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Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales

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WIKIPEDIA says: 'H.P. Lovecraft's reputation has grown tremendously over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, exerting an influence that is widespread, though often indirect.'

H.P. Lovecraft's tales of the tentacled Elder God Cthulhu and his pantheon of alien deities were initially written for the pulp
Paperback, 880 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Gollancz (first published 1930)
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Karsten Vestergaard It does not. On the other hand, that's is just about the only thing missing. It features a map over Arkham, illustrations and an informative…moreIt does not. On the other hand, that's is just about the only thing missing. It features a map over Arkham, illustrations and an informative afterword.(less)
Melanie Axelrod In regards to the typos, Lovecraft actually spelled certain words differently than the current accepted spelling, for instance he used "connexion"…moreIn regards to the typos, Lovecraft actually spelled certain words differently than the current accepted spelling, for instance he used "connexion" instead of "connection" and "shewed" instead of "showed".(less)
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I never cease to be amazed by literary language, specifically words wrought in English, that being the only language in which I am fluent.
Wrought as in deftly formed and finished, or intently delineated, styled, ornamented, disturbed or excited, or shaped by hammering and beating. Though the works differ, all my favorite writers are crafters of this sort.

I periodically experience word cravings. I’ll search the shelves for something to satisfy, and indulge in words with a pleasure akin to savori
Olivier Delaye
Sep 23, 2016 Olivier Delaye rated it it was amazing
All right, with this one under my belt, I think I can safely say that I’ve read everything Lovecraft has ever written in his life. I will then skip introducing the author––who doesn’t need any introduction, anyway––and go through a rundown of some of my most beloved horror stories of his, which you can find in this collection.

THE OUTSIDER is my favorite Lovecraft story bar none. It is also one of his shortest. Written in the first-person narrative (as is often the case in his fiction), it tells
It seriously took a publisher how much of a century to title a collection of Lovecraft's stories "Necronomicon"? Like seventy years? Did it really just not occur to anyone? Shouldn't the first collected volume of his stories have been called that? I blame August Derleth.

Speaking of whom, I don't believe this edition features the re-edited versions of the texts available in the Library of America edition of Lovecraft. Necronomicon includes the older editions as published by Derleth's Arkham House
May 01, 2013 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New life goal:
to write a cult book about another book that doesn't exist.
Andrew Fantasia
I suppose the two best words to describe my feelings on the work of the 20th century's most prolific horror writer are "mostly disappointing".

I wasn't disappointed with everything. A bunch of stories stood out for me as being genuine, page-turning excitement: The Colour Out of Space, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperer in Darkness, Dreams in the Witch House, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward were all outstanding pieces of spookery that still managed to give me
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Nov 29, 2011 Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Weird folk like me
Recommended to Ruby by: Many many weird folk like me
The Colour Out Of Space = WIN. And it's a stand-alone story. You don't need to know anything about the mythos for this one.
Pickman's Model = WIN. Another stand-alone story, without reference to the mythos. Actually very creepy.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth = WIN. A good introduction to the mythos, and a great introduction Lovecraft's story-telling. A perfectly crafted, perfectly creepy tale.
May 24, 2011 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A collection of Lovecraft, and what better collection is there? To reiterate and reflect the thoughts of countless individuals: this is essential supernatural horror. But, to put forward my own commentary, I shall endeavour:

The tales laid-out here are a trove of flawless narrative, impeccable originality and are told with such flair for language and charm; stories interweave, threads unravel and sanity is wholly drained throughout. Such keen attention to the progression of the stories, the hint
Žarko Milenković
Najveća milost koja nam je data, po mom mišljenju je nesposobnost ljudskog uma da poveže sav svoj sadržaj. Živimo na tihom ostrvu neznanja u središtu crnog mora večnosti i nismo sazdani za duga putovanja. Nauka, sa svakom disciplinom koja vuče na svoju stranu, malo nam je štete nanela do sada; ali jednoga dana, zbrajanje rasparčanog znanja otkriće nam tako užasan uvid u stvarnost i našu zastrašujuću poziciju u njoj, da ćemo ili poludeti od tog otkrovenja ili pobeći od smrtonosnog svetla u mir i ...more
Seán Downey
Dec 11, 2012 Seán Downey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Necronomicon is pretty much the complete works of H.P Lovecraft. I cannot go into depth on all of his stories so I'll try to cover his stories as a hole if I can, but first. His writing style! Lovecraft's style is complex, when it comes to him there are two types of people, those who will hate the way he writes horror and those who will love the way he writes horror. Most of the time when he describes creatures he will give the basics of what it looks like, i.e, "Something very big, loud an ...more
Feb 02, 2010 Phantoms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Color Out of Space is still the single scariest story ever written.
Aug 26, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To review a collection of works by an author over the course of their entire literary career can be difficult, but it also allows for a more general review of their works. Thus we have Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales, a collection of works by famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.

