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Zew Cthulhu

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  18,557 ratings  ·  639 reviews
Pierwsze w Polsce wydanie opowiadań grozy i fantastyki H.P. Lovecraft. Wybór z tomu "The Dunwich Horror and Other"
Paperback, 295 pages
Published 2004 by C&T (first published January 1st 1972)
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I am largely underwhelmed by this “master of horror.” I find the writing simply dull, repetitive, anti-climactic, and that it uses the same tricks over and over and over again. I am not horrified by the stories, or at least not by any intended reasons. The narration, pacing, and lazy writing wreck whatever interest I had in the premises of the stories had, such as the twist to Arthur Jermyn and The Color Out of Space. (Such potential, OH WHY?!)

I admit my strong reaction to these stories is due t

October 2011

"Pfft, whatever. You're not so scary, Mr. Lovecraft. You're quaint and silly, is all. It's not like...wait. Wait. What? What's this? This is--it's--oh. Oh, god. Oh, dear god, no. No. NOOAAAAUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH--"

I live in a somewhat-old farmhouse in rural Wisconsin, and it's a great place to read Lovecraft now that we've taken care of the bat problem. Couldn't do anything about the coyotes out in the fields, but that was part of the charm.

It's been a few months since I read this collect...more
My life sort of changed a little bit this year when, for no reason at all, I decided to give Lovecraft a go. I picked up the three Penguin editions of his work that (I believe) gather almost all the stories he published in his lifetime, and have not been disappointed. Which probably deserves a qualifier -- I went into his ouvre with a certain expectation of what I would find, and found exactly that and more so. His faults as a writer (and, okay, as a human being) are unavoidable, but seriously?...more
The Call of Cthulhu
This novella is a work of sinister genius a writing prose so well done. These works of Lovecraft form a Genisis of Horror writing and supernatural which have inspired many writers Stephen King one of many.

"Octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings;"
"There were legends of a hidden lake unglimpsed by mortal sight, in which dwelt a huge, fo
As one of the three Penguin Classic Lovecraft anthologies, The Call of Cthulhu collects the stories that lead up to and include the Cthulhu Mythos, arranged in chronological order with introduction and explanatory notes for each story from the anthologizer, S.T. Joshi. Joshi does an exceptional job selecting stories that create a coherent narrative through Lovecraft's early work, developing themes, and final strong stories; his annotations are interesting and useful both to the casual and studio...more
Dan Henk
I think Lovecraft often gets a bad rap. People read that he influenced the modern greats, everyone from authors like Stephen King and Clive Barker, to movie makers like John Carpenter and Wes Craven, and then dive into his books expecting the same fare. He wrote for a different era. His mind-bending, first person surrealistic approach to a creeping, nameless horror stunned and fascinated huge segments of early century America. The America that read, that is, which wasn't nearly what it is today....more
Tony DiTerlizzi
I'm never going to Antarctica. Ever.
Aug 09, 2012 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alex by: Cindy B
Cindy, you're my favorite!

Lovecraft can be silly, racist, and extremely purple, but he has this terrifically unique imagination: his stories feel like nothing else. And they're very enticing. There's a certain feel to his stories - a pallid green glow - a whole collection of words like "eldritch" - that feel forcefully Lovecraftian. He's a true individual. I dig him.

Full (if growing) list of things to make sure not to miss:
Herbert West - Reanimator (Ha, this was a ton of fun)
The Hound (...more
Oct 10, 2011 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi and horror fans
This review is solely on 'The Call of Cthulu', the only story I've read in the collection so far.

When I saw the South Park Coon and Friends trilogy last year, which heavily featured Cthulu, I knew it was time for me to read the source material behind this cultural phenomenon. I was first shocked that H.P. Lovecraft's masterwork, which has made him such a legend, was so short. And considering it was from 1928, it didn't seem very dated, which was also a surprise.

