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Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales

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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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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
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
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
New life goal:
to write a cult book about another book that doesn't exist.
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
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Nov 29, 2011 Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Seán Downey
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
The Color Out of Space is still the single scariest story ever written.
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
"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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Well, I thought that this book will be very, very good, but instead...
I was disappointed.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
James Heslip
Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: is a select collection of horror short stories, novellas and novels written by H. P. Lovecraft. Much like the works of Poe, Lovecraft’s stories have been immeasurably influential to our culture and media since their release. Students who read the works of Lovecraft will likely be influenced to read works of similar authors, such as Poe or W. W. Jacobs, or may simply become a fan of short stories in general. Themes of loss, horror and mental d ...more
Bart Smilde
This book by H.P. Lovecraft is a combination of very weird, very twisted and disturbing stories. At times the writing style takes some getting used to.
It is definitely not cookie cutter material and sometimes its' hard to grasp the imagination behind some of the stories.
One thing that I found amusing however, and this not to scare away a crowd, I found several ties between some of the stories by H.P. Lovecraft and the game World of Warcraft.
The older gods that have always been present and semi-
Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft is a short story collection presented in a beautiful tome format, featuring 36 tales of the weird and macabre.

The book starts with shorter stories and progresses to much longer ones; the first is less than a page and the longest is 102 pages in length.

There were several stories I thought were particularly well done and memorable. Herbert West - Reanimator is a dark tale which made me think of another classic horror (Frankenstein). Under The Pyramids is another wh
Mordecai Wearie
I began this massive anthology several years ago and considering the 34 stories and novellas I thought it wise to read only 2 or 3 in between other books.
I'd read authors who cite him as a big influence and seen some movies based on his work but I was a total Lovecraft virgin.
I found it hugely entertaining and wildly (ludicrously?) imaginative.
However, about halfway through some of the themes and imagery began to feel like self parody and became unintentionally comical.
I laughed at some of it a
I had never read a single H.P. Lovecraft short-story but for some reason went all in with this tome. I'm glad I did! The guy had a way to inject a creepy, dank, almost off-putting vibe into the characters and settings of these truly, 'weird tales.' I enjoyed the fact that they often didn't end well for anyone involved.

The language was considered archaic, even in the 20's, but today evokes the perfect strange mood. His word choices are the perfect conveyance for his other worldly ideas.

Must read
Neil Gaiman once said that people should read Lovecraft because that is where the darkness started.

And he's not wrong.

This collection of short stories is a wonderful array of the strange, the very strange, and the "oh my god, what is that?!" It is wholly entertaining and original.

That said, these stories are just great and it is easy to see where the Twilight Zone, X-Files and Lost got their inspiration. Even on to expanded literature like Stephen King's The Mist and the amazing A Gathering of T
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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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