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The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre By H.P. Lovecraft August Derleth Robert Bloch,

  • Title: The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft August Derleth Robert Bloch
  • ISBN: 9780345350800
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Zu Lebzeiten, als er in den zwanziger und drei iger Jahren einen ganzen Kosmos mythischen Grauens zusammenfabulierte, war H P Lovecragt g nzlich unbekannt Erst posthum wurde dem Meister der unheimlichen Literatur , der so raffiniert mit der Materie des Schreckens hantiert, Weltruhm zuteil Seine besten Erz hlungen sind in diesem Band versammelt.
    The Best of H P Lovecraft Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre Zu Lebzeiten als er in den zwanziger und drei iger Jahren einen ganzen Kosmos mythischen Grauens zusammenfabulierte war H P Lovecragt g nzlich unbekannt Erst posthum wurde dem Meister der unheimlich

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    1. I know, I know the diction is unnecessarily latinate and the prose is frequently overwrought, piling up the adjectives like shambling and eldritch to the point where certain passages are laugh out loud funny And yet Lovecraft has fashioned from the New World s New England a land so very old, a 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 an [...]

    2. Ph nglui mglw nafh Cthulhu R lyeh wgah nagl fhtagn Try saying that backward or forward, which is equally challenging.H.P Lovecraft is definitely the granddaddy of Cosmic Horror and Weird Fiction He is often mentioned in science fiction fantasy horror related websites and forums, not to mention myriad other kinds of websites Reading fans raving about his works and seeing the numerous fan arts online make many of us genre fiction enthusiasts want to start getting into his fiction to see what the f [...]

    3. H P Lovecraft is a peculiar writer His stories are extremely predictable The first person narrator, a sober man of reason and science, will halfway through the story start noticing something odd about his surroundings It was almost as though horrifying revelation from the end of the story , but I knew that could not be the case And then, at the end, when all his reason has been denied, It was then I knew the terrible truth horrifying revelation that we all guessed thirty pages ago He also tends [...]

    4. I recently read a review by Glenn Russell of a Lovecraft short story called From Beyond In his review Glenn provides this link to a Guttenburg Australia site titled the Collected Stories of Lovecraft H.P Lovecraft, 1934, age 43 3 years until he passed on to what These are great horror stories dating back close to a century now, from one of the stranger American fiction writers The fictional worlds that Lovecraft created are located in temporally shifting realms which intersect with everyday real [...]

    5. It was only last year that I discovered the joy of short stories thanks to Anton Chekhov and Edgar Allan Poe although it seems longer since time is a great ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff Since then I have been interested in the great short story authors of all time as well as writing my own short stories , among whom Lovecraft is often mentioned So I was very optimistic about this volume of stories when I started to read it particularly in regards to the infamous Cthulhu Mythos This vol [...]

    6. Well, I don t watch a lot of horror films, but now I see where they all rip off everything from Lovecraft I didn t read EVERY one of these stories, they got a bit repetitive after a while, but the stories were chilling and seeing how influential the storytelling is on modern horror is really interesting Fascinating how much suspense can be put into a 10 page story Yes, I had nightmares of tentacle things after I finished Don t make fun of me.

    7. Beautifully written horror that many imitate ahem, Stephen King but few can pull off The real horror of Lovecraft isn t the scariness of the monsters or the gore, but concept that we are pointless blips of dust on the gaping maw of a chaotic, ageless, indifferent universe that constantly destroys itself for no reason at all Each story reminds you of how puny and ignorant you are but that s a good thing because every character finds out a little too much and goes crazy, gets eaten, sacrificed, ha [...]

    8. To the best of my recollection, this may have been my first reading of H.P Lovecraft Seems unlikely, I know What I found is that Lovecraft is as familiar as meat on a stick, seen at carnivals and malls everywhere I feel as though I know Lovecraft s work, for I ve read those who influenced him Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood , and I ve read or seen films by multitude of writers influenced by him, such as Steven King and Brian Lumley, for example I wasn t aware until now that Lovecraft crea [...]

