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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  7,939 ratings  ·  162 reviews

ix · H.P. Lovecraft and His Work · August Derleth · in
10 · In the Vault · ss The Tryout Nov ’25; Weird Tales Apr ’32
19 · Pickman’s Model · ss Weird Tales Oct ’27
33 · The Rats in the Walls · ss Weird Tales Mar ’24
53 · The Outsider · ss Weird Tales Apr ’26
60 · The Colour Out of Space · nv Amazing Sep ’27
89 · The Music of Erich Zann · ss The National Amateur Ma
Hardcover, Corrected tenth printing, 433 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Arkham House Publishers (first published 1945)
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Jack Tripper
(Full review 1/19/17)
1978 Jove mass-market with cover art from the always excellent Rowena Morrill.

This version of the book doesn't feature all the stories listed on this page (which is for the Arkham House editions). It includes: "In the Vault," Pickman's Model," "The Rats in the Walls," "The Music of Erich Zann," "The Haunter of the Dark," "The Dunwich Horror," and "The Thing on the Doorstep," most of which are top-tier Lovecraft, imo, ones I hadn't read in 20 years or so until now. It also fe
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was my first exposure to H. P. Lovecraft, way back in 1991 or so. I was eleven years old. The book shook my world to its very foundations. At the time, isaac Asimov was my favourite writer, but Lovecraft showed me how to appreciate moody, lapidary writing full of atmosphere and dripping with menace. I gave the book five stars mostly because of its revelatory impact on me and my personality, even though if I had discovered Lovecraft for the first time today, especially being familiar no ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I'll be coming back to this book.
4.5 stars. Outstanding collection of H.P Lovecraft stories. The Dunwich Horror is an amazing story that reads as well today as when it was first written. Lovecraft was a unique talent and his stories are just a ton of fun.
Maxine Marsh

The Rats in the Walls has always been my personal favorite.
Tom Mueller
As Howard wanted, many have tried over the years to expound on his Cthulhu Mythos; few even came close. I believe he named man's strongest emotion as Fear, with the greatest Fear being that of the unknown.
Did you ever overcome your own fear enough to actually Look under your bed when you just Knew Some Unknown Thing was there?
Nah, neither have I.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Listening as I work on computer projects I'm becoming addicted to HP Lovecraft stories.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fajny dobór opowiadań, fajny styl tł i Lovecraft ;)
Horror i trwoga wyprodukowana przez umysł początku XX wieku - czasu rewolucji naukowej na polu astronomii i fizyki, gdy wszechświat ówczesnych ludzi powiększył się ze skali jednej galaktyki do rozmiarów o wiele rzędów większych, czas trwania wszechświata wydłużył się do miliardów lat, a do tego materia okazała się skrywać niesamowitą ilość energii. Jakaż epoka bardziej była odpowiednia, by poczuć strach przed niezmierzoną przestrze
Like a lot of other mopey adolescents, I devoured H.P. Lovecraft when I was in high school; I owned several collections of his short stories and novellas. I remember loving his unwholesome, horrifying vision of Earth's past, present and future. Inspired by an article that recently appeared on a favorite pop culture website, I decided to say hello to Howard P. again. Iä! Iä! Big mistake. I forgot he has just one plot: someone (usually a middle-aged professor at witch-haunted Arkham's Miskatonic U ...more
Julie Yang
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
love this book! it genuinely gave me the creeps and was interesting to read. I would highly recommend it. the story sucked me in and I loved the finale ending.
Yağız Katerli
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kralın yeri çok büyük. Kısa zamanda tüm eserleri sindirilecek.
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i was far, far too hard on old howard philips that last time around. these stories are, with the exception of one or two of the shorter ones (which were just hilariously corny), marvelously creepy and moody and i totally understand now why he's considered the father of modern horror, or whatever. well, him and poe, anyway. the old-fashioned-ness of his language adds to the atmosphere of utter madness and terror, and i began to appreciate for the first time that the vast reaches of outer space ca ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Czailiście się na jakąś książkę bardzo długo, a potem byliście źli, że dopiero teraz się za nią wzięliście? Ja teraz mam dokładnie takie myśli. Dlaczego tak długo zwlekałam? Z drugiej strony chciałabym wymazać sobie pamięć i zacząć od nowa. To jest po prostu perfekcyjne.
Nawet nie jestem w stanie wybrać kilku najlepszych opowiadań. No bo co, wszystkie tytuły mam wypisać?
Must read dla wszystkich fanów grozy i horroru.
Lovecraft jest oficjalnie autorem mojego życia.
Życzę wam wszystkim, żebyście zna
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been years since I'd taken a look at Lovecraft, and in that time I'd become a rather large fan of Michael Moorcock -- far from a fan of Lovecraft. I wasn't sure if his (and others) opinion would color my enjoyment of this book, but I have to say, despite the similarity in subject matter these stories all have, some of these are just as thrilling as I remember, and Lovecraft's prose style isn't nearly as turgid as I'd remembered. They're formulaic, and the racism and xenophobia is hard to sw ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, weirdfiction
Świetne tłumaczenie. Pomogło tam, gdzie nie miałam już siły walczyć z oryginałem.
Jim C
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories written by H.P. Lovecraft. Some of these stories belong to one world. These stories are mostly supernatural with a few science fiction. They are all told in first person and it is recounting of a previous experience.

