The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Long after his death, H. P. Lovecraft continues to enthrall readers with his gripping tales of madness and cosmic terror, and his effect on modern horror fiction continues to be felt--Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker have acknowledged his influence. His unique contribution...more
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I am largely underwhelmed by this “master of horror.” I find the writing simply dull, repetitive, anti-climactic, and that it uses the same tricks over and over and over again. I am not horrified by the stories, or at least not by any intended reasons. The narration, pacing, and lazy writing wreck whatever interest I had in the premises of the stories had, such as the twist to Arthur Jermyn and The Color Out of Space. (Such potential, OH WHY?!)
I admit my strong reaction to these stories is due t...more
"Pfft, whatever. You're not so scary, Mr. Lovecraft. You're quaint and silly, is all. It's not like...wait. Wait. What? What's this? This is--it's--oh. Oh, god. Oh, dear god, no. No. NOOAAAAUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH--"
I live in a somewhat-old farmhouse in rural Wisconsin, and it's a great place to read Lovecraft now that we've taken care of the bat problem. Couldn't do anything about the coyotes out in the fields, but that was part of the charm.
It's been a few months since I read this collect...more
This novella is a work of sinister genius a writing prose so well done. These works of Lovecraft form a Genisis of Horror writing and supernatural which have inspired many writers Stephen King one of many.
"Octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings;"...more
"There were legends of a hidden lake unglimpsed by mortal sight, in which dwelt a huge, fo
Lovecraft can be silly, racist, and extremely purple, but he has this terrifically unique imagination: his stories feel like nothing else. And they're very enticing. There's a certain feel to his stories - a pallid green glow - a whole collection of words like "eldritch" - that feel forcefully Lovecraftian. He's a true individual. I dig him.
Full (if growing) list of things to make sure not to miss:
Herbert West - Reanimator (Ha, this was a ton of fun)
The Hound (...more
When I saw the South Park Coon and Friends trilogy last year, which heavily featured Cthulu, I knew it was time for me to read the source material behind this cultural phenomenon. I was first shocked that H.P. Lovecraft's masterwork, which has made him such a legend, was so short. And considering it was from 1928, it didn't seem very dated, which was also a surprise.
The story is presented as a manus...more
However, if you're only a casual horror fan, I'd skip Lovecraft. While his ideas were groundbreaking and the horrors presented in his fiction will truly give you nightmares, Lovecraft was not a great writer. His stories are stilted and repetitive, his dialogue is weak and unnatural, and his characters are two-dimensional products of the xenophobia he was renowned...more
I have a soft spot for gothic, pulpy, and otherwise over-the-top types of writing, especially when it's unashamed in its flagrance. Boy, does Lovecraft love his adverbs. And his adjectives. And his alliteration. And perhaps most of all the idea of something being indescribable. Unutterably horrific, inexplicably cataclysmic with inestimable, innumerable examples of infinitely inexhaustible untold cosmi...more
He's at his best, I think, when he's not quite specific, and he is a master of that. The giant crabs with bat-wings of The Whisperer in the Dark? Please. But this from The Colour Out of Space?
There were the usual winter prints of red squirrels, white rabbits and foxes, but the brooding farmer profe...more
I don't know about you, but have you ever found yourself a reading a book simply because the other person was hot? That's the situation that I found myself in with H.P. Lovecraft. She gave me her pristine copy of this collection and I gave her my dog eared, cat-eaten copy of Leaves of Grass.
I came to Lovecraft in total ignorance and left still not knowing exactly what all the fuss was about. Sure the guy had a fertile imagination and a tendency for somewhat intricate plot lines ("The Call of...more
Di primo acchito l'incontro non è stato dei migliori. In poche pagine sono stata sommersa da una qua...more
I enjoyed aspects of the stories collected but it's a pretty long slog if read without a break. I started last year, put it aside for almost as long and recently finished it so I can put it to bed.
He certainly has vision, the sheer imagination and depth of his colliding worlds and creatures, the cultures and civilisations, the depictions; it's impressive and unlike most ot...more
His OWN work is singular and eloquent and beautifully lyrical (which makes WHAT he's describing all the more horrifying): "it was nightmare itself, and to see it was to die"; "only poetry or madness could do justice to the noises"; "tenebrousness burst forth like smoke from its aeon-long imprisonment, visibly darkening the sun as it slink away into the...more
Lovecraft was one of the first writers to create a mythos throughout his works, linking up disparate short stories to make a l...more
It was...an experience. I'm primarily a fantasy buff, and horror fiction has always had a curious relationship with fantasy. If science fiction is our next-of-kin, horror is that shady cousin that we'd only admit to being related to when pressed. Both genres are concerned with make the reader believe, how...more
Then he slowly and reluct...more
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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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