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Das Ding auf der Schwelle. Unheimliche Geschichten (Phantastische Bibliothek Band 2)

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- Das Ding auf der Schwelle (The Thing on the Doorstep, 1936)
- Der Außenseiter (The Outsider, 1926)
- Die Farbe aus dem All (The Colour Out of Space, 1927)
- Träume im Hexenhaus (The Dreams in the Witch-House, 1933)
- Der Schatten aus der Zeit (The Shadow Out of Time, 1936)
Paperback, suhrkamp taschenbuch 357, 211 pages
Published November 1976 by Suhrkamp Verlag (first published 1937)
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Bill  Kerwin

Like the other two Joshi anthologies, this collection includes pieces Lovecraft wrote throughout his career. The two earliest--"The Tomb" and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"--are crude, but characteristic of their author in the way they assume that true horror is born from the human mind's capacity for transcending space and time and the possibility that entities from beyond space and time can take advantage of this human capacity. The two Dunsanian imitations--"The White Ship" and "The Quest of Iran
Jun 19, 2007 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains some of the best short stories I've ever read, despite a few of them feeling unfinished. One of the best is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, the story of a man seeking out the truth about his great-great-great grandfather, and the terrible secrets that he uncovered in this search.

My favorite story of all, though, is At the Mountains of Madness. Lovecraft masterfully built suspense page after page until the reader feels overwhelmed by the horrible realities that an antarctic ex

This review refers to the penguin horror edition.

About the Author

Lovecraft is considered by many as a great 20th century horror story writer. Stephen King considers him the “single largest influence” on his writing. And the Mexican Director Guillermo del Toro, of Pan’s Labyrinth fame, considers Lovecraft his favorite writer of all. Even the Argentine fabulist Jorge Borges was influenced by Lovecraft.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He was an only child
Oct 12, 2016 Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This took me a little longer than I thought. I love Lovecraft and like the majority of theses stories, but I found this one longer than the other collection I've read (The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories). There was one story called "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" that I thought went on a little too long, but I still enjoyed it, but maybe my least favorite in the book. That story was about 100 pages too long. My two favorite stories in this were "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" and "Under th ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-self
Lovecraft is odd. Freaking nuts. Psychadelic.

But holy crap can he write good stories! Not gonna lie, if you don't like the paranormal, bending-reality, Tim Buron/Stephen King style, Lovecraft might be hard to enjoy. But he's so worth a try. :) He's the original master of thriller, horror, and supernatural suspense! All of his stories are intense, suspenseful, unique thrillers. You might not scream or be afraid of the dark after each one, but you'll definitely get that mental chill when he reveal
Jan 25, 2009 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love H.P. Lovecraft. I'm about to start reading Penguin's third and final volume of his collected stories and am dreading the day I run out. He's the author I remember wishing I could read in middle school but didn't know existed (although I tried writing a few disastrous stories of my own). I thought this one line from At the Mountains of Madness (1931) sums him up neatly:

"It is absolutely necessary, for the peace and safety of mankind, that some of earth's dark, dead corners and unplumbed de
Kia Groom
May 29, 2008 Kia Groom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraft's stories are curious, intense and chilling. He is a genuine master of the genre and the short story form.
Aug 02, 2011 Kthxbai! rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again I find myself wishing for the option of giving half-stars, for this book truly deserves 4.5 stars instead of 4. Okay, 4.25. Despite the fact that the author, himself, expressed displeasure at many of the tales included in this collection, it still demonstrates quite distinctly Lovecraft's affinity for the grotesque and uncanny. He clearly reveled in prickling our primal fears with loathsome, sinister, and (dare I say) “Cyclopean” fiends and freaks which roam everywhere from the backwoo ...more
Stuart Slingsby
Apr 30, 2015 Stuart Slingsby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only is Lovecraft the orignal master of the horror genre, to my mind he is among the greatest authors of all time. I can't explain quite how appealing his work is, but among other characteristics it is his style of thoroughness. He never leaves a loose end or an unexplained point. His is methodical and full. A writer really in touch with his imagination, his work comes across with the feel of an unlimited universe to which the reader is invited, if they dare. I go back to his stories over an ...more
May 06, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've always been vaguely interested in Lovecraft. But, I admit, what really got me into wanting to read his work is Bloodborne, a game with heavy Lovecraftian influence. I wanted more of the mysterious, otherworldy horror experience so I picked up this anthology. After reading, I can safely say he is one of the best. I personally enjoy horror best when it involves something alien and incomprehensible. It is a little hard to get through sometimes simply because it's somewhat dated, he's rather ve ...more
N.J. Ramsden
May 27, 2014 N.J. Ramsden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For a long time I struggled with this book, mostly due to The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, reportedly Lovecraft's longest work, and perhaps far from his best. Lovecraft excels in a more compact form, I think, and though this volume contains several short pieces, they're not nearly as rousing as the ones in Joshi's other collection for Penguin Modern Classics, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. For my money, the best two pieces in here are At the Mountains of Madness, and The Thing on t ...more
Shea Mastison
Dec 11, 2014 Shea Mastison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the better anthologies of H.P. Lovecraft's work that I've come across. It has all of his greatest hits, like "The Temple," "Under the Pyramids," and "At the Mountains of Madness." Each and everyone is a beautiful story of cosmic horror, and realistic terror.

