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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

(Lovecraft Penguin Classics' Omnibus #1)

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Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback

For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary clas
Paperback, Penguin Orange Collection, 360 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Penguin Classics (first published 1926)
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Danielle Cottrell Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.…morePh'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.(less)
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Aug 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I am largely underwhelmed by this “master of horror.” I find the writing simply dull, repetitive, anti-climactic, and that it uses the same tricks over and over and over again. I am not horrified by the stories, or at least not by any intended reasons. The narration, pacing, and lazy writing wreck whatever interest I had in the premises of the stories had, such as the twist to Arthur Jermyn and The Color Out of Space. (Such potential, OH WHY?!)

I admit my strong reaction to these stories is due t

Bill Kerwin

This, the first of three volumes of Lovecraft tales edited by S.T. Joshi, is--as are the other two--chronological, featuring a selection of tales from the earliest to the very last. (An odd organizational principle for a complete tales, but I suppose Joshi did this so most of the best tales wouldn't be found in the last two volumes.)

Every Lovecraft fan should purchase all three volumes, but—if you must confine yourself to one only—I would suggest this one as the best to buy, since it contains m
من و کطولحو

اولین بار که با کطولحو آشنا شدم، توی بازی «شرلوک هلمز: بیدار» بود. دبیرستانی بودم و تازه با شرلوک هلمز آشنا و شدیداً هواخواهش شده بودم. این بازی رو هم به خاطر همین خریدم. بازی فوراً تبدیل شد به یکی از تجربه‌های تکرارنشدنیم. فضاهای تاریک و وهم‌آلود، فرقه‌های مذهبی مخفی که آدم‌های بی خانمان رو که کسی پیگیر زندگی و مرگشون نبود، می‌دزدیدن و قربانی می‌کردن برای خدای وحشت‌آور اختاپوس‌مانندی که معتقد بودن قراره ظهور کنه و باید با قربانی انسانی ظهورش رو تعجیل کرد. بازی به شدت تخیل نوجوان من ر
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Gentle reader - what I saw that night was so horrifyingly horrible, such a cavalcade of horrid, horrific horror, that I cannot describe its horrendousness to you. I pen these words whilst I foam at the mouth in a padded cell."

That is what almost all of The Call of Chthulu and Other Weird Stories felt like to me - a terrified narrator recounts a scarring encounter with an evil force as overwhelmingly powerful as it is vague. And I mean vague- trying to get a feel for the nature and appearance of
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My life sort of changed a little bit this year when, for no reason at all, I decided to give Lovecraft a go. I picked up the three Penguin editions of his work that (I believe) gather almost all the stories he published in his lifetime, and have not been disappointed. Which probably deserves a qualifier -- I went into his ouvre with a certain expectation of what I would find, and found exactly that and more so. His faults as a writer (and, okay, as a human being) are unavoidable, but seriously? ...more
Lovecraft Illustrated volume 7


ix - Introduction by S. T. Joshi (2015)
003 - "The Call of Cthulhu" by H. P. Lovecraft
051 - "Making Some Calls" by Pete Von Sholly (2015)
057 - "On the Emergence of "Cthulhu" "by Steven J. Mariconda (2015)
067 - "The Other Name of Azathoth" by Robert M. Price (2015)
079 - "Cthulhu Elsewhere in Lovecraft" by Robert M. Price (1982)
085 - "Heeding "The Call of Cthulhu" " by W. H. Pugmire (2015)
091 - "On Making "The Call of Cthulhu" " by Sean Branney (2015)
097 - "Ad
Timothy Urgest
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They had come from the stars, and had brought Their images with Them.

Despite Lovecraft's social and xenophobic failings, his intellectual imagination is deserving of merit. You cannot help but be inspired and desire to crawl into the void of his seething mindscapes. I want to believe in the eldritch manifestations he brings into light.

My favorites in this collection: "Dagon," "The Festival," "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Colour Out of Space," and "The Whisperer in Darkness."

"I choose weird storie
October spooky read #10!

Yup, the good old classic. And like most classics, it has quite a few flaws, mercifully balanced with enough imagination and silliness that one can still enjoy these short stories despite some truly off-putting elements.

