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Obras completas - Howard Phillips Lovecraft

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s/t: 93 Stories and 7 Essays
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.
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Evgeny
As the title says this is complete work from the classic of horror genre. It is difficult to review a book with 62 different stories in it as they are quite diverse. The general idea in the majority of the stories is the forbidden knowledge. Some of the things are not meant to be known to the mankind, and meddling with them will lead to madness in the best case, or unleashing a great evil in the worst.

Having said that, I need to mention that H.P.Lovecraft was quite diverse in his writings. His
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knig
A little daunted by the prolific proclivities of Lovecraft, I decided to cherry pick. General consensus pointed out the following five tales as being the cream of the crop:

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
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Katy
Disclosure: I picked up a free copy formatted for Nook on CthulhuChick.com. You can pick up a Kindle copy at the same place.

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
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Alex
First of all, if I was rating the work that Ruth at cthulhuchick.com has done in compiling this collection, I'd give it a full 5 stars. She did an excellent job creating the e-book.

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
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Larry Kollar
A complete collection of H.P. Lovecraft's solo works (no collaborations), arranged by date. It's a huge work, no doubt.

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
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Batgrl (Not Trusting GR With My Reviews/Shelves Now)
Best ebook version of Lovecraft with contents linked such that you can easily hop to the story you need. Other Lovecraft compilations on Amazon (at the time I bought this) don't have that linked contents, and you don't want to have to page through an entire book of this size just to get to one story.

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
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Benjamin Thomas
I've been working on reading through these short stories and novellas for the past 9 months, taking my time with them and making sure I didn't rush through them too quickly. I also didn't want to get burned out on them. There are a total of 63 works in this complete collection, presented in the order in which they were written (not necessarily the same as the order of publication). There are no collaborations here, just the total body of work that HP Lovecraft produced on his own.

As with any col
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Joe
Last year I read "Tales," the H.P. Lovecraft collection put together by the Library of America. That was my first exposure to Lovecraft and it was fantastic. It included most of his best known and longer works. I figured the stories they had excluded were probably the best of the best. Were they? Well, for the most part, yes. But there are some gems out there. With that being said, here's my review of the rest of Lovecraft's writing:

The Tomb: Lovecraft's first published work. A creepy tale of a
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D.M. Dutcher
The complete works of a master at the price of 99 cents. A steal at ten times the price.

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
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Brian
Probably one of the best indexed versions of H.P. Lovecraft's works, this has every story he's even written, except for Imprisoned With The Pharaohs. As a complete collection, this is indeed as good as it gets. It has some of his best known stories (At the Mountains of Madness, Herbert West — Reanimator, The Dreams in the Witch House) and some of the harder to find stories (In the Walls of Eryx, Through the Gates of the Silver Key, The White Ship). So, while previously you may have had to get a ...more
Molly Ison
I am rating this as an entire book, rather than an opinion of the author in general or of any given stories. And that may be the main problem I had with this book, or the main problem I have as a reader. When I get a book, I like to read it cover to cover. I don't like to quit books that I've started. So I read every story. If you don't have my compulsions, this would be a good reference book to HP Lovecraft. As a complete collection, one quickly discovers that Lovecraft is quite repetitive, bot ...more
Palindrome Mordnilap
In defence of the early stories, I've read "The Tomb" and "Dagon" and enjoyed both. I agree that stories like "The Dunwich Horror" (for example) are superior, but that's no reason to write off the early works. The image of the immense, slippery fish-god wrapping its arms around the stone monolith and the dark simplicity with which Lovecraft writes "I think I went mad then." gave me a shudder.

I shall continue with interest.

UPDATE: "Polaris" was very good indeed, and once again demonstrates what g
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Pat Vercing
Found Lovecraft audio books on youtube after watching a documentary about classic sci-fi authors. Have to say, I've never 'read' anything quite like it. After exhausting the available stories, I looked for more Lovecraft-like books, and found M.R. Adams, who preceded Lovecraft and was a significant influence. However, after listening to Adams, I learned why I enjoyed Lovecraft. Yes, the scholarly gentleman visiting the old scary estate was probably borrowed from Adams, but the writing itself, th ...more
Joseph Crespo
Only the inimitable legacy of Edgar Allen Poe could be stark enough to overshadow the distinction brought to American literature by H.P. Lovecraft. The originality and utter weirdness of his tales, imparted to the reader by the humbled and terrified voices of his first-person narrators, furthered the genre of horror by extending it all the way to the realm of science fiction. It must be understood that the science fiction of Lovecraft is a fiction that does not spare the reader the emotional and ...more
Rajiv
In one word: amazing.

