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The Shadow Over Innsmouth And Other Stories Of Horror (H. P. Lovecraft #4)

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"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is a short novel about a weird hybrid race of humans and creatures resembling a cross between a fish and a frog, which lives in the seaside village of Innsmouth.
Paperback, TK1934, 255 pages
Published December 1st 1971 by Scholastic Book Services (first published January 1st 1944)
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Ignacio Senao f
Jul 19, 2016 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agradable reencuentro tras años en que leí la magnifica obra completa de Valdemar.

Encontramos 3 relatos de los más representativos de su obra y 2 más, junto su mujer y el otro con un amigo. Finaliza con algunas cartas escritas por él elegidas desde mi punto de vista aleatoriamente. Pero todo esto comienza con una breve introducción del genial Javier, que no necesita escribir 60 páginas para ponernos en situación y con el motor arrancado.

Lo más reseñable y que diferencia de la multitud de edicion
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Joseph
Apr 27, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This collection has three particularly fine H. P. Lovecraft tales - The Colour Out of Space, The Festival, and The Shadow over Innsmouth. These three stories alone are worth the price of admission, and I believe showcase Lovecraft at his finest, and are also good examples of why no one can utilize the Mythos like its creator. The other stories are much weaker, with the science fiction collaboration with fan Kenneth Sterling, is particularly weak, and overlong. The three best stories, are ...more
Juan Mayor
Jul 08, 2014 Juan Mayor rated it it was amazing
Escalofriante, por no decir más, es esta propuesta de recopilación de las novelas escritas por un grande de la literatura del terror. H.P. Lovecraft sabe muy bien como ambientarte en paisajes desoladores, en donde tus miedos más innombrables aparecen y toman forma de deidades nunca antes imaginadas, ni descritas por algún ser humano.

Debido a lo mismo, estas historias se desarrollan a partir de los miedos del ser humano: la soledad, el mar, lo desconocido, la locura. Todo envuelto y materializado
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Alberto
Jul 21, 2016 Alberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con Lovecraft tengo una relación de amor-odio. Me encanta cómo genera esas atmósferas angustiosas, pero al mismo tiempo tengo la sensación de que es un poco pesado. Me gusta su visión del hombre como algo pequeño insignificante dentro del cosmos, pero cuando le leo en las cartas me cae gordo.
En fin, salvando la distancia con el personaje, en este recopilatorio hay un par de sus obras más famosas (e imprescindibles), La llamada de Cthulhu y La sombra sobre Innsmouth, así como cuatro relatos más,
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Joe Sander
Aug 31, 2011 Joe Sander rated it liked it
*The edition I read contained more stories than the ones listed here*

Lovecraft is hard to rate for me. Even today he remains ridiculously influential, but so much of his work is formulaic and cliché (not to mention racist/classist). He had fantastic ideas but really wasn't a technically solid writer so his stories can be difficult for modern readers. His best work (things like The Color Out of Space, The Dreams in the Witch House, The Outsider) is practically required reading for horror fans whi
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David Stoneking
Feb 02, 2011 David Stoneking rated it it was amazing
I didn't have the whole book. Just the Shadow Over Innsmouth public domain story. This book is classic, highly recommended reading.

It's the story of a traveler heading to the fictional New England town of Arkham to do some genealogical research. On his way, he finds a detour heading through Innsmouth that should speed up the trip. But the townspeople don't seem to care much for Innsmouth.

It becomes a topic of morbid curiosity for the traveler, as he slowly finds more information, and decides to
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Carlos Dominguez
Este es el tercer libro que leo de la gran y extensa obra de H. P. Lovecraft, el primero que leí fue el El color que cayo del cielo escrito por Lovecraft en marzo de 1927, un libro que trata mas que nada de un fenómeno sobrenatural que tiene lugar en un pastizal, el «erial maldito» , y que hace que todo lo rodea sufra cambios inexplicables, fue con el libro con el cual me introduje a la obra del gran Lovecraft y a decir verdad, y pese a que lo disfrute, el relato no me convenció del todo, no ob ...more
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Squeek
May 04, 2015 Squeek rated it it was ok
My first foray into H.P. Lovecraft, something I had been meaning to do for a good while now.

