Obras completas - Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction. Lovecraft's guiding literary principle was what he termed "cosmicism" or "cosmic horror", the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien.
Having said that, I need to mention that H.P.Lovecraft was quite diverse in his writings. His ...more
1. The Dragon
2. The Outsider
3. The Lurking Fear
4. The call of Cthulu
5. The Colour of outerspace
And, from my GR friend Bennet I picked up on ‘The thing on the doorstep’ which otherwise gets few mentions but turned out to be my favourite of the bunch. Then I stopped, because GR Chris told me too. And, because Lovecraft simply ca ...more
Synopsis: The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft contains all the original stories which Lovecraft wrote as an adult. It begins in 1917 with “The Tomb” and ends in 1935 with his last original work “The Haunter of the Dark.” The book is ordered chronologically by the date the story was written. Because Lovecraft was a terrible businessman and left no heirs to his intellectual ...more
I had some very good memories of reading Lovecraft, and most of the stories still hold up well. What I could not get over though was the blatant racism. I realize that it was written in a different time, but it left me unable to fully appreciate the stories.
It was great to finally read the full Cthulhu mythos in order ...more
My only gripe about the stories is that Lovecraft was overfond of a narrative style. If dialogue were water, I'd have died of thirst. And yet, the best of them read like a confession whispered through the cell door bars of an insane asylum.
One thing that surprised me was that Cthulhu was a prominent character in only one story… and from that has been built a massive edifice of f ...more
As with any col ...more
Also worth the purchase because it was given away free (and you can still find it) - but I'd urge you to kick some money over to the woman who did the formatting (CthulhuChick), it's worth it.
As for ...more
The Tomb: Lovecraft's first published work. A creepy tale of a ...more
Seriously, if you have a Kindle, get this. It's formatted near perfectly for an insane amount of content, and the stories are arranged by date so you get the entire feel of Lovecraft's work. There's a lot of repetition if you try and read the entire thing, but you can trace the development of the Mythos, and appreciate all the self-referencing each of his works has. If you've just read Dream-Quest of Unknown ...more
I shall continue with interest.
UPDATE: "Polaris" was very good indeed, and once again demonstrates what g ...more
His works are wonderfully creepy and redolent with science and folklore. What makes them even more creepy is the realism he places in them. Just enough for you to wonder "what if?". I just love this stuff.
It took me over a year to make my way through all the stories, but in the end, I feel it was worth it. Lovecraft is a difficult writer to get into. His early work is honestly subpar although there are flashes of brilliance ("Dagon" comes to mind). The later stories are absolutely mindblowing, especially the Mythos stories.
What I loved most about Lovecraft is his boundless imagination. Very few writers have been able to depict aliens as something truly alien. His conception ...more
An Alchemist - I did some research and found out Lovecraft wrote this while a teenager. It feels like a story written by someone who admires Edgar Allen Poe, but also hasn't developed their own voice yet. The conceit of the story is similar to Fall of th ...more
I run hot and cold on Lovecraft. His protagonists are dull and mostly interchangeable. He avoids dialogue like mice avoid cats. He loves antiquated words. He tells stories obliquely, often through the voice of someone relaying things that purportedly happened to someone else.
On the other hand, his vision of horror is more applicable to real life than the vampires, werewolves and ghosts of old -- it is a better metaphor for the doom we al ...more
The Tomb (meh), Dagon (meh), The Doom That Came to Sarnath (meh), Nyarlathotep (meh), The Outsider (Muy bueno), The Other Gods (meh), The Unnamable (Bueno), The Call of Cthulhu (Muy bueno), The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (ABURRIDISIMO), The Colour Out of Space (Bueno), The History of the Necronomicon (meh), At the Mountains of Madness (Bueno, pero medio aburrido), The Dreams in the Witch House (Muy bueno)
Mi favorito: ...more
Still, the writing, if over-wrought by today's standards, is high class and no one has brought to life such endless drea ...more
Edition Notes: A few years back before I began reading, I purchased the "Signature Press" edition of of The Complete Collection by H.P. Lovecraft, whose Table of Contents begins with "At The Mountain Of Madness," and is over 1000 pages in length. It has a lock on the cover, and is the edition that I will be reading for this review.
It is no longer for sale on Kindle/Amazon, from what I can tell, due to an association with a pirated collection that had been posted if the reviews left on the copy ...more
The weird fiction short stories of H.P. Lovecraft from 1917-1935. Excludes collaborations.
I compiled this eBook as a free release on my site CthulhuChick.com. I've added it to the Kindle store for convenience, and because someone else was trying to sell it here, but you can always get it for free on the site.
The eBook’s table of contents is listed below. It includes the year each story was written.
The Tomb (1917)
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1919)
I liked the earlier (and shorter) stories better than the more famous later stories such as "The Call of the Cthulu", "The Dunwich Horror", or "The Mountains of Madness".
Here is a list of what I have read at this time (2014):
·Beyond the Wall of Sleep
·The Transition of Juan Romero
·The White Ship
·The Doom That Came to Sarnath
·The Statement of Randolph Carter
·The Terrible Old Man
·The Tree (perhaps my fa ...more
There's only so much vagueness I can take in a story. Even with supernatural stories, I prefer that there's an explanation of *some* kind for what's going on. Lovecraft seldom delivers. I suppose that's intentional, but I just don't care for the style. And his often-re ...more
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