I would lie if I pretended this book was easy to review, or to recommend. People usually either love or hate Lovecraft – I can see why, and his work is definitely not for everyone. If you can’t laugh at affected, excessively florid prose, don’t even bother
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
این کتاب ترسناک نیست!
این کتاب ترسناک نیست!
این کتاب ترسناک نیست!
با داستانهای این جلد بیشتر حال کردم، فکر میکنم بخاطر ترجمه‌ی بهترش بود. مرسی از فرزین سوری و رفقاش :*
اما به تمام ارواح مردگان و خدایان ترسناک تاریخ کائنات قسم، هرکاری کردم ترسم نیومد. حتی خوندنش در نیمه شب، زیر نور رعد و برق درحالیکه پنجره اتاق بازبود و پرده ها با وزش باد سرد شکل ارواح رقصان رو بخودشون گرفته بودن، کمکی نکرد.
آقای لاوکرفت گرلمی، تو سعیت رو کردی، شایدم نکردی، شاید اگر تنبل نبودی و ایده های خلاقانه‌ات رو بیشتر پرورش میدا
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Back in 2014, I reviewed an HPL anthology called The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre. At the time it was the top HPL title on Goodreads, but I did notice that a few of his more popular stories are not included in that volume. Having just reread some HPL stories I thought now may be a good time to review this book which has supplanted the aforementioned “Best of”.
If you have read or are interested to read HPL you probably enjoy horror fiction, HPL is differen
H.P. Lovecraft lived in poverty most of his life, died a painful death at a young age, and only lived to see one of his novels published during his lifetime (The Shadow Over Innsmouth). His short stories were also only published in pulp fiction magazines (mainly Weird Tales) during his lifetime, and were largely unappreciated. In my opinion it is one of the great tragedies in the history of literature that Lovecraft was not celebrated during his lifetime for his incredible works.

Today, Lovecraft
Johann (jobis89)
Obviously 5 stars. Thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Lovecraft!!
Micah (the distracted librarian)
I wish I could rate this book purely on the merits of literary talent, but to do so would be irresponsible to those who might be swayed by my recommendation. I don't see many references to Lovecraft's personal flaws in this review section, so I feel obligated to at least mention some.

While I was captivated by the profound nuance of the ideas being conveyed in the story, there were a few remarks that caught my attention as potentially harboring significant undertones; so I decided to research Lov
Shivam Chaturvedi
And I'd be very interested to know what it was that Mr Lovecraft was in the habit of smoking while writing these stories. Very, very interested.

Lovecraft while writing this book - Yo, I got the best stuff in town! *Fistbump*

Me while reading this book - Should have never dropped this much acid at one go. Never..

Cthulhu in the meanwhile - Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn....Damn it bro, this stuff is strong; I dont even what I am talkin' about
Nov 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vai kādreiz veroties Mēnesī tā pilnajā spozmē, tu esi sajutis, cik ļauni tas lūkojas pretī, un kā šī sajūta tevi nelaiž vaļā dienām? Un tad tu nododies šaubām, kurš Senais tas bija, kas pievērsa savu šaušalīgo uzmanību tavai niecīgajai radībai … Kā piemēram, kādēļ Ziemasvētku eglīšu mantiņas reizēm pašas no sevis sāk izdot skaņas, kas skan kā stabulēšana un ieklausoties dzirdi “Tekeli-li! Tekel-li!”? Kādēļ jūras ciema krastā zivis tirgojošās tantiņas vienmēr pat karstākajā vasaras dienā nēsā ap ...more
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
"قدیمی ترین و قوی ترین احساس آدمی ترس است، و قدیمی ترین و قوی ترین نوع آن، ترس از ناشناخته هاست."

اچ. پی. لاوکرفت

کتاب حاضر مجموعه ای از ده داستان کوتاه نوشته هاوارد فیلیپس لاوکرفت، یکی از بزرگترین نویسندگان ژانر وحشت می باشد. لاوکرفت به قدری بر روی این ژانر تاثیر گذار بود که زیرژانری به نام وحشت کیهانی را پایه گذاری کرد و به لطف فلسفه ، اساطیر و فضاسازی هایش توانست تاثیر شگرفی بر روی اکثر نویسندگان ژانر وحشت و برخی از نویسندگان ژانر فانتزی بگذارد. داستان های این کتاب در عین مستقل بودن در جهانی مش
"Even death may die.."

American author H.P Lovecraft is such a prominent and prolific horror writer that a subgenre of horror was even named after him. Lovecraftian horror involves "the cosmic horror of the unknown and the unknowable more than gore or other elements of shock". With this mind, I was quite excited to read this anthology which collected his finest eighteen short stories throughout the years. This paperback edition I own even includes a great introductory essay to the lif
Michelle Curie
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far."

