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Necronomicon

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  11,223 ratings  ·  471 reviews
Redatto nell’VIII secolo a Damasco da un pazzo yemenita, il Necronomicon contiene la storia dei Grandi Antichi e le parole per invocarli. È un libro maledetto, demoniaco. Soprattutto è un libro inventato dalla fervida fantasia di H.P. Lovecraft.

Non è morto ciò che in eterno può attendere.

E col passar di strani eoni anche la morte può morire.
Hardcover, Oscar Draghi, 631 pages
Published October 2017 by Mondadori (first published 1930)
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Peter Read the stories in the order they were first published http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/f... . You will see how Lovecraft's style developed over…moreRead the stories in the order they were first published http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/f... . You will see how Lovecraft's style developed over time.(less)
Evan Franzel This book is not a creepy pasta collection unless you consider all of H.P. Lovecraft's stories to be creepy pastas. There are 37 H.P. Lovecraft tales…moreThis book is not a creepy pasta collection unless you consider all of H.P. Lovecraft's stories to be creepy pastas. There are 37 H.P. Lovecraft tales in this edition. I recently purchased the softcover version of this book and although cheaper it is absolutely massive and has great quality. (less)
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Olivier Delaye
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All right, with this one under my belt, I think I can safely say that I’ve read everything Lovecraft has ever written in his life. I will then skip introducing the author––who doesn’t need any introduction, anyway––and go through a rundown of some of my most beloved horror stories of his, which you can find in this collection.

THE OUTSIDER is my favorite Lovecraft story bar none. It is also one of his shortest. Written in the first-person narrative (as is often the case in his fiction), it tells
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Tara
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.”
-H.P. Lovecraft

This collection of weird fiction short stories and novellas is slightly inconsistent in terms of quality, but it contains so many genuinely original and thoroughly harrowing, sinister tales that, on the whole, I found it a highly enjoyable—and often exquisitely eerie—reading experience. That said, I’d really only recommend it for hardcore fans of Lovecraft; for everyone else, there are far better—by which I really mean far s
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Andrew Fantasia
Jun 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose the two best words to describe my feelings on the work of the 20th century's most prolific horror writer are "mostly disappointing".

THE GOOD
I wasn't disappointed with everything. A bunch of stories stood out for me as being genuine, page-turning excitement: The Colour Out of Space, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperer in Darkness, Dreams in the Witch House, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward were all outstanding pieces of spookery that still managed to give me
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Branduno
It seriously took a publisher how much of a century to title a collection of Lovecraft's stories "Necronomicon"? Like seventy years? Did it really just not occur to anyone? Shouldn't the first collected volume of his stories have been called that? I blame August Derleth.

Speaking of whom, I don't believe this edition features the re-edited versions of the texts available in the Library of America edition of Lovecraft. Necronomicon includes the older editions as published by Derleth's Arkham House
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Alexis
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New life goal:
to write a cult book about another book that doesn't exist.
Patrick
Necronomicon: the Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft was my first taste of true classic horror—I mean I’ve read Poe, Irving, Shelley, etc. but for some reason I don’t think about classic horror when I think of those author’s stories. Lovecraft is the epitome of classic horror in my book. I haven’t read any of Algernon Blackwood’s spooky tales but from what I just read no one can beat Lovecraft.

I finished reading Jane Austen’s seven large novels not too long ago, and I was astounded by her writi
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Brendan Monroe
H.P. Lovecraft has been on my list for years now. Horror fiction isn't usually my genre of choice, but I've heard people cite Lovecraft for so long that I felt a duty to read him and see what all the fuss is about. To be clear, after reading him I still don't understand what all the fuss is about.

As far as Lovecraft's obvious (let's not kid ourselves) racism, it's my belief that it is possible to separate the art from the artist. I still watch Roman Polanski films decades after Polanski was accu
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Jon Kevin Melhus
If i was stranded on a little island with just one book, this would be it.
The best horror stories ever written.
Could also be used as a chair or a little table in this scenario. It's huge.
Irena
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cyclopean.


p. 454: Carter now spoke with the leaders int he soft language of cats, and learned that his ancient friendship with the species was well known and often spoken of in the places where cats congregate. He had not been unmarked in Ulthar when he passed through, and the sleek old cats had remembered how he petted them after they had attended to the hungry zoogs who looked evilly at a small black kitten. And they recalled, too, how he had welcomed the very little kitten who came to see hi
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Weird folk like me
Recommended to Ruby by: Many many weird folk like me
NOTES ON THE STORIES
The Colour Out Of Space = WIN. And it's a stand-alone story. You don't need to know anything about the mythos for this one.
Pickman's Model = WIN. Another stand-alone story, without reference to the mythos. Actually very creepy.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth = WIN. A good introduction to the mythos, and a great introduction Lovecraft's story-telling. A perfectly crafted, perfectly creepy tale.
David
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically, as I averaged out each specific story, the rating turned out to be a 3.5, but given Lovecraft's literary impact and some genuinely great tales of horror, I decided to boost it up to a four instead of downgrading it to a three. It was difficult to continue at certain times as Lovecraft's tales are often formulaic, following the same basic storytelling structure, but fortunately as it progressed the style became more varied. My favorites were: The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Cat ...more
Samuel
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A collection of Lovecraft, and what better collection is there? To reiterate and reflect the thoughts of countless individuals: this is essential supernatural horror. But, to put forward my own commentary, I shall endeavour:

The tales laid-out here are a trove of flawless narrative, impeccable originality and are told with such flair for language and charm; stories interweave, threads unravel and sanity is wholly drained throughout. Such keen attention to the progression of the stories, the hint
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Seán Downey
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Necronomicon is pretty much the complete works of H.P Lovecraft. I cannot go into depth on all of his stories so I'll try to cover his stories as a hole if I can, but first. His writing style! Lovecraft's style is complex, when it comes to him there are two types of people, those who will hate the way he writes horror and those who will love the way he writes horror. Most of the time when he describes creatures he will give the basics of what it looks like, i.e, "Something very big, loud an ...more
Mizuki
This is my H P. Lovecraft's Dream Book! The book design is grand, it also contents most of Lovecraft's major short novels. I borrowed the book from library but I still totally want to own it!
Mike
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To review a collection of works by an author over the course of their entire literary career can be difficult, but it also allows for a more general review of their works. Thus we have Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales, a collection of works by famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.

