Item description for H. P. Lovecraft: Tales (Library of America) by H. P. Lovecraft & Peter Straub...
Overview Collects short stories by H.P. Lovecraft, including "The Outsider," "Cool Air," "Pickman's Model," and "The Dreams in the Witch House."
Publishers Description This volume brings together 22 tales, the very best of Howard Phillips Lovecraft's fiction. Early stories such as "The Outsider," "The Music of Erich Zann," "Herbert West - Reanimator," and "The Lurking Fear" demonstrate Lovecraft's uncanny ability to blur the distinction between reality and nightmare, sanity and madness, the human and the non-human. "The Horror at Red Hook" and "He" reveal the fascination and revulsion Lovecraft felt for New York City; "Pickman's Model" uncovers the frightening secret behind an artist's work; "The Rats in the Walls" is a terrifying descent into atavistic horror; and "The Colour Out of Space" explores the eerie impact of a meteorite on a remote Massachusetts valley.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2005
Publisher Library of America
ISBN 1931082723 ISBN13 9781931082723
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More About H. P. Lovecraft & Peter Straub
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 horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction--three short novels and about sixty short stories--has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937. S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood's Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale(1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life(1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.
H. P. Lovecraft lived in Providence, in the state of Rhode Island. H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 and died in 1937.
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Reviews - What do customers think about H. P. Lovecraft: Tales (Library of America)?
Walk on The "Dark Side" Sep 5, 2008
HP Lovecraft possessed a twisted imagination, no doubt about it. I took the book out of curiosity mixed with the knowledge that any Library of America book I had ever read was an outstanding choice no matter what the subject; and I wasn't disappointed in this one either.
Macrbre isn't a word I use very often since I haven't focused my reading attention on tales in the category of Lovecraft's particular talent, even though I did read most of Poe; but it fits. It's a collection of short novels, each more gruesome than the last. They are also extremely well written, fascinating, spellbinding.
"The Outsider" starts off the reader's chilling journey which teams you up with something no longer alive - if it ever was - in it's tortured trip back up to the outside world; and in "Herbert West, Reanimator", the tale of two medical students grisly adventures in the obsessed quest to restore life to cadavers will bring perspiration to your brow if nothing else will.
It goes on from there - each and every one different yet borrowing from a theme of madness; as you read, the marvel at how anyone could continue to think up fresh material for something like this becomes a quest in itself.
If you're looking for something wayyyyyy out of the ordinary, and can stand being shocked witless, this is the author and the book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a romp far off my own beaten literary path and thus am recommending it to others who have a wish to experience a similar hair-raising journey past the edge.
Your One-Stop Lovecraft Jul 10, 2008
If you were to own only one volume of Lovecraft's works, then this is it. It is perfect for those new to Lovecraft. It has the most famous and essential tales including all of the "Arkham Cycle". Most other editions split his best stuff across several volumes with his lesser works as filler. Not only that, they are printed out of chronological order, revealing semi spoilers in the Arkham Cycle Mythos from one story to the next. Not so here. And it's a sleek durable volume printed on acid-free paper, a real treat for those who had to suffer through shoddy paperbacks over the years. Alot of talk has been made of Lovecraft's influence in horror but little has been stated how influential his works were to science fiction as well. Lovecraft pioneered sci-fi concepts as alien abduction, the ancient astronaut theory, and secret "aliens among us" conspiracies. He discarded many of the old terrors from gothic horror and gave us brand new ones. Lovecraft was to pulp horror what Chandler was to Hard-boiled fiction.
Lovecraft's Tales May 2, 2008
The Library of America has produced a handsome and affordable edition of a selection of H.P. Lovecraft's Tales chosen, edited and with notes by author Peter Straub. The twenty-two selections are from the years 1919 to 1935 and encompass the best of Lovecraft's extensive writings. In addition there is a chronology of the significant incidents of his life. The notes by Straub are detailed and are very helpful in both setting the context of the stories and explaining the sometimes obscure references that the very intellectual Lovecraft incorporated into his writings. This is an excellent collection and the beautifully bound hardcover will last for many years.
Daniel Phelan, Kingston, Ontario Canada
Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities. Jan 7, 2008
This collection of 22 of Lovecraft's most essential works is an must for anyone considering themselves a fan of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or just plain "weird tales". Beautifully bound and presented, this volume displays Lovecraft at his most imaginative and eloquent. Peter Straub has selected the most revered of Lovecraft's tales, and does as much justice as a one volume can do to so prolific an imagination. Truly, imagination lies at the very center of Lovecraft's best tales. A master at granting fleeting glimpses into the unknown and terrifying vistas of reality, Lovecraft has an uncanny ability to conjure terrifying alternate universes and realities, the full realizations of which are often enough to drive his protagonists to madness, or worse. Subject to some poorly conceived film adaptations over the years, Lovecraft's works continue to gain the attentions of Hollywood. The sheer imaginative power of Lovecraft, however, seemingly defies a visual representation capable of holding a candle to the images conjured by the imagination of his reader's minds. For a summary of the works of an essential American author, look no further than this volume.
One of Mark E. Smith's favorites Jan 1, 2008
H.P. Lovecraft is one of the favorite authors of The Fall's Mark E. Smith. He is also one of Smith's greatest lyrical influences. This is enough to recommend the book to me!Grotesque (After the Gramme)