For a long time, Lovecraft himself seemed to be a bit of a myth to me. Until recently, I have never read anything written by him and yet a disconcerting amount of pop culture I've consumed in my life (may that be a TV show such as Stranger Things or
Anthony Vacca
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book of Lovecraft’s fiction, the first of three nearly definitive collections published by Penguin, offers a career-spanning selection of short and long stories that wades new readers through the shallow waters of his early weird fiction before abandoning them in the deeps of his later tales of cosmic chaos and flesh turned traitorous. It’s all here: undead entities and invasive alien civilizations with a profound indifference toward the human condition; prissy narrators who fancy themselve ...more
Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ależ to było genialnie napisane. Lovecraft potrafi świetnie rozpoczynać kolejne historie, nadając im klimatu przesiąkniętego lękiem i mrokiem.
Dan Henk
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Lovecraft often gets a bad rap. People read that he influenced the modern greats, everyone from authors like Stephen King and Clive Barker, to movie makers like John Carpenter and Wes Craven, and then dive into his books expecting the same fare. He wrote for a different era. His mind-bending, first person surrealistic approach to a creeping, nameless horror stunned and fascinated huge segments of early century America. The America that read, that is, which wasn't nearly what it is today. ...more
Maliha Tabassum Tisha
Stories I liked most:
- The Call of Cthulhu (4 stars)
- Celephaïs (5 stars)
- The Outsider (5 stars)
- The Rats in the Walls (4 stars)
- The Shadow Over Innsmouth (4 stars)
- The Color out of Space (3.5 stars)
- The Haunter of the Dark (3.5 stars)
soren karimi
Dec 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما منتظریم.
منتظریم حضرت بیدار شود و همه‌مان را تطهیر کند.
Wren (fablesandwren)
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 02-stars, ad-fiction
I love the creeps, gore and the all-around horror in books. I watch American Horror Story religiously, I live by the code of The Slayers that Joss Whedon laid out for us in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I research serial killers and studies of their psychological states and look forward to the month of October all year round. So as someone who would rather watch a scary movie or go through a museum filled to the tip of mass murder and corruption than go on some overly-dramatic, romantic date filled ...more
Bail kaut ko teikt par grāmatu, jo pats esmu bijis tur iesaistīts un zinu - ja tajā ieslēpto patiesību uzzinās vēl kāds cilvēks, viņa dzīvē nekad vairs nebūs miera un gaismas.
Daniel Ionson
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
HP Lovecraft's short stories show a masterful skill in setting mood with his dark prose. Unexpectedly, however, Call of C ended up being 'meh' compared to his other stories. ...more
Michael Sorbello
Dagon - 4/5

Despite being one of Lovecraft's early stories, it's on par with his later masterpieces such as The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Call of Cthulhu. A very short yet classic tale that touches on one of my greatest fears; the unknown horrors of the sea and the infinite secrets that it holds within itself. Discovering dark secrets and higher beings never meant to be witnessed by human eyes, being driven to madness and suicidal tendencies, hallucinatory encounters with unfathomable horrors, al
Бранимир Събев
"Висшата проява на милосърдие в нашия свят, според мен, представлява неспособността на човешкия разум да свърже в едно цяло всичките му компоненти. Ние живеем на спокойно островче на невежеството, издигащо се сред черния океан на безкрая, и от това следва, че не бива да отплаваме надалеч".

Издадена преди 15 г. книга от отдавна починал автор, преведена от трагично загинал преводач, издадена от вече несъществуващо издателство. Корична цена 10 лв, да се сдобиеш сега с нея само за 50 - късмет. Времен
Nov 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vērtējot Lavkrafta stāstus būtu jāņem vērā vairāki faktori - darbi ir sarakstīti teju pirms gadsimta (attiecīga valoda, politiskie uzskati utt.), paša autora mentālais stāvoklis un Lavkrafta daiļrades ietekme uz fantāzijas žanra attīstību. Un tas, man šķiet, ir īstenais Lavkrafta daiļrades bonuss, jā, arī man viņa stāsti liekas piņķerīgi, ar atkārtojušos sižetu utt., tomēr nevar noliegt to iespaidu, ko Lavkrafta idejas ir atstājušas uz atsevišķiem autoriem un žanru kopumā. Galu galā, Lavkrafts v ...more
Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
3,5 zvaigznes. Lavkrafts ir īpatnējs un vērts lasīt kā jau vienu no šausmu literatūras stūrakmeņiem, bet daži stāsti cieš no pārmērīga garuma, kurā noplok tā neomulības sajūta, kas varētu rasties. Autoram nenoliedzami bagāta iztēle. Teicams tulkojums.
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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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