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The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
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Feb 04, 10

bookshelves: 2010, classic, paranormal, short-fiction, e-book
Read in February, 2010

I downloaded this from (I think) Project Gutenberg: furthering my classical education. Well, except that this one was written within the last 100 years, so perhaps it's not actually a classic yet? But that's all semantics.

All I know about Cthulhu, I learned from Futurama and LiveJournal, so obviously it wasn't much. Wikipedia tells me that this is only the first in a series of stories about Cthulhu and the cult, and that it is generally regarded as the author's masterpiece.

Horror fiction is not at all my thing - I lost my appetite for it at an early age (too impressionable) - so I can't comment on the literary significance of this story, its importance to the genre, or to fiction in general. But as a standalone story, I thought it was pretty good. I was surprised to find it so readable, so involving. There are some brilliant uses of language (though I had to look up "Cyclopean") and some excellent descriptions.

I get the pop culture references now. That is reason enough to have read this short book. (Novella?)
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