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Dagon and Other Macabre Tales

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  2,812 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Often known as The Macabre Cycle, Lovecraft's earliest works of short fiction established the concepts and framework for the celebrated Cthulhu Mythos and earned him a position of authority in the Weird Fiction genre.

In the feature story Dagon, a prisoner of war escapes his captors only to be shipwrecked on a strange, unnatural island. In search of basic sustenance, the ma

Hardcover, 413 pages
Published 1967 by Gollancz (first published 1927)
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Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.

Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.

I hated this book.
I mean, I really hated this book.

César Lasso
Descubrí a Lovecraft en torno a mis 18 o 20 años y tuve mi racha de lecturas del mismo autor. No es que me entusiasme, y me parece un escritor irregular que puede llegar a cansar. Sin embargo, este libro de cuentos terroríficos sí que me gustó. La ambientación, tal como sugiere el título español, es de lo más macabra. Particularmente me agradó el relato de Dagón. Como curiosidad, diré que hay una película hispano-norteamericana basada en ese cuento (y con el mismo título) que también me gustó po ...more
Sep 23, 2015 ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes del terror-horror-ciencia ficción adulta
Recommended to ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ by: Nadie


"Es una lastima que la mayor parte de la humanidad tenga una visión mental tan limitada a la hora de sopesar con calma y con inteligencia aquellos fenómenos aislados, vistos y sentidos sólo por unas pocas personas psíquicamente sensibles, que acontecen más allá de la experiencia común".

Dagón 3/5
La tumba 4/5
Polaris 3/5
Más allá del mundo del sueño 4/5
La Nave Blanca 5/5
Arthur Jermyn 4/5
Los gatos de Ulthar 3/5
Celephais 5/5
Del más allá 5/5
El templo 4/5
El árbol 3/5
El pantano de la luna 3/5
The second in an omnibus trilogy I purchased, containing the complete stories of H. P. Lovecraft. DAGON AND OTHER MACABRE TALES collects together all of his shortest stories in a single, weighty volume. There are no less than 36 tales collected here, along with the excellent non-fiction essay, 'Supernatural Horror in Literature'.

Some highlights:

DAGON, inevitably. The tale has collected lots of critics over time, but I find it the quintessential Cthulhu story. The ending still captures a sense of
I enjoyed a lot of these stories. I feel like there was a real variety within this collection, and I was introduced to several new styles that I didn't know Lovecraft attempted.

Many of these stories were solid sci-fi, taking place on other planets. I found most of these just as entertaining as Lovecraft's horror. There were also stories that weren't horrific at all, but just rich descriptions of fantastic new lands that the author had created, I was reminded of Lord Dunsany's "Book of Wonder" an
Hace más de 20 años que leí por primera vez estos cuentos y siguen pareciéndome igual de inquietantes y extraordinarios. Lovecraft era capaz de escribir las historias más espeluznantes, que iban más allá de nuestra imaginación.

Hay veces que me pregunto qué seres invisibles estarán surcando el aire en mi misma habitación, inquietud que me viene después de leer el relato 'Del más allá'. Al igual que considero 'Herbert West, reanimador' uno de los relatos más macabros jamás escritos.

Para disfrutar
Peter Chandler
Ah but who could fail to love the indescribable horrors and gothic terrors of Lovecraft? Well, quite a lot of people probably, but never mind them! These short stories are particularly interesting set out in chronological order they show a fair bit of the development of Lovecraft's innate style. And as you read ever more of his psychological horror stories one can't help but come to ponder the psychology of the man himself. Lovecraft was many things, conservative, anti-modernist and fundamentall ...more
Ivan Ivic
Reanimator je zbirka sedam kratkih priča H.F.Lavkrafta, jednog od najpoznatijih i najpriznatijih pisaca tzv. kozmičkog horora i izvornog autora Ktulu mitova i Nekronomikona.

Ova knjiga sadrži dve, po meni fenomenalne Lavkraftove priče ( Reanimator i Senka nad Insmutom ), tri krajnje prosečne ( Dagon , Alhemičar , Grob ), i najzad, dve koje mi se uopšte nisu dopale i koje lično svrstavam pri dnu Lavkraftovog opusa, iako sam svestan da se mnogi neće složiti ( Beli brod , Bezimeni grad ; ova p
J B Angell
There is no doubt that Lovecraft is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. References to his work and the worlds he created are abound in both the literary and cinematic media. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales is one of my favorite collections of his works. While best known for his works of the macabre, Lovecraft was also a remarkable Sci-Fi writer. This particular omnibus contains many of those stories alongside the expected horror. Not that any of the horrific images he creates ...more
Chris Matney
Another classic set of tales by Lovecraft - an absolute must-read for any fan of the macabre. This volume contains some of my all-time favorite stories - lyrical and haunting: Herbert West - Reanimator, The Lurking Fear, The Hound. Ah, this is a delicious read.

