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"With an increasing distance from the twentieth century…the New England poet, author, essayist, and stunningly profuse epistolary Howard Phillips Lovecraft is beginning to emerge as one of that tumultuous period’s most critically fascinating and yet enigmatic figures," writes Alan Moore in his introduction to The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Despite this nearly unprecede ...more
Hardcover, 852 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Liveright Publishing Corp./W.W. Norton
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Mattia Ravasi
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Like reading Lovecraft alongside a friend. A friend with a good sense of humor, and an unhealthy obsession for the minutiae of Providence topography.
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Laura
I can’t say I like H.P. Lovecraft. His text is suffused with overt racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, more subtle racism, blah blah blah. I can't say I like reading H.P. Lovecraft. Reading him is a slog. This book, while beautiful, was a slog. The annotations were generally interesting but there was a point where I did not need any more Euclidian geometric details. Which got the annotations. Unlike the non-Euclidian ones. Which generally make my eyes glaze over though they clearly scared ...more
Kimberly
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This annotated collection of some of Lovecraft's tales was quite a treat! I enjoyed the introduction to the book, as it described how some of the tales were selected for inclusion. These were annotated (some with illustrations) to compliment the text, and the stories appeared in the order that they were originally published. As a Lovecraft fan, I have most of his works collected in various hardcover volumes, so these stories really weren't "new" to me--more like visiting some favorites. However, ...more
Emma Sea
Apr 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
eeep! lookit the cover!

we wants it.
Shadowdenizen
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I think I would have benefitted from getting the physical copy of this book. Annotated digital editions are always a bit awkward.

So, everyone knows about the fiction. You either love or hate HPL. This book is a decent selection of his more accessible, Mythos-centric stories.

The annotations are interesting and marginally more insightful than other annotated HPL fiction, if not entirely illuminating to those already familiar with HPL and the era in which he wrote. [See my sidebar comment
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Amy Sturgis
Practically perfect in every possible way. Leslie S. Klinger presents the major "Arkham Cycle" stories by H.P. Lovecraft in this elegant volume, and his annotations enlighten and enhance the reader's experience (with historical context, magazine cover artwork, photos of relevant sites, etc.) without stepping on the toes of other critical editions of Lovecraft's stories, such as S.T. Joshi's annotated collections. This is the perfect introduction for Lovecraft newbies, but there's much here to de ...more
Peter
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: h-p-lovecraft
This is a beautiful book. first lovely printed cover and when removed reveals a elegantly embossed silver on black binding.

To read Lovecraft in an historical context, in association with the stories is wonderful. Inside are photographs, maps, events, along with news and adverts of the times. another important aside is the entries related to Lovecrafts' work some excellent scholarly research that shows that he now deserves a place among the classics.

If you have read Lovecraft before and feel that
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Wilum Pugmire
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoy'd the entire book, & reread several of ye stories for the joy of drinking in the excellent writing, the superior prose style, the vast intellectual depth of imagination. I enjoy'd moft of Leslie's annotations, although I found some that were odd and, shockingly, some that were completely wrong regarding facts. The hundreds of illustrations were a wonderful addition. I am very pleas'd that Klinger has announced that he will be working on a second volume, NEW ANNOTATED H. P. LOVECRAFT-- ...more
Michael
I'm not sure that I'll review every story in this excellent collection, but I'll maybe add a few thoughts as I go along.

Dagon : The 'lost at sea' story line reminded me somewhat of stories by William Hope Hodgson and H.G. Wells, both of whom were writers admired by Lovecraft. The story itself is fairly straight forward, but effective nonetheless due to Lovecraft's trademark vagueness in respect of detailing the horrors encountered by the narrator. Some interesting annotations regarding WWI U-bo
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James
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As is my wont in October, I always like to read a bit of horror. Normally I read a few books in that genre, but this year, with the recent publication of "The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft," I decided to pay my respects to the Master of the genre. This was no light undertaking, as not only is the book over 900 pages long (with 22 stories, a 50 page introduction, and various appendices and endpapers), but it's also heavy as hell.

Ever since I first read the collection "The Best of H.P. Lovecraft:
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John
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Beautifully done book. A wonderful celebration of HP Lovecrafts work. Five stars all around for the lovely illustrations, annotations. Lots of historical and cultural references. I've read a fair amount of Lovecraft but this is "the" book to get for any fan. You get tidbits here and there.. for example he was not happy with the Herbert West (Reanimator) story. I also did not realize some of the stories were firstly featured in Weird Tales. My only issue was the heft of the book, it's a tome. Not ...more
KC
3.5 This is an epic collection of H.P. Lovecraft's stories and tales and when I say epic, I mean it. I was often distracted by all the additional information, photos, and foot notes although interesting. I will have to go back to this book multiple times to achieve a greater sense of this prolific writer, but also I just need to read a non annotated version of his books. He has been inspired by the likes of Dante (Devine Comedy), Mary Shelly, Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He has also inspired Ro ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans
Recommended to Erik by: Rick Strong
Shelves: sf
This came in the mail as a holiday gift from the fellow who was my nextdoor neighbor in Loose Hall at Grinnell College during my freshman year there. Although he, being ahead of me, only stayed on additional year at the school we have maintained a much appreciated friendship ever since. His influence on me has been significant.

