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The Complete Public Domain Works by H.P. Lovecraft
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Jul 22, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, horror, standalone, cthulhu-mythos
Read in April, 2010

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largely depends on the unknown being scary for his horror, but this means that his stories have by and large become outdated.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 originating from the African continent is a common theme. Where he is at his strongest is when he departs from his normal themes. The short story on cats is quite enjoyable, as are the ones of scientists reanimating corpses. These read deliciously like modern day zombie tales. It's too bad he didn't write more of them.

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