Black Seas of Infinity: The Best of H.P. Lovecraft
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Black Seas of Infinity: The Best of H.P. Lovecraft

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Hardcover, 540 pages
Published September 2001 by SFBC Science Fiction (first published 2001)
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5.0 to 5.5 stars. I have not read all of the stories in this collection so this review will cover those that I have:

"The Call of Cthulhu" (6.0 stars): My favorite Lovecraft story and arguably his best.

"Dagon" (5.0 stars): Another superb story set squarely in the Cthulhu mythos.

"Winged Death" (5.0 stars): A great, short story not directly part of the "Cthulhu Mythos" but with vague references thereto. A chilling revenge story with a great ending.

"The Rats in the Walls" (5.0 stars): On my short...more
Right now this is the only HP Lovecraft I've read (sans his essay on Supernatural Literature), so I can't comment on whether this is the best or not ... but I can say that the selection is such that I left knowing a full deal of the Cthulu Mythos of which he is so famous. In fact, due to the way the book is organized, an argument could be made that every story included in here is part of the Cthulu world view. Even "The Rats in The Walls" and "Pickman's Model" - though they do not mention the Ol...more
Luna kisser
winged death WAS THE 1ST TIME READ
the rats in the wall GAVE ME THE CHILLS
the colour out of space CLASSIC
the outsider READ A FEW TIMES NOW
the shadow out of time ALWAYS PAUSE AND MAKES ME THINK
pickmans model LOVE THE ART THOUGHTS
the festi...more
Vikki Marshall
Like Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft is a literary master of the macabre, in this collection of 19 stories we get to read some of Lovecraft’s best tales. He takes us on an ingenious journey, from dreamlike primeval discoveries on to confrontations with evil spirits, we face terrifying beings existing in isolated environments and almost always we encounter the madness of genius. We meet Lovecraft’s infamous Cthulhu in its realm, Pickman’s mysterious model, sea monsters, secretive decaying buildin...more
Creepy. Very creepy. I'm not sure why I've never really read Lovecraft before, since I always loved Poe and stuff like that when I was a kid, but after a lot of harassment from my son, I finally plowed through this collection, which I had actually bought a couple of years ago. Reading Lovecraft is a bit of a commitment I would say, because his prose is dense and sometimes quite technical, but the payoff is well worth the effort. Each of these stories has its own special brand of weirdness and ho...more
Nov 14, 2007 James rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyoned reading or writing horror
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This is my favorite collection of Lovecraft short stories that is outside of the Dream Cycles. Its also a really great place to start if you have never read him before. It is available exclusively from the science fiction book club, but can be found on Amazon or used book stores pretty cheap now because its been out for awhile. It has the classic neccessities like "The Call of Cthulu," "The Color Out of Space," and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." It also has some rare stories and even ones like "Wi...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is just the latest collection of H. P. Lovecraft that I've had. Mostly (early on) you had to find paper bck collections and older pulp collections. Of late the world has "discovered" him "again" (along with his contemporary and friend Robert E. Howard).

I am not primarily a "horror" fan but Lovecraft is just...different. Lf a writer can achive terror, that is creat the atmosphere and emotions without resorting constantly to the gross-out school of horror he's got my attention. I like some go...more
Most of the short stories in this collection are based on the Cthulu mythos. Interestingly enough the stories that I enjoyed most only briefly mention the mythos as a backdrop. "The Rats in the Walls" was a great story about the main character's increasing madness after moving in to an ancestral estate. "In the Walls of Eryx" is an interesting tale with a twist about an explorer's growing panic after becoming disoriented on an alien planet. The eeriest tale in the book, in my opinion, is "The Th...more
Austin Taylor
Jan 13, 2014 Austin Taylor added it
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I found it worthwhile to experience Lovecraft's writing first hand. A lot of interesting ideas. I found the longer stories to be rather tedious, especially since they tended to be very similar (The Shadow Out of Time, The Mound, At the Mountains of Madness). Others were absolutely haunting (The Rats in the Walls, The Color Out of Space, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Thing on the Doorstep, Winged Death). In general, he is an author who has many flaws (lack of characterization, repetitiveness, ov...more
Jim Bradford
This is a fantastic collection of H.P. Lovecraft's works. It's not complete, by any means, but it has all the greats - The Call of Cthulhu, Pickman's Model, The Dreams in the Witch House, Dagon, Winged Death, The Shadow Over Innsmouth (My favorite!), and At the Mountains of Madness.

