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The Survivor And Others

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
1."The Survivor"
2."Wentworth's Day"
3."The Peabody Heritage"
4."The Gable Window"
5."The Ancestor"
6."The Shadow Out of Space"
7."The Lamp of Alhazred"

Cover Illustration: Gervasio Gallardo
Second Ballantine Printing
Published February 1971 by Ballantine Books (first published 1957)
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Jan 19, 2011 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-fiction
Meh. This was a Derleth book. A lot of this stuff was super derivative of Lovecraft's stuff. The Survivor was OK, Wentworth's day was pretty good, The Peabody Heritage was extremely derivative, The Gable Window was pretty good but also highly derivative of the previous collaboration The Lurker at the Threshold. The Shadow out of Space was a worse version of The Color out of Space + The Shadow out of Time (this is obvious by the title). However, those stories were both really awesome, and this st ...more
Rod Hunrichse
Dec 12, 2012 Rod Hunrichse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: josepriestt
Recommended to Rod by: camarmol
The Survivor was a great tale (I feel represented since my nick is Alley'Gator), but apart from that, mixes other mad scientist story with Lovecraft's insane and dark world. You can guess what turns out.

The other stories are very repetitive (unless you read theese first), and I agree with a previous reviewer, to be stretching Lovecraft's bubble gum, but we all will continue to look for more content from this genius even if it is a co-production based on a napkin.

Consume with care.
Nov 16, 2014 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
It was great fun to be back in Lovecraft's world again. These 7 stories were outlines that Lovecraft left behind, and August Derleth fleshed them out. They basically had the feel of 'reminders' of the actions that took place in his earlier works. The Survivor, the Peabody Heritage (the best of the lot), and the Gable Window all had the standard plot of a man who moves into the home of a deceased wizard and slowly discovers the house's secrets. Wentworth's Day reminds me of the 3rd story in Creep ...more
Mark Woodland
A last collection of stories from Lovecraft. OK if you like horror, but I've never much liked Lovecraft's writing. Perhaps it's the lack of quality of the writing; he knows how to set a good mood, but I usually find that the storytelling lacks depth. Lovecraft wrote a LOT of books, and I think that may be a key factor. He had to write fast to maintain that kind of output, and Stephen King he ain't. This is an interesting collection IF you're a Lovecraft fan.
Dec 09, 2014 S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The difference between Lovecraft and Derleth is definitely noticeable here. Was it just me, or were some of the plotlines almost identical (to each other and to other Lovecraft works)?

Derleth also laid some things on with a really heavy hand...this might have been fan service, I guess. However, the pointed references to the mythos could not have been less subtle if he bolded, capitalized, and underlined each instance of "the Mountains of Madness".
Michael Steinhour
May 14, 2008 Michael Steinhour rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Horror fan
These tales, based on notes left after Lovecraft's death and written by August Derleth, are still original and frightening all these years later. Last night I read The Shadow Out of Space before going to bed...and I had dreams that the Ancient Ones were coming for me.

This morning I awoke to the realization that I need to make a button that says: "Can't sleep, Cthulhu will eat me."

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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
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