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El Necronomicón

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„Най-древната и силна емоция е страхът, а най-древният и силен страх е страхът от неизвестното“, казва Х. Ф. Лъвкрафт. Признат за най-великия хорър майстор на всички времена, той оказва изключително влияние върху световните фантастика и фентъзи и повлиява творчеството на знаменити писатели като Стивън Кинг, Клайв Баркър, Рей Бредбъри, Чайна Миевил, Джордж Р. Р. Мартин и мн ...more
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Evan Franzel This book is not a creepy pasta collection unless you consider all of H.P. Lovecraft's stories to be creepy pastas. There are 37 H.P. Lovecraft tales…moreThis book is not a creepy pasta collection unless you consider all of H.P. Lovecraft's stories to be creepy pastas. There are 37 H.P. Lovecraft tales in this edition. I recently purchased the softcover version of this book and although cheaper it is absolutely massive and has great quality. (less)
Karsten Vestergaard It does not. On the other hand, that's is just about the only thing missing. It features a map over Arkham, illustrations and an informative…moreIt does not. On the other hand, that's is just about the only thing missing. It features a map over Arkham, illustrations and an informative afterword.(less)
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Olivier Delaye
Feb 05, 2016 Olivier Delaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All right, with this one under my belt, I think I can safely say that I’ve read everything Lovecraft has ever written in his life. I will then skip introducing the author––who doesn’t need any introduction, anyway––and go through a rundown of some of my most beloved horror stories of his, which you can find in this collection.

THE OUTSIDER is my favorite Lovecraft story bar none. It is also one of his shortest. Written in the first-person narrative (as is often the case in his fiction), it tells
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Bennet
I never cease to be amazed by literary language, specifically words wrought in English, that being the only language in which I am fluent.
Wrought as in deftly formed and finished, or intently delineated, styled, ornamented, disturbed or excited, or shaped by hammering and beating. Though the works differ, all my favorite writers are crafters of this sort.

I periodically experience word cravings. I’ll search the shelves for something to satisfy, and indulge in words with a pleasure akin to savori
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Branduno
It seriously took a publisher how much of a century to title a collection of Lovecraft's stories "Necronomicon"? Like seventy years? Did it really just not occur to anyone? Shouldn't the first collected volume of his stories have been called that? I blame August Derleth.

Speaking of whom, I don't believe this edition features the re-edited versions of the texts available in the Library of America edition of Lovecraft. Necronomicon includes the older editions as published by Derleth's Arkham House
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Andrew Fantasia
I suppose the two best words to describe my feelings on the work of the 20th century's most prolific horror writer are "mostly disappointing".

THE GOOD
I wasn't disappointed with everything. A bunch of stories stood out for me as being genuine, page-turning excitement: The Colour Out of Space, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperer in Darkness, Dreams in the Witch House, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward were all outstanding pieces of spookery that still managed to give me
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Alexis
May 01, 2013 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New life goal:
to write a cult book about another book that doesn't exist.
David
Aug 20, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elder Gods, Investigators, Cultists, prissy New England racists
The five star rating for this book is not because I think every story (or even most of them) were 5 stars, or because Lovecraft was a great writer (though I do think he was a better writer than he's often given credit for). It's because these stories are essential reading. Like him or hate him, Lovecraft casts a long, dark shadow over all of American fantasy and horror, and in fact, the stories are mostly pretty good, in a very dated way. Yes, Lovecraft wrote purple. Yes, his characterization is ...more
David
Lovecraft has to be broken down into his constituent parts in order to be comprehensible.