The thing to appreciate is that HPL wrote about the "average" person. Which he didn't have a lot of esteem for; so when his characters are foolhardy, or lack the foresight of a more sensible person--you can chalk it up to Love
Christopher Riley
Relative newcomer to this writer's work. Very impressive. Extraordinary works of imagination written with such realism the stories are engrossing, believable and chilling. Repeated re-readings will be rewarding and I'm looking forward to the losing myself in the rest of his work.
Also, this edition was well put together with bibliographies for every tale and insightful footnotes. I'll be sticking to this series for the rest.
May 23, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Lovecraft book, and I was hooked completley! I recomend all of his stories!
The thing on the Doorstep is great. It starts with this friend recalling how a body came to be on his doorstep, and from there he unveils this long story of the occult and body snatching and evil spirits. And in the end you are left with the sense of horror at what had occured.
There is a thin line between "subtle, creeping horror" and "extremely dull." Lovecraft mostly knows where that line is.

(There is also a thin line between "establishing setting through detailed description" and "I did a shit-tonne of research and you're going to hear about it." Lovecraft has no idea where that line is.)
Bro (Dave Kurimsky)
Dec 17, 2007 Bro (Dave Kurimsky) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: old-school horror/fantasy/sci-fi fans
I always heard good things about H.P. Lovecraft, so I checked this out. Good short-stories, sort of Poe-ish, creepy, weird and creative. However, the writing is dense, a bit too dense for me in parts. I want to read Call of Cthulhu next, that's his most famous short story, and hopefully more accessible than this collection.
Aug 23, 2007 Hugh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Witches
I learned that you should never dig up bodies in graveyards for any reason whatsoever, not even if your oldest friend (who has progressively gone made from dabbling in evil science) asks for your help.
Sep 26, 2015 Danny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Tomb"--"The Tomb" is about the possibilities, risks, & pleasures of the imagination, as symbolized by the "moist verdure" of Jervas's hollow, with the attendant Spenserian imagery of the "bower." The bower of bliss, and the bower of the imagination, in which Lovecraft's self-proclaimed day-dreamer has the opportunity to read, think, and conjure new worlds, far removed from the tedious banalities of everyday life. The story is less "ambiguous" than some would have it, but it's more inter ...more
Dec 10, 2010 Graziano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edmonton-library

An horror short story written in June 1917.

‘All things appear as they do only by virtue of the delicate individual physical and mental media through which we are made conscious of them.’ (p. 1)

Jervas Dudley discovered the entrance to a mausoleum belonging to the Hyde family , whose house had burnt many years before.
Jervas attempts to enter in the tomb, but he is unable; so, inspired by an example of Plutarch’s Lives, he decides to wait until it is his time to gain entrance to the tomb.

Jun 30, 2016 Jeroen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second collection of HP Lovecraft stories by Penguin, following on their first collection named The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. This second collection features stories from the very start of Lovecraft’s career up to the end in chronological order, just like the first collection. So, once again we see a progression in Lovecraft’s writing, from short stories where his ideas are still in their infancy, to his stories influenced by Lord Dunsany and Edgar Allan Poe, to his no ...more
Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Lovecraft is one of the few authors of fiction that I will devote any of my time to the reading of. The seamless weave of mythology and occult lore into the fictional story was revolutionary and has rarely been bettered. Only with a grasp of mythology and the occult have I finally come to appreciate the almost allegorical nature of Lovecraft's genius. Whilst this particular collection lacks some of my favourite tales, the Dunwich Horror is exemplary in its form and content.
Ami Kreider
After considerable effort, I finally finished reading The Dunwich Horror. I admit that it was at times hilarious, and I appreciate that, in this story, a dog and a librarian save the world. Regarding the remaining selections, I can only attest to their sedative effect. Despite my high level of anxiety, they reliably put me to sleep each time I attempted to read them. So I give up!
Sarah Jackson
Feb 11, 2017 Sarah Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written and often super scary collection of some of H.P.Lovecraft's best work. This collection includes "The Dunwich Horror" and my favourite Lovecraft short story "The Music of Erik Zahnn" (Apologies for the spelling there). A must for lovers of horror and the occult.
Quicksilver Quill
Dec 19, 2016 Quicksilver Quill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice collection of Lovecraft's stories including a couple of short novels thrown in for good measure. Joshi's introduction is suitably enlightening. Considering Lovecraft's vast output of tales, this seems as good a place as any to get oriented and get started with this unique author.
Dec 07, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Temple, At the Mountains of Madness and The Thing on the Doorstep stories from this collection. My first introduction to H.P. Lovecraft, I picked the book up based on the cover and now I'm hooked.
Pieter Brouwer
Feb 19, 2017 Pieter Brouwer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Door S.T. Joshi degelijk geannoteerde verhalen van Lovecraft (samen met twee andere bundels van Joshi vormt dit de vooralsnog meest dekkende geannoteerde verzameling).
(can't in good conscience not admit that I never read every story in it)
Errol Orhan
Well, definately not my favorite collection of Lovecraft's short stories, but then again, this particular collection is presented as a companion piece to the "Call of Cthulhu" collection. As such, it serves its purpose very well, as it provides the reader with stories that tie into and refer to earlier tellings of the Cthulhu mythos. Especially "At the Mountains of Madness" contributes much to elucidating this universe, and together with the feature story of the first volume, it perfectly convey ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
HP Lovecraft's volume The Thing at the Doorstep and other stories is pretty good. Lovecraft has quite an imagination. However I am quite sure that one cannot read too much Lovecraft at one time. His writing style is so unique and in some ways taxing, that it is best to break up reading him.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward was surprisingly a real page turner. It is about the possessing of an inquisitive youth by his nefarious wizard ancestor. It is written almost like a report and you are the rea
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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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