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L'Horreur dans le musée (H.P. Lovecraft Collected Short Stories #2)

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- H. P. Lovecraft et Elizabeth Berkeley ; En rampant dans le chaos
- H. P. Lovecraft et Elizabeth Berkeley ; La verte prairie
- Sonia Greene [H. P. Lovecraft] ; Le monstre invisible
- Sonia Greene [H. P. Lovecraft] ; Quatre heures
- Hazel Heald [H. P. Lovecraft] ; L'homme de pierre
- Hazel Heald [H. P. Lovecraft] ; La mort ailée
- C.M. Eddy Jr [H. P. Lovecraft] ; Le nécrop
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Mass Market Paperback, 319 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Presses Pocket (first published July 1933)
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 02, 2016 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This could go two ways (the option of not liking this story not included, of course). I could like this as just another story of this type or I could make note of when it was published. I've decided to treat it with the respect it deserves.
If this was written today, I would say it was an okay creepy story. However, we all know when Lovecraft lived so for me it is a marvellous horror story. Even if there are a couple of stories I didn't like (The Street being the worst so far), Lovecraft gets a
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Michael
Dec 05, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovecraft Fans, Horror Fans, English Majors
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
Shelves: pulp-fiction
When I found this collection of short stories, I was a bit confused at first. Having read all of the Del Rey Lovecraft collections during the 1980s, and then worn them dog-eared in the decades that followed, I was sure I had read all of Lovecraft long ago. But, I only recognized one or two of the titles of these stories? Had someone discovered new Lovecraft?

Well, I got my answer by reading the Introduction. These are all stories that Lovecraft “collaborated” on with other authors – often doing
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Quirkyreader
Sep 29, 2016 Quirkyreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual gang of Old Ones shows up in this collection of stories. For me the story that stood out the most was "The Curse of The Yig". This is another good volume for one to add to their Lovecraftian library.
Jaime Andrés
Aug 20, 2011 Jaime Andrés rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siendo honesto, nunca había leido a Lovecraft ni por asomo, no sabia que el había vivido, no sabía lo que el había visto, no sabía todo lo que había dejado y por lo que habría pasado, para entregarnos sus letras a todos nosotros. Una vez que uno se sumerge por completo en el universo de Lovecraft, no existe vuelta atrás, porque todo cobra vida y la angustia de los personajes son nuestras, los mitos se convierten en realidades eternas en nuestras mentes, para entender que el todo nunca fue nuestr ...more
Nicholas Beck
May 21, 2010 Nicholas Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of stories which were revised by H. P. Lovecraft. The numerous authors in this book have a wide range of style, despite the same horror feeling as most Lovecraft stories. This book is great for people looking for anything related to Lovecraft. That being said, there were a number of stories in this collection which simply didn't measure up to the Lovecraft standard. Certain tales seemed to drag on forever without any logical point or message even at the end. Others on t ...more
Mitchell
Oct 31, 2016 Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, chthulu
For fans of H.P. Lovecraft and the "Cthulhu Mythos", this is a must-read. Several of the stories are excellent, and the title story is superb. There are a couple of clunkers, but, overall, the stories are spot-on, as they should be since HPL either had a hand in directly creating them or, at the very least, advised on them.
Mark Goodwin
Another one of Loveraft's best stories. The descriptive style of his unique and unorthodox imagination leaves all others behind.

Nadia Zainol
Feb 08, 2017 Nadia Zainol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an excellent collection of Lovecraft's revisions
Harris
A collection of most of H.P. Lovecraft’s “revisions,” “The Horror in the Museum” showcases the tales co-written by Lovecraft and other would be weird tale writers and correspondents. Ostensibly consisting of stories edited by Lovecraft most, in practice, were completely ghost written by him following a few sparse plot points and published under another’s name. While for the most part lacking the refinement of Lovecraft’s solo works, there are still some very interesting stories included.

Whether
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Norman Dunnagan
Apr 17, 2016 Norman Dunnagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First a bit of background on Harold. You have to understand that this man greatly influenced the (good) modern horror you will see today, of any shape or form. Only a handful of people attended his funeral. Yet, now he has a cult following, and inadvertently gave birth to a wide array of classics.

