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El que susurraba en las tinieblas y poemas (H.P. Lovecraft Collected Short Stories #1)

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U čast 125 godina od rođenja jednog od najvećih pisaca horora svih vremena, Hauarda Filipsa Lavkrafta, sredinom meseca, a najkasnije do Lavkraftovog rođendana (20. avgusta), iz štampe izlazi nova zbirka njegovih priča na našem jeziku.
U pitanju je druga knjiga iz edicije "Poetika strave" (prva je VRBE A. Blekvuda), a naziv je ŠAPTAČ U TAMI, prema naslovnoj noveli.

Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 3rd 2008 by Editorial Tomo (first published August 1931)
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Read as part of the Chaos Reading Emergency Group Read for True Detective & The Yellow King. So far, this is the creepiest of all the Lovecraft stories I've read. There were genuine goosebumps involved. I wish I had the time right now to read all of the Cthulhu mythos stories..

This was a great story, and certainly my favourite Lovecraft to date. What a pity the audiobook version I listened to had a narrator with such poor English language
Mike Hankins
Nov 19, 2009 Mike Hankins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of classic Lovecraft short stories I read a while back. What I love about him, is how creepy he can make everything seem, the sense of dread and foreboding that his thick prose can create. This guy wrote decades ago, but his stuff can still give me nightmares. I especially like how, it's not about gore, or violence, or murders, or the kind of stuff modern slasher horror is about... Lovecraft's stories about about humanity realizing how tiny and frail it is, encountering powe ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to write something that may ban me from the esteem of many genre readers for life. So be it, I gotta say this: Lovecraft was not a good writer.

As evidence of this, I give you one of his most popular stories, "At the Mountains of Madness". The story starts off great with a narrative told in a cautious tone; the descriptions of arctic exploration; the ensuing discoveries that hint at great and awesome things - I really dug these ideas; and the subsequent violence that suggests something
Mar 06, 2014 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's strange to have someone so verbose so copiously use the phrase "terrible beyond description".

Here is how I would rate the stories in this book:

The Nameless City-1/10
The Hound-2/10
The Festival-3/10
The Call of Cthulhu-4/10
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward-2/10
The Dunwich Horror-7-10
The Whisperer in Darkness-5/10
At the Mountains of Madness-8/10

I was pretty much ready to give up on this book until I got to The Dunwich Horror. That story, and the two that followed it were pretty entertai
Claudia Piña
No sé porque no había leído más de Lovecraft, con lo tanto que me gusta el género weird. Por cierto, recordaba haber leído At the Mountains of Madness hace unos años pero había olvidado por completo que The Dunwitch Horror viene en The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories hasta que iba a la mitad. Para otros que igual vayan empezando con Lovecraft, éste es un buen punto de partida.

Incluye: Dagon, The Nameless City, The Hound, The Festival, The Call of Cthulhu, The Case of Charles Dex
Mar 21, 2016 Miroslav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Vrlo dobra zbirka, koja će biti zanimljiva kako onima koji su već imali priliku da čitaju Lavkraftova dela, tako i onima koji se tek upoznaju sa ovim piscem. Po kvalitetu bih posebno izdvojio priče "Šaptač u tami" i "Užas u četvrti Red Huk". "Vrebajući strah" je jedina priča koja, po mom mišljenju, ne uspeva da dostigne nivo ostalih. Mislim da joj ni Ognjanoivićev prevod ne čini uslugu, jer je na trenutke jezik krajnje rogobatan. Međutim, to je mala zamerka, koja ne utiče previše na konačni utis ...more
Al Hawkins
As a teenager I found an old collection of short stories (printed in the 1950s) and, with help of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, immersed myself in an art deco world of cosmic horror, insanity and occultism that has always stayed with me. Perhaps Lovecraft is not the easiest or most uplifting read, but like Tolkien, his writing inspired many others.
Jun 08, 2007 Israel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El que susurra en la oscuridad es una historia ambientada en la Nueva Inglaterra rural, en la que, después de unas inundaciones aparecen arrastrados por la riada, unos extraños cuerpos de forma indefinida. Esto conduce a una investigación sobre su origen y a un intercambio de correspondencia entre el narrador y un investigador que poco a poco va desentrañando pistas sobre los misteriosos seres.

