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The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  8,589 ratings  ·  266 reviews
The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft collects the author's novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today's writers and filmmakers, ...more
Hardcover, 1120 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Chartwell Books (first published 1956)
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Johann (jobis89)
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."

326 days later... I have finished reading this collection of HP Lovecraft's complete fiction. The master of weird fiction and cosmic horror delivers a range of different short stories and novellas, from chilling tales to the downright terrifying.

This complete fiction is chronological, so it's interesting to see Lovecraft progress over the years. Admittedly, it was tough to get through some of the stories at the be
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Mindi
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Master. This book is the entirety of his works, so obviously there are some weaker titles included in this hefty volume. I really enjoyed reading this edition though, because each story is listed in the order that it was written. You can really get a sense of Lovecraft's increasing genius, and I loved seeing that evolution. I would recommend reading the most lauded of his stories first, and then if you are still obsessed pick this one up. My favorite is the incredible "At the Mountains of Ma ...more
Erik
HP Lovecraft, the Complete D&D5E Character

Name: HP Lovecraft

Class & Rating: Warlock, 3 stars

Race: Human

Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
HP Lovecraft is famously nativist (i.e. racist) – his way of describing non-white personages isn’t by describing the color of their skin so much as using a word like ‘mongoloid’ or ‘savage’ – AND female characters are almost non-existent in his works as anything besides window dressing. Nevertheless, if you delve into Lovecraft’s life, you can’t help but feel
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Harry Lang
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable for serious fans. Lovecraft was a tireless writer who covered a little more territory than he is generally given credit for. "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is a fine example of Lovecraft's ability to merge his sharp observation and engaging knowledge of his native New England with his outrageous imagination. The fate of the protagonist, while horrifying in typical Lovecraft fashion, is also truly sad and moving.

While many stories follow a predictable, well worn groove (the horrified p
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Thomas Evans
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The complete fiction of H.P. Lovecraft is pretty much that;complete.
Missing only one Story which was "In the walls of Eryx" co-written by Lovecraft and Kenneth J. Sterling.

The complete works embodies Lovecraft's progression as a writer and fills his mythos well. The only complaint I could find is some earlier works do not stand the test of time or hold well. However having to find other compilations would no longer be needed. For those into noir horror, epic monsters, and the diminished mind se
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Arisawe Hampton
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you don’t mind elevated writing and first-person POV then this is a classical weird fiction must-read. This is the most complete and attractive volume of the master Lovecraft! Loved every story, but especially The Tree and Dunwich Horror.

I’m sure I will come back to this one again as I tend to do every year or so.
Brent
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, kindle, fantasy
I started this book back in October for a Halloween themed catch-up read. Lovecraft's creatures are referenced so often in urban fantasy that I wanted to see for myself where it all came from.

The stories are interesting individually, but their shared format gets pretty repetitive when reading them one after the other. So I put the book down for a while before coming back to finish it up.

Skipping around a bit, I finished up with The Mountains of Madness, which seems to tie together all the diffe
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M.K. Rhodes
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This "Knickerbocker Classics" edition of Lovecraft's (more or less) Complete Fiction is actually an apparently licensed dupe of the contents of the infamous, typo-riddled Barnes and Noble edition (complete with the same font), namely the second "corrected" edition that fixes most of the typos, but introduces a few new ones of its own. The B&N edition has more material, but this edition features an introduction by Eric Carl Link, not S.T. Joshi (Joshi's introductory notes for each story have ...more
P.E.
4.5/5 - indispensable for ye seasoned H.P. Lovecraft reader.

Matching soundtracks :

- Rue d'Auseil - The Great Old Ones

- Any Lovecraft-like album from CryoChamber
Nick Black
this piss-stinking craptank came godawful close to a single star, and i'm convinced anyone who calls themselves a lovecraft fan is either mentally deficient or simply lying. either way, one oughtn't further tolerate their presence; call them on their shit and make a swift exit.

i read this because robert anton wilson used the illoigor and Old Ones and such to great effect in The Illuminatus Trilogy, and the scene therein where robert putney drake meets h.p. lovecraft is one of the book's finest,
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Michael Kress
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, display
I finally finished this collection; I’ve been reading it for several years. By far, I’ve gotten more mileage out of this than any book I’ve ever owned. I’m now close to being a Lovecraft completist, since I’ve read this along with some of his essays. It would be quite a task to write a review of each story; I’ve written reviews of only a few of them.

Dagon p. 23
I've read Dagon several times, even though that doesn't mean much, considering its length. Some stories I enjoyed more the second time ar
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Greg Kerestan
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading the complete Lovecraft is a mixed bag. His prose is notoriously dense, gratuitously purple, but one warms to it eventually- indeed, it possesses a strange charm. And the quality of his work varies from disposable to masterful. However, unlike Poe (whose complete fiction I just reviewed last week), when Lovecraft figured out what he was good at, he kept at it, rather than moving into dilettante territory experimenting with genre and form and style. Most complaints about Lovecraft- his rac ...more
Ian Casey
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am going to gush here, so be forewarned.

