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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
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Jul 07, 10

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Read in July, 2010

H.P. Lovecraft is not a name remembered as well as it ought to be His nightmare worthy tales of the supernatural and the other worldly do not incite fright and dread as often as they should. Joyce Carol Oates attempts to correct the Lovecraft deficity with her 1997 collection of Lovecraft stories.

To any unfamiliar with H.P. Lovecraft’s work, know that any comparison to a certain gothic American author of the 19th century is unwarranted. Lovecraft sets himself apart from his elder gothic fathers by creating and dwelling in his own dark world where he is the mystical preacher of creatures that inhabit stories which are only whispers from the mouths of daemons. Unlike that OTHER writer who continuously mourns the loss of his cousin/lover Lovecraft implants fear and dread of the unknown as well as subjects often overlooked as small town folklore.

This collection of Lovecraft tales gathered by J.C. Oates holds some of the greatest evils of the world. The dreadful frights of the Necronomicon, the Old Ones of Cthulhu, the Shoggoths -creations of the Elder Things of the Antarctica and more are featured here as well as the wonderful pillar of higher education, Miskatonic University. J.C. Oates does a decent job at picking out popular stories from the Cthulhu Mythos and a limited amount from Lovecraft’s Macabre Era while avoiding the trashy likes of stories like “The Street”. Yet in all her editorial greatness J.C. Oates fails to provide a taste of the often over looked Dream Cycle Stories.

Lovecraft’s writing is superb and dark, but the collection touches only on the most popular works of Lovecraft. All who seek more light in the darkness of life should use this collection as just an electric torch in the cave of greater knowledge, dread and understanding.
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