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
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Jeff Lanter
I am reading a different complete collection from the Google Play store I think, but this seems to be as close as I can find. I'm going to review each story as I read them since there are so many. My final thoughts on Lovecraft as a whole follow.

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
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Steve Goble
This Kindle edition is great. Well done, ChthulhuChick.com.

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
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Jim
There are some real gems in here, and some real clunkers, too. Reading straight through Lovecraft's writings from earliest to latest reveals just how uneven his work could be, as well as how repetitive it can become (the words eldritch and blasphemous come to mind). Standouts are At the Mountains of Madness, The Colour Out of Space and The Shadow Out of Time. Many of the themes and plot devices have since become standard horror movie fare, so the material can seem derivative at this point in tim ...more
Rick Soper
It's HP Lovecraft... do I really need to say much more? But I will anyway. This is a really nice collection of his works, which even though they were written daces ago still hold up their ability to send shivers down your spine. If you're going to attempt this one dig in your heels and find a comfortable spot because when you gather all of Lovcraft's work together like this it's a massively long book. But it's greatly enjoyable so it's worth the ride.
Andrew Macrae
I had no idea just how much influence Lovecraft had on other writers until I worked my way through this collection of his complete works. And work it is as, with all writers, not all of his pieces are of high quality and repetition abounds. (Ancient buildings are always Cyclopean, white shapes-shifters are found in underground chambers and windows have diamond-shaped settings.)

Still, the writing, if over-wrought by today's standards, is high class and no one has brought to life such endless drea
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Grey Liliy
Nov 17, 2014 Grey Liliy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Elton
H. P. Lovecraft is a difficult man to like in the modern sense. He was clearly a racist and held other views virtually everyone would dismiss as incorrect. If you can't get past that there are stories he wrote which are virtually unreadable as there are several stories which rely on the fear of having ancestors who were not as pure as he would have liked. But there are a lot of stories that are not that, and even in many of those the impurities are actually monsters which can be taken metaphoric ...more
Chris

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)
Dagon (1917)
Polaris (1918)
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1919)
Memory (1919)
Old Bug

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David Webb
This is a very good collected works edition. I have the Kindle version. This edition was very well formated for the Kindle. It contains all of Lovecraft's stories. The active table of contents works very well. Everything is very well organized. To have such a good, well formatted ebook edition for only $3 is a very good deal. Great October reading from one of the masters of horror and suspense.
Gridknightt
I read the first 4 stories and noticed a pattern of plot and resolve which became boring. I asked for a recommendation of another story from this complete works...one that was unlike the first 4. I read it. It WAS like the first 4 in plot and resolve. Again, boring...I will not read any more.
Trudi
This is so awesome. For anyone (like me) wanting to try Lovecraft for the first time (or to read more of him) this complete collection is available FOR FREE in both EPUB and Kindle format. Enjoy!
Leslie
I am putting this aside, having read about a third of it.

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):
·The Tomb
·Dagon
·Polaris
·Beyond the Wall of Sleep
·Memory
·Old Bugs
·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
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Newton Nitro
Férias é o melhor momento para detonar e acelerar na lista de leituras. Na segunda metade de Dezembro, entupi o kindle com livros doidimais para curtir as férias, e a partir desse post de hoje vou colocar aqui as resenhas dos livros que li. Espero que curtam.


Já tinha muito tempo que eu queria ler toda a obra do mestre e pai supremo do horror contemporâneo, Howard Phillips Lovecraft de uma só vez. Ao longo da minha vida de nerd eu já tinha lido vários dos seus contos e noveletas, inicialmente nos
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Trina Talma
June 30 is not the date I finished this book; it's the day I gave up on it. I keep hearing what a great writer Lovecraft is and how spooky and chilling his stories are. Okay, maybe I should have given them more of a chance. But...

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
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Lucas
Chronological gradient of some real awful early work and the best horror ever put to paper.
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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
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“Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men.” 17 likes
“In that shrieking the inmost soul of human fear and agony clawed hopelessly and insanely at the ebony gates of oblivion.” 3 likes
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