The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre. by H.P. Lovecraft. Price: $ “H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the. Publication: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre Publication Record # ; Author: H. P. Lovecraft; Date: . H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”—Stephen King“The oldest and strongest emotion.

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The Shadow Out of Time.

The way he goes about telling his stories is very idiosyncratic, he has a tendency to overwrite and is often ridiculously verbose. What makes it unique is that instead hortor humans being helpless against this threat, this story actually focuses on a various group of people attempting to solve the problem.

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

Theosophist colony donning white robes in California: Nov 30, christopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Thing on the Doorstep – This also! One of off things I do remember was that it was scary. A very creepy story featuring weird floating monstrosities and a whispery ET. What I mean here is, and this can be applied to his plotting as well, that after two or three ohrror, the remainder kind of fall into a predictable rut, right down to the adjectives.

May 21, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: A tad silly in the explanations, but concluded masterfully–a terrific revelation, finally, capped it off to perfection. The rebirth of Cthulhu himself is prevented by a sailor driving his boat into his groin, rather anticlimactic considering the suggested span of his dark, eldritch powers As predictable and self-reflecting as most of these stories are, there are a number that stand out.

An amusing and rather inconsequential little story. It seemed to be a sort of monster, or symbol representing a monster, of a form which only a diseased fancy could conceive. The colloquial writing style is rather unusual for Lovecraft I think. Show More Show Less. I only read about four stories and I think I’ll check it out more in summer. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect annd, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.


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. The collection of stories I’ve read was put out by the Carlton Publishing Group, not by Createspace which has a cover by the same name, but of bloodcurdlinh quality and fewer stories, or so I’m told.

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

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. The Cthulhu stories are more science fiction or speculative fiction, and though not all of them feature that monster Cthulhu, they all involve races of alien creatures that lie somewhat dormant deep bloodcyrdling the earth or in the ocean or in the hills of Vermont, creatures which often inspire small cults of worship in strange places.

Dermatologists can best assess. The thing about his writing is that while some of the stories will have you nodding off while wading through the long winded prose, but once you get to the end of the stories you realize that they are actually quite good. The correspondence between the narrator who is a skeptic and a man who lives on an isolated farm and establishes contact with an alien race was riveting. That Wilbur Bloodcuurdling reminds me of Damian in the Omen movies a bit to begin with.

Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre: Lovecraft has fashioned from the New World’s New England a land so very old, jacabre world in touch with realities so alien, that Christianity–albeit peripherally present–is completely irrelevant, and mere sanity–the best one can reasonably hope for–depends upon a few ancient formulae and extraordinary personal luck.

The Dunwich Horror 12 15 Oct 29, View all 3 comments. Nov 10, Jeb rated it it was amazing Shelves: Skip to main content. But there are also really incredible stories among his work too, which conjure up fascinating mythology and alien races, as well leaving utterly disturbing images in the fo imagination.


And of course that includes humans. Return to Book Page. A number of the stories here are part of this body of work which is often internally inconsistent in details from story to storyand some others foreshadow aspects of it. Lovecraft This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction must have: What do his monsters ever do except live, eat, reproduce–all very grossly, clumsily, in an exaggeratedly sloppy biological way. But the Lovecraftian heroes are also bound hales feel lonely at times.

His prose talex was greatly influenced by Poe, and like Poe, he preferred natural causes for his horror “supernatural,” in one of the alternate titles listed above for this collection, means “uncanny” or “unearthly,” not supernatural per se. Classic Lovecraft, one of his most popular and enduring stories. The quality of the other stories was variable. Where the more realism-inclined write about social alienation and the individual’s struggle, Lovecraft is concerned with cosmic alienation as we press ahead as a species as best we can, and when you pit the endless nothing against the human host, the one becomes horror and the other tolerable.

A horror from the skies—far worse than any nuclear fallout—transforms a man into a monster. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale. I could ask myself, why is this or that so frightening? Lovecraft’s work does not have that problem. Next time just buy a Yoko Ono album. But the Mythos was not quite Lovecraft’s original invention, it was instead an attempt to take the worlds of the previous great Horror authors and combine them into one grand setting.