I picked this up because I read one of the short stories takes place where my mother grew up. It was a complete surprise to discover that Lovecraft's work is the basis for so many of today's entertainment like television shows, music, and video g
Juan José Moreno
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

Como es habitual en Howard Phillips Lovecraft, nos encontraremos con una obra enfocada en el suspenso, misterio y la fantasía. ¿Quién o qué es la criatura que aterroriza a la población Dunwich ?

Wilbur Whateley, con características corporales muy extrañas e hijo de una mujer desfigurada crea un misterio en la comunidad sobre su verdadera personalidad. Su abuelo, el Viejo Whateley, exteriorizó en muchas ocasiones que el pequeño Wilbur nombraría a su padre desde la cumbre de Sentinel Hill. Ademá
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I first came upon the works of H.P. Lovecraft just before my teenage years. In many ways, to my young brain, these stories seemed not just dangerous but pornographic. In re-reading them now I'm not exactly sure I can explain it, because from today's more mature and jaded perspective they often seem naive and quaint if not actually clichéd. But when this were first published they very unsettling, if fact they were so convincing in just how unsettling they were that many people convinced themselve ...more
Chris Matney
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my second installment of re-reading the essential H.P. Lovecraft canon. The volume contains 16 of my favorite stories including Pickman's Model, Rats in the Walls, the Dunwich Horror, and the Shadow Over Innsmouth. As always, Lovecraft's language is lyrical and dense - a wonderful way to be absorbed for a rainy afternoon or stormy night.

What struck me most in re-reading this volume is the way that Arkham, Innsmouth, and environs are finally fleshing out - each story providing a single g
Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
For me, this is the ultimate measure of quality in horror writing. No one before or since has matched the atmospherics that Lovecraft employs in this collection of his short stories. Whereas more recent decades seem to confuse horror with violence and gore, Lovecraft had the good sense to acknowledge that the unknown is infinitely more terrifying than the known. If your only familiarity with the genre is Stephen King and similar writers, you have no idea what Lovecraft is like. Bring your dictio ...more
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Some of Lovecraftt's best stuff is in this volume Myabe I shouldn't give him 5 stars but I love his stories.

If you have a bit to spend the simplest way to get a farily coplete selection of his works, is to stick with the Arkham House copies. There are a gazilion different collection you can spend your money on but if you get the Arkham, you shouldn't repeat material.

I make no claim this is great literature, but at the same time I tend to think he is under rated.

Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I can certainly see why H P Lovecraft has a cult following as his style of writing is certainly distinctive as well as being engaging from the start. This selection of short stories was fun to read, especially as I don’t often read horror these days, but I was a little bored by the repetitive nature of the stories which is why this only got a 3 star rating. He was clearly a man obsessed with dark occult books such as The Necronomicon.
Carla Remy
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I read the story, not this whole collection. It was dry and so masculine (what is that with Poe and Lovecraft ?) that I can't say I was on the edge of my seat. But it's influence on so much horror and it's metaphysical weirdness are massive. Powerful, if boring in parts. The 1970 AIP movie sure is different. There's no Sandra Dee character in the story ...
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Även om han blir lite väl mångordig och detaljerad emellanåt byggs stämningen upp gradvis för att sedan sluta med en kuslig twist.
Miłośniczka Książek
Jak zwykle słów kilka na temat książki znajdziecie na moim blogu. Serdecznie zapraszam :)
Dec 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Read my reviews of any Lovecraft book; a racist and anglophile, but good and scary none-the-less!
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing

I guess I hadn't reviewed this volume, but it's a fine collection of some of H.P.'s best. Still a joy to revisit...
Satrina T
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books by Lovecraft. I've read and re-read this book because I like it so much, specially The Dunwich Horror.
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
if you like a lot of insinuation that something is creepy,and may even become scary in the future
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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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