The Call Of Cthulhu And Other Weird Stories

Paperback | November 3, 1999

byH. P. LovecraftIntroduction byS. T. JoshiEditorS T Joshi

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A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror

"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen King

Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical- and visionary-American writer.

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A monumental influence on the horror genre as we know it today thanks to Anne Rice, Stephen King and Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft’s small oeuvre remains the turning point of 20th-century supernatural and science-fiction writing. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories includes 18 selections, such as "Rats in the Wall," "The Outside...

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A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen KingFrequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the h...

H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. Frequent illnesses in his youth disrupted his schooling, but Lovecraft gained a wide knowledge of many subjects through independent reading and study. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.74 × 5.03 × 0.75 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780141182346

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good and Creepy Loved this collection. I've never read such accomplished writing and story telling as Lovecraft. Wish I could tell a story like that. Enjoyed almost everything in that book. If you wish to read this, I recommend reading S.T. Joshi's notes on the text at the back of the book. Do this after each story. Joshi researched these very well and enhanced the reading pleasure.
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic weird weird stuff Lovecraft forever an elder from betwixt the angleweb, conjured from the black, crawling primordial ancestors that scare the hell out of you. Makes moderns like King, Rice look like pansies. This is the best of his work, linked by madness and realities that cross thresholds to crack open enough of a chasm to chase you until your madness is whirling ... and you can never answer a door at 3am.
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Extra Content

Table of Contents

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird StoriesIntroduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

Dagon
The Statement of Randolph Carter
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
Celephais
Nyarlathotep
The Picture in the House
The Outsider
Herbert West - Reanimator
The Hound
The Rats in the Walls
The Festival
He
Cool Air
The Call of Cthulhu
The Colour Out of Space
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Haunter of the Dark

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A monumental influence on the horror genre as we know it today thanks to Anne Rice, Stephen King and Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft’s small oeuvre remains the turning point of 20th-century supernatural and science-fiction writing. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories includes 18 selections, such as "Rats in the Wall," "The Outsider" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." Contemporary readers will thrill to the supernatural fiction of this master.