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

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...more
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
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 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 capacity. The two Dunsanian imitations--"The White Ship" and "The Quest of Iranon"--each have a distin...more
There's not a lot I can say about this one that I didn't already say about The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales. It was a pleasure to read a Lovecraft novella I'd never even heard of ("The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward," which was amazing in its slow, steady creep towards the revelation of great horror), and "Pickman's Model" was probably my favorite short story of the volume. That one in particular felt very modern to me, maybe because I could see what the revelation would be almost...more
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...more
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.
Lauren  Rush
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 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
This was my first venture into a Lovecraft book, and my first experience of his work about from encountering things on the internet variously described as "Lovecraftian horrors", which inevitably seemed to involve slime, tentacles, extra eyes, or some combination thereof. The book certainly delivered in that respect.

I really like this style of horror writing. Nearly all the stories in this volume follow the same basic pattern (with a few exceptions). The main character investigates or is exposed...more
Jess Swann
Je n'avais jamais lu de nouvelles de Lovercraft avant celle ci et je dois dire que j'ai été assez décontenancée par cette nouvelle très très ésotérique. L'histoire de changement de corps et de possession est habilement menée jusqu'à son terme, même si j'aurais aimé en savoir plus sur les choses auxquelles "Edward" avait du participer... Le tout est tout de même assez embrouillé ce qui concoure à l'ambiance étrange du récit

Ce que j'aime : le côté très ésotérique, la qualité de l'écriture

Ce que...more
Aug 23, 2007 Hugh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Kia Groom
Lovecraft's stories are curious, intense and chilling. He is a genuine master of the genre and the short story form.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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...more

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.

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
Jason Farris
One of the most prolific horror writers in literature, H.P. Lovecraft was not very celebrated in his lifetime. And he lived a strange, reclusive and almost wasted life--but his art is how he is remembered best. 'The Thing On The Doorstep And Other Weird Stories' features some of his best loved and creative tales, among them 'The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward', 'At The Mountains Of Madness', and the title story. When I read Lovecraft I'm often reminded of how unique his style is--he easily bridges...more
David Micevic
It's unclear whether I'm simply burned out on H.P. Lovecraft, or whether the collection of stories included here constitutes a weaker batch than those gathered together in Penguin's 'The Call of Cthulhu' compilation, but the fact of the matter remains that I just couldn't quite dive into these in the same way. Many of these stories still illustrate the macabre marriage of Poe-inspired detective stories and the burgeoning science fiction yarns of the time, but none carry quite the same gravitas a...more
I did not read the entirety of this book—just a few stories. Perhaps I'll get around to reading the rest some other time. Lovecraft has a very distinct style which does not lend itself to plowing through 350 pages in a few sittings.

I mainly got this collection because I really wanted to read "At The Mountains of Madness". Those not familiar, it's the tale of a 1930s Antarctic expedition that uncovers an ancient city and evidence of extraterrestrial beings playing with genetics and battling for c...more
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
Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This new Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The Music of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites)...more
Hafiz Zain
Well, I'd have to admit that H.P. Lovecraft's work is pretty much first-rate no matter how you look at it. I understand why people would dub him as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.

Despite that, I've given the somewhat low rating because I guess I'm just not really into Science Fiction / Horror. I just happened to give this a try because a colleague of mine - who absolutely adores H.P. Lovecraft - kept egging me to try out his stuff.

I may have skipped two or three s...more
Colectie de nuvele.
Am auzit de Lovecraft nu de mult, si m-am bucurat sa gasesc printre cartile mele electronice citeva opere ale lui. A fost comparat cu Poe - nici chiar asa, desi nuvelele sale au ceva din ezitarea intre vis si realitate a acestuia, dar inclina mai mult spre horror decit spre fantastic - e tot timpul vorba de creaturi oribile, abia vazute, care se insinueaza in viata eroilor prea curiosi, care studiaza stiintele oculte.
Prima nuvela, "Cazul Dexter Ward", combina motivul omului d...more
Dan Lemke
Excellent collection of Lovecraft's work, including the classic pieces:

"At the Mountains of Madness" (currently in production hell under Guillermo del Toro's guidance, or was...who knows);

"The Dunwich Horror" (now the recipient of not 1 but 2 movies adaptations (which I have not seen));

"The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" (adapted in 1991 as "The Resurrected" by Dan O'Bannon, who unfortunately could not capture the eerie tones of this one...and honestly, why do so many directors insist on updating...more
Matthew Antosh
This is the second of the Lovecraft collections by Penguin edited by S.T. Joshi.

I generally liked it - the first half of short stories which include The Tomb, The White Ship, The Quest of Iranon are b-list work.

Others such as The Music of Erich Zann, Pickman's Model, The Thing on the Doorstep are very good, pulpy scary stories.

The heart of the book lies in The case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Dunwich Horror and At the Mountains of Madness - this book is a must by simply for those three classi...more
Guess I'm just not a Lovecraft fan. Maybe I'm jaded by modern story twists and climaxes, but most of Lovecraft's endings seemed cliched ("...and then I woke up", Under the Pyramids), overly drawn out ("I went to A, B, C, ... and finally...", The White Ship, The Quest of Iranon), or just underwhelming ("...and what happened was to terrifying for words", At the Mountains of Madness, The Music of Erich Zann). I can't say I disliked his writing and was compelled by many stories' narratives and theme...more
"Under the Pyramids" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" are so far the best of the lengthier short-stories...

"Pyramids" was ghost-written for Harry Houdini - which just makes it even cooler.

If you like HP Lovecraft, an you like video games, I highly recommend 'Eternal Darkness' for the Nintendo Gamecube. It is heavily influenced by HP Lovecraft's work - and got me interested in it in the first place ^^

*edit This particular Penguin edition is great because the notes and foreword are done by t...more
Marissa Wilk
Another fantastic collection of HPL stories (like the Penguin Classics Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories before it) with corrected texts and amazingly detailed annotations by HPL expert ST Joshi. Especially fantastic was The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, with so many annotations that the already intensely detailed antiquarian story became even more mind-blowing. Of course, I'm a sucker for that kind of thing -- I suppose others might find the amount of annotations annoying or distracting.
Maybe the problem is that a lot of these stories, according to the editor, weren't included necessarily because they're all that great, but because they tell us something interesting about the author himself? Either way, by the time I got through "The Dunwich Horror," I was so bored by shadowy, unnameable menaces threatening the world and being stopped by incantations chanted by erudite professors that I couldn't bring myself even to start At the Mountains of Madness.
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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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