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Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales

(Gesammelte Werke #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  12,911 ratings  ·  670 reviews
Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmology that are as powerful today as they were when first published.

This tome presents original versions of many of his most harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, in order of publication.
Hardcover, Commemorative Edition, 878 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by Gollancz, Great Britain (first published 1930)
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Peter Read the stories in the order they were first published . You will see how Lovecraft's style developed over time.
Evan Franzel This book is not a creepy pasta collection unless you consider all of H.P. Lovecraft's stories to be creepy pastas. There are 37 H.P. Lovecraft tales…moreThis book is not a creepy pasta collection unless you consider all of H.P. Lovecraft's stories to be creepy pastas. There are 37 H.P. Lovecraft tales in this edition. I recently purchased the softcover version of this book and although cheaper it is absolutely massive and has great quality. (less)

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Olivier Delaye
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All right, with this one under my belt, I think I can safely say that I’ve read everything Lovecraft has ever written in his life. I will then skip introducing the author––who doesn’t need any introduction, anyway––and go through a rundown of some of my most beloved horror stories of his, which you can find in this collection.

THE OUTSIDER is my favorite Lovecraft story bar none. It is also one of his shortest. Written in the first-person narrative (as is often the case in his fiction
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is the history of one of the most notorious fictive books ever. I especially liked the reference to the Pickman family (you can read Lovecraft's story Pickman's Model) and the interesting rumours on Abdul Alhazred's death. Very creepy, very informative and with absolutely cult status. You have to check your local library for an edition. Absolutely recommended for every traveler in the Lovecraft universe!
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.”
-H.P. Lovecraft

This collection of weird fiction short stories and novellas is slightly inconsistent in terms of quality, but it contains so many genuinely original and thoroughly harrowing, sinister tales that, on the whole, I found it a highly enjoyable—and often exquisitely eerie—reading experience. That said, I’d really only recommend it for hardcore fans of Lovecraft; for everyone else, there are far better—by which I really mean far shorter—ways to get
Andrew Fantasia
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I suppose the two best words to describe my feelings on the work of the 20th century's most prolific horror writer are "mostly disappointing".

I wasn't disappointed with everything. A bunch of stories stood out for me as being genuine, page-turning excitement: The Colour Out of Space, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperer in Darkness, Dreams in the Witch House, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward were all outstanding pieces of spookery that still m
Lovecraft has to be broken down into his constituent parts in order to be comprehensible.

1. Man
2. Mythographer
3. Writer

The man, by far, is easily the most reprehensible and unforgivable. This may take a little explanation for those unfamiliar with the man and the writer. Firstly, HPL believed in a crude Social Darwinism/Eugenics married to a virulent racism/xenophobia and a despicable classism. When reading Necronomicon or any of his works all of these elements become impossible to igno
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It seriously took a publisher how much of a century to title a collection of Lovecraft's stories "Necronomicon"? Like seventy years? Did it really just not occur to anyone? Shouldn't the first collected volume of his stories have been called that? I blame August Derleth.

Speaking of whom, I don't believe this edition features the re-edited versions of the texts available in the Library of America edition of Lovecraft. Necronomicon includes the older editions as published by Derleth's
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
New life goal:
to write a cult book about another book that doesn't exist.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elder Gods, Investigators, Cultists, prissy New England racists
The five star rating for this book is not because I think every story (or even most of them) were 5 stars, or because Lovecraft was a great writer (though I do think he was a better writer than he's often given credit for). It's because these stories are essential reading. Like him or hate him, Lovecraft casts a long, dark shadow over all of American fantasy and horror, and in fact, the stories are mostly pretty good, in a very dated way. Yes, Lovecraft wrote purple. Yes, his characterization is ...more
Necronomicon: the Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft was my first taste of true classic horror—I mean I’ve read Poe, Irving, Shelley, etc. but for some reason I don’t think about classic horror when I think of those author’s stories. Lovecraft is the epitome of classic horror in my book. I haven’t read any of Algernon Blackwood’s spooky tales but from what I just read no one can beat Lovecraft.

I finished reading Jane Austen’s seven large novels not too long ago, and I was astounded by her writi
This book was banned by Pope Gregory IX in 1232, shortly after its Latin translation, which called attention to it.

I guess Gregory hadn't heard that all publicity is good publicity.

It was from rumors of this book (of which relatively few of the general public know) that R.W. Chambers is said to have derived the idea of his early novel The King in Yellow.

Heh. I wonder if Chambers would have been amused this playful revisionism? I think he had passed away before this was published./>It
Brendan Monroe
H.P. Lovecraft has been on my list for years now. Horror fiction isn't usually my genre of choice, but I've heard people cite Lovecraft for so long that I felt a duty to read him and see what all the fuss is about. To be clear, after reading him I still don't understand what all the fuss is about.

