The Fiction Complete and Unabridged In the s and s H P Lovecraft pioneered a new type of weird fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction Lovecraft s tales of cosmic horror r

  • Title: The Fiction: Complete and Unabridged
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft S.T. Joshi
  • ISBN: 9781435107939
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the 1920s and 30s, H.P Lovecraft pioneered a new type of weird fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction Lovecraft s tales of cosmic horror revolutionized modern horror fiction and earned him the reputation as the most influential American writer of weird tales since Edgar Allan Poe.This omnibus collects for theIn the 1920s and 30s, H.P Lovecraft pioneered a new type of weird fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction Lovecraft s tales of cosmic horror revolutionized modern horror fiction and earned him the reputation as the most influential American writer of weird tales since Edgar Allan Poe.This omnibus collects for the first time in a single volume all of Lovecraft s groundbreaking fiction The Call of Cthulhu, The Dreams in the Witch House, The Haunter of the Dark, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow out of Time, The Shadow over Innsmouth, the full length novels The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, and many others.H.P Lovecraft The Fiction is part of Barnes Noble s Library of Essential Writers Each title in the series presents the finest works complete and unabridged from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hardback editions Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer s life and works.

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      Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.Lovecraft s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity Lovecraft s protagonists usually achieve the mirror opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.Although Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

    2 thoughts on “The Fiction: Complete and Unabridged

    1. Sorry for this absolutely huge review, I couldn't help myself.I've known of Lovecraft for quite some time, but somehow had never gotten around to reading more than two short stories of his until several months ago, when I figured it was time to see what all the fuss was about. I found out that he wrote nearly all short stories, and had finished just under 70 by the time of his death, so I figured I'd read them all to get a complete overview of his output. I started looking around and found that [...]

    2. NB! At the Mountains of Madness is on the '1001books you must read before you die' list and is rated individually below. See below for comments to the individual stories.The Beast in the CaveThe protagonist gets lost in a cave and even though he is proud of staying so calm, he is scared almost senseless by the sound of something approaching. HPL wrote this when he was 15 and it reads like it The achieved horror is somehow too easy.The AlchemystThe story of a family curse. Also a teenage story. N [...]

    3. I got really into Lovecraft after the first phase of my Stephen King obsession had ended, after I realized how bad Dean Koontz's books can get, after I had wearied of Anne Rice's bisexual vampires and witches and their cameo jewelry and damask wallpaper, after Poe's necrophiliac unreliable narrators had for the moment become too all-alike for me, at the age of 14—what King maintains is the perfect age for reading him. Clive Barker and his infinite imagination for bizarre creatures who can't de [...]

    4. Being that this book took me close to 3 years to finish reading, I'm not sure I could aptly review all the tales without having to look up and skim through each of them again.Some of the stories I really enjoyed while others tended to drag on for me. The benefit of reading ALL the Lovecraft tales that he penned solo in one volume is to really grasp where there is overlap between tales, whether it be characters, themes, or gods, and see it as one semi-cohesive body of work rather than just a scat [...]

    5. I thought I'd update my review of this anthologyFirstly, this is the best anthology of Lovecraft I've read, primarily because all the stories are in chronological order according to the time they were written and published, and the editor has given some very nice commentary as well. It's fascinating to see Lovecraft's writing develop from Poe knock-offs to developing his own mythology and expanding on that subject.A problematic side is that a recurring theme in his writings seems to be that of " [...]

    6. Before picking up this book, I had only heard the name Lovecraft in passing in vague connection with cosmic horror. But I saw it in the book store and at a reasonable price so I thought I'd pick it up and give it a try. A friend recommended I begin with "The Statement of Randolph Carter", which I read later that evening. And from that point, I was hooked. Since then, I have devoured the rest of his fiction compiled in the book and still I crave more. He has become my favorite author and a huge i [...]

    7. OK, if you're going to read the master of horror, just get the complete collection in this book. Yes, there are highlights to his work, but you never know what you're going to stumble upon in his "lesser known" or just less-often published works. I've also never found a complete audio collection of all his works, so this book was needed to include the stories that have not made it to any audio edition.Also included: Lovecraft's essay on horror writing, in which he insults a lot of previous horro [...]

    8. Lovecraft's best work ('At The Mountains Of Madness', 'The Colour Out Of Space', 'The Call Of Cthulhu') achieves an exceptionally high level of hallucinatory horror, and there are many fine moments to be found in his lesser stuff, notwithstanding ludicrous plot holes ('The Dunwich Horror') and blasphemously overblown descriptive prose (pretty much everything). If you like horror, it doesn't get much better than this. HOWEVER It does neither reader nor writer any favours to gloss over his virulen [...]

    9. A solid compilation featuring all of H.P. Lovecraft's published fiction. I'm giving the book 4 stars instead of 5 because I like the Penguin Classics editions better; they're edited by S.T. Joshi, the world's premier Lovecraft scholar, and each story is accompanied by exhaustive footnotes. Still, you can't beat this edition for the price, and there's nothing inherently wrong with the book or its editing. The volume contains an introduction by S.T. Joshi, which offers newcomers a nice introductio [...]

