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Das Ding auf der Schwelle. Unheimliche Geschichten

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,924 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorites, from Mary Shelley’s Fra
Paperback, 212 pages
Published 1992 by Suhrkamp (first published 1937)
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Bill  Kerwin

Like the other two Joshi anthologies, this collection includes pieces Lovecraft wrote throughout his career. The two earliest--"The Tomb" and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"--are crude, but characteristic of their author in the way they assume that true horror is born from the human mind's capacity for transcending space and time and the possibility that entities from beyond space and time can take advantage of this human capacity. The two Dunsanian imitations--"The White Ship" and "The Quest of Iran
Jun 19, 2007 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains some of the best short stories I've ever read, despite a few of them feeling unfinished. One of the best is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, the story of a man seeking out the truth about his great-great-great grandfather, and the terrible secrets that he uncovered in this search.

My favorite story of all, though, is At the Mountains of Madness. Lovecraft masterfully built suspense page after page until the reader feels overwhelmed by the horrible realities that an antarctic ex

This review refers to the penguin horror edition.

About the Author

Lovecraft is considered by many as a great 20th century horror story writer. Stephen King considers him the “single largest influence” on his writing. And the Mexican Director Guillermo del Toro, of Pan’s Labyrinth fame, considers Lovecraft his favorite writer of all. Even the Argentine fabulist Jorge Borges was influenced by Lovecraft.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He was an only child
Mar 15, 2009 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love H.P. Lovecraft. I'm about to start reading Penguin's third and final volume of his collected stories and am dreading the day I run out. He's the author I remember wishing I could read in middle school but didn't know existed (although I tried writing a few disastrous stories of my own). I thought this one line from At the Mountains of Madness (1931) sums him up neatly:

"It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth's dark, dead corners and unplumbed de
Shea Mastison
Dec 11, 2014 Shea Mastison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the better anthologies of H.P. Lovecraft's work that I've come across. It has all of his greatest hits, like "The Temple," "Under the Pyramids," and "At the Mountains of Madness." Each and everyone is a beautiful story of cosmic horror, and realistic terror.

The thing to appreciate is that HPL wrote about the "average" person. Which he didn't have a lot of esteem for; so when his characters are foolhardy, or lack the foresight of a more sensible person--you can chalk it up to Love
Murray Ewing
If you’re going to read just one of S T Joshi’s Penguin editions of Lovecraft, it will probably be The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales, but if you did, you’d be missing out on what is perhaps his best piece of sustained weird fiction, At the Mountains of Madness, included here. Until he wrote “The Call of Cthulhu” (and even a little bit after it), Lovecraft’s tales meandered a bit in approach and quality. I’ve never really liked his dreamland tales (of which “The White Ship” and “The Quest ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-self
Lovecraft is odd. Freaking nuts. Psychadelic.

But holy crap can he write good stories! Not gonna lie, if you don't like the paranormal, bending-reality, Tim Buron/Stephen King style, Lovecraft might be hard to enjoy. But he's so worth a try. :) He's the original master of thriller, horror, and supernatural suspense! All of his stories are intense, suspenseful, unique thrillers. You might not scream or be afraid of the dark after each one, but you'll definitely get that mental chill when he reveal
Sep 03, 2012 Kthxbai! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again I find myself wishing for the option of giving half-stars, for this book truly deserves 4.5 stars instead of 4. Okay, 4.25. Despite the fact that the author, himself, expressed displeasure at many of the tales included in this collection, it still demonstrates quite distinctly Lovecraft's affinity for the grotesque and uncanny. He clearly reveled in prickling our primal fears with loathsome, sinister, and (dare I say) “Cyclopean” fiends and freaks which roam everywhere from the backwoo ...more
N.J. Ramsden
Dec 23, 2014 N.J. Ramsden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For a long time I struggled with this book, mostly due to The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, reportedly Lovecraft's longest work, and perhaps far from his best. Lovecraft excels in a more compact form, I think, and though this volume contains several short pieces, they're not nearly as rousing as the ones in Joshi's other collection for Penguin Modern Classics, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. For my money, the best two pieces in here are At the Mountains of Madness, and The Thing on t ...more
Nick Crawford
This was my first foray into Lovecraft, coming as a lover of Poe, Kafka, Bataille, Sade, and horror of the abject in general. In general, Lovecraft's writing style is dated and requires a bit of the academic's passion to push through it all. But it does have its treasures, and most of all it enables you to have a conversation with one of the greatest influences to how we conceive of horror and the maliciousness of the otherworldly today.