Una novela corta, precisa y bastante dinámica con un final algo apresurado pero que no defrauda y con m
Jan 08, 2010 pinknantucket rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
This is a book of collected short stories - Lovecraft's "tales of mystery and the supernatural", and although I quite liked the three that I read, I didn't really feel the need to read any more of them, if you know what I mean. A bit samey? Might read one or two every so often when I feel like a dose of hellish black mires, troubled and dream-infested sleep, the distant baying of gigantic hounds and ruined and nameless cities. (PS If trying to pretend have read Lovecraft at parties, many of his ...more
Jethro Jessop
Jun 24, 2014 Jethro Jessop rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like horror, fantasy and sci-fi and thought I should give some Lovecraft a go as he keeps popping up as the daddy of it all. Unfortunately I couldn't get into this at all.
He comes up with some good scenarios and many of the stories start promisingly enough but then the short ones just end with no real conclusion and the long ones drag and drag until it is a struggle just to get to the end. There is almost no dialog, very few characters and the writing style is inconsistent and maybe even a lit
Daniel Millard
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José Monico
Aug 23, 2014 José Monico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't recall in my recent trek through the anthology if Lovecraft had ever used science-fiction themes to the extent that they were laid out in this novel. Regardless, I found the manner in which he implemented those themes to be a pleasant surprise; and a perfect compliment to his writing style - Little would I know they would reach perfection very soon. I am now in the extreme-latter portion of the tome, so it is safe to say that Lovecraft would not continue an extensive journey through more ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Whisperer in Darkness contains a number of Lovecraft's most famous tales, including The Call of Cthulhu, where his most famous mythical creature belongs.

Lovecraft doesn't fit easily into any genre, as his works contain elements of fantasy, horror and science-fiction. They are marked by an intense pessimism, even if (in many of these tales), the genie is somehow kept in the bottle, in spite of deliberate or mistaken actions that threaten to set it loose.

Trying to summarise Lovecraft's work is
Feb 27, 2016 Nihils rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Flüsterer im Dunkeln ist nicht wesentlich überzeugender als meine vorangegangenen Versuche, mich Lovecraft und seiner eigenständigen, vielseitigen und darob vielerorts enorm inspirierenden Mythologie zu nähern. Ein tatsächlicher Funke will aber immer noch nicht überspringen.

So schafft es Lovecraft zwar, sowohl zugunsten der eigentlichen Story als auch einer ansatzweise unheimlichen Grundstimmung, nicht enden wollende Wissenschaftsberichte wie zum Beispiel in den Bergen des Wahnsinns zu verme
Sep 22, 2015 Tijana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ondrej Lomsky
Jedná se o knihu od kultovního autora hororového žánru opatřenou doslovem Josefa Škvoreckého. Zajímavé je, že v tomto doslovu je zmíněno, že Lovercraft sám měl o svých knihách velice špatné mínění. Bohužel se v tomto případě musím nedá než souhlasit. Nuda, nuda, šeď a šeď. Rukopis je jasný a čitelný, pro někoho kdo přečetl již pár povídek jsou všechny ostatní podle stejného metru. Příběhové linky se sice liší, ale jejich stavba je téměř totožná. "Makabrozní" okamžiky, naznačení něčeho strašlivéh ...more
Luís Bermer
Apr 30, 2016 Luís Bermer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libros-rese-ados
Lovecraft tiene un estilo muy peculiar de escritura: genera lectores tipo "lo amo" / "me aburre".
Yo tuve mi época de "lo amo", aun reconociendo que no siempre resultan cuesta abajo sus lecuras, pero siempre habiendo aportando algo al cerrar el libro.

Esta colección de relatos me ha gustado bastante, manteniendo su tónica habitual en temas y ambientaciones.
Eso sí, el relato que realmente me ha sorprendido ha sido "En los muros de Enyx", casi de ciencia-ficción no acostumbrada en su pluma, y que me
[Name Redacted]
A wonderful and grotesque blending of science-fiction and horror, and one of my favorite Lovecraft stories.
Wesley Hoffman
Feb 22, 2016 Wesley Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I genuinely love "The Whisperer in Darkness" by H.P Lovecraft and it is by far my favorite story written by him. The book is basically about a professor who goes into the hills of Vermont to investigate some reports of strange creatures being sighted. I thought this book was really entertaining and felt more exciting than some of his other stories. I thought the ideas were really quite interesting as well. Although the book is a little slow in the beginning it definitely gets better. I recommend ...more
Marko Vasić
Dec 03, 2015 Marko Vasić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odlična zbirka horor priča i odličan dizajn knjige. Od utopijskih, SF prizora kreiranja nove rase ljudi ukrštene sa izvanzemaljskim sojem, preko horora ruralnih predela u napuštenim kućama čiji su stanovnici evoluirali u novu rasu neumrlih, do davno mrtvih ljudi koji su uspeli da se nekoliko decenija održe u životu zahvaljujući specijalnim formulama napitaka koje su spravljali, i na kraju - psihološki horor malog dečaka koji je rastao u nekom zabačenom selu i u jednom trenutku odrastanja shvatio ...more
Sarah Eagle
I think Lovecraft's sweet spot for his short stories is 25 pages due to pacing, but this one really got me. I thought the pacing in this one was excellent. I attribute it to Lovecraft cutting down on the excessive description of the scenery and instead divulging the reader on the suspicions of Akeley and the reactions of Wilmarth (the main character). As I read Lovecraft chronologically, I can say with confidence that he's getting better and better as he goes, though I think the whole "cosmic cr ...more
Leo H
Feb 22, 2015 Leo H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this collection specifically because it contained At The Mountains of Madness, and since it's the last story in the book I told myself I'd read them in order and save it until last. It took me about 5 years, but I've finally finished it, and I'm glad I waited. Pretty much every story in this collection is a gem, only a couple I can think of didn't quite hit the mark, but with absolute stunners like Dagon, The Nameless City, The Call of Cthulu, The Curious Case of Charles Dexter Ward and ...more
May 22, 2012 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovecraftians; horror fans; cathulu cult
Shelves: mystery, horror, own, 2012
Lovecraft, has been on my list of authors to read for quite a while now. I have a huge horror fan, and from all reports he is one of the best. One of the reasons that made me finally actually pick it up was reading Brett J. Talley's That Which Should Not Be, which draws heavily on some of Lovecraft’s old myth and wetted my appetite for the same kind of writing.