At it's essence, Lovecraft writes about mankind's oldest fear, the fear of the unknown. Lovecraft's stories often center around the idea that the day-to-day experience of humanity is only a small fraction of reality, an
Aug 25, 2015 Tony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I have eventually consigned this collection to the Abandoned shelf. I had put it aside to return to if I'd ever felt the urge, but it has become apparent that day will probably never arrive.

Far be it from me to suggest that the great Lovecraft is a poor story-teller, it is just that I find the reliance on a 'core bank' of grim adjectives such hard work in such dated tales.

Here's a short list very quickly picked from the first few pages. They appear with annoying regularity in every tale and with
Sep 21, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically, as I averaged out each specific story, the rating turned out to be a 3.5, but given Lovecraft's literary impact and some genuinely great tales of horror, I decided to boost it up to a four instead of downgrading it to a three. It was difficult to continue at certain times as Lovecraft's tales are often formulaic, following the same basic storytelling structure, but fortunately as it progressed the style became more varied. My favorites were: The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Cat ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Pietro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Necronomicon" is a collection of 36 tales and short stories by early-twentieth-century writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose Cthulhu mythos cycle is today widely known even outside reading circles.
The tales have been picked from different periods of Howard's life and are supposedly his best ones, although I reckon this is an entirely subjective matter and the editor's choice will differ from everyone else's.
Regardless of who chose them, to reduce so many different works to a single rating would be both
Kat  Hooper
Aug 12, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.
—Arthur Machen (quoted as an introduction to “The Horror at Red Hook”)

Everyone must read a little Lovecraft and Blackstone Audio’s recently published edition of Necronomicon: The Best Weird Ta
Jan 29, 2013 Guy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraftian
Along with Eldritch Tales, The Necronomicon holds the complete works of HP Lovecraft in what are without doubt, the most beautifully bound editions of his works.

Being my favourite author of all time, the Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales would both receive 5 stars from me.

No one creates such a unique atmosphere as Lovecraft. A quote from the great man himself sums it up for me:

"If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England with the fire of the Elizabethans, the correct taste of the Geor
Mike (the Paladin)
You know I picked this up because I'd been told it gathered the Cthulhu mythos stories. Actually we start off with some of his early horror work (Cool Air, The rats in the Walls, etc.). Later on we do get into the Cthulhu stories. These are (as always with Lovecraft) reliably horrific and very well written.

Apr 18, 2015 Teatum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from the library, and if we ever cross paths in a bookstore, I'm going to need to buy it. I got through a handful, including Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, and The Colour out of Space. Creepy, especially if you have a good imagination. Masterful suspense. You need to read at least three stories.
King Ævil
Jul 31, 2015 King Ævil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2012
I liked this compilation of HP Lovecraft's short and medium-length fiction much more than Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos; the latter is lacking several stories that contain essential background for the Cthulhu universe (e.g., "The Dunwich Horror", "At the Mountains of Madness" and "A Shadow over Innsmouth"). It also contains some straight-up horror stories, but these don't compare to the tales of the Ancient Ones.
C.J. Wright
Sep 06, 2016 C.J. Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Great stories in this collection. I have this on my Audible account and find them more atmospheric when listening to them than just reading them myself.
Aug 03, 2012 Miloš rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Well, I thought that this book will be very, very good, but instead...
I was disappointed.
Sep 11, 2016 Jeroen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I normally do not put illustrations in my reviews, but for Lovecraft's Necronomicon I will make an exception. Go ahead and look at it, it's amazing:

