The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

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Penguin Putnam
Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This new Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The Music of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, "The Dunwich Horror," The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness.

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each story.

Baker & Taylor
A collection of short stories by the noted horror writer includes "Rats in the Walls," "Herbert West Reanimator," and "The Haunter of the