All of this volume's shorter works are fine enough reads, b
An interesting introduction to the work of H. P. Lovecraft, dramatically narrated by William Roberts. Lovecraft's work is a curious blend of gothic horror, supernatural fantasy and occasional dashes of sci-fi. The language itself is gothic, using rich, heavily-embellished descriptions to establish a sense of unease or repulsion. Each of the stories is littered with powerful adjectives, many less familiar to the modern reader: loathsome, cursed, charnel, abhorrent, noissome. This vast, unsettling ...more
Bryan Hall
I feel much the same about this collection as my first Lovecraft experience [this one includes two stories that were also in the earlier collection, so I guess I'm a cheater since I didn't read them again here]. The idea behind each story is neat, but it just takes too much time to get there; it reminds me a lot of The Twilight Zone, where some episodes were great all the way through, but some just had a great twist stuck at the end of a mediocre plot and bad acting. One of the longer entries, " ...more
Kirk Macleod
Nov 03, 2014 Kirk Macleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following a reading of The Raven, the first thing that struck me about Lovecraft’s prose was just how modern and engaging it seemed; yes he sometimes got bogged down in detail, and his characters are not the most well drawn, but wow could that guy build a sense of dread. The collection contains two novellas “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and “At the Mountains of Madness” and ten short stories, all of which work amazingly to showcase the sense of overwhelming dread and sheer terror he was so g ...more
Christopher Riley
Relative newcomer to this writer's work. Very impressive. Extraordinary works of imagination written with such realism the stories are engrossing, believable and chilling. Repeated re-readings will be rewarding and I'm looking forward to the losing myself in the rest of his work.
Also, this edition was well put together with bibliographies for every tale and insightful footnotes. I'll be sticking to this series for the rest.
Stuart Slingsby
Apr 30, 2015 Stuart Slingsby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only is Lovecraft the orignal master of the horror genre, to my mind he is among the greatest authors of all time. I can't explain quite how appealing his work is, but among other characteristics it is his style of thoroughness. He never leaves a loose end or an unexplained point. His is methodical and full. A writer really in touch with his imagination, his work comes across with the feel of an unlimited universe to which the reader is invited, if they dare. I go back to his stories over an ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Natlukens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
The narrator/reader of this audio book does an absolutely stunning job.

The Thing on the Doorstep: Amazingly horrifying. This one is about a young man who marries a strange woman and things get weird when he starts telling his friend that his wife is switching bodies with him in order to have more occult power. Great ending.

The Colour Out of Space: A meteorite lands on a farm. Scientists study it and are unable to find anything because it mysteriously shrinks and vanishes. The farm where it lan
May 23, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Lovecraft book, and I was hooked completley! I recomend all of his stories!
The thing on the Doorstep is great. It starts with this friend recalling how a body came to be on his doorstep, and from there he unveils this long story of the occult and body snatching and evil spirits. And in the end you are left with the sense of horror at what had occured.
There is a thin line between "subtle, creeping horror" and "extremely dull." Lovecraft mostly knows where that line is.

