Crawling Chaos: Selected Works 1920-1935
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Crawling Chaos: Selected Works 1920-1935

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An indispensable collection of HP Lovecraft's best work from his distinctive collaborative pieces, prose-poems and early tales of the gruesome and bizarre, through to his later, more mature work: the Cthulhu Mythos. With an introduction by Colin Wilson, Crawling Chaos is must-have for every horror/ fantasy fan.
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Published June 1st 1997 by Creation Books (first published February 25th 1993)
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Old-Barbarossa
You love him or you hate him. I think this is my top Lovecraft anthology. All my favorite tales in one book. Dreams In The Witchhouse and The Hound amongst others.
Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Read it and then start dropping "eldritch" and "squamous" into conversation.
Andrew
this is yet another anthology of Lovecraft's work however this is a one of the better collections of his work (there are so many out there all with similar and in some cases the same title so making it very difficult to decipher which is worth reading and which is not). However i agree with other reviewers there are some interesting exception. That said there are some true classics here from the Call Of Cthulhu to the Shadow over Innsmouth. My only compliant about this books is its type face and...more
Erika
I think this is the third time I've read this book, the first taking place around some good six or seven years. I have to say this last time was the one I enjoyed it the most. Once you get over youth's search of sensationalistic horror you learn to appreciate the subtleness of Lovecraft's writing.
A good introduction to the author's work, presenting the reader with a nice range of short stories so you'll probably find one to your liking.
R. August
Nice imagery of the destroyed world, but ended before the horror in the rift actually appeared. Don't know which would have been more atmospheric - knowing or not knowing, though given the theme of people being unable to comprehend the reality of their place in the universe I suppose Lovecraft couldn't have shown us what was inside and remain true to his mythos (despite being shown actual horrors in other stories...)
Bill
A good collection of Lovecraft's short stories. I actually read this in three sections, because while I really enjoyed them, I couldn't read them all at once. I'm glad to have seen more of the Cthulhu mythos, though. Very interesting stuff.
David
Am Anfang ein bisschen schleppend. Die letzte der 12 Geschichten, die ein Drittel des gesamten Buches ausmachte, war definitiv die beste. Aber kein Cthulhu :( Man hatte mir Cthulhu versprochen.
Erik Graff
Aug 13, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans
Recommended to Erik by: Lawrence Santoro
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This was, as I recall, a gift from a friend, himself a writer of fantastical and horror fiction. Some of the stories I'd read before, but some seemed new.
Bridget
Reading this for book club, never read any Lovecraft before. I've never seen a more hostile preface and introduction to a collection.
Lydia
Great collection of Lovecraft classics, missing some obvious ones though (No Mountains of Madness? For shame)
Matt
the Lovecraft Vocabulary Word Of The Day is: "athwart".
Sarah
Good story of one man's apocalyptic opium dream.
Stuart Boon
Another fine collection of Lovecraft's work.
Marts  (Thinker)
Horror / fantasy tales by H.P. Lovecraft.
Elizabeth
Lovecraft. 'Nuff said.
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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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