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I found three of his short story collections at the library and chose to begin with this one largely because it contained the story “The Call of Cthulhu. As it says itself, its “frightful effect bloodcurdllng me was one of suggestion rather than revelation. Lovecraft’s horror usually involves pseudo-scientific phenomena, such as travel between dimensions or across time, and aliens, hybrids, and mutants rather than supernatural creatures.

It involves a man whose body is possessed by bizarre alien time travelers, and his attempt to piece his life together after they have departed. At the beginning of almost every story, the narrator would announce that something horrible had taken place. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Derleth, Clarke Ashton Smith, and numerous others, not only introducing them to the many ideas and authors Lovecraft had collected, but opening himself up to the thoughts and experiences of all those young, up-and-coming authors.

I’ve been told for years that I need to read him, and for many years this book has gathered dust on my shelf. Lovecraft is a fine writer, a composer that can’t help but remind one of a latter-day, emotionally disturbed Dickens. His terror is not simple blood and gore shock tactics to scare the audience, it is the horror bloodcurlding requires a deeper level of skill, to creep the audience out by linking the narrators to mysterious and creepy terrors.

Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre: Beautifully written horror that many imitate ahem, Stephen King but few can pull off.

His turn-of-the-word is outstanding, but highly derivative in and of itself. The thing I also loved about the stories was pointed out to me by the foreword. Aug 22, Cbj rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 10, Jeb rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lovecraft This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction must have: This hofror a large collection of stories, with a better than average opening essay.


Download links for free Lovecraft audiobooks. Joshi to drag the genre into the sphere of literary criticism. To view it, click here. Plus twelve more terrifying tales! Amazing, isn’t it, how writers’ imaginations can create generational uproars? I was surprised rhe the variety of stories in this collection. An amusing and rather inconsequential little story.

The Call of Cthulhu. The story is great though, worth a reread later on. I love these classic horror stories. A lot of the stories and none of the earlier ones stories have nothing to do with taless Cthulhu mythos, and are hhorror typical horror stories – an anecdote with a horror twist at the end.

While his genre was science fiction, he was wholly outside the optimistic and Not well-appreciated in his own time, reclusive and eccentric New England writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft became a household word in the world of weird fiction after his death. Probably this story is easier to appreciate when you are already familiar with other HPL works.

Therefore, although I have no memory of reading a Lovecraft story before this book, I probably have, either directly or indirectly, because I’m a child of a culture with a deep thumbprint of Lovecraft upon it.

Herein lies the problem: Hales Rey Publication Date: Even death is only a metaphor, I think, for the mind’s sadness and inability to return to experience a second anr.

Then he would proceed to piece together the horror in detail with the help of accounts of other people usually talkative old drunkards or social outcastsletters, newspaper articles etc. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. For Lovecraft on the other hand, symbolism in the mighty forces of his mythos almost always disintegrates over the course of a narrative, and what remains as truly horrific is the relative powerlessness experienced by balanced and rational men of integrity optimal in some way in modern society’s eyes in a world where the relations themselves are difficult to fathom in everything more fundamental than the thin human layer of sanity.

But every writer has their strengths and weaknesses and Lovecraft’s strengths lie in digging into your imagination and conjuring images and fears you didn’t even know you had. So I was very optimistic about this volume of stories when I started to read it – particularly in regards to the ‘infamous Cthulhu Mythos. The fictional worlds that Lovecraft created are located in temporally shifting realms which intersect with everyday reality in usually horrific ways, inhabited by ancient creatures having no relation to the life forms familiar to us.


A horror from the skies—far worse than any nuclear fallout—transforms a man into a monster. Kf think it tends to get discounted as a somewhat unimaginative Gothic horror piece, but it holds surprising treasures for those who are paying attention. It makes it difficult to relate sometimes.

The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre by H.P. Lovecraft

Which I haven’t done. I don’t what to have a thesaurus handy when I’m trying to scare myself with a go I just cannot get into this book! It’s interesting, containing a little bio, history of the publication of his work, and a minianalysis of recurring themes in his stories and the history of the public appetite for horror fiction, relative to the public and political events of txles day.

For an author, creating something that is frightening can be a challenging thing, given that the subject matter is neither seen, nor heard by the reader. But this collection of stories by H. During my brief research, I discovered that a fictional book Lovecraft refers to often in his stories, “The Necronomicon,” is believed by some Christian fundamentalist groups to be a real book.

The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

The Road to Madness by H. View all 5 comments. Last, and specific to this edition, is the truly excellent foreword by Robert Bloch.

But after a point, I found the structure of the stories and the nature of the horror to be quite repetitive. Although I enjoyed the chase scene and, as always, the atmosphere.