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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 December 22nd 2002 by Eureka Productions (first published July 2001)
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Feb 16, 2013 Forrest rated it liked it
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
Nov 05, 2009 Jace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
George Majchrzak
I wanted to enjoy this more than I did. But first, I did like how the adaptations dealt with dialogue. Lovecraft is known for using sparse dialogue in his work, so the writers here had to provide their own, and make it appropriate to the characters--in terms of both behavior and region--and they were successful in that.

The problem I had was the artwork. That isn't to say the artists did a poor job. On the contrary, the artwork is fine. Some is reminiscent of early Eastman and Laird Turtles, and
Elton Gahr
Apr 20, 2014 Elton Gahr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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.
Jan 28, 2016 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
A collection of several H.P. Lovecraft stories told in graphic form.
I had hopes for this book based on the cover but most of the art just doesn't work or match the stories. Lovecraft would be a very hard author to illustrate and to make it work I feel you would have to take the work seriously and match the darkness of the visuals to the darkness of the imagery. Most of these stories seemed to go more for comedic effect and broad cartoony art, which on it's own is not unappealing, but does not fi
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
Mar 11, 2012 Sarri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2015 Mark rated it liked it
Interesting collection of stories. Read about half the book, skipped the verse stories.
Mar 16, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With some very interesting illustration styles, this graphic novel kept my interest. The writing of the stories at times seemed a little too simplified from the original versions, however. I think, though, that part of the success of H.P. Lovecraft's stories in their horrifying manner is that the reader has to use his own imagination, which is always much more terrifying than anything that could be put to pen. Despite this, this book was a good quick read.
Erik Mallinson
Sep 10, 2009 Erik Mallinson rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, illustration
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.
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.
Aug 05, 2011 Peacegal rated it liked it
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.
Aug 11, 2012 Boyd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Challenging for me, Lovecraft has a following, and very influential, but even in Graphic Novel form is not an easy read.
Oct 21, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2008 The Hendoman rated it it was amazing
this whiole series of graphic classics are TOP NOTCH and very enjoyable to read...
Carolyn Fitzpatrick
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.
Dec 12, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, comic-books
Fun stuff, but the cover art takes the cake.
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