    10. Fantastic!This collected edition of H.P. Lovecraft's stories is excellently put together and a wonderful read. The overarching theme of cosmic horror and things that are too terrible to behold binds these stories together into a interesting world where despite people's ordinary everyday lives, complete doom for the world is around every dark corner. Despite the period these stories were written in, both the writing styles and the content never seem dated. Instead, you get an imagination bending [...]

    11. Let me be perfectly clear: I LOVE Lovecraft. Despite his obvious flaws as a writer he remains one of my favorites. The one star review is for the atrocious job of editing done on this volume. This isn't just a word or two messed up, this is whole lines of text missing or words completely replaced, consistantly too, every couple pages. It took me half of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" to figure out that the titular character was engaged in human sacrifice because the book replaced the word "ch [...]

    12. The Barnes & Noble Lovecraft may one day become the "standard" Lovecraft, what with its comprehensiveness, handsome design, and use of Joshi's corrected texts. But the first (and so far only) edition is riddled with thousands of typos, major and minor, including omitted words, use of incorrect words, and even the deletion of lines of text, which often make nonsense of HPL's prose. As such, it cannot be recommended to any but the most casual of readers. A second, corrected edition would be qu [...]

    13. The Complete collection of his short stories and novellas. The only thing missing is the poetry. I think every modern horror writer is pretty much in debt to Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood. They laid the groundwork for the modern psychological/supernatural horror story. I love the man (may he rest in peace) even though he was a crazy-insane Angliophile and his prose sometimes went on and on and on and onThis is one of those cases where the life of the author is just as interesting as the stori [...]

    14. Awesome to read. i hadnt read any lovecraft before. this way i disnt have to buy any individual books. reading in conjunction with The HP Lovecraft literary podcastJust heard on the podcast that one of Lovecrafts early editors recommended that readers NOT read a lot or all of Lovecraft all at once as his techniques and plots will tend to blend together.Took about 1.5 years to get through, on and off.

    15. At the Mountains of Madness is an incredible tale, one of the best that I've read. It is a survivor's fictional account of an Antarctic expedition that stumbles upon proof (in the form of stark stone ruins, monuments, and an historical account in strange glyphs) of a bizarre, ancient non-human civilization. It had me ranting and raving (and nightmaring) for weeks. I read that they're making a film adaptation, starring Tom Cruise.

    16. Lovecraft's writing can be almost painful to read, but it works well in conjunction with his motif: that of a man driven mad by what he's seen.I rate this three stars as an average between writing quality (two) and idea quality (five or more). Lovecraft's Mythos is deep, dark, and rich, but the stories themselveswell, this is one of the rare cases where I like the spinoffs more than the original.

    17. Since it collected ALL of Lovecraft's fiction (minus his revision and collaboration work), this book was an absolute must for me. There were stories in here I'd never read elsewhere! I was so excited!Then I actually read the thing. It is RIDDLED with typos to the point of distraction. Nitpicking, maybe, but I couldn't enjoy it.

    18. The most innovative horror writer ever. His work remains effective today, although there may be some adjustment necessary for readers unaccustomed to his ornate "purple" prose and impersonal style.My favorite Lovecraft stories:1) "The Music of Erich Zann"2) "The Colour Out of Space"3) "At the Mountains of Madness"

    19. I plan to read the novellas/stories: At the Mountain Madness, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, and The Dunwich Horror this year [2013], at least.

    20. An early review (though I've read lots of the stories in other volumes) Had to go ahead and say it's awesome to have all Lovecraft's works of fiction in one great looking hardback volume! Got it as a father's day present from my wife, thanks Honey!

    21. I have been reading this book for over a year. I am very sad to be finished. I look forward to reading other weird fiction/supernatural horror stories from the late 1800s/early 1900s, but I am sad that apart from collaborations, I will never read a new Lovecraft story.

    22. Wow! i forgot i had this book, (well i'd gotten it for my boyfriend, but same thing) that has all of Lovecraft's fiction in this humungous omnibus! I have never read anything by him and can't wait to change that

    23. He is by far my favorite author. I discovered his stories when I was a teenager because my favorite band Metallica wrote a couple of songs based on two of his short stories. His horror has influenced Stephen King and Clive Barker to name a few. Check him out, you won't regret it.

    24. The collected works of fiction, for the first time in one volume; corrected and unabridged versions of the stories. And a beautiful hardcover! Incl. juvenilia and his milestone essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature." What's not to like??

    25. I can't believe I've only just heard of Lovecraft! These are incredible, the best supernatural stories since Poe. Also, I will now have to look into Lord Dunsany since I really liked all the Dunsanian stuff in here. Excellently atmospheric and creepy, I don't know why he isn't read more.

    26. I own two copies of thisjust in case I loose one. I'm the opposite of a lot of HPL fans in that I like his earlier non-mythos stories (like The Moon-Bog, The Music of EZ, The Statement of RC) better than the mythos taleseven though those are also good, especially At the Mountains.

    27. This was pretty bad. It's particularly funny because in his essay at the end of the book, he critiques certain other authors as being too long and drawn out in their language--which is exactly the problem with his stuff! It's crazy. Maybe I just don't get it.

    28. After reading this and the biography "The dream World of H.P. Lovecraft" I can say that I can truely relate to the man. His life and his fears, and even his hopes and desires are made human.

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