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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  529 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Venture at your own risk into a realm where the sun sinks into oblivion–and all that is unholy, unearthly, and unspeakable rises. These rare, hard-to-find collaborations of cosmic terror are back in print, including

• Wentworth’s Day A fellow figures his debt to a dead man is null and void, until he discovers just how terrifying interest rates can be.

• The Shuttered Room A...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Del Rey (first published 1974)
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Oscar
No cabe duda de que a August Derleth hay que achacarle muchas cosas, entre ellas la explotación de toda la obra de H.P. Lovecraft desde la muerte de éste. Derleth fue un adepto de Lovecraft, un miembro de su círculo más íntimo, lo que le permitió (junto a Donald Wandrei), hacerse con todos sus papeles, novelas y esbozos. Y bien sabemos que lo aprovechó, porque no sólo publicó toda su obra conocida sino que también se dedicó a dar forma y a terminar cualquier esbozo que encontró del Maestro.

Aunqu...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Derleth gets props for his work as a publisher and editor, and people mumble vaguely about his 'regional fiction' having its merits. But his Lovecraftian fiction is, not to mince words, shite. Lovecraft was a philosophical writer; there was a worldview at the heart of his fiction, a personal and strongly-felt perspective on this universe of ours. His earlier Dunsany-influenced fiction may not have reflected the fully-formed Lovecraftian conception of Cosmic Horror, but they had many wonderful tu...more
Jeannie Sloan
Granted,I was not feeling too warm and fuzzy about Derth from the start by the insulting introduction about Lovecraft and then to find out Lovecraft had very little to do with the writing of these stories and then the Christianization of the stories...Well,I was not pleased.This book goes back to the library not completed.
Back to Lovecraft and his friends at Cthulu 2000.
Peregrine 12
1.5 stars. Wanted to like it, but couldn't overcome my frustration at lack of action, rapid denouement, and repetition of story lines.

BUT - there are many new words you can learn by reading this book, including: batrachian (used about 37 times), mountebank, eldritch (used about 15 times), lissome, icthyic, squamously (yes, that's an adverb), and armigerous.

These stories were not written by H.P. Lovecraft, as the title suggests. Rather, they were written by August Derleth, a friend of Lovecraft's...more
The Artificer
Derleth may deserve much of the credit for keeping HP Lovecraft's legacy alive with his printing of "The Outsider and Others", but he did the mythos no favors with this particular collection of stories.

These are, at best, rehashings of previous Lovecraft stories, and at worst, a dumbing down and 'Westernizing' of the mythos itself. Derleth applied a bizarre almost alchemical 'Elemental' nature to the Great Old Ones where none existed as Lovecraft created them, he also made them "evil" rather tha...more
Malory  d'Amboise
The Watchers Out of Time was originally an Arkham House publication consisting of redacted interpretations of a share of Lovecraft's fragmented spinnings. Largely written by friend and author August Derleth, though marketed, much to the chagrin of Lovecraft admirers, as a genuine Lovecraft, the stories run the gamut of classical weird fiction, pressing similar boundaries as the like of Derleth's predecessor, to suspenseful mysteries of the alien sublime. Derleth's writing is unmistakably Lovecra...more
Dani
Tal vez sería porque esperaba algo más de esta obra tras haber leído algún que otro relato de Lovecraft, pero este libro no me ha gustado en absoluto.

En primer lugar, el relato «el que acecha en el umbral» ocupa hasta la página 197 de las 267 que tiene el libro, con lo cual es el más extenso con diferencia, de forma que no entiendo por qué siendo el primero y más extenso relato, el libro no se llama así.
Pero dejando a un lado tecnicismos, encontré el relato demasiado predecible y monótono, demas...more
R.
Feb 10, 2008 R. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So now I'm praying for the watchers out of time
to hurry up and arrive
cuz if I have to spend another minute with Cthulhu
I don't think that I could really survive...
I'll never break my promise
or forget my vow


etc etc etc

It never felt so good, it never felt so right
we were sleeping in Rl'yeh till the stars were right

etc etc etc

Really, Meatloaf (Nyarlathoaf) has nothing to do with this book.
Jay Eckard
This book is sort of "Meh" made incarnate. Suggestively, horribly "Meh", I should say.

