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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  5,589 ratings  ·  190 reviews
When he died in 1937, destitute and emotionally and physically ruined.  H.P. Lovecraft had no idea that he would come to be regarded as the godfather of the modern horror genre, nor that his work would influence an entire generation of writers, including Stephen King and Anne Rice. Now, at last, the most important tales of this distinctive American genious are gathered in ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 19th 2000 by Ecco (first published 1935)
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Catherine Siemann
These stories are florid, overwritten, offensively racist/xenophobic. And they nearly all have the same basic plot.

But there's also an odd brilliance to them. They're less terrifying than I expected them to be, but they are fascinating with their revelations of elder beings and unimaginably alien architecture and geometry that's *wrong*. There's a sense of paranoia and of secret truths, and his world-building is very effective. I think my favorite parts were the exploration of the pre-prehistori
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Apokripos
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gothic Horror Fans!
Recommended to Apokripos by: the "Voice"
Weirder Than You Think
(A Book Review of Tales of H. P. Lovecraft edited
by Joyce Carol Oates)


Without a doubt Howard Philips Lovecraft, or more commonly known as H. P. Lovecraft, is one of the greatest writers the turbulent twentieth century ever produced. No one can refute that he is indeed the natural inheritor of the American horror tradition next to his literary hero, Edgar Allan Poe, to which Lovecraft is usually compared to. Peeking further into the life of H. P. Lovecraft, it seems — call
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Mel (Epic Reading)
Jan 27, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-print
I’m not reading these in order necessarily...

Finished: The Dunwich Horror
Probably one of the best known stories by Lovecraft and pivotal to the Cthulhu mythos.
This is quite gruesome and gory. Lovecraft has a wonderful way of giving us the setting and carrying the plot forward. However, likely because of the time this was written, there is zero character development. This is disappointing given that there is a ‘person’ whom I would really have liked to know more about. I also want more of the b
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Amanda Wils
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Whenever I'm in the mood for a couple of sleepless nights spent listening for hell-beasts under my bed, I just wrap myself in a few blankets and settle in with my big book o' Lovecraft.
Rob
There are two central recurring elements in Lovecraft's stories: the academic and the fear of miscegnation. The academic nature of his stories is what causes so many of them to bloat and become glacially slow reads, but at the same time it is essential to Lovecraft's idea of horror: an idea which does not fit into our mental world, which scares even when there is no immediate danger. In a way Lovecraft's stories can be seen even as an assault on academia, showing the limits of the pursuit of kno ...more
Xavier Guillaume
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Poe fans, Stephen King fans, Joyce Carol Oates fans
This is my first time reading H.P. Lovecraft. I've always heard his name mentioned, particularly in reference to "The Call of Cthulhu," which is mentioned quite frequently in pop culture. I've seen Cthulhu stuffed animals, Cthulhu T-Shirts, and even World of Warcraft references H.P Lovecraft lore with their Ancient Ones. Anyway, I finally read his works, and I do have some mixed feelings about his writing style, but overall, I really liked this book.

Tales of H.P. Lovecraft is a general collectio
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Rebecca
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories are to horror literature what hops are to beer--strongly floral, ocasionally overpowering (adjectives, dear lord, so many adjectives), sometimes adding a ridiculous, ill-tasting, or pompous flourish, but utterly essential to keeping the basic recipe interesting. I read some of these stories while I was traveling in England and quite ill, and I recommend them to those with fevers. "The Colour Out of Space" is especially satisfying--effective and creepy.
Phil Overeem
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Damn, those tales were damned! After awhile, they began to resemble each other too closely, but I had been waiting to read "The Call of Cthulhu" for a long while and--the experience I must not speak of.
Darren Cormier
I stopped reading this collection after the fifth story "The Call of Cthulhu." The first two stories--"The Outsider" and "The Music of Erich Zann"--were actually pretty good, if standard genre structure. "The Outsider" in particular read like The Twilight Zone's episode "Eye of the Beholder" from the point of view of a demon.
However, once I got to the third story "The Rats in the Wall," I had a faintly sickening feeling I wasn't going to finish the book.
As many reviewers here have noted Lovecra
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Ryan
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
Written by Lovecraft, stories selected by Joyce Carol Oates and forward.
Read it in Paper-back and came in at 328 (not counting forward or 'reader's helper' at the end.

I won't go into any details of Lovecraft, or his unfortunate life. All of that is pretty well documented and can be found via a Wikki or Internet search. One thing that should be mentioned however is that he is considered the father of Weird Fiction, with a lot of authors claiming influential ties to his work
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David
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read a smidgen of Lovecraft here and there over the years, but thought to myself, why not crank through more?

It took a while, if only because this excellent collection of short story/novella length works didn't really lend itself to a straight read-through.

In part, that was because each "tale" is self-contained, and of adequate length to make for a nice little evening read. More significantly, I found myself with only so much tolerance for the Lovecraftian vernacular...after a while, I do f
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How does one review the epitome of fear, mystery and suspense; the means by which every horror novelist should be judged. Not easily that’s for sure!
H.P Lovecraft is the master of the horror story. In every short story the “horror” is revealed at the last possible instance creating mounds of anticipation. The language is some cases is a bit academic and seems like it would be more suitable for a scientific journal but that’s the beauty of it. It captures the bizarre worlds that Lovecraft has cre
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Imogen
Feb 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fine, I guess. I like the back stories of all the monsters way better than anything else, and I know that folks didn't have goodreads.com back in the day so they were excited when a story where three things happened dragged on for seventy pages. I just... I don't want to say I don't have enough time for all the words ol' HP felt like he needed to use. I just lose interest. Etgar Keret, who I also am not too stoked on, could have told all 325 pages in a goddam chapbook, I bet.