The stories range from intellectual to terrifying, and while Lovecraft's writing can be dry at times, most every story pays off by the end; usually in the most chilling ways. If you're at all interested in Lovecraft'...more
it's only lovecraft collection i've read (i'd LOVE to read another comparable one. suggestions?) and i read it repeatedly. kind of a slow, thinking read, as it often describes "mathematical" (for lack of a better term) situations, but if i guess if ya can't deal with that, lovecraft isn't for you. it's horror, but thinking-person's horror. old-school and mind-bending, he's probably a "love him or hate him" kind of writer. no gore, just psychological, fantasy-type stuff.
Scott A. Nicholson
Hands down, the best collection of Lovecraft stories I've yet come across. Has Call of Cthulhu, Mountains of Madness, Dagon, Shadow Over Innsmouth, the Thing On the Doorstep, just to brush the surface, all some of his best work that you just can't find in a single volume. There are very few-must read stories that are not included in this collection, for which I can only assume were ommitted by space constraints, as the text very nearly reaches the 500 page mark.
When I told my dad that I wanted to read some Lovecraft, he seemed skeptical that I would like it. Being that he and I tend to have the same taste in sci-fi/horror stories and movies (and Lovecraft is his favorite) I decided to try and read some anyway. It was very frustrating as I kept losing track of the details (not usually an issue for me), and while I really wanted to like it, I did not. Next time I will take his advice - this author is not for me.
This is truly a great selection of stories, perfectly presenting the style and atmosphere of Lovecraft's prose. Suitable both for those wanting to start their journey into the world of lovecraftian mythos and for those wishing to have all the best stories in one place.
Some of the works included can only be described as classics of the horror genre, like "The Call of Cthulhu" (a story that never gets old) or "At the Mountains of Madness".
David Leingang
A great collection of Lovecraft stories! This was the first anthology I purchased of H.P.L.'s fiction and after reading a few of the stories previously I was very happy at the selection and order in which the stories are layed out. With essentials like "The Call of Cthulhu", "Dagon" to name a few, anyone just getting into Lovecraft would be lucky to have this in their untrimmed claws.
So far this book, or collection of short stories I should say is absolutely amazing! The way H.P. Lovecraft gives such detail to his writing makes you almost fear turning the page as if once you do the beast will be right before your eyes. I definitely suggest that you read some of his work if you haven't already.
I love this author for the spooky atmosphere & for his amazing skill at describing creepy architecture. The writing can be rather ponderous & pedantic, & some of the sentences taken out of context are hilarious. Yet Lovecraft's writing provides horror-fantasy that I require.
My ex-boyfriend mentioned Lovecraft a lot, and this story collection looked interesting, but in the end it turned out not to be my thing. I still haven't finished this book, though I did read a couple of stories. I'll have to give it a try another time again...
Lovecraft's strong aristocratic bent calls to mind "The Turn of the Screw," but "The Call of Cthulu" is in genre all its own; an admixture of Gothic horror, fantasy, and science fiction appropriately deemed, "weird fiction."
The first time I've read Lovecraft and I'm hooked. My favorite stories were The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Rats in the Wall, The Colour out of Space, and At the Mountains of Madness.
I used to think Poe was the penultimate American horror writer. I think now I have to add the "of the 19th century" caveat to his title. H.P. Lovecraft is chilling!
Justin Kirkland
An excellent collection of his work. This collection features a nice variety of his styles, without some of the turkeys that find their way into other compilations.
Good oldfashioned blood-stirring, if not bloodcurdling, horror fiction that, read one per late evening, makes for a pleasant prelude to dreamland.
An excellent collection of Lovecraft stories, covering a wide variety of the author's works.
Great compilation of stories from HP Lovecraft, including all time classic "The Call of Cthulhu".
Apr 02, 2008 Blair rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who likes weirdness.
Possibly my favorite author ever!!!
Jerry Kimbro
Lovecraft is my favorite author.
I got through most of this and liked it, but toward the end the stories seemed to have the same formula over and over. I've read Lovecraft before but it was over ten years ago and I'd forgotten some of it.

I'm intrigued by the idea of Ctulu and aliens who came to Earth while the planet was still forming and are living in the depths of the oceans. I wonder if this had anything to do with the story behind the movie "The Abyss," where they find a benevolent alien species in the deepest part of the A...more
David Melbie
Dec 02, 2010 David Melbie rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Lovers of weird!
Recommended to David by: Picked myself
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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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