I won't say I was disappointed by Lovecraft, but it wasn't quite as mesmerising as I had thought it would be. Maybe my expectations were
Nuno Vargas
May 21, 2014 Nuno Vargas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this alone at night! Luckily I went through these eldritch tales mostly in a train or such because, if I had been at home, with the press of the dark against my windows, I would surely have been driven mad with these awe-inspiring revelations of unimaginable horrors lurking in the deepest abysses.
What else can I say here? This is Lovecraft, and there are good reasons why this name is whispered in dark corners, with dread filling the minds of those who utter it. For maximum effect, I r
Colin Leslie
Jun 29, 2011 Colin Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly Lovecraft was a genius, his ideas, his mythos, his visions were all vastly ahead of his time, totally bizarre constructions, and of all of them the Cthulhu stories are some of his most extreme examples. The ambiguity comes in his ability to consistently form these dreamlike visions into a coherent, readable story. When he is good, he is a genius but when he is bad....

This is the first Lovecraft collection put together by Wordsworth Editions in its immensely enjoyable Tales Of Mystery &am
May 11, 2013 Olethros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Dentro de la creación tan personal del autor en su tiempo, diferentes senderos narrativos.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de varios relatos del autor, escritos y publicados a lo largo de un periodo de 16 años, representativos de diferentes momentos en la producción de Lovecraft y con variados contenidos, que no estilos, que tocan temas como una cripta oculta bajo una mansión, el arte hiperrealista e inquietante, las extrañas costumbres de una familia en un municipio de la cos
Aug 07, 2016 Pluchenbeir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suggestieve griezeligheid ten top, zij het zonder echt afschuwwekkend te zijn. Knappe bundeling van verhalen waarin Lovecraft de spanning krachtig weet op te bouwen, vaak door subtiel gebruik van suggestie of weglating, om pas op een uit spannend oogpunt geschikter moment plastische beschrijvingen te geven van wezens of droombeelden die inherent zijn aan het verhaal. Sommige delen blijven even cryptisch als deze recensie, doch alleen wanneer het verhaal ermee gediend is. Sterk aan te raden bunde ...more
Kislay Verma
Oct 07, 2012 Kislay Verma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excerpt from my review at SolomonSays:

Although Lovecraft displays his usual mastery at building up a spooky environment rife for supernatural shenanigans, this story is totally about the sucker-punch at the end. If you read the plot summary, you might think the ending is a race against time. It is and it isn’t – I will say no more on that. But rest assured that despite the excellent legwork done by the author in the rest of the story, the height of the horror is in the last few lines.

The Whisper
Lamski Kikita
If I were to ever like horror, this would be it. It's subtle yet startling, and although the book holds its own "monsters" it also delves into the darkness of humanity. I like that a Lovecraft "being" is not any of your typical monsters that have always been in folklore and fairy tales and take no creativity or imagination. Lovecraft's monsters are not imitations, they are to be imitated.
Even though it took me forever to finish the book because I had to look up at least 5 words on every page, i
Jan 14, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ultimately, I enjoyed the stories in the book, but I wish I would have spread them out a bit; I was suffering from "nameless, faceless evil" fatigue by the end - all these stories have similar beats, so by the last (At The Mountains of Madness), I mostly knew how the story would go. In retrospect, I would have read each of these short stories as snacks between other novels. Alas.
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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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