    9. 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 His prose style 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 While his genre was science fiction, he was wholly outside the optimistic and technophil [...]

    10. Not having read him before, I was surprised to find these rather enjoyable Not remotely disturbing or frightening to the modern mind, of course, but it is interesting to see the fears engendered by the scientific revolutions at the start of the 20thc Also interesting to see how much of contemporary sci fi horror is simply a regurgitation of his ideas.

    11. There are my Poe pieces and my Dunsany pieces but alas where are any Lovecraft pieces H.P Lovecraft, 1929What really makes Lovecraft interesting is the degree to which he was a student of the Horror genre As his influential essay Supernatural Horror in Literature shows, Lovecraft was a voracious reader who went far afield in his search for interesting Horror authors If Lovecraft hadn t been such an odd recluse, and instead pursued an academic career, we might not have had to wait a century for s [...]

    12. This is my first Lovecraft, so I can t judge whether this particular collection has all his best It did have the stories that were recommended to me as being representative of his work The Dunwich Horror, The Colour Out of Space, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and of course, The Call of Cthulhu I enjoyed all of these The quality of the other stories was variable.Rather than trying to review the stories individually, I ll just offer a few random thoughts Yep, now that I ve read the source material, t [...]

    13. This is a book that tested me as a reader I have had a relatively easy reading year consisting of many popular fiction novels that were great page turners But this collection of stories by H.P.Lovecraft gave me a real workout At times I had to reread many of the intricately composed sentences and quite often found myself checking words in dictionaries It took me almost a month to finish this book I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection But The Call of Cthulhu, The Whisperer in Darkness [...]

    14. I love these classic horror stories Lovecraft was a very odd man, and that oddness shines through in his work In other words, he battled a lot of issues such as immigrants invading his territory, and he pretty much lacked social skills on all levels I learned his bio after reading the tales in this book, and that information illuminated many aspects of his stories such as race, gender, madness, etc While many tales are reminiscent of Poe and Hawthorne, many are pure Lovecraft I like all the work [...]

    15. Every Lovecraft fan would have their own opinions of what would constitute the best of HPL s work To a large degree, however, this collection does include the most important essentials of his oeuvre, without which any review of his work would be incomplete I have reviewed each story separately, except those which appear in other books I ve already covered.The introduction by Robert Bloch seems a bit dated today, as it tries to promote Lovecraft s literary merits at a time when little academic wo [...]

    16. Pickman s Model, like E A Poe s The Oval Portrait, implies that art, in order to be safe, must be imaginative It s too much reality that scares us, that drains the life from life and makes art a kind of repository of a life taken, like a ghost or zombie Also interesting question and answer format just like the Lydia Davis story I also read yesterday, Jury Duty I might try a form like it for my current book of tales connected by a frame narrative Love me some experiments in form In the Vault was [...]

    17. The Allen Unwin edition I bought The Best of H.P Lovecraft Tales That Truly Terrify from the Master of Horror is a rather uneven selection of stories, but some of the author s most important work appears, including The Call of Cthulhu, Rats in the Walls, The Dunwich Horror, and the novellas At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow over Innsmouth I ve since found the editions introduced by S T Joshi I think from Penguin informative and balanced in the selections.Among Lovecraft s influences, P [...]

    18. I just cannot get into this book I know some consider him a master of terror and such but the language is so fluffy there s nothing to be really terrified of It has to be the generation gap because it cannot be argued he is a great writer but, snoozers, it would put me to sleep quicker than a PM with a Diazipam I know I sound like a complete philistine here but whatever, give me Steven King and Anne Rice any day I don t what to have a thesaurus handy when I m trying to scare myself with a good r [...]