At it's essence, Lovecraft writes about mankind's oldest fear, the fear of the unknown. Lovecraft's stories often center around the idea that the day-to-day experience of humanity is only a small fraction of reality, an
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Phantoms
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Color Out of Space is still the single scariest story ever written.
Stephen Durrant
While vacationing here in Santander, I began to feel "kindled out" and in desperate need to actually read a few pages on real paper. So I wandered into a local Spanish bookstore in search of English books and came across a single shelf of English novels whereon I spied a small collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories entitled "Necronomicon," which is actually formatted as an advanced reader for Spanish students studying English (and now I discover may only be a selection from a larger book by this t ...more
Pietro
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Necronomicon" is a collection of 36 tales and short stories by early-twentieth-century writer H.P. Lovecraft, whose Cthulhu mythos cycle is today widely known even outside reading circles.
The tales have been picked from different periods of Howard's life and are supposedly his best ones, although I reckon this is an entirely subjective matter and the editor's choice will differ from everyone else's.
Regardless of who chose them, to reduce so many different works to a single rating would be both
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Kat  Hooper
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight. It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.
—Arthur Machen (quoted as an introduction to “The Horror at Red Hook”)

Everyone must read a little Lovecraft and Blackstone Audio’s recently published edition of Necronomicon: The Best Weird Ta
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Joe
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, collections
Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft is a short story collection presented in a beautiful tome format, featuring 36 tales of the weird and macabre.

The book starts with shorter stories and progresses to much longer ones; the first is less than a page and the longest is 102 pages in length.

There were several stories I thought were particularly well done and memorable. Herbert West - Reanimator is a dark tale which made me think of another classic horror (Frankenstein). Under The Pyramids is another wh
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Guy
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraftian
Along with Eldritch Tales, The Necronomicon holds the complete works of HP Lovecraft in what are without doubt, the most beautifully bound editions of his works.

Being my favourite author of all time, the Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales would both receive 5 stars from me.

No one creates such a unique atmosphere as Lovecraft. A quote from the great man himself sums it up for me:

"If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England with the fire of the Elizabethans, the correct taste of the Geor
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King Ævil
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2012
I liked this compilation of HP Lovecraft's short and medium-length fiction much more than Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos; the latter is lacking several stories that contain essential background for the Cthulhu universe (e.g., "The Dunwich Horror", "At the Mountains of Madness" and "A Shadow over Innsmouth"). It also contains some straight-up horror stories, but these don't compare to the tales of the Ancient Ones.
Teatum
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this from the library, and if we ever cross paths in a bookstore, I'm going to need to buy it. I got through a handful, including Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, and The Colour out of Space. Creepy, especially if you have a good imagination. Masterful suspense. You need to read at least three stories.
Mike (the Paladin)
You know I picked this up because I'd been told it gathered the Cthulhu mythos stories. Actually we start off with some of his early horror work (Cool Air, The rats in the Walls, etc.). Later on we do get into the Cthulhu stories. These are (as always with Lovecraft) reliably horrific and very well written.

Enjoy.
C.J. Wright
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Great stories in this collection. I have this on my Audible account and find them more atmospheric when listening to them than just reading them myself.
Miloš
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Well, I thought that this book will be very, very good, but instead...
I was disappointed.
Joel
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What a collection.
Lovecraft had a talent for shaping horror in a way that undermined certitudes and experts.

Quite often his characters are the best in their field of theology/philosophy, or the sciences, and every single time these characters are undone by the transcendence that they experience.
A real bonus is that he often shows an introductory knowledge concerning some of these fields, and it is quite impressive to see his characters engage in studies of Ancient Near Eastern texts, lan
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Zach
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks
Lovecraft can write some very bone chilling stories, but a few of them were a tad long and dull. I really enjoyed the Rhode Island references because I recognized a few of them.

In some of the stories, I was yelling at the main characters for being dumb about obvious supernatural evidence, but I realize that in real life, I would probably dismiss the stuff as well.

The Whisperer in Darkness was the most chilling of them all. Closely followed by The Shadow Out of Time.

His ability to describe things
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Julio Andres Astudillo
This is my first H.P. Lovecraft reading experience. Loved it. The whole style reminded me of the videogame "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's requiem". Just amazing. People, normal people getting dragged out of the contemporary atmosphere to be laid upon a diabolic place; no one knows where it is actually happening. It may happen in real life, in a real place or inside their own heads. This one, Lovecraft, is gonna be one of my favorite authors.
Rumi Vd
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very hard to write a review of a book that took me around seven months to read, i loved it from the start but after a while it was a little to much the same and a couple that took alot of me to finish, not a big fan of the dream cycle stories, but after a couple months no Lovecraft i wanted to finish it very much. this book is massive, great leatherbound with fantastic artwork. Small side note some stories have the same art and that is a pitty. loved stories like the call of cthullu and the rats ...more
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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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