First of all, yes Lovecraft was a horrendous racist even by the standards of his day and the wrongfulness of that should be acknowledged. Having said that, those sentiments manifested more strongly in his letters than his fiction. It’s rarely a central feature of the narrative (as it is in The Street, He, The Horror at Red Hook and Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family – which have hints of the autobiographical), more often revealing its
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Guillermo
"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 infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us a little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad ...more
Asha Bays
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was excited to find this hardbound edition of The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft at Barnes & Noble - a B&N exclusive edition - for the reasonable price of $20.
Over the last 20+ years I've read and re-read almost all of the short stories and novellas contained within, but it is quite nice to have them all compiled into one large volume, and I'm enjoying re-reading them yet again.
This "collector's edition" styled volume is quite large, but well-bound and visually appealing. I like the
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Bill
Sep 11, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just bought this, and a really beautiful book it is too.
Missy (myweereads)
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

I completed my first ever read of Lovecraft’s Complete Fiction earlier this month. I have always known of his works however I had not picked up a single book. This volume includes his lesser and well known stories and poems. Some of his more well known stories I was familiar with due to how popular they are and the others which are less well known and important to his career we
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Mark
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered H.P. Lovecraft's work as a teenager. My entry point was the same as it was for most people -- the Cthulhu stories, which Del Rey had published in a series of paperbacks with appropriately gruesome covers. After a while, my interest waned and I sold my copies. Recently, though, a friend's interest prompted me to revisit Lovecraft, this time undertaking his entire opus. And I'm glad I did.

Reading a compendium of Lovecraft's work revealed to me both that his work consists of mor
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Vasiliki Kentrou
Always 5 brilliant stars for the eternal Lovecraft!!

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Dave
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been looking for a decent collected volume of H.P. Lovecraft's work for some time now without luck. Every collection I found either suffered from obvious holes in the collected fiction, shoddy construction, or both. I found this edition at Barnes and Noble (It's one of their "library" editions) and was immediately impressed. This edition is leather bound with ribbon bookmark. The cover art is relatively tasteful, and the inside cover illustration is downright gorgeous (if you're into Dagon ...more
Kent Woods
This is an excellent edition of mediocre work. Like many authors whose primary works are short stories, Lovecraft is better sipped than gulped. Most every story is exactly the same: a scientist discovers something dark and mysterious, chases it down, is horrified, and then everything fades to black. It's deeply unsatisfying from a narrative perspective, and the prose is so purple it bleeds. I've never seen the word "Cyclopean" used so many times, nor will I ever. Pass on this book, or else just ...more
Kat
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Just finished this book. It was honestly one of the best collections of short stories and fiction that I have ever read. I absolutely love Lovecraft. Anyone who is a fan of Edgar Allan Poe would certainly love this collection as it focuses more on the psychological aspect of horror rather than jumpscares and gore. There's always a creeping sense of dread and the characters' emotions are extremely palpable in the story.
If anyone calls themselves a fan of horror, then they absolutely should read t
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Darrell
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die."
-from the Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred.

This is a fantastic edition with a great introduction by S. T. Joshi. Joshi also includes a short introductory paragraph explaining what inspired each story and where it was first published. Unfortunately, I found the stories themselves mediocre.

A big problem with Lovecraft's early tales is best summed up by Lovecraft himself: "My constant talk about "unnamable
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N
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing volume. Correction to some reviews.

I think this corrects the previous reviews talking about missing stories and pages, and so I say 10 out of 10!

Firstly, the corrected 2011 edition is a beautiful leather-bound hardback with ridged spine, with beautiful cloth page marker bound into it. Silver edged pages are a nice addition.

As for the Amazon.co.uk reviews stating it is 'incomplete' - I have gone through all of the other reviews that mention some works of fiction that are missing from this
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Carolina Casas
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New to Lovecraft? This is the best place to start!

New to cosmic horror? Ever wondered what all the fuzz is about? Worry no more. This is a large but easy to get through collection of Lovecraft's best short stories. It's a good starting point for any reader or horror fan. Unlike most fiction writers today, Lovecraft chose to spent most of his writing focusing on the indescribable madness of the ancient horror that have haunted mankind since times immemorial than the actual monsters themselves. An
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Barry Hammond
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a gorgeous edition this is with its fine cover and slipcase. A lovely book not to mention having all H.P. Lovecraft's stories in one book, as opposed to all the crappy paperback editions I'd acquired over the years - the most garish of which were probably the Ballantine editions of the early 1970's. Finally, a book which does justice to this master of the macabre. I still don't think anyone besides Lovecraft has has captured the sheer "otherness" and "alienness" of this type of horror, desp ...more
Norman Howe
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, anthology, horror
How can I possibly comment on the complete body of work of such an author? His fantasy is fantastic, his horror is horrific, and his poetry is... let's face it, inscrutable.

The collection I read is not the one I'm writing this review under. It's the iTunes edition of The Complete Lovecraft, in two volumes. It includes several essays, most of his poetry, and all his novels and short stories.
Tiago "Salvador" Souza
A very nice edition containing almost all of Lovecraft's work, including some collaborations, fragments and even his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature.

Definitely a worthy read. As far as I can tell the only pieces missing in order to consider this truly a Complete set are most of his collaborations and stories Lovecraft ghost-written.
René
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, what can I say, I have been a big fan of Lovecraft for years now, but I've never really gotten to read many of his works yet, which has been long overdue.

I can say that in general I enjoy Lovecrafts writing, since it is quite fitting for the types of stories he writes. He uses a wide range of vocabulary and often tends to use more antiquated words than simple ones. This is often fitting, due to his characters often being educated man, students of philosophy or similar characters. Still tho
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neko cam
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may have taken me ~10 months, but I consider it a worthwhile investment of my reading time. Below I've included (mostly for my own reference) my 1-5 rating of each story. You will notice a general trend whereby the later works have a propensity for earning a greater rating. This being the case despite my general preference for Lovecraft's stories in short format, as opposed to longer novella pieces, I believe is illustrative of his increased storytelling skill over time and his refinement of ...more
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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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“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” 11 likes
“Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal; that all things appear as they do only by virtue of the delicate individual physical and mental media through which we are made conscious of them; but the prosaic materialism of the majority condemns as madness the flashes of super-sight which penetrate the common veil of obvious empiricism.” 4 likes
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