    19. I only read about four stories and I think I ll check it out in summer Just not the right time right now.

    20. Raccolta di racconti prevalentemente del ciclo di Cthulhu L universo inventato da Lovecraft, quasi totalmente ambientato negli Stati Uniti, tra le citt inventate di Arkham, Innsmouth e dintorni, influenzato molto dalle scoperte scientifiche dell epoca view spoiler per esempio nel racconto Colui che sussurrava nelle tenebre si parla di un nuovo pianeta appena scoperto, Plutone, e a cui Lovecraft attribuisce il nome di Yuggoth hide spoiler E forse il primo autore a parlare di alieni senza chiamarl [...]

    21. If the horror that you are attempting to communicate is just too darned unfathomably horrible to actually be described, then maybe you shouldn t be a horror writer The same thing goes for all those un namable blasphemies from unhallowed eons of unremembered cosmic time And it does no good to say a character was driven to madness by vague realities which have no contextual place in our objective physical world You ve just relieved yourself of responsibility of describing them for the reader.

    22. 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 Rather it takes place solely in the mind, leaving it up to the reader to decide if what they re experiencing is scary or horrifying It s almost pretentious, when you think about it Selling a story as a horror is telling the reader how they re going to feel while reading it Of course, the same could be said for comedy and many other genres, but h [...]

    23. Excellent collection of the master of horror I had read this already back in high school, but I didn t remember much of it I decided that since there are so many references to Lovecraft s work all over the place books, movies, games, comics, etc , I should give it a re read One of the things I do remember was that it was scary It s not easy for a book to be scary movies can easily make you jump, but without the benefit of graphic scenes and loud noises, a book has to do a lot work to get you sc [...]

    24. It s hard to believe that I went so long without having read H.P Lovecraft, considering that I love horror and most of my favorite horror authors are influenced by his work For some reason I thought his stories would be hard to connect with probably because of the whole Cthulhu made up word thing 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 The first few short stories reminded me a lot of E [...]

    25. My sole previous experience with Lovecraft is his fine short novel At the Mountains of Madness Well crafted and well plotted, the freakish and disturbing nature of his meticulously thought out lore comes to the fore in that and numerous other stories from his work.Herein lies the problem Lovecraft is a fine writer, a composer that can t help but remind one of a latter day, emotionally disturbed Dickens His turn of the word is outstanding, but highly derivative in and of itself What I mean here i [...]

    26. The Best of H.P Lovecraft is one of the most enjoyable books I ve ever read Also, it was my first time pouring over the works of Lovecraft but as of now, can consider him to be one of the most talented writers who ever lived Of all the stories included in this compilation anthology, I would consider such stories as The Rats in the Walls, The Outsider, The Music of Erich Zahn, and The Dreams in the Witch House, to be my favorites and as for some of the stories I enjoyed the least, I d have to say [...]

    27. Lovecraft is one of the writers people tend to either obsess about or dismiss without a second glance His writings vary tremendously, in terms of quality Some of it is really horrible, actually, with absurdly purple prose and overwrought hysteria 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 reader s imagination The Dreams in the Witch House is an example of this second set [...]

    28. I read some selections after I verbally assaulted Lovecraft at a gaming session of Dungeons and Dragons It was pointed out that Lovecraft is one of the intellectual parents of DD and I had not read any Lovecraft I was told diplomatically that I needed, Know your facts before you go shooting your mouth off So, I read some Lovecraft It was kind of what I expected Dark and gothic with with wet slimy gore rather than dry dusty gore Lovecraft has a strong if morbid understanding of the unknowable Whe [...]

    29. This is perhaps the best starting point for all those interested in finding just what this Lovecraft cat was all about All of his key stories are here The Outsider, The Rats In The Walls, The Dunwich Horror, The Colour Out Of Space Lovecraft s own personal favorite, and This may not be the definitive collections like those edited by S.T Joshi or the uber classy Library of America volume, but this is the best introduction one can get to H.P Lovecraft It s the book that got me hooked.

    30. i tried to read as much lovecraft as i could but i couldn t become a fan his stories are repetitive with almost the same theme and there is just too much racism in his writing for me to appreciate it there are though some stories like the picture in the house which i liked very much

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