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The Collected Public Domain Works

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H.P. Lovecraft’s name is synonymous with horror fiction. His major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. This collection contains 24 Lovecraft works that are in the public domain. You’ll find more versions of these stories throughout LibriVox’s short story collections ...more
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This is a collection of 24 Lovecraft short stories that are in the public domain. Unfortunately, none of them feature the famous Cthulu. Lovecraft largely depends on the unknown being scary for his horror, but this means that his stories have by and large become outdated. Stories often center around unknown areas of Earth, sleep, or ancient myths being reality. It's hard to be scared by something that we now can explain with science. Some of his stories also reek of racism--a fear of people orig ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Royce rated it liked it
Despite the fact that HPL is a misogynist, racist, conservative war-monger, I really enjoyed many of his stories. They are unlike anything else I have read. Some aren't so good and become a bit formulaic. Some of his poetry (like Fungi from Yuggoth) is quite good. All in all, it's good to be acquainted with the Lovecraftian universe. I tell people that his stories are good enough that I don't fall asleep while reading them, and there are *few* authors I can say that about!
International Cat Lady
Nov 13, 2011 International Cat Lady rated it it was amazing
I finally finished! I haven't been reading this every day for almost a year or anything, even though it has been almost a year since I started. There's really only so much HPL one can read in a row before you need a break so as to not go completely insane. Speaking of, HPL was undoubtedly totally bonkers. That, or he was in regular communication with alien life forms. While I enjoyed some of his stories more than others, all in all it is an excellent collection of brilliantly mad tales, most of ...more
Erik Moore
Aug 31, 2014 Erik Moore rated it liked it
This fun collection of horror short stories was a great entree into the works of H.P. Lovecraft. I grew up more with Edgar Allen Poe, and this work does hearken back to that feeling and fun. Perhaps at this time in my life, the diction of the author generates a disconnect for me in that what he describes as a grotesque or horrid moon, for me is just a moon. Like many of his protagonists, my own scientific penchant has me discounting what might be horrific for others. But the intrigue with which ...more
Andrew Lennon
Jan 06, 2014 Andrew Lennon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been curious as to what the works of Lovecraft were like. Recently I was told by someone that a story a had written myself had many similarities to it.
This was the first time I've ever actually read any of it. Wow! The guy is a genius. Some of these stories are fantastic! The reanimator was awesome, but The Street, while only short. That was brilliant, almost beautiful.
I have only given four stars as the version I had of this was an audiobook. Some of the stories I had to skip beca
Nov 09, 2014 Kat rated it liked it
This is a really great collection of stories, but I think the stories themselves would be better-served by being read instead of listened to. This is partly due to the way that I use audiobooks -- namely, as a way to entertain myself while walking to work, running errands, and doing chores -- and partly do to the fact that, like many of these LibriVox short story collections, many of the readers are new, and not very good. It wasn't a waste of time to listen to -- I now know the basic plots of m ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Jason rated it really liked it
A pretty enjoyable collection with some real gems (The Alchemist, Herbert West, The Tomb) with some mediocre stories in there as well. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the writing. I was disappointed with how severly racist some of his work is. I hadn't heard previously about that aspect of the author's personality, but in some of his stories it is really blatant. I still think that this collection is worth the read, but I don't want anyone to be caught unaware like I was.
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Apr 29, 2010 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A collection of some of H. P. Lovecrafts strange tales, some horror, some fantasy.
Oct 19, 2015 Bracken rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
I was quite underwhelmed, particularly by the descriptions of dream cities or dream worlds.
Sep 27, 2015 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Downloaded from Librovox. Some great readers on the 25 tracks, and a few that were very difficult to understanding. I definitely want to pick up more H.P. Lovecraft after this.
Brian Ackermann
Jan 11, 2017 Brian Ackermann rated it liked it
interesting collection. from what I gather, not many of these stories are among most peoples top 10 list, but enjoyable all the same.
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Dec 29, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it
Likes: Surreal and ominous. Un-awkward delivery of strange imagery and settings.

Dislikes: Gratuitous use of words with 4+ syllables. Many of his stories lack climaxes and end abruptly.
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Jan 14, 2012 John Gorman rated it really liked it
A good sampling of Lovecraft's talent, not focused on the Cthulhu mythos.
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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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