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The Best of H.P. Lovecraft

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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
Mar 21, 2013 Chance Maree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, owned-paper

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'
Ken Lavine
Feb 16, 2015 Ken Lavine rated it liked it
A collection of the best of Lovecraft's oeuvre, classics in the genre. Overall, good but not terrific. Now, I have to say that the material does not stand up well with age, although in the context of it's original publication era I could see how this was the cutting edge of horror writing. I think it is safe to say that I now see where Stephen King got EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS IDEAS from. In fairness though, I can see where these stories inspired a generation of writers, but for myself I found th ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 16, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
H.P. Lovecraft's work is brilliant; I was really glad to have found a reduced price copy of this book and I loved how each story was a little bit different. The creativity and originality in this collection is fantastic!
Jan 29, 2016 Leif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I instantly fell in love with Lovecraft's form of writing. Each and every one of his chilling stories show just how insignificant our feeble human accomplishments seem when compared to ancient civilizations, and that we shouldn't poke our noses in places we ought not to, such as a sinister past, or a strange artifact. All of these tales in the book are so good, that it's difficult for me to pinpoint my exact favorite. You don't have to pick up this book in particular, but you really ought to giv ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Matthew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For some time now, I’ve been interested in getting into Lovecraft. Every Lovecraft fan has the same suggestion of where to begin, The Best of H.P. Lovecraft. They are probably right, but something I did not realize until after completing my copy, is that apparently most copies of a book by that name contain sixteen stories, and it would seem I got scammed out of ten of those. My copy was purchased from Amazon. It’s a hard copy (an actual book, not kindle or any other ebook.) The complete title i ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2014 David rated it it was ok
I read all of these stories, but I'll admit to skimming large sections of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", as it seemed overlong, even by HPL's standards, and mostly concerning ideas better realised in "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Shadow out of Time". "Herbert West -- Reanimator" is the worst story and thus also the worst one to begin the collection with. It seems a bizarre and pointless inclusion, as even Lovecraft didn't much care for it. Maybe the editor just really liked this song from th ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
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
Chris-Alexej Mareck
Dieses Buch ist schlichtweg großartig. Es enthält einige von H.P. Lovecrafts besten Werken(Ratten im Gemäuer, Der leuchtende Trapezoeder, Der Außenseiter, Schatten über Innsmouth, Cthulhus Ruf, Die Farbe aus dem All, Der SChatten aus der Zeit), so dass der Name den Kern der Sache trifft. Es mag sich zwar um eine deutsche Übersetzung handeln, aber großteilig schaffen es die Übersetzer (H.C. Artmann & Rudolf Hermstein)die Atmosphäre und den typisch lovecraftschen Stil in die deutsche Spache zu ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Sean rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2014 Leah Cripps rated it really liked it
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
Oct 11, 2012 Matthew Carlton rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 19, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, short-stories
I really enjoyed the short stories in this collection. Though sometimes predictable and repetitive, I found his style of writing to be quite captivating. Also, his vocabulary impressed me greatly, and I definitely learned some new words while reading this book, which I rather enjoyed.

Overall, I found the stories to be ahead of their time and still interesting nearly a century after they were written. I will undoubtedly read more short stories by Lovecraft in the future.
Dec 30, 2014 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What an excellent collection of creepy tales, by the always intriguing H.P Lovecraft. I wish I had saved this book for the fall or dark winter days, rather than having read it during July. I think that would have added to it's creepy vibe. As so many say, his stories can be very predictable, but some of them jump out at you and grab you a bit. The "Cthulhu" stories don't do a lot for me, but The Whisperer in Darkness was a favorite.
Joshua Mooney
Apr 18, 2014 Joshua Mooney rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 13, 2010 Maciek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wybrane opowiadania mistrza grozy. Lovecraft, w przeciwieństwie do wielu współczesnych autorów horrorów, straszy czytelnika poprzez gęstą atmosferę, niedopowiedzenia i opisy emocji bohaterów, dzięki czemu czytelnik boi się tego czego nie widać, tego co podsuwa mu jego własna wyobraźnia. Choć opowiadania te nie straszą już tak jak kiedyś, to nadal warto przeczytać je dla unikalnego klimatu grozy.
Luke Norris
Nov 18, 2015 Luke Norris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some stories are better than others but 5/5 for "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" alone
Dave B.
Jul 30, 2013 Dave B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished this book. It was an ok read based on the classic english style of writing. The stories didnt' hold much interest for me but I was determined to read the entire book based on the fact that it is a part of a book club. I realize I am not a big fan of Lovecraft.
Marc Lucke
Feb 27, 2012 Marc Lucke rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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.
Alessandro Balestra
Insieme a Poe Lovecraft mi ha iniziato al mondo dell'horror e del fantastico. Questa antologia raccoglie i migliori racconti di Howie... stupendi e di grandissima atmosfera. Non mi stancherò mai di rileggerli.
Jan 07, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of writhing darkness, insanity and mystery.
Leigh Anne
Jul 26, 2014 Leigh Anne rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 16, 2013 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of historical interest only ... painfully verbose. Good if you are interested in expanding your knowledge of obtuse & antiquated adjectives.
Mar 30, 2013 Bern rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraft certainly had a style. These stories are good, frightening fun on their own but start to seem formulaic when collected.
C.a. Anderson
Mar 05, 2015 C.a. Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of the creepiest tales by the master himself. Six tales of horror that walk down that dark path of fear.
It was super interesting! But kind of racist! Some of it was pretty racist, okay. But overall I really enjoyed it
Damian Reyes
Feb 13, 2014 Damian Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De los mejores cuentos que puedo recomendar. Un genio se me descubre en Lovecraft. Increíble escritor
Mar 10, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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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