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Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmology that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome presents original versions of many of his most harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, in order of publication.
Hardcover, Commemorative Edition, first printing, 878 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Gollancz, Great Britain (first published 1930)
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Bennet
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...more
Branduno
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...more
Samuel
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...more
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
Nov 29, 2011 Ruby Tombstone [Uncensored or Else] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Weird folk like me
Recommended to Ruby by: Many many weird folk like me
NOTES ON THE STORIES
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.
Phantoms
The Color Out of Space is still the single scariest story ever written.
Pietro
"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...more
Seán
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
Guy
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...more
Kat  Hooper
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...more
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".

THE GOOD
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...more
Miloš
Well, I thought that this book will be very, very good, but instead...
I was disappointed.
Alexis
New life goal:
to write a cult book about another book that doesn't exist.
Joe
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
Siri
Aug 12, 2011 Siri added it
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
Patrick Hudson
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
Rob
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.
Sarah Welch
The classic horror. A book which has such vivid description of insanity driven by fear, it has pages upon pages detailing the horror one feels as they scrawl into their journal the stories of creatures from doom that watch you and lurk closer each passing day...

It is an epic book, packed full of tales of Cthulhu and Dagon and all manner of monsters awoken from the past, now rising to instill horror upon the world. If you find that you have a short attention span, and require shocking twists and...more
Lion Leonie
I seem to be the only person that hasn't really benefited from the experience of reading Lovecraft. His works are somewhat boring and spend 3/4 on the chase, instead of the arrival at the 'horrific thing that I can't even put in to words for sheer horror'. For the use of a horrible phrase, 'big swing, no ding' is the first thing that comes to my mind. I'm not sure I understand what all the fuss is about.
Jphollis
H.P. Lovecraft is the king of horror stories. Few have never heard of the Cthulu Mythos, and thsi man was the creator. I do NOT recommend reading if you are alone in a creaky, darkened house or if the gibbous moon outside reminds you of the eyes of some terror beyond human comprehension.
Priscilla
The Call of Cthulu

Initial thoughts:
1. Lot's of narrative. No dialogue at all. :|
2. Slow buildup of the plot.
3. Vivid and horrifying imagery.

3/5

Check out my video review here!

Talon Smith
I positively love Lovecraft's work. To most he seems odd at first glance but if your really into reading more classic horror literature or if you just want a book to keep you going for a while then this is one for you. Lovecraft's tales can keep you gripped until the inevitable point the main character goes insane or dies, leaving you possibly confused in the end and ... Looking over your shoulder at every creak and oddly dark shadow. Lovecraft should be read by anyone who is horror lover or sci...more
Mal
My next tattoo is chuthlu :D
Elin Nilsson
Necronomicon, by H.P. Lovecraft. I've finally finished Necronomicon! Lovecraft is the father of modern horror and fantasy (mostly horror) and anyone who likes Stephen King should definitely give Lovecraft a chance. There isn't much that scares me into nightmares, but Lovecraft succeeded with one specific short story in this collection: At the Mountains of Madness. This makes At the Mountains of Madness my favourite out of them all. But then there are the ones that have made me either queasy or u...more
K.Z. Freeman
For quite some time now, I thought I should perhaps review the books I read, since I tend to read quite a bit.

Lately I have been preoccupied with a certain tome I had been wanting to get my hands on for a while, but always ended up reading short stories on my mobile device or computer instead. I finally bought the damn thing and let me tell you, this was the best book purchase I have ever made!

There is a thread and a certain style which runs through all of Lovecraft's writing that appeals to me...more
Sam
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
Jani
Long, long time ago during my period of nondiscriminating mass reading of fantasy-related literature, I read some works by Lovecraft. At the time i was quite unaware of his status as a classic or about his troublesomeness (his personal defects such as racism visible in some of his texts or his sometimes rather hacky writing) and read him as just another not-so-good author.

After years and years had passed and my knowledge of him had increased I came to buy this monster of a book, meaning to reint...more
Anne-sophie Olsen
For mig var det bare endnu en omgang religiøst inspireret vrøvl. Dog er denne her lidt mere konkret anvendelig end de fleste andre okkulte skrifter, hvis man altså er til menneskeofringer osv.

Det der gør den spas er jo selvfælgelig Lovecraft, og der spekuleres jo i hvor vidt den er ægte og Lovecraft er blevet tvunget til at sige den ikke fandtes eller om det et pure opspind fra Lovecrafts side og der så er fans der har kastet sig over at lave en udgave af bogen. Jeg er af den sidste overbevisnin...more
Reni
Nowadays, partly due to Lovecraft's strong influence on following generations of horror writers, many of the twists and devices he employed have become common writing tools and many of his stories will appear predictable and clichéd to the modern reader. Some of the stories collected in this volume even appear to be ripping off each other. But you have to keep in mind that these were collected from all over Lovecraft's literary career in the last century, and he was the first to popularise many...more
Thomas
Normally I could not care less for anything approaching the "Horror" genre. I have come to absolutely loathe most things King has written for various reasons, despite the fact that he claims to have gotten most of his inspiration from Lovecraft. However, something about the way Lovecraft tells his stories stands the hair up on the back of my neck. Even if I have a feeling I know exactly what's coming, his delivery is usually nothing short of fantastic. I found myself just as thrilled as his prot...more
Raúl
Un curioso libro sobre el Necromicón, con una primera parte dedicada a cuentos en que el Necromicón es protagonista o parte importante del relato... aunque muchas veces estos relatos de serie B, editados por revistas de relatos de epígonos de Lovecraft, auténtica pulp fiction, literatura de quiosco. Cuentos que a veces no tienen mucho que ver con los mismos mitos de Chtulhu.

La segunda parte es sorprendente. Recopila muestras del Necromicón. Desde re-escrituras como la de Lin Carter, que es una m...more
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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...more
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