Why only four stars? Mostly because my favorite stories are his very early "macabre" works and his later mythos works. This anthology is chronological from 1917-1936. As such, it has a number of his dream-based works - From Beyond, The Ot
Scott Jeremy Nino Roberts
The book cover has a very nice retro gothic fantasy art look to the book. I give this book 5 stars.

A good collection of Lovecraft's tales. My only problem is that after reading a book of the cosmic horror author's work, I'm starting to see Koontz-like trends in some of his stories. Some of the stories are almost carbon-copies of each other. It's as if Lovecraft was constructing gospels, creating the alternative views of multiple authors.

That being said, the man was a genius. You can't blame the pulp writers for recycling a few ideas.
This could be a perfect reading for Halloween period, as there are many stories quite dark and scary. This is not necessarily my favored genre, but I relaxed and tried to enjoy the literary part from each of them. Some are capitalizing on mythology, either inventing one or using the greek or middle east myths. These were the stories I enjoyed most.

After more careful consideration, I believe that disregarding the variety from these stories, the author wrote them to prove that there is something b
Cinabru Hoffmann
Lovecraft s-a tradus si publicat prea putin in Romania. “Monstrul din prag” la Vremea, in 1993 (unde ar fi trebuit sa apara si Cosmarul din Insmouth) si reeditat in 2007, « Demoni si miracole » si « Dagon si alte povestiri macabre » la Corint (ambele 2005). Din cate stiu acestea sunt singurele titluri. Destul pentru a-ti face o idee generala despre Lovecraft, mult prea putin pentru cei care chiar vor mult mai mult. Cthulhu, Reanimator, Charles Dexter Ward, Kadath, Innsmouth, shoggoth, Necronomic ...more
Marko Vasić
Još jedna dobra zbirka psiholoških horor priča: užasi pokušaja oživljavanja mrtvih tela, ekshumacije, tajni hirurški zahvati za vreme I svetskog rata; prokletstva srednjovekovnog alhemičara; mistični grad pored velikog mora sa antropomorfnim riba-žabama i klaustrofobično-psihodelična atmosfera koju stvaraju te ksenofobične kreature kada turista pokuša da obiđe njihov grad; i, kao šlag na tortu - horor ruralnih predela i asocijalnog mladog čoveka, zapalog u učmalost i melanholiju prostora, koji o ...more
This is volume III of the definitive Arkham collection of Lovecraft's works. The first two volumes contain many of his most popular tales; this volume III is a collection of his shorter stories, ranging chronologically from early stories to later, and also including a lengthy scholarly essay Lovecraft wrote on Supernatural Horror in Literature. A few of Lovecraft's best-known stories are here, but I fear the editors were struggling to fill volume III and I found the quality to be quite uneven. ...more
Thomas Edmund
This collection of 'macabre' tales (90% by Lovecraft) are a bit of a blast from the past. This omnibus is perhaps better read as a study on how 'horror' stories have changes in the intervening years.

Unfortunately many of the tales are laughable by today's standard. The introduction spells this out, citing Lovecraft's lack of attention to character or setting, and the repetitiveness of his typical plot formula (curious adventurer is driven mad when he witnesses something supernatural.)

Isabel (kittiwake)
The ancient house has always been there, and people say One dwells therein who talks with the morning mists that come up from the deep, and perhaps sees singular things oceanward at those times when the cliff’s rim becomes the rim of all earth, and solemn buoys toll free in the white aether of faery. This they tell from hearsay, for that forbidding crag is always unvisited, and natives dislike to train telescopes on it. Summer boarders have indeed scanned it with jaunty binoculars, but have neve ...more
5 αστέρια. όχι μόνο για την διαλογή των διηγημάτων, αλλά και για την επιμέλεια της έκδοσης. Εισαγωγή του ίδιου του Ντέρλεθ, και κλείσιμο με την ακαδημαϊκή (αν χρησιμοποιήσουμε ελαστικά τον όρο) προσέγγιση του Lovecraft της λογοτεχνίας τρόμου/φανταστικού. Στον πρώτο τόμο των απάντων υπάρχουν οι πιο γνωστοί τίτλοι και πιο χρήσιμοι, αν θέλεις να βυθιστείς στον φανταστικό κόσμο του Lovecraft, απ τη στιγμή που εκείνοι είναι που σε εισάγουν και "σου εξηγούν τα βασικά". Παρόλα αυτά, η έκδοση και η επιμ ...more