Athough there has been a great deal of material by Lovecraft published in recent years, such as co-authored stories, newspaper articles and correspondence, most of his com
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Rick Slane
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of horror and sci-fi
For those not new to Lovecraft this volume contains the novels and short stories involving his fictional town of Arkham, Mass. and the fictional Miskatonic University located near the center of the state. Many of the other locations and buildings mentioned were real with pictures and artwork included. Lovecraft has been accused of racism, misogyny, class prejudice, dislike of homosexuality, and antisemitism. I did not find much evidence of this. His parents were both insane. He followed Edgar Al ...more
Carol Storm
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The wonderful, amazing director of my small town public library went out of her way to purchase this gigantic new collection of stories by horror master H.P. Lovecraft, knowing that it's precious and indescribably exciting to a chosen few in our community.

This is a big, dictionary sized collection, and on every page there are pictures, illustrations, diagrams, photographs of real life places, and notes that explain all of Lovecraft's obscure allusions to science, folklore, New England history,
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Ksenia Anske
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first time reading Lovecraft and...wow. What Lewis Carroll started with a rabbit hole, H.P. Lovecraft stretched through aeons of years into the abysses of our darkest, most primal and cosmic horrors (in some cases tinged with obvious allegories to sex). I'm still processing all of the 800+ pages I've read. The only thing I didn't like—but what undoubtedly Lovecraft fans would revere—were precisely the annotations and the illustrations. Being unfamiliar with Lovecraft's work I wanted to read h ...more
Heidi Ward
If you're a Lovecraft fan, this beautiful new annotated edition is a dream come true. It's not comprehensive of HPL's short stories, but includes a nice selection of his best, as well as the novella-length "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," and "At the Mountains of Madness." It's also chock-full of historical, biographical and scientific notes, as well as reproductions of a number of original "Weird Tales" covers and illustrations.

It's big, and it's heavy, but it's well worth the back and eye s
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
I read almost every story in here omitting 'At the Mountains of Madness' since I've read that story twice already. Other than this obscure Lovecraft story called 'The Tree', almost every story Lovecraft has written is in this wonderful compilation of stories with some great annotations and a kick-ass intro by Alan Moore himself. YASSSS!!!

Gregg Wingo
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While reviewing and reading esoteric pieces on H. P. Lovecraft, I realized I never reviewed this tome of his great works. The more you read of and about Lovecraft, the more you realize that the Klinger's choice of dedicating this book through HPL's quote "I am Providence" is perfect. The essence of Lovecraft is his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island and New England in general. Warts and all, HPL was a New England antiquarian dedicated to preserving the history and creating a mythology of the r ...more
Stephen
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This was an awesome volume, great language (non-modernized). and all out a lot of fun and scares.
Eric Layton
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hey! It's Lovecraft. What more is there to say. :)
James Mitchell
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, my first annotated book and it was very enjoyable.
Arthur Meursault
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lovecraft is a delight. An utterly horribly adverbially delight. The works of HP Lovecraft are many and present a dense forest for the uninitiated reader to plunge themselves into. All of Lovecraft's stories are available online for free as they are all in the public domain, so perhaps the new reader may question why they should bother handing over their hard earned cash for something they could download without infringing any laws.

My advice is definitely to buy the book. Not only does the edito
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable volume -- gorgeous full color illustrations/photos in the hefty intro/forward, with a straight out, albeit brief, acknowledgment of Lovecraft's appalling racism/xenophobia/Antisemitism. Klinger notes his annotations are simply meant to confirm the facts in Lovecraft's stories (he apparently tried to make them as factual as possible, barring supernatural insertions) so I found them more interesting in a trivia-type manner than helpful in illustrating Lovecraft's influences or all ...more
Kanaheik
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I've long been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, and am very familiar with S.T. Joshi's rather brilliant annotations on his work, though I often find myself at odds with his interpretation of his work. I can't dispute his reasoning, I just don't agree with it, but that's just a sign of good literature.
As this was a new annotation, by a completely different author, I was excited to see what sort of new insights we might glean, or just a fresh perspective. Instead, I was treated to more or less a dictionar
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Bill Tucker
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars...what a shocker.
Danielle Trussoni
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I came to Lovecraft in my late teens when a friend gave me a copy of “At the Mountains of Madness,” the story of a geologist whose explorations of Antarctica uncover the remnants of ancient alien life-forms. I didn’t feel an emotional connection to Lovecraft the way LaValle (who wrote the introduction to this collection) did as a kid, but the apprentice writer in me was thrilled by his inventiveness and a certain voracity of the imagination that shaped everything — history, myth, superstition, r ...more
Mark
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: occultists
The original material is amazing, and the annotations are mostly great. However, sometimes the editor takes liberties in explaining the story, and yet other things remain unglossed. Still, the accompanying pictures from the original publications, or pictures of real-life analogs of the settings, are delightful and appreciated. The edition is HEAVY, and although it is not absolutely complete--a compromise I struggle with--the selection of the best stories is wise. And there is much to be gained b ...more
Peter
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
[This review will address only the annotations in this edition of Lovecraft’s works, not the works themselves. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft already, you don’t need my opinion of his stories; if you aren’t, this volume isn’t for you anyway.]

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft is a massive, beautifully-produced volume. Fans of HPL will be sorely tempted to add it to their collections. For those so tempted, herewith a few words of caution.

In spite of its bulk, this is not a complete works of HPL: sele
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C B
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Largely magnificent but for the xenophobia, and when he's in wheel-spinning mode nothing can make my eyes glaze over faster. Looking forward to volume II which, covering the non-Cthulu mythos material, should be free from 20 page spans of describing alien scenery.

My pets are happy I'm finished with this, as it tended to take up my whole lap.
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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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