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on 5 October 2017
Highly atmospheric and varied tales from probably the most influential horror writer of the 20th century. The works included vary from the relatively short and dreamlike to longer much more worked out narratives like the 'colour out of space'. Some do come across as a bit overblown and baroque, but there are certainly a few that did leave me with a feeling of uneasiness.
I know it's the wrong thing to do to judge the past in modern terms but I can't be the only person to notice the casual racism that crops up in Lovecraft. Just thought someone might want to know before they buy the book.
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on 14 December 2014
Amazing. Never read HP until this. Now a total fan. Too enervated to go on. Top stories :)
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on 11 December 2014
love scary stories you will love this
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on 17 October 2017
didn't finished the story...
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on 8 November 2017
I found this a pretty average read and some of the language difficult to follow. Not a book I would read again...
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on 4 July 2017
Love it a lot <3
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on 20 April 2007
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) is a name synonomous with most horror fiction fans; and one can easily see why once one reading the first few sentences of his beautiful prose.

Most of the stories contained in this teriffic compilation are of 'short' veriety - with some noticeably lengthier. They deal with all sorts of strange beasts and ideas; from creepy old men in the backwoods of New England, Zombies, unseen ghouls and massive god-like monsters.

Of course, these stories would hold up without the assistance of explanatary notes which occuply the end of this particular volume; however, editor ST Joshi's notes complement these stories brillinatly, providing an interesting backstory on some of the more curious passages, and offer exhaustive information on the inspiration for the fiction.

Joshi's introduction is also excellent, offering a short biography of Lovecraft's brief and tragic life.

Even though Lovecraft's fiction has been collected in various other volumes for dacades, this (along with 'Thing on the Doorstep' and 'Dreams in the Witch House') is the difinative version of the stories collected in this volume, and it will offer hours of reading pleasure.
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on 23 March 2017
The person for whom this was a gift found it very enjoyable.
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on 29 April 2005
This volume contains the stories: Dagon, Randolph Carter, Arthur Jermyn, Celephais, Nyarlathotep, Picture in the House, Outsider, Herbert West, Hound, Rats in the Walls, Festival, He, Cool Air, Call of Cthulhu, Colour out of Space, Whisperer in Darkness, Shadow Over Innsmouth, Haunter of the Dark, as well as a fourteen page Introduction by Joshi (the foremost scholar on Lovecraft), a suggestion for further reading, a note on the text, and an extra sixty pages of explanatory notes.
This is an excellent collection of Lovecraft stories with a lot of interesting notation and material on his background, his childhood, his inspirations for each story, and various other pieces of fascinating information. It is also, in my opinion, the strongest of the three current Penguin collections of his work, containing as it does the superb Colour out of Space, Shadow over Innsmouth, and Call of Cthulhu (my favourite). Each story is annotated with numbered reference points which can be a bit distracting at first but doesn't really get in the way of your enjoyment of the stories, and provides fascinating insight into the use of certain words, the origins of characters' names, towns and events that influenced the plot, etc. In addition, each of these stories are the definitive editions compiled by Joshi himself, making this currently one of the best Lovecraft collections in the UK. Highly recommended.
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on 25 August 2017
A collection of haunting, macabre classics by the grandfather of the genre. Lovecraft is all the more engaging for his stories avoiding the usual happy ending where good conclusively triumphs over evil: evil may have been somehow avoided, or fled from, but the implication is that it always remains a sinister menace, waiting to return. With the Folio Society 2017 edition I finally found Lovecraft published with superb illustrations and in a beautiful binding. Dan Hillier's art is incredible and marvellously heightens the chilling atmosphere.
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