One of the best fiction anthologies that I have ever read. This book is the second half of part three of the omnibus collection of Lovecraft's work. I have read the first and second volumes years ago, but this book contained most of Lovecraft's later cosmic horror stories (the ones where he really hit stride) plus a mixture of his earlier work, including some excellent fantasy stories that he wrote. But, this book was worth the read for the excellent introduction and the essay "Supernatural Horr
Ad Estrada
Hacía unos meses que oía hablar mucho de Lovecraft en los medios, las opiniones hicieron que tuviera una perspectiva demasiado alta en su lectura. Encontré este libro y sin pensarlo mucho empecé a leerlo.
Me pareció regular, hay cuentos que tienen cabos sueltos o en los que la historia no termina de cuadrar. A excepción de uno de los cuentos, todos están narrados en primera persona, esto hace que la lectura no sea emocionante. El hecho de que quien narre sea el mismo que vivió la historia, hace
I enjoyed this 2nd omnibus a lot, there were a couple of stories that i did not enjoy very much. I believe it would of been better to put these stories first before omnibus 1 as a lot of his early shorts were perfected into his later slightly longer tales. Some of them were very creepy. This book also introduced me to lovecraft's racist side and his dislike of New York. I am so happy to have read this collection as it shows you the amount of influence lovecraft has on modern writers. The book en ...more
Jennifer Joffre
A lovely collection of shorter works, also including early tales, fragments and the essay Supernaturel Horror in Literature, which makes you want to go straight back to the library or bookshop for more. Most of the tales are in a more gothic mood and tone, which I found really well done and delightful. Not overly scary, but the overall ambience brings you to New England haunted nights.
Introduction, by August Derleth

--The Tomb
--Beyond the Wall of Sleep
--The Doom that came to Sarnath
--The White Ship
--Arthur Jermyn
--The Cats of Ulthar
--From Beyond
--The Temple
--The Tree
--The Moon-bog
--The Nameless City
--The Other Gods
--The Quest of Iranon
--Herbert West - Reanimator
--The Hound
--The Festival
--The Unnamable
--Imprisoned with the Pharaohs
--The Horror at Red Hook
--The Strange High House in the Mist
--In the Walls of Eryx
--The Evil Clergyman

Early T
The introduction by T.E.D. Klein really prepares you for Lovecraft (even if this book isn't the best introduction to Lovecraft's work), so I felt really intrigued going in to this book. So far (I'm almost finished) it's been evocative and beautifully written. Lovecraft is quite distinct from any other author I've read, and so far I really enjoy it. There are certain turns of phrase that just strike you and you have to enjoy it. The images and tales of horror might not get you quaking in your boo ...more
Darko Djokic
Reanimator nam, pored istoimenog Herberta Vesta, je li, donosi takodje, sto je i najveci kvalitet ove knjige, i nikad pre objavljene price Alhemicar, Beli brod i Grob. Ostale su, vec ranije, i u daleko boljem prevodu, vec objavljene u Nekronomikonu.
engaging at times, but generally not the most engrossing collection. a few of the stories were creepy and imaginative, e.g. 'in the walls of eryx' which was downright diabolical,- ooh, and also 'herbert west-reanimator'- but for the most part they were repetitive and less straight horror and more fantasy than i would've expected from lovecraft. chthulu and those elder guys from the depths of space don't make appearances, and are mentioned offhandedly only a couple times. if i'd never read lovecr ...more
Gotta say I really struggled with this, I just found the style of writing hard to grasp for some reason. I wanted to really like it as Lovecraft is supposedly the father of modern horror but I guess the Victoria era constitution was a little more sensitive and easily scared.

In the end most of the horror comes from fear of fear itself. I.e. there’s never a reveal of a shocking monster and rarely any reliance on blood or violence. In that respect it was quite refreshing and expertly done and show
It was scary and interesting experience.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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“Of the name and abode of this man but little is written, for they were of the waking world only; yet it is said that both were obscure. It is enough to know that he dwelt in a city of high walls where sterile twilight reigned, and that he toiled all day among shadow and turmoil, coming home at evening to a room whose one window opened not on the fields and groves but on a dim court where other windows stared in dull despair.
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