Regarding my thoughts, well at times it was a bit of a slog, I'll admit. I find the writing style is at times too weighed down with descriptions of the scenery and surrounding locations that instead of setting the mood, it becomes too distracting and can be downright boring. However, as I had hoped, I do quite love the ideas and the sinister mysteries at the heart of the stories. So even if I am left a li
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Jesse Hebert
Nov 19, 2011 Jesse Hebert rated it liked it
For all the psychological unraveling going on, this is physical horror of a very viscous texture :D Things get sticky in the worlds of Lovecraft, and the reader feels the unsightly cling when they try to peel their hand away from it. It's true these tales tend to follow a kind of recipe in their telling, but I don't mind it. The man loves his language and relishes in harrowing description, to the point of it being almost humorous as ever new adjectives flood the page! And even if all the stories ...more
Juan Bosco
Este es un buen exponente de que la imaginación de Lovecraft no solía ir de la mano con la habilidad para escribir una historia cautivadora. La premisa es atrayente y se presta a imaginar todo el entorno en que se desarrolla la historia, si bien es fácil adivinar en qué consiste esa sobre sobre Innsmouth, en especial si el lector tiene un poco de conocimiento sobre la obra de Lovecraft.

El principal problema de esta historia es que se prolonga más de lo necesario y se detiene constantemente en de
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Bogdan Gavriliuc
Sep 29, 2012 Bogdan Gavriliuc rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I was debating between 3 stars and 2,
I decided on 3 because it did keep me interested and reading in order to find out what the end of each story was.

the reason I was going to go with 2 is the following.
I wasn't left scared, rather more curious.
Also his story telling, especially in 7 in a row, demonstrates a formulaic approach (with slight exceptions).

Main character narrates his experience.
Introduction into unfamiliar fictional setting.
Old tale given from either folklore or an old insane f
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Mikey
Mar 12, 2007 Mikey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horror enthusiasts
Shelves: fiction
If you've read Lovecraft's best short stories ("The Call of Cthulhu," "The Thing on the Doorstep," "Pickman's Model," etc.) and you still aren't convinced that he was the best post-Poe American horror writer, then read this, his best novella. As always with Lovecraft, the book's horrifying impact doesn't come from the depiction of bizarre and unsettling things in the main action of the story (though that's there), but from the psychological implications of forbidden knowledge and the sense that ...more
Kristopher
Jun 29, 2010 Kristopher rated it really liked it
The older I get, the more chaff I see in Lovecraft's writing. The man never met an adjective he didn't like. And story elements that should be exciting--the chase scene in Shadow over Innsmouth, for instance--get bogged down by minor details. Lovecraft loved minor details, possibly more than adjectives.

I think he really wanted to be a historian and mythologist much more than a pulp fiction writer. It's spinning his made up histories and mythologies--secondary concerns in most fiction--that Love
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Brent
May 28, 2013 Brent rated it liked it
This is the second short story I've read by HP Lovecraft. I enjoyed this title more than "The Call of Cthulu" and found the twist to be intriguing although poorly foreshadowed. This seemed less disjointed than some of his other works but I still find the intrigue and suspense to be poorly lacking. Lovecraft excels, it seems, in being overly descriptive and boring at times. I'm giving his entire collection a chance and hope to find that my opinion will begin to change as I come to terms with his ...more
Dave Holcomb
Oct 17, 2014 Dave Holcomb rated it liked it
A decent selection of standard Lovecraft, including two classics, "The Shadow of Innsmouth" and "The Lurking Fear". It has become popular to criticize "pulp" authors like Lovecraft for the way in which their work often reflects the racist and xenophobic attitudes that prevailed during their lifetimes, but as long as the reader is willing to allow the writer to be a child of his times without imputing more overtly aggressive motives to his failings, the stories still hold up well, much the way ...more
Charlotte
Oct 03, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
I bought a book from Mestas Editions that included this story as well as Dagon and The Colour Out of Space, and I liked this one better than the others. Despite the reading is a bit longer I felt the narration flowing and vibrating on every page.

