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H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most influential writers in the history of horror fiction. His style is unique, mixing fantasy, science fiction and horror to make truly frightening tales that have scared readers silly for nearly a century. His characters inhabit a world of strange places, ancient gods, and above all unspeakable horrors.

His gift for making the reader feel genu
Paperback, 624 pages
Published 2010 by Allen & Unwin
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Chance Maree

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 Lovecraf
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
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) more informative and balanced in the selections.

Among Lovecraft'
Collection of (not so) short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. Some of the stories are genuinely disturbing, others are dry and overlong. A couple of stories read more like freshman introductions to the Cthulhu mythos and some were unintentionally funny. I think that the scariest story was Herbert West - Reanimator. It is unfortunate that Lovecraft held some pretty ugly racist views and those views are evident in a few of his stories. The Cthulhu mythos illustrates the limits of human intelligence - a ...more
H.P Lovecraft, the father of modern horror, is someone most horror fans would know by name. Even I had known of his name well before even picking up a copy of this book. But I found that hearing the stories and reading it was very different. In this book are a collection of Lovecrafts greatest stories of a horrific world of Old gods and cults. Through the duration of this book, I found myself drawn in the many stories held in the pages. Lovecraft's book details a world surround in millions of y ...more
As many others have noted, Lovecraft is a writer whose affect is out of all proportion to his skill. Verbose, sometimes xenophobic or racist, clumsy in constructing plot, quaintly anti-modernist, his work should not have the impact it does. Yet, at the heart of everything is the yawning gulf of cosmic horror that goes to the centre of our fears and existential distress at the unfeeling universe. Reading Lovecraft again in a concentrated burst like this has been a ridiculously enjoyable process. ...more
Leah Cripps
I gave this book or more a collection of stories 4 stars more for what it has influenced rather than for the author's writing style. Many of the stories were quite repetitive in detail, tone and the constant calls for the reader to feel terror and dread became annoying. What I loved about lovecraft's work was his imagination and close attention to detail when incorporating scientific facts and terminology into his stories. The guy was very knowledgable about astronomy, geology, palaeontology and ...more
Peregrine 12
Though I like Lovecraft and appreciate his contributions, this book gets three stars, not five.

I plowed my way through the first 325 pages, but couldn't finish the last 325. Of course I enjoy the atmosphere that only Lovecraft can provide, but I just can't understand H.P.'s fascination with making a story more about alien architecture than actual story (i.e., 'Mountains of Madness'). Still, I did enjoy reading "Herbert West, Reanimator" as well as "Call of Cthulhu" (nerdy note: description of a
Matthew Carlton
So I finally got caught up on a lot of Lovecraft, the problem with an anthology of this nature is that now all of the stories seem to run together. Lovecraft's stories all tend to read the same and feel a bit predictable, but getting to know the lore is something that I've enjoyed. Time to move on!

This collection included:
- The Shadow Out of Time
- The Shadow Over Innsmouth
- At the Mountains of Madness
- The Whisperer in Darkness
- The Dunwich Horror
- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
- The Call of Ct
Joshua Mooney
I only read two of the stories included: Call of Cthulu and The Dunwich Horror. Don't get me wrong, I had fun enough with both of them, but the unnecessarily florid language really drew things out a little longer than I needed. Lovecraft is an important cultural icon of sorts and seems to make a lot of people happy. I'm glad for that, but personally I think I've had my fill for now.
Marc Lucke
It was a bit of a grind at points (the man is verbose), but this remarkably complete anthology pays serious dividends to the devoted reader. It's called a "best of" but it's nigh-complete and is an excellent one-stop resource for fans.
Leigh Anne
Having a hard time reading this one... I think after every story, I'll have to read a book in between. His writing is just not that great.
Of historical interest only ... painfully verbose. Good if you are interested in expanding your knowledge of obtuse & antiquated adjectives.
It was super interesting! But kind of racist! Some of it was pretty racist, okay. But overall I really enjoyed it
Somewhat dated and I found it difficult to maintain enthusiasm.
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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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