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...more
"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
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;"...more
"There were legends of a hidden lake unglimpsed by mortal sight, in which dwelt a huge, fo
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
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
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
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
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
This collects many of Lovecraft's famou...more
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
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)
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
Lovecraft was one of the first writers to create a mythos throughout his works, linking up disparate short stories to make a l...more
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
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
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