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Graphic Classics, Volume 4: H.P. Lovecraft (Graphic Classics #4)

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Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft is completely revised, with over 75 pages of new material. New to this edition are adaptations of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," illustrated by Simon Gane and "Dreams in the Witch House," by Pedro Lopez. Plus: "Sweet Ermengarde," a rare comedy by Lovecraft. Returning from the previous edition are "Reanimator," "The Shadow Out of Time," The Te

Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Eureka Productions (first published July 2001)
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This book is a sort of confluence for me. It was originally published in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, about 25 miles from home-base in the beautiful driftless area, where I often go hiking. So, yes, I approach this work with a bit of parochialism.

One danger in revisiting work in a different medium (and yes, I do count the Graphic Novel as a different medium than straight prose) is that each medium allows some certain freedom of mind to fill in gaps left by the medium itself. That's the primary reason
To be fair, I can't judge the whole book because I didn't actually finish it. The illustrations are pretty cartoony and goofy looking, not the type of art I would expect to be paired with Lovecraft stories. It really shook up the whole mood. Maybe these are directed more at children, so they toned down the art? But then again, I'm not sure kids should be reading Lovecraft in the first place if they can't handle dark stuff.

I also don't feel that the excerpts taken from the short stories are used
Strange Fiction seems perfect for the adaption to comics and since it seems unlikely that truly great adaptions of many of Lovecraft's works are going to come to the big screen this is great. And there are several stories in this that are worth picking up. The biggest weakness is, in my opinion, the choice of stories. Some of them are strong like The Shadow over innsmouth and dreams in the witch house, but there is no reason to adapt Sweet Ermengarde.
The different art styles are also interestin
Erik Mallinson
I couldn’t make it through the last part of the book. It was a really long and not excitingly illustrated poem of Lovecrafts. I feel like the first story was the best and that my interest quickly declined thereafter.
Some of the artwork feels a little cartoony for these stories, still nothing like falling in and out of sleep while reading Lovecraft and having weird hallucinations.
Nicola Mansfield
This review is of the 2nd edition. I went into this one a little hesitantly as Lovecraft and I have not got along too well up to this point. I have only read a handful of his stories, here and there, as found in anthologies. This is actually the first time I've read a collection specifically of him. In the past I just really didn't "get" his stories, or really understand why he was so well-loved. I did read one recently that I loved, though. I had already discovered DC Comics homage to Lovecraft ...more
This graphic treatment of several of Lovecraft's short stories--including a rare comedy (!)--seemed like a pretty good introduction to the author and his work. Each story was illustrated by a different artist, so I could also compare their styles and treatment of the material. I actually wasn't drawn to any of the illustration styles, but I think that they still treated their subjects well. Once again, the illustration styles with clear lines and easy to distinguish features appealed to me the m ...more
Kaksi ja puoli tähteä. Hieman puuduttavaa sarjakuvaa useilta eri taiteilijoilta. Ensimmäinen tarina oli ihan ok, mutta loppujen kanssa oli hieman jo vääntöä, lukuunottamatta jotain vähän keveämpää albumin keskellä. Reanimatorissa oli niin paljon tekstiä, että varmaan kannattaa lukea tarina ihan kirjasta suoraan. Albumin englanti oli raskaanoloista, mikä saattoi edesauttaa ajoittaista puutumista, eikä sarjakuvataidekaan aina jaksanut kovasti innostaa. Albumin kansi on mahtava ja lupaa enemmän kui ...more
Interesting collection of stories. Read about half the book, skipped the verse stories.
Really great graphic version of some of Lovecraft's most famous tales. Very spooky and strange, but also very accessible! The illustrations match the mood of the stories and really bring it all together.
This was an enjoyable book with some fantastic illustrations. My favorite story, of course, was one in which a gang of cats exact their revenge on a cat-hating couple.
Challenging for me, Lovecraft has a following, and very influential, but even in Graphic Novel form is not an easy read.
Most of these were great interpretations of the stories. One choice was odd, but these were good overall.
David Grasse
Especially enjoyed the "Cats of Ulthar" with the illustrations of Lisa W. Weber.
The Hendoman
this whiole series of graphic classics are TOP NOTCH and very enjoyable to read...
I never could get through Lovecraft's fiction. At least now I know what they're about.
Diana Welsch
Like any anthology, this was hit or miss.
Fun stuff, but the cover art takes the cake.
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