1. Man
2. Mythographer
3. Writer

The man, by far, is easily the most reprehensible and unforgivable. This may take a little explanation for those unfamiliar with the man and the writer. Firstly, HPL believed in a crude Social Darwinism/Eugenics married to a virulent racism/xenophobia and a despicable classism. When reading Necronomicon or any of his works all of these elements become impossible to ignore and
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Kat  Hooper
Oct 28, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.
—Arthur Machen (quoted as an introduction to “The Horror at Red Hook”)

Everyone must read a little Lovecraft and Blackstone Audio’s recently published edition of Necronomicon: The Best Weird Ta
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Aug 06, 2011 Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Weird folk like me
Recommended to Ruby by: Many many weird folk like me
NOTES ON THE STORIES
The Colour Out Of Space = WIN. And it's a stand-alone story. You don't need to know anything about the mythos for this one.
Pickman's Model = WIN. Another stand-alone story, without reference to the mythos. Actually very creepy.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth = WIN. A good introduction to the mythos, and a great introduction Lovecraft's story-telling. A perfectly crafted, perfectly creepy tale.
Samuel
May 01, 2011 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A collection of Lovecraft, and what better collection is there? To reiterate and reflect the thoughts of countless individuals: this is essential supernatural horror. But, to put forward my own commentary, I shall endeavour:

The tales laid-out here are a trove of flawless narrative, impeccable originality and are told with such flair for language and charm; stories interweave, threads unravel and sanity is wholly drained throughout. Such keen attention to the progression of the stories, the hint
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11811 (Eleven)
Apr 25, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best audio edition I've come across for Lovecraft. The quality is excellent but I'm dropping a star because there are no chapter titles. How can you have a short story collection without chapter titles?
Seán Downey
Dec 11, 2012 Seán Downey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Necronomicon is pretty much the complete works of H.P Lovecraft. I cannot go into depth on all of his stories so I'll try to cover his stories as a hole if I can, but first. His writing style! Lovecraft's style is complex, when it comes to him there are two types of people, those who will hate the way he writes horror and those who will love the way he writes horror. Most of the time when he describes creatures he will give the basics of what it looks like, i.e, "Something very big, loud an ...more
Christian Giovanni
I could not give this book five stars in good conscious, and I will explain why. It's no secret that Lovecraft was a deeply racist individual. Because children also browse Goodreads, I want parents to know that this compilation contains overt racist slurs and connotations. Of course, one can argue that this is just a product of the author's imagination. I respectfully disagree. Although, Lovecraft was a brilliant writer, the writer's overt hatred of other races sometimes poured out into his writ ...more
Žarko Milenković
Najveća milost koja nam je data, po mom mišljenju je nesposobnost ljudskog uma da poveže sav svoj sadržaj. Živimo na tihom ostrvu neznanja u središtu crnog mora večnosti i nismo sazdani za duga putovanja. Nauka, sa svakom disciplinom koja vuče na svoju stranu, malo nam je štete nanela do sada; ali jednoga dana, zbrajanje rasparčanog znanja otkriće nam tako užasan uvid u stvarnost i našu zastrašujuću poziciju u njoj, da ćemo ili poludeti od tog otkrovenja ili pobeći od smrtonosnog svetla u mir i ...more
Bogdan
Jan 18, 2015 Bogdan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my kind of horror!

Lovecraft was a giant genius of this field!

He had a lot of groundbreaking ideeas.

The audio version was also astounding well made.



Phantoms
Apr 20, 2009 Phantoms rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Color Out of Space is still the single scariest story ever written.
Mike
Aug 04, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To review a collection of works by an author over the course of their entire literary career can be difficult, but it also allows for a more general review of their works. Thus we have Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales, a collection of works by famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.

At it's essence, Lovecraft writes about mankind's oldest fear, the fear of the unknown. Lovecraft's stories often center around the idea that the day-to-day experience of humanity is only a small fraction of reality, an
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Pietro
Apr 02, 2013 Pietro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Necronomicon" is a collection of 36 tales and short stories by early-twentieth-century writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose Cthulhu mythos cycle is today widely known even outside reading circles.
The tales have been picked from different periods of Howard's life and are supposedly his best ones, although I reckon this is an entirely subjective matter and the editor's choice will differ from everyone else's.
Regardless of who chose them, to reduce so many different works to a single rating would be both
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Melissa
Jan 25, 2016 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy. I really thought I was going to love this book, but it just didn't work for me at all. Being a total Stephen King addict, I've had cause over the past few years to look up certain Lovecraft stories on Uncle Steve's recommendation, and have always been intrigued. I expected the bizarre tales of creeping horrors to be right up my street, and decided to buy the audio version, having fond memories of dark winter walks accompanied by King's tales.