One curious thing I have to point out is, as well as the narrator on this tale, I was also on a trip to a small town myself during this reading. And I finished it almosta at the very last minute before taking the bus back home.
Bayard
Apr 15, 2012 Bayard rated it really liked it
Lovecraft may not have possessed the literary genius of American weird fiction writer A.E. Poe, but his work has been hugely influential in modern culture. In just about every form of media from film to video games we find echoes of Lovecraft's Old Ones and weird cosmology. His later tales, particularly The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Call of Cthulu, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and At the Mountains of Madness are his finest and should satisfy just about anyone's imp of the perverse.
Carol Medina
Debo mencionar que termine el libro porque quise saber cuál era el final, por lo que puedo decir, que me tuvo interesada, mas no fue de mi total agrado. La historia se alargo demasiado y autor describe “demasido” ciertas escenas que son un tanto obvias para el lector donde la deducción de la trama muchas veces es bastante obvia y cuando por fin hay algo relevante, ya no es tan sorprendente por lo mismo.
Horror? Para nada, podría decirse que algo de suspenso nada más.
Marianne
This particular edition of stories by H.P. Lovecraft was my first exposure to this master of horror. Most of his stories are what I'd call psychological horror stories, taking human being's worst fears and telling tales of how we face them. Another theme of his writing are those stories revolving around The Necronomicon and the ancient evils that accompany it. These are straight up horror stories and very satisfying if you like creepy stories rather than gory stories.
Maeve
May 11, 2012 Maeve rated it it was amazing
I read this at about age 10 or 11; it's a very old book and was old when I read the torn covered copy my parents had. I loved it! Still like the writing, which was creepy and archaic without being graphic or gory. Lovecraft's ability to evoke a scene and a character was truly breathtaking. What a good writer he was. Don't care if it was "light" fiction, it was a great read. Try it out.
Jesse
Oct 10, 2011 Jesse rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorites by Lovecraft. This was the first story that led me to his Dagon mythology and I think it is one of his most creepy and well done. Lovecraft has a great way of sucking his reader in with his incredibly involved backstories and he just builds and builds on the mythos he crafted with a god-like detail.
Rachael
Jun 24, 2007 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: suspense/horror
I have only just begin to read HP Lovecraft, but Shadow Over Innsmouth has to be my favorite short story so far. Lovecraft can be a little dry and wordy for people at times, and much like Anne Rice, it can take several pages to describe a doorknob, but the suspenseful feeling and the images he creates in this story are amazing.
Raj
Feb 22, 2010 Raj rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
This is a collection of short stories by Lovecraft ending with the titular novella. The stories are interesting but they have, however, lost their terror over the years as they have been copied and parodied. I very much enjoyed the collection though, especially The Colour out of Space and the titular The Shadow over Innsmouth.
Borax
May 26, 2013 Borax rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely the best of Lovecraft's stories! It is very much in keeping with his style, though I understand he actually drafted 6 versions of this in an attempt to change his style....this is because Mountains of Madness was a failure in publishing...Lovecraft was stung by that....though the story we read today is classic Lovecraft, he actually hated it.
Noah
Aug 12, 2016 Noah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of the better paced Lovecraft stories. He does not get so caught up in the description of things, but rather focuses more on the events and character's emotions. The tension was slowly raised and came to a thrilling climax and then ended with an interesting twist. I flew through it.
Deborah Nunez
Sep 16, 2013 Deborah Nunez rated it liked it
I listend to this on audio. First getting past the accent (British), was amazed at the author's discrpitive manner in writing. I can't figure out if I loved it or liked it. The discription of the creatures, left me wanting to hear more. My vision actually somewhat matched the short video of the book from You Tube. Loved the twist at the end.
Libby
May 04, 2015 Libby rated it it was amazing
If a horror story makes me too scared to get out of bed when I am about to pee myself in the middle of the night, then it's worth reading. H.P. Lovecraft writes those stories. Have yet to be disappointed by anything with his name on it, loved this collection.
James Hardison
Jul 06, 2012 James Hardison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I got this book from the Scholastic Book Club in 1971. It was my introduction to Lovecraft and I've been a devoted fan ever since. This book opened the door to a whole world of weird fiction that has kept me entertained for decades.
Jonatron
Apr 27, 2010 Jonatron rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
Actually, what I have is called "The Weird Shadow Over Innsmouth", and is just an e-book on my phone, which I read while at the laundromat.

While entertaining, I don't actually feel very terrified while reading these stories. Sorry, dude.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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