The Dunwich Horror and Others
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Contents:

ix · H.P. Lovecraft and His Work · August Derleth · in
10 · In the Vault · ss The Tryout Nov ’25; Weird Tales Apr ’32
19 · Pickman’s Model · ss Weird Tales Oct ’27
33 · The Rats in the Walls · ss Weird Tales Mar ’24
53 · The Outsider · ss Weird Tales Apr ’26
60 · The Colour Out of Space · nv Amazing Sep ’27
89 · The Music of Erich Zann · ss The National Amateur Ma...more
Hardcover, Corrected tenth printing, 433 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Arkham House Publishers (first published 1945)
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Stephen
4.5 stars. Outstanding collection of H.P Lovecraft stories. The Dunwich Horror is an amazing story that reads as well today as when it was first written. Lovecraft was a unique talent and his stories are just a ton of fun.
Jean-marcel
This book was my first exposure to H. P. Lovecraft, way back in 1991 or so. I was eleven years old. The book shook my world to its very foundations. At the time, isaac Asimov was my favourite writer, but Lovecraft showed me how to appreciate moody, lapidary writing full of atmosphere and dripping with menace. I gave the book five stars mostly because of its revelatory impact on me and my personality, even though if I had discovered Lovecraft for the first time today, especially being familiar no...more
Tom Mueller
As Howard wanted, many have tried over the years to expound on his Cthulhu Mythos; few even came close. I believe he named man's strongest emotion as Fear, with the greatest Fear being that of the unknown.
Did you ever overcome your own fear enough to actually Look under your bed when you just Knew Some Unknown Thing was there?
Nah, neither have I.
trina
i was far, far too hard on old howard philips that last time around. these stories are, with the exception of one or two of the shorter ones (which were just hilariously corny), marvelously creepy and moody and i totally understand now why he's considered the father of modern horror, or whatever. well, him and poe, anyway. the old-fashioned-ness of his language adds to the atmosphere of utter madness and terror, and i began to appreciate for the first time that the vast reaches of outer space ca...more
Chas
It's been years since I'd taken a look at Lovecraft, and in that time I'd become a rather large fan of Michael Moorcock -- far from a fan of Lovecraft. I wasn't sure if his (and others) opinion would color my enjoyment of this book, but I have to say, despite the similarity in subject matter these stories all have, some of these are just as thrilling as I remember, and Lovecraft's prose style isn't nearly as turgid as I'd remembered. They're formulaic, and the racism and xenophobia is hard to sw...more
Heather
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Rebecca
Like a lot of other mopey adolescents, I devoured H.P. Lovecraft when I was in high school; I owned several collections of his short stories and novellas. I remember loving his unwholesome, horrifying vision of Earth's past, present and future. Inspired by an article that recently appeared on a favorite pop culture website, I decided to say hello to Howard P. again. Iä! Iä! Big mistake. I forgot he has just one plot: someone (usually a middle-aged professor at witch-haunted Arkham's Miskatonic U...more
Wavegenerator
For me, this is the ultimate measure of quality in horror writing. No one before or since has matched the atmospherics that Lovecraft employs in this collection of his short stories. Whereas more recent decades seem to confuse horror with violence and gore, Lovecraft had the good sense to acknowledge that the unknown is infinitely more terrifying than the known. If your only familiarity with the genre is Stephen King and similar writers, you have no idea what Lovecraft is like. Bring your dictio...more
Jim
Some of Lovecraftt's best stuff is in this volume Myabe I shouldn't give him 5 stars but I love his stories.

If you have a bit to spend the simplest way to get a farily coplete selection of his works, is to stick with the Arkham House copies. There are a gazilion different collection you can spend your money on but if you get the Arkham, you shouldn't repeat material.

I make no claim this is great literature, but at the same time I tend to think he is under rated.

Enjoy!
Christopher O'Brien
I went through a Lovecraft/Bradbury phase one summer as an early teen. This was probably my favorite of the Lovecraft collections. A verbivore's writer!
Robert

I guess I hadn't reviewed this volume, but it's a fine collection of some of H.P.'s best. Still a joy to revisit...
Tamara
I made the mistake of reading this late at night. Needless to say I didn't sleep that night.
Paul
Read my reviews of any Lovecraft book; a racist and anglophile, but good and scary none-the-less!
Bwiz
if you like a lot of insinuation that something is creepy,and may even become scary in the future
Kenton Schassberger
I loved it, it is one of several Arkham house Hardcover i have bought
Kristin Fontanilla
I heart Lovecraft.

There, I've said it.
Ed Petersen
Lovecraft definitely has a distinct style, but in a collection of short stories like this, that actually is a disadvantage. It seems like every single one uses the same dark verbs and adjectives over and over again: "creeping", "daemonic", "lurking", "foetid", "horrifying", and so on. They make sense in the context of each story, but after a while begin to grate.

