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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

Lovecraft, H. P., 1890-1937 (Book - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
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Penguin Putnam
A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror

"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen King

Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical- and visionary-American writer.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Authors: Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937
Statement of Responsibility: H.P. Lovecraft ; edited with an introduction and notes by S.T. Joshi
Title: The call of Cthulhu and other weird stories
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1999
Characteristics: xxv, 420 p. ; 20 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xxi-xxiv)
Subject Headings: Horror tales, American
Topical Term: Horror tales, American
Additional Contributors: Joshi, S. T. - 1958-
LCCN: 99019100
ISBN: 0141182342
Research Call Number: JFD 00-9848
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May 26, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant tales by the master of cosmic horror. Lovecraft created a sub-genre and the central story of this anthology, "The Call of Cthulhu," inspired many others - Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Mike Mignola, to name a few.

A must-read for any lovers of horror, pulp adventure, Nietzschean perspective on human insignificance, or tentacles!

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