I will nev
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Suzie
rated it it was ok
Oct 07, 2015
James
Feb 03, 2008 rated it liked it
I didn't actually read this book, but rather i am in the process of reading Loecraft's short stories one at a time on this website: http://www.tmoct.co.uk/lovecraftlibra....

His writing shows it's age; it is scientifically dated and horribly racist, and the entire writing style is hokey and cliche, but nameless terrors and tentacled cosmic horrors are so darn cool to read about. You can't really call yourself a geek unless you have read The Cal of Cthulhu!
Anne
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
They all ROCK!
-- Sean Wyndham

Hell yeah.
-- Eddy Rosenbaum

Dudes, rly.
-- Yog-Boy
Bryarly
Not my cup of tea - Lovecraft never says something outright when he can hint at it for 20 pages instead, and he's never met a run-on sentence he didn't like.
dara
Aug 31, 2014 marked it as abandoned
Read enough to get the gist/a feel for his style. Gotta move onto something that engages me more in the moment though. The cosmic horror is very horrifying, I get it.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Going Gothic (March 2018)

The world is stranger than it seems. No one knows this better than those who have been to Miskatonic University. But then, if you've been to this Ivy League school you've probably been there to catch a glimpse of their extensive collection of occult books and are therefore used to the strange. Perhaps you are even hoping to see the famous Necronomicon, capable of summoning the Old Ones. If that is t
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Aimee
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Previous to reading this collection, I had minimal exposure to HPL. I recall reading “The Music of Erich Zann” and parts of “The Call of the Cthulhu” but that’s about it. I remember really liking the Cthulhu myth and I’ve been attempting to find a copy of a Lovecraft collection at the library for over a year. They were in storage for a while (due to the building of a new library and moving things around) and I finally succeeded! Unfortunately this copy has boogers all over it. Seriously.
Sad. Bu
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Christian
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enter the world of horror novels with this book, it is a great example of the kind of texts that will send chills down your spine, but you will learn that it isn’t scary. Horror novels don’t exactly strike fear, but instead leave you excited, and fill your mind with images of horrifying things.

As an example, In the short story within the book (SPOILERS) “The Colour Out of Space,” the imagery brings you into this dynamic environment. You are drawn into this world that is hard to escape from, eac
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Jordan Leino
The Tales of H.P. Lovecraft was an amazing read. The dark horror of the stories was only matched by the odd, unnatural theme presented throughout the book. The stories had an almost haunting allure to them and were captivating throughout my entire time reading. Everything was presented neatly, and despite the otherworldly elements, felt interestingly realistic, as if this was something I could actually find in the hands of a researcher. The use of a made-up language also accentuated the dark ton ...more
Phil
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of H. P. Lovecraft as a pre-teen growing up in Lovecraft's own hometown, Providence RI. At an overnight (AKA sleep away) camp, the counselor in our cabin read "bed time stories" from Weird Tales.

Lovecraft could be found in the card catalogue of the Providence Public Library, but the books were not circulated... at least to youngsters.

Perhaps it was the horror aspect to his stories, but, remember, this was also a time when Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mysteries were considered "appropri
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tout
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ficciones
I believe that many people who like "weird tales" and gothic horror don't necessarily enjoy wading through its waters because they enjoy being afraid, they enjoy it perhaps because of it confronts and contemplates a kind of pure otherness, "from beyond", where humans in the narrowest sense do not rule the cosmos. This is terrifying for western civilization (as it clearly was evident in Lovecraft through his inveterate racism), but not for those who identify with or whose very existence is the un ...more
Michael
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
So, in all honesty, i didn't finish this but have grown tired of it sitting on my bedside table so acknowledging defeat and pulling the pin. I can understand why Lovecraft is a pioneer of his genre, he's got quite the imagination and some of the stories are excellent. That said, he's a rubbish writer, he has an irritating habit of finding a new phrase and repeating it ad nauseum, Cyclopean horror anyone? Then there's the pages of detail which removes some of the horror element from the stories, ...more
Hannah
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is sort of like a "greatest hits" collection of Lovecraft: all his well-known stories are here, like "The Call of Cthulu" and "At the Mountains of Madness." Reading these stories back to back, though, you start to notice a few things; the racism and xenophobia is hard to miss, but also, most of these stories have the same plot. Lovecraft changes the setting and nature of the horror in each story but after reading a few you can pretty much predict how each story is going to go because they a ...more
Stephanie
This was hard. On the one hand, he's the father of modern horror and yes there was some scary parts and his horror definitely is creative and different even by today's standards. But it just hasn't aged well. I don't need 110 pages of repetitive build up on the have a one-page rush through of the scary part.
Peter Clegg
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovecraft certainly had a unique way of looking at horror. Sometimes he went out and explicitly described the violence. But more oft than not he left the reader to decide if the narrator was going mad or actually experiencing real but untold horrors.
Ron
Sep 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. Bored silly!
Edward Pissmeoff
I guess I'm not a big fan of Lovecraft. Though he has really cool ideas, he over writes everything and is kind of hard to follow.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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