The story is presented as a manus...more
As I read through the stories, I find myself profoundly torn. Undoubtedly Lovecraft is a master of his art, and these stories, though written for a different time, are a chronicle of his greatness, I find the overt racism jarring. I can appreciate the value of reprinting the stories exactly as written and by no means advocate the covering-up of a dark stain such as this, nevertheless the creeping horror of The Rats in the Walls, for example, is utterly ruined for me by the casual throwing-about...more
As I write this, the hour draws later, every minute, every second casting my life further into the black, frozen abyss of the Past and bringing me one more step closer to the illimitable void that is my inevitable death. I can only pray that the sweet oblivion of sleep is able to scour away the memory of the horrors I have endured, of the horrors that I have perpetrated. And if there is a God, and if He is merciful, he will allow me the privilege of perishing before I wake so that I may not see...more
I picked this up after enjoying Mountains of Madness and feeling there was an H.P shaped hole in my shelves. Hmmm. Maybe not.

I enjoyed aspects of the stories collected but it's a pretty long slog if read without a break. I started last year, put it aside for almost as long and recently finished it so I can put it to bed.

He certainly has vision, the sheer imagination and depth of his colliding worlds and creatures, the cultures and civilisations, the depictions; it's impressive and unlike most ot...more
This is a great introduction to Lovecraft: well-chosen, well-annotated, and with the definitive, corrected texts. Most of Lovecraft's work is available for free online, but in that form it's often riddled with formatting and typing errors, derived from versions that didn't fully reflect Lovecraft's vision, and, of course, does not have explanatory notes. I've found the Penguin Lovecraft collections, with notes by premier Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, to be well worth the price; I've actually bou...more
Brad Hodson
Sep 05, 2012 Brad Hodson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans
Any horror fan worth his salt should read Lovecraft. "The Call of Cthulhu" is a cornerstone of weird fiction and cosmic horror alike.

However, if you're only a casual horror fan, I'd skip Lovecraft. While his ideas were groundbreaking and the horrors presented in his fiction will truly give you nightmares, Lovecraft was not a great writer. His stories are stilted and repetitive, his dialogue is weak and unnatural, and his characters are two-dimensional products of the xenophobia he was renowned...more
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
Yes, I bought another Lovecraft anthology with the same stories I already have. But THIS one has a crappy 3D cover! How awesome is that?
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Lovecraft has had a tremendous influence on the modern fantasy, especially urban and comic fantasy. Terry Pratchett, Charles Stross, Jim Butcher, and several other major authors utilize Lovecraftian critters from the dungeon dimensions and the deepest depths as primary antagonists in their mythologies. I don't know if it's because I read the stories when I was too young, or if perhaps I encountered spoofs of his creatures before I read the real thing, but somehow, half-and-half...more
Last month (September 2013) I had an idea that I'd journey back to two of the true originals in two of my favorite genres; horror and fantasy. The other author I read was Robert Howard, who wrote the original Conan stories. I enjoyed both authors, but I think I had a better overall time with Howard. I'm not sure why, but reviewing Lovecraft is kind of daunting and complicated, which is probably why I bitched out and made this introduction half about Howard.

This collects many of Lovecraft's famou...more
While it's not a full collection of all of Lovecraft's best work, this book does provide a career-spanning survey of this master of horror. The footnotes and commentary provide considerable context-- bordering on too much for the casual reader, but valuable for the more scholarly approach. For instance, reading on my own, I would not have recognized the shift in Lovecraft's early writing, where the weird elements are unexplained and pre-pre-historic, to the later stories where they arrive from o...more
Lisa Dee
Wow, reading through some of the reviews here, I'm astonished to see so much negative criticism. A lot of that criticism seems to focus on Lovecraft's use of arcane language. Should I be worried that I don't find it arcane at all?