Perhaps part of the blame is my own, and I'll
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Kristen
Oct 07, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audio, sci-fi
So, one big caveat about my rating: my copy of the audiobook decided to skip persistently for the last third of the book. That's 7 hours. I was going a little nutty by the end. However, it was enjoyable enough that I wanted to finish despite the awfulness of the Hoopla version. So I sat and paused and unpaused it for 7 hours.

That said, I'm not that into Cthulu. Nyarlethotep was way more interesting, and my favorite stories had little or nothing to do with the Elder Ones at all. They read like gh
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David
Sep 21, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically, as I averaged out each specific story, the rating turned out to be a 3.5, but given Lovecraft's literary impact and some genuinely great tales of horror, I decided to boost it up to a four instead of downgrading it to a three. It was difficult to continue at certain times as Lovecraft's tales are often formulaic, following the same basic storytelling structure, but fortunately as it progressed the style became more varied. My favorites were: The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Cat ...more
Kat  Hooper
Jul 28, 2014 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.
—Arthur Machen (quoted as an introduction to “The Horror at Red Hook”)

Everyone must read a little Lovecraft and Blackstone Audio’s recently published edition of Necronomicon: The Best Weird Ta
...more
Guy
Jan 28, 2013 Guy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraftian
Along with Eldritch Tales, The Necronomicon holds the complete works of HP Lovecraft in what are without doubt, the most beautifully bound editions of his works.

Being my favourite author of all time, the Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales would both receive 5 stars from me.

No one creates such a unique atmosphere as Lovecraft. A quote from the great man himself sums it up for me:

"If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England with the fire of the Elizabethans, the correct taste of the Geor
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Joe
Feb 05, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, collections
Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft is a short story collection presented in a beautiful tome format, featuring 36 tales of the weird and macabre.

The book starts with shorter stories and progresses to much longer ones; the first is less than a page and the longest is 102 pages in length.

There were several stories I thought were particularly well done and memorable. Herbert West - Reanimator is a dark tale which made me think of another classic horror (Frankenstein). Under The Pyramids is another wh
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King Ævil
Jun 17, 2012 King Ævil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2012
I liked this compilation of HP Lovecraft's short and medium-length fiction much more than Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos; the latter is lacking several stories that contain essential background for the Cthulhu universe (e.g., "The Dunwich Horror", "At the Mountains of Madness" and "A Shadow over Innsmouth"). It also contains some straight-up horror stories, but these don't compare to the tales of the Ancient Ones.
Teatum
Apr 02, 2015 Teatum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from the library, and if we ever cross paths in a bookstore, I'm going to need to buy it. I got through a handful, including Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, and The Colour out of Space. Creepy, especially if you have a good imagination. Masterful suspense. You need to read at least three stories.
Mizuki
This is my H P. Lovecraft's Dream Book! The book design is grand, it also contents most of Lovecraft's major short novels. I borrowed the book from library but I still totally want to own it!
C.J. Wright
Jul 04, 2016 C.J. Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Great stories in this collection. I have this on my Audible account and find them more atmospheric when listening to them than just reading them myself.
Miloš
Jan 03, 2012 Miloš rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Well, I thought that this book will be very, very good, but instead...
I was disappointed.
Julesmarie
Oct 21, 2016 Julesmarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dagon 3 stars
Delightfully atmospheric short story. The narrator's horror at what he witnessed and his attempts to forget it or block it out serve to enhance the wonderfully vivid descriptions.

Herbert West: Reanimator 4 stars
Deliciously creepy and spectacularly disgusting. We follow the devolution of Herbert West, the quintessential mad scientist as told by his "closest friend" and "only confidential assistant." They begin trying to restore life to the dead, and Herbert West reaches some grot
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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
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