(There is also a thin line between "establishing setting through detailed description" and "I did a shit-tonne of research and you're going to hear about it." Lovecraft has no idea where that line is.)
Bro (Dave Kurimsky)
Dec 17, 2007 Bro (Dave Kurimsky) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old-school horror/fantasy/sci-fi fans
I always heard good things about H.P. Lovecraft, so I checked this out. Good short-stories, sort of Poe-ish, creepy, weird and creative. However, the writing is dense, a bit too dense for me in parts. I want to read Call of Cthulhu next, that's his most famous short story, and hopefully more accessible than this collection.
Melina Zavala
Jan 09, 2016 Melina Zavala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a first time reader of Lovecraft, what I would say is, take him slow. Don't binge read him, because he will get tiresome (or at least he did for me). Reading Lovecraft for me was like the idea of eating a big ass chocolate cake; it might seem like a great idea, until you want to puke your guts out because you got tired of the awesome richness of it. There's so much detail, so much history that it is just not easy ripping through his stories sometimes. I felt he got caught up with the details ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Tamsyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first venture into a Lovecraft book, and my first experience of his work about from encountering things on the internet variously described as "Lovecraftian horrors", which inevitably seemed to involve slime, tentacles, extra eyes, or some combination thereof. The book certainly delivered in that respect.

I really like this style of horror writing. Nearly all the stories in this volume follow the same basic pattern (with a few exceptions). The main character investigates or is exposed
Jess Swann
Je n'avais jamais lu de nouvelles de Lovercraft avant celle ci et je dois dire que j'ai été assez décontenancée par cette nouvelle très très ésotérique. L'histoire de changement de corps et de possession est habilement menée jusqu'à son terme, même si j'aurais aimé en savoir plus sur les choses auxquelles "Edward" avait du participer... Le tout est tout de même assez embrouillé ce qui concoure à l'ambiance étrange du récit

Ce que j'aime : le côté très ésotérique, la qualité de l'écriture

Ce que
Aug 23, 2007 Hugh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Witches
I learned that you should never dig up bodies in graveyards for any reason whatsoever, not even if your oldest friend (who has progressively gone made from dabbling in evil science) asks for your help.
Feb 15, 2016 ‎Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These Penguin Lovecraft collections each feel incomplete on their own. I own all three - I'd give this collection fewer stars if it wasn't supplemented by the other volumes, which, when combined, gives you a complete H.P. Lovecraft experience. Don't rely on just one of these volumes - invest in the other two, and you'll have a nice little Lovecraft library. I give this volume one less star because so many pages are devoted to "At the Mountains of Madness" - one of Lovecraft's best works, for sur ...more
Kia Groom
May 29, 2008 Kia Groom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraft's stories are curious, intense and chilling. He is a genuine master of the genre and the short story form.
Brian Kenny
Nov 17, 2015 Brian Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HP lovecraft's collection of weird tales are one of the most influential in horror and have inspired masters of modern horror literature like Stephen King and Richard Matheson. Lovecraft's tales are of cosmic horror invading the mundane and the individual in a nihilistic why. Like Stephen King's dark world that run throughout some of his novels and short stories. lovecraft's work has this theme of a dark alien world that exists parallel to ours, this dark foreboding world aften invades our dimen ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Danny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Tomb"--"The Tomb" is about the possibilities, risks, & pleasures of the imagination, as symbolized by the "moist verdure" of Jervas's hollow, with the attendant Spenserian imagery of the "bower." The bower of bliss, and the bower of the imagination, in which Lovecraft's self-proclaimed day-dreamer has the opportunity to read, think, and conjure new worlds, far removed from the tedious banalities of everyday life. The story is less "ambiguous" than some would have it, but it's more inter ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Lohweiqi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

my first foray into Lovecraft's works and I think it was a pretty good decision. It's kind of amazing how intelligent he is especially with the elaborate setting he crafts for every individual story (from perspective of a German WWI commander to a geologist who goes on in detail about evolution LOL it almost makes me dizzy). The style was quite varied across this anthology. Very impressive!! I enjoyed all of them very much since his writing has alot of subtle wit and is very vivid at creating sc
Jag är fullt medveten om att Lovecrafts åsikter inom ras etc är kontroversiella, och speciellt då i dessa PK-tider. Men jag tänker inte diskutera dessa här. Oavsett dessa åsikter var han ett geni av sällen skådat slag och hans inflytande på skräck-genren kan inte förnekas.

Dåså. Vidare.

Att läsa H.P Lovecraft är som att komma hem efter en lång resa. I många år har han varit alltid närvarande på min favoritlista och han lär nog stanna kvar. Hans bildspråk, som förvisso är mer framträdande i hans
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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