These stories were fleshed out by August Derleth from notes and fragments left by Lovecraft. These days, we'd call it Fan-Fic, and like the modern thing, it seeks to add to what the original creates. Unfortunately, like a lot of Fan-fic, it just isn't up to the standard set by the creator. Derleth just isn't the sort of Master of unrolling paranoia and exploring psychology that Lovecraft is -- he depends on st...more
M.L.
First and foremost, this collection of short stories is mostly Derleth's work. That's not meant as a lash at the author, for he and Lovecraft were both dead by the time this was published and labeled as "HP Lovecraft." Derleth's name appears in small font on the cover, while Lovecraft's blares from it.

Derleth and Lovecraft had been friends, and when Lovecraft passed away, Derleth finished Lovecraft's unfinished sentences/ideas that Lovecraft had jotted down.

To be honest and fair, I don't think t...more
Joey
First, I need to get some things straight: I love the works of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. With the latter I do not just mean Lovecraft himself but also earlier works which inspired the great master himself, such as The King In Yellow by Robert Chambers (Which is where Hastur and the King in Yellow comes from). Because of this love for Lovecraft, I purchased not only Necronomicon, but also works such as The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams; The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan P...more
Clint
I admit the marketing for this book is insanely misleading, and I remember when I bought it in the 9th grade I kind of knew Lovecraft had never written the stores that I saw were in the table of contents, and I did get the idea when reading it that these weren't even collaborations, they were 95 percent of more just August Derleth. I don't know, maybe the titles were created by Lovecraft and the stories written by Derleth. But I don't agree at all with the universal panning of this book. It's tr...more
Spoonbridge
Repetitive, derivative, and boring, I have slogged my way through another collection of August Derleth’s interminable pastiches of Lovecraft's fiction. I need to quit being such a completist. Oh well! This edition of “The Watchers Out of Time,” published by Derleth's own press Arkham House, includes also the novella “The Lurker on the Threshold,” through which glimmers of something interesting appear, perhaps holdovers from Lovecraft's notes. These glimmers are later drowned in turgid, uninspire...more
Doug
I read this years ago, and hated it. Not even particularly sure why it got my dander up *that* much, but it did. A friend recently got it for me as a birthday gift, this newer edition, and so I started re-reading it. It's not that bad. A weird mix of new ideas, "sequels" to Lovecraft stories that did not need sequels, ret-conning of Lovecraft's mythos, and fanfic. Still, there is as much to like as to hate, here, and a couple of the stories are quite interesting on their own. I liked the "Dunwic...more
Lea
Some of these stories were downright unsettling, and, shall we use the word most often associated with Lovecraft (and one used by himself often enough) eldritch... I haven't read Lovecraft before, but I love a lot of authors influenced by him, so I looked in the local bookstore and found only these short stories. I don't know if they are as good as or worse than his full length books, but these stories were... interesting and most definitely CREEPY.
Aron
I think I was only two stories in when I stopped to look this book up and confirmed my suspicion that Lovecraft didn't actually write any of it. The author theoretically based all the stories on some of Lovecraft's notes, presumably for stories he wanted to write in the future. If you've read all his real work, and you just can't get enough, then maybe check this out. But do so knowing that it's going to be subpar.
Andy
First, let's be clear. These are all stories by August Derleth, not Lovecraft.

Most of these stories follow a fairly predictable pattern: A man moves into a long-abandoned house of his ancestors, discovers a dark history of occultism, bad stuff happens. Most of these stories are variations on that theme, and I like the creepy rural setting, so I enjoyed this book despite the redundancy. There's some exceptions to this theme such as "The Fisherman of Falcon Point" which is a nice little tale. Some...more
Shane
This collection was hit or miss. The biggest thing that stuck out is there are at least 3 stories that have someone inheriting an old creepy house from ancestors that were cultists. The title story is actually unfinished and hence a waste of time. A couple others are interesting and couple other not so good. It's hard to tell what's Lovecraft's and what's Derleth's but I would say Lovecraft fans could live without this collection and not be the worse for it.