Painted by the artist Les Edwards, this is the first illustration you will come across when opening the Necronomicon, named after the fictional forbidden book written by the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred (a pseudonym Lovecraft used in his young years, by the way) which frequently reappears in Lovecraft's stories, and it gives you a good impression of the i
Jun 08, 2015 Lorne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hold-up-yo
Amidst a very busy year of reading for me in 2014, this emerged as far and away the best thing I read. Lovecraft completes owns and inhabits his writing style. Everything is extraordinarily detailed, almost suffocating in a way. It feels like he's trying to drown you in purple prose, which is completely enveloping. He has this crazy ability to make it feel like the walls are closing in on you while at the same time writing about these situations that are mind-expanding and dizzying. I've never r ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, horror, fantasy
This may not be a complete collection of all of Lovecraft's tales but my god it is a damn good one none-the-less. This anthology includes some of his best known works including The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Cats of Ulthar, Under the Pyramids, The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror and At the Mountains of Madness and some os his lesser known tales and two of his poetry pieces. Pulled together by Stephon Jones from the original publications, there are a few typos and minor errors however ...more
Jan 01, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, classics, pulp
Under normal circumstances I am not one to goggle at commemorative editions of novels or stories. For me it is the content that counts the most, not the presentation. But this commemorative edition is just too good not to praise. As a collection of Lovecraft stories in general, commemorative or not, it is very complete. All the essential tales are here, including the Radolph Carter/Dream-Cycle tales, and the often overlooked Herbert West: Reanimator. To any Lovecraft virgin simply looking to fin ...more
Influential writer in horror, fantasy and science fiction, sure. Inventor of the Cthulhu Mythos as well. And yet, as a prose writer, H.P. Lovecraft never really seemed to grasp what makes a story interesting, what creates tension, and makes you turn the pages of the book you're reading long after you should have put it down and gone to bed. The level of imagination and detail is impressive, but my greatest problem with Lovecraft is that he kills any tension there might have been by describing a ...more
Camila Romero
Historias absurdas.
Historias insulsas.
Historias desconcertantes.

El Necronomicón es una amplia gama de ingenio e ineptitud. ¿Pone los pelos de punta? Solo si tienes la imaginación y sensibilidad suficientes para causarte a ti mismo incesantes escalofríos.

¿El mejor recurso de este libro? No describir absolutamente nada, pues con tan solo un constante carácter hiperbólico pero cortante e incompleto nos hace imaginarnos las peores atrocidades.
Martha Sockel
I can't add much to the other reviews, except that I agree! This 900-odd page volume contains all of Lovecraft's best stories. It is a black leather-effect hardcover and looks superb on my bookshelf and bedside table.

My one small gripe is that the stories are in alphabetical order, so the few stories that are in a series (i.e. the Silver Key stories) are not in order in the anthology. I, personally, would have preferred the stories in the order in which they were written, but it's a small niggl
Mar 06, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Schön gestaltet, qualitativ hochwertig

Über den Inhalt muss ich nichts sagen - der beste Horrorautor aller Zeiten versammelt hier seine besten Geschichten. Lovecraft muss man gelesen haben, neben seiner absolut zentralen Stellen im Horrorgenre nimmt er auch eine nicht vernachlässigenswerte Position außerhalb des Genres ein. Als der wohl wichtigste Autor aus der "Weird Tales"-Schmiede, neben C.A. Smith und R.E. Howard, war er der gemeinsame Nenner fast aller wichtigen Pulp-Schriftsteller der 20-30
Patrick Hudson
Feb 19, 2012 Patrick Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the best one-stop anthology of Lovecraft I've come across. It's a good selection but marred somewhat by sloppy proofreading. It's got all HPL's best stories, but it does go to show that his reputation rests on a handful of brilliant tales and a larger number of good to okay ones. Somewhat of a niggle, but I think I would have preferred a volume ordered by when written rather than when published - the development of HPL's ideas is a little blurred in by the ordering of the tales, ...more
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  • Tales of Unease
  • Lovecraft Unbound
  • Shadows over Innsmouth
  • Books of Blood, Volumes 4-6
  • HG Wells Classic Collection I
  • A Season in Carcosa
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  • The White People and Other Weird Stories
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  • The Mask of Cthulhu
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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