mortals drawn to their doom by forbidden knowledge. My recommendation is to read the real Lovecraft first. If you like it, you'll probably think this is OK too.
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