I read most of this with Shelley. It w...more
The Artificer
A bit of info for those new to Lovecraft-

Despite August Derleth's claims to have 'finished off' these stories that Lovecraft had left incomplete, these are almost exclusively ALL Derleth-
And it shows.

For die-hard fans of the Lovecraft mythos there are a few treats, but generally speaking all of these stories are basically Lovecraft Pastiche.
You've read the basic tropes used by Lovecraft himself, and they are done far less expertly, and much more obviously, here.

If you've read the rest of the myt...more
Theresa Glover
Looking at this connection, a couple of things stand out. I enjoyed the stories overall, and seeing the overlap and parallels between the stories was interesting. I can see the influence of Derleth on Lovecraft’s style. Lovecraft pretty much sucks at dialogue, and when he writes it, it’s pretty clear. There was quite a bit in this collection and Lovecraft’s tin ear was pretty evident. And dialect. I admit I’ve committed the sin of dialect, but so did Lovecraft. The last thing that made my skin c...more
Timothy
Overall I liked the book, but August Derleth is sort of hit or miss. I know lots of people pan him for some of what he did with the mythos, and while I don't necessarily agree with his choices, I feel that that's not his worst drawback. For me I find that he over-uses and re-hashes too many of Lovecraft's ideas, settings, and characters. It's a lot like fan-boy fiction I guess. Nonetheless, August Derleth is not a bad writer. In some of his stories I think he really captures the mystery, awe, an...more
Nicholas Beck
Many of the stories in this collection have a very similar feeling, yet each is exciting and suspenseful in its own unique manner. August Derleth shows his amazing talent within most of these stories, some, especially the older tales, are a little slower to develop and are easy to determine what is coming in the end. Yet there are enough excellent stories to keep the reader interested. This collection by Derleth was in the Lovecraftian tradition, which is why H.P.'s name was on the cover as well...more
Jeff
I read this sometime not that long ago but not many of the stories have stuck with me at all. The most amusing thing is that this seems, if you read it carefully, to be entirely the work of August Derleth. I don't think anything here is actually written by Lovecraft. That's ok, though, I am not a Derleth hater. It's just funny how deceptive the whole thing is, with cover blurbs from the New York Times (presumably referring to something else) and laudatory quotations on the back about Lovecraft.

T...more
Greyor
So far, atavistic horror and ancestral curses abound. The house of Atreus would be proud.

I'm loving it. It's like Lovecraft but through a distorted mirror, since I've heard that these are written based on Lovecraft's notes for the most part. Still fun as hell to read.

I can't quite put it down but I'll be sad when it's over.

If you like Lovecraft, you'll dig this.
Redsteve
Advertized as written by H.P. Lovecraft, but copyrights for ALL of the stories list only August Derleth. Pretty good stories regardless, but a bit repetitive when read all together - This was probably much less noticable when spread out through their original formats (Weird Tales and multiple Derleth books).

Oh, I almost forgot: MULTIPLE POES!!!!
Marvin
Lovecraft's fragments of stories reedited, rewritten, and often reinterpreted by August Derleth. And that is the problem. Derleth was nowhere near the writer that Lovecraft was and, while he tried hard to keep the Lovecraftian atmosphere, most of these stories fall flat. A good one to avoid unless you are a Lovecraft completist.
Colin
Some good stories, but not really any great ones - these stories billed as co-written with H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth are mostly the work of Derleth, as far as I can tell, and Derleth has not Lovecraft's master's touch . . .
Tom Kollman
Entertaining, but nothing special. Almost all of the stories follow the same formula: Bookish young man moves into spooky old house, house's former occupant was into strange experiments/research/rituals, horrible revelation at the end.
Randolph Carter
Supposed collaborations are almost pure Derleth and little if any Lovecraft so beware. Some of the stories are average while some are poor. Derleth was a better editor than he was a writer.
Angela
Heard a lot about this author and wanted to check it out. It had it's creepy moments, but a lot of the stories were repetitive. Not too bad for classic horror.
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