What Lovecraft does so brilliantly is to attempt to describe a truly alien horror - not like Star Trek aliens who are only men with knobby foreheads, but forces which do not reference the human at all. That's not a easy task, but Lovecraft, along with Blackwood ("The Wi...more
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Dagon (1919) (Brief, but glorious!)
Nyarlathotep (1920) (A wonderful poem, playing with Egyptian themes)
The Picture in the House (1924)
The Outsider (1921)
The Rats in the Walls (1924)
The Colour Out of Space (1927)
The Whisperer in Darkness (1931)
The Shadow over Innsmouth (1936) (My all time favorite!)
The Haunter of the Dark (1936)
Overall, I quite like this collection of short stories/novellas. First, these are closer to psychological horror stories than anything else. Second, I found them to be more creepy than scary. That said, listening to them in audio worked really well and I found they came across as excellent in audio, as the narration was excellent. Because of that, I didn't want to listen when I often listened to audio, right before bed. The effect of the stories was magnified if I tried to listen in my bed in a...more
I first met Lovecraft at the age of twelve, courtesy of The Rats in the Walls. Since then, he has had no peer in the art of absolutely freaking me out, of which this collection delightfully reminds me.

He's at his best, I think, when he's not quite specific, and he is a master of that. The giant crabs with bat-wings of The Whisperer in the Dark? Please. But this from The Colour Out of Space?

There were the usual winter prints of red squirrels, white rabbits and foxes, but the brooding farmer profe...more
H.P. Lovecraft horror stories are like candy. They're cheaper and arguably as effective as therapy. They're the type of thing you'd want to read if you were having a rough day in a time before you could just go on YouTube and watch cat videos to get over it. My absolute favourite in this collection was "Herbert West -- Reanimator". though I also liked "The Whisperer in Darkness". I enjoyed how Lovecraft uses unreliable narrators in a way that makes you question the incredible stories being told...more
To be honest, I only read the title story so I will limit my review to that one. Reminiscent of Edgar Alan Poe's style, this story relates how a bunch of people all over the world went terminally crazy during one ill-fated night. From the notes of professor who died in mysterious circumstances, it becomes clear that the fits of insanity are linked to the cult of a timeless monster called Cthulhu, who looks like a squid. Drawings of the creature in question are found in paintings by an artist who...more
I have spent a lot of time reading about the de-centering of the subject, but I cannot think of a writer who de-centers the subject more than Lovecraft. He begins with "the modern subject": for him almost always a wealthy, educated man of science from New England, usually an atheist. Lovecraft is often criticized for his often obnoxious loquaciousness. Such a criticism misses how his style is prefigured by the content of his stories: they almost always are logs or journal entries of "the modern...more
Robert Delikat
Lovecraft himself regarded this short story as "rather middling—not as bad as the worst but full of cheap and cumbrous touches". Personally, that was kind of my take on the story. The book is primarily a narrative, almost void of any dramatic dialogue played by an exciting performer. The tone of the narrative is one of shocked excitement, grotesqueness and gothic horror.

Lovecraft was one of the first writers to create a mythos throughout his works, linking up disparate short stories to make a l...more
It took me over a year to get through this collection of Lovecraft stories. While I can appreciate the stories on some level, in the end it's just not for me. Every story is pretty much the same -- a New England-based main character who hesitates even to tell the truth about what he's seen experiences some ancient, usually underground horror before going mad -- and all are very long. There is certainly some nightmare fuel present; Lovecraft does excel at creating an atmosphere of dread. I read A...more
Говард Лавкрафт - открытие месяца (дальнейшие чтения покажут, может и года). Вот честно, я довольна предвзято отношусь к жанру "ужасов", ибо кажется, что ничем особым они не отличаются от Кинга или детских подостковых ужастиков. Зря я так думала.
Совершенно неожиданно, без предупреждения, мне принесли маленькую книжечку в мягкой обложке уже названного автора. И возвращаясь домой (а ехать долго), решилась хотя бы одну повесть попробовать на вкус. В итоге, подъезжая к дому, дочитывала "Зов Ктулху...more
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My first Lovecraft book of short stories. Beautifully, vividly written. I had always heard from others how amazing the author's tales of horror were, but I always dismissed their praises. He seemed, to me at the time, overrated.
When I purchased a copy of his stories, I had expected them to be similar to most other horror books; some trite plot, an underwhelming monster of sorts, and an atmosphere that fails to engender fear. Being a book of short stories, it gave me the option to start anywhere....more
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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...more
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“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” 421 likes
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