There's two kinds of dark fiction. 1- You have entire atmospheres that are mysterious and strange, and no given 'normal' reality; only a serious of relative realities which are personal to each of the
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Leothefox
Mar 23, 2015 Leothefox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I picked this collection up at a Borders books on a trip to California years ago, just before catching a plane home. I'd already been a fan of Lovecraft for a long time and owned some of the other Del Rey collections, but this is the first one I read straight through.

Since Lovecraft is "revising" (really collaborating and in some cases writing entirely) these stories, there's some variance in quality. It starts off really strong with the Elizabeth Berkely collaborations "The Green Meadow" and "T
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Matthew
Apr 18, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If the first volume of Lovecraft's stories contained many tales that were overlong, the second volume contains many that are tantalisingly short, and somehow I wanted them to continue.

There are a few scrappy stories that don't amount to much, but the general quality of stories is very high. This is all the more surprising, as the stories were written in collaboration with other authors. Intriguingly, one tale was written in collaboration with Harry Houdini and contains an escapologist (no prizes
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Gaze Santos
Just to be clear, the cover says by H.P Lovecraft, and to a technical degree, they are mostly right... Let me explain. Any H.P. Lovecraft fan can tell you that his works were't exactly lucrative in his lifetime. He had his circle of acolytes, to be sure, but he was eking out a living as a writer. As explained in the introduction to this book, a large part, if not most, of his income came as a revisionist and editor of other people's written work. This is a collection of some of the more inspired ...more
Chris
Jul 23, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
It's always difficult to rate short story collections, because while there are inevitably some gems, there is also invariably some dross. That is certainly true of this second volume of Lovecraft's short stories. This collection covers those stories which are not generally considered to be part of Lovecraft's Mythos Cycle, the series of loosely connected tales where C'thulhu and the Elder Gods make their first appearance. That said, several of the stories, such as The Curse of Yig, The Mound, th ...more
Bekki Pate
Nov 16, 2014 Bekki Pate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say I "enjoyed reading" this book is a bit misleading - I found it quite difficult to read - not because it was in any way boring, but because the language was a bit more flowery than I am used to, with words that seemed to be crammed into the pages. I kept picking it up and putting it down in favour of "easier" reads. I'd had it on my list for about a year and decided to just get in there and read the thing.
Some stories I found a bit too "sci-fi" for me, but most of them I absolutely loved,
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Marissa
Sep 21, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft
As far as I know, this is the best way to read all (well, very nearly all) of HPL's collaborations and revisions. (Notably missing are "Under the Pyramids," "In the Walls of Eryx," and "Through the Gates of the Silver Key," which can be found in other HPL anthologies). This edition uses ST Joshi's corrected texts, and I feel like there was a missed opportunity to get Joshi to annotate, as he did with the fantastic Penguin Classic HPL books. As for the stories themselves... well, they vary. Great ...more
Peregrine 12
Lovecraft's horror is undoubtedly one of the main influences on modern day US horror stories, but this collection of stories wasn't all that great.

I wanted to like these stories, but I just couldn't push through this entire collection - they seemed lacking in suspense, uninteresting to me.
I'm not a die-hard Lovecraft fan. I picked this one up because I enjoy the atmosphere Lovecraft creates in his horror stories (even if the tension isn't always there), so I was disappointed to learn that H. P.
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Mouldy Squid
Sep 22, 2012 Mouldy Squid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As one can tell, I collect Lovecraft. Everything I can get my hands on. Hell, if there is an anthology with a new introductory essay, I'll buy it just for that essay. Suffice it to say, the collection is extensive. This volume contains no actual Lovecraft but rather the revisions and ghost writing that he did for other authors. Most of it is pretty terrible, except where one can discern Lovecraft's more or less successful attempts at making something of the chaff. There are a coupe of better tha ...more
Savannah B
Lovecraft had a fantastic imagination and set the mood of his stories with expert fiendishness, but something that always bothers me when I read his work is the telling-not-showing. He seems to think we should believe sea creatures with fish eyes and tentacles to be the most horrible of all evils and, if we don't, we should just trust his characters when they assure us that something was unspeakably evil, or hideous beyond description, or more wretched and horrible than the worst thing on Earth ...more
Theresa Glover
Jan 17, 2012 Theresa Glover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I found odd about this book was that while these stories have the byline of other authors, Lovecraft's "revisions" were so intense that they made the story essentially his...or at least deserving of a credit for his influence on the story. There were some stories that were so wholly Lovecraft that I couldn't tell the difference in style between them ("The Horror in the Museum" by Hazel Heald, for example), and there were some stories that I wished had more of his influence ("Ashes" by C. M. ...more
Jay Eckard
This was an uneven collection; the majority of the stories collected are mostly written by Lovecraft, and are pleasurable reads, very good in the certain, narrow way Lovecraft works best. The lesser number, where he only slightly edited others' work, is not nearly as much fun. The prose is clunkier and less suspenseful -- less suggestible, to steal a favored word. An exception is the very last tale, The Night Ocean, which is an excellent piece of mood, almost a tone poem. Virtually nothing happe ...more
Katsumi
Jul 19, 2012 Katsumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed most of Lovecraft's other works, I picked up this book for a diversion - curious to see how the collaborations worked out. I was unprepared for the fantastic quality of some of the stories, which in my opinion rank with his best work. My two personal favorites include "The Last Test" and "The Mound." Those two stories are worth the price alone. Not all of the stories, of course, are equally successful, and Lovecraft's level of involvement varied. One thing that remained c ...more
Tim
Jul 06, 2011 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
(this review is only about the short story with the same name)