Definitely the highlight of this collection is "The Call of the Cthulhu". The three-part narrative is striking the way it builds suspen...more
Kevin
- In the Vault 2.5/5
This one had great potential to be a creepy tale, but the delivery was very confusing. It shifts between talking about the present and the past too much.
- Pickman's Model 2.5/5
I think the big problem with this one was that he describes a lot of pictures, but without really being able to see them I think it loses the horror. Also, the ending was predictable.
- The Rats in the Walls 4/5
This one was recommended by a friend and I thought it was pretty good. The build was excell...more
Douglas Koehne
I'm going back a few years in reviewing this book, but it is never a bad time to catch up on some H.P. Lovecraft. If you are not familiar with his work, he practically invented horror fiction back in the 1920's. Part literary work, part pulp fiction, part just flat-out strangeness, there has never been anything comparable to his creations. Just as Tolkien introduced the world to Middle Earth, Lovecraft gave us the Cthulhu myths and made it a little more difficult to sleep at night. The consisten...more
Chris Matney
This is my second installment of re-reading the essential H.P. Lovecraft canon. The volume contains 16 of my favorite stories including Pickman's Model, Rats in the Walls, the Dunwich Horror, and the Shadow Over Innsmouth. As always, Lovecraft's language is lyrical and dense - a wonderful way to be absorbed for a rainy afternoon or stormy night.

What struck me most in re-reading this volume is the way that Arkham, Innsmouth, and environs are finally fleshing out - each story providing a single g...more
Marta
Czy jest na sali ktoś, kto nie słyszał wcześniej o Samotniku z Providence albo nie kojarzy wizerunku Cthulhu zakorzenionego w popkulturze? Nie sądzę. Twórczość Howarda Phillipsa Lovecrafta znana jest powszechnie nie tylko koneserom literatury grozy, lecz także tym, którzy od książek stronią — natknęli się za to na liczne wytwory ludzkiej kreatywności wykorzystujące dorobek pisarza, poczynając od filmów, poprzez gry komputerowe i planszowe, na odzieży i wszelakich gadżetach kończąc. Jedną i drugą...more
Michael
I read Lovecraft sporadically throughout high school so I wanted to go back and read everything I missed, and get a fresh take on what had been my favorites. Right off the bat, one criticism I had was how most of the twists are telegraphed about ten pages before they occur. You'll need a lot of patience waiting for seemingly dense characters to figure out a mystery you solved three chapters back. Having said that, I realize these stories were written in the 20's and 30's, and their influence on...more
William
I have to say that I was disappointed in these stories. Lovecraft is certainly very skilled at creating suspense and a dark atmosphere, but I found almost all of the stories extremely similar in structure and phrasing. This meant that I could predict the twist of nearly every story long before the end. As a result, I enjoyed the pure horror stories more than the suspense stories.

While I hold it against Lovecraft for being repetitive, I do not hold much against him being predictable. As the inspi...more
David Conner
Not my all-time favorite of his, but a worthy addition to the Cthulhu cosmology notwithstanding. It was a little too monster movie for me, but I enjoyed the scenes of research and the rising action. I feel that's where Lovecraft's true talents lie. He was creating a world and mythology and picking stories out to weave those ideas together.

I will say the image of the Whateley's twin brother being the monster whose human face was stretched yards across was uncomfortable.

I also appreciate his use...more
Borax
What I love most about this Lovecraft entry is probably what others most dislike: humans win! I don't mind that every protagonist I. Lovecraft's stories go mad, commit suicide, transform, etc..but I like the change of pace here...I later read that Lovecraft had a very, very strict code on what " strange fiction" should be...and he breaks mode in this story...but I think to brilliant effect! Lovecraft was really on the brink of becoming "post modern" here...but he adheres to modernist conventions...more
Dan
Sep 13, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Sci-Fi, Fantasy fans, horror fans
Shelves: classics
This is a collection of H.P. Lovecraft's stories. Lovecraft is the most famous author you've never heard of. He is deemed one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. That said, this book is a good read but not all the stories.

Some of these stories are fantastic. "The Colour out of Space" gave me chills as I read it, even for the second time. But for every thought-provoking and dark horror piece, there's a formulaic one behind it. Sometimes they're frustrating in that you want to kno...more
Antonio Lozada
It is with haunting trepidation and no small amount of fear that I attempt a feeble effort to put pen to paper in a misguided missive to warn the reader against the eldritch secrets contained within these forbidden and forgotten tomes. The Yankee Gentleman from Providence presents Weird Tales of the Unspeakable Horrors that he has witnessed in an effort to entertain and inform his gentle readers of the dreadful mysteries that lie beyond the hyalescent curtain of imagination. Can this humble scri...more
Coy
May 25, 2007 Coy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Horror/Science Fiction Buffs
This book is the keystone for anyone who likes sci-fi and/or horror. I am currently finding out what an idiot I was for not reading this book long ago. The Cthulhu stuff is what Lovecraft is known for but the other stories are incredible. Short stories are great for mid-week type reading because you can read one per night almost. This book is very readable, don't let people portray this man as a freak to scare you off. He is the Poe of the early 20th Century as early Stephen King was the Poe of...more
Kelly
I have been reading this book off and on over two years. Finally finished it today and what an incredible set of stories these are. This volume contains some of my favorites like "The Rats In The Walls" and others that are quickly becoming new favorites like "The Shadow Out Of Time". The open nature in which authors of the time shared their creations are obvious as Lovecraft makes mention of Hyborean creations from Robert E. Howard and actually names a character after Clark Ashton Smith. Highly...more
Philip
These are the best of Lovecraft's stories: eerie, macabre, and hauntingly unforgettable. Writing in the early twentieth century, Lovecraft's influence upon (for lack of a better term) horror fiction is incalculable (Stephen King, for example, has written several short stories over the years paying homage to Lovecraft): and he was, in the tradition of Poe, a fine, intelligent writer and craftsman of the short story. "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Rats in the Walls," and "The Music of Erich Zann" are...more
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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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