As far as Lovecraft's obvious (let's not kid ourselves) racism, it's my belief that it is possible to separate the art from the artist. I still watch Roman Polanski films decades after Polanski was
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

p. 454: Carter now spoke with the leaders int he soft language of cats, and learned that his ancient friendship with the species was well known and often spoken of in the places where cats congregate. He had not been unmarked in Ulthar when he passed through, and the sleek old cats had remembered how he petted them after they had attended to the hungry zoogs who looked evilly at a small black kitten. And they recalled, too, how he had welcomed the very little kitten who came to see hi
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Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best audio edition I've come across for Lovecraft. The quality is excellent but I'm dropping a star because there are no chapter titles. How can you have a short story collection without chapter titles?
Kat  Hooper
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.
—Arthur Machen (quoted as an introduction to “The Horror at Red Hook”)

Everyone must read a little Lovecraft and Blackstone Audio’s recently published edition of Necronomicon:
Christian Giovanni
I could not give this book five stars in good conscious, and I will explain why. It's no secret that Lovecraft was a deeply racist individual. Because children also browse Goodreads, I want parents to know that this compilation contains overt racist slurs and connotations. Of course, one can argue that this is just a product of the author's imagination. I respectfully disagree. Although, Lovecraft was a brilliant writer, the writer's overt hatred of other races sometimes poured out into his writ ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A complete history of the dreaded Necronomicon, its Greek and Latin translations. I can't ignore how important the book is for so many Lovecraft's stories so the rating reflects that fact.


Jon Kevin Melhus
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If i was stranded on a little island with just one book, this would be it.
The best horror stories ever written.
Could also be used as a chair or a little table in this scenario. It's huge.
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Weird folk like me
Recommended to Ruby by: Many many weird folk like me
The Colour Out Of Space = WIN. And it's a stand-alone story. You don't need to know anything about the mythos for this one.
Pickman's Model = WIN. Another stand-alone story, without reference to the mythos. Actually very creepy.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth = WIN. A good introduction to the mythos, and a great introduction Lovecraft's story-telling. A perfectly crafted, perfectly creepy tale.
Per the title it's short and sweet.

Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my kind of horror!

Lovecraft was a giant genius of this field!

He had a lot of groundbreaking ideeas.

The audio version was also astounding well made.

Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well that wasn’t worth the hype. Didn’t really enjoy the casual racism or misogyny. The white guy investigates a haunted looking building story was done to death.
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Technically, as I averaged out each specific story, the rating turned out to be a 3.5, but given Lovecraft's literary impact and some genuinely great tales of horror, I decided to boost it up to a four instead of downgrading it to a three. It was difficult to continue at certain times as Lovecraft's tales are often formulaic, following the same basic storytelling structure, but fortunately as it progressed the style became more varied. My favorites were: The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Cat ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
A collection of Lovecraft, and what better collection is there? To reiterate and reflect the thoughts of countless individuals: this is essential supernatural horror. But, to put forward my own commentary, I shall endeavour:

The tales laid-out here are a trove of flawless narrative, impeccable originality and are told with such flair for language and charm; stories interweave, threads unravel and sanity is wholly drained throughout. Such keen attention to the progression of the stories, the hint
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is my H P. Lovecraft's Dream Book! The book design is grand, it also contents most of Lovecraft's major short novels. I borrowed the book from library but I still totally want to own it!
Seán Downey
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Necronomicon is pretty much the complete works of H.P Lovecraft. I cannot go into depth on all of his stories so I'll try to cover his stories as a hole if I can, but first. His writing style! Lovecraft's style is complex, when it comes to him there are two types of people, those who will hate the way he writes horror and those who will love the way he writes horror. Most of the time when he describes creatures he will give the basics of what it looks like, i.e, "Something very big, loud and terrifyin ...more
I wanted to read this because I am a Steampunk fan: octipi, Lovecraft, and Cthulhu...

Audiobook with two narrators.

This is a short story collection. Like most, there are some I liked better than others. The peculiarity is, I want the shorter stories to be longer and the longer stories, shorter.

Overall, I'm glad I got through it.
Linton Newton
A concise history of Lovecraft's fictional book the Necronomicon. Made to exclusively suppliment the references of the text within the main stories.
Baal Of
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beef-jerky
Cool little fictional history of one of the most notorious imaginary books. I wish I could have a copy.
Chrysten Lofton
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old gothic horror fans, classic literature fans
Recommended to Chrysten by: Audible
No specific spoilers, but general descriptions of style and content ahead. Read at your own risk.

Reasons I didn't like Necronomicon that had nothing to do with the book itself:

Not a big fan of classic literature, I have to work very hard to enjoy it, if I even can. The entire pace of Necro was dull to me. I remained bored 89% of the time.

The audiobook readers did their best, and sometimes they sounded good, but I found their voices calm, soothing, and mildly d
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
To review a collection of works by an author over the course of their entire literary career can be difficult, but it also allows for a more general review of their works. Thus we have Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales, a collection of works by famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.

At it's essence, Lovecraft writes about mankind's oldest fear, the fear of the unknown. Lovecraft's stories often center around the idea that the day-to-day experience of humanity is only a small fraction of
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