Not recommended for starting Lovecraft readers, but very recommended for people that want the full Cthulhu Mythos background all at once through a story. For example people that want to play the Call of Cthulhu roleplay game, or people that want to know where games like Alone in the Dark and the upcoming The Secret World MMO are based upon.

Apart from being 'a tour through the Mythos', this is the now classical "Spend the night at the
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Christina
Jun 09, 2010 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I mean ... seriously. How could I have lived this much of my life without ever having read H.P. Lovecraft?

Sure, there was repetition in the various stories, and sure some of them obviously have to do with his Cthulhu mythos, which I have not read. Yet.

But the experience of reading these horror stories was so unique ... You're not beat over the head with gore. Instead, the terror sneaks up on you, until you're breathing shallowly and your pulse is racing and you don't even know it till you real
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Marco
Oct 11, 2015 Marco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Stephen Jones starts exploring with fascination at the horrific content of George Rogers's wax museum. The was models look so outerworldy and realistic!
The relationship between the two is initially cordial, but it soon degenerates as Jones first mocks Rogers, and then comes to suspect that he is crazy with his "wild tales and suggestions of rites and sacrifices to nameless elder gods". Jones takes up Rogers's standing offer to spend a night in the museum... and I won't say more to avoid spoilers
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Shea Mastison
Mar 05, 2014 Shea Mastison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome compilation of shorts; all of which Lovecraft, acting as advisor to various other authors, either completely rewrote himself or gave advice on vital plot points. Anyone familiar with Lovecraft can see his mark all over these shorts.

These stories are well worth the read, and they contribute overall to the Mythos itself. If you're a fan of weird fiction; definitely check these out!
Alejandra Fernandez
No soy imparcial en esto, soy una apasionada de H.P. Lovecraft, no sabría decirte que relato es el mejor, en este libro encontramos un montón de relatos en colaboración con muchos otros escritores, los que junto a Lovecraf crearon ese anillo de cartas, escritos, formando entre todos los mitos y ampliando el universo de horror creado por Lovecreaft.
Tina
Feb 04, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lamento no haber leído antes a H.P. Lovecraft, autor de sorprendente e inagotable imaginación ante lo terrorífico y sobrenatural, sus cuentos son de una alta calidad literaria en este género, con la influencia de Edgar Allan Poe, aunque en mi forma de ver, creo que en algunas obras lo supera. Su narrativa es clara y excelente. Muy recomendable.
Alana
Dec 22, 2014 Alana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Lovecraft was definitely a talented, imaginative writer, and some of these stories are genuinely terrifying. However, he was also very, very racist, and kind of sexist, which tends to get in the way of my enjoyment. He's fine as long as he is writing about upper class white men, but otherwise... yeah...
Paul
Nov 19, 2010 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
A mix of well-crafted sinister horror and dark fantasy, all in the classic Lovecraftian style. Some tales are fairly hard-going though, so it's probably not the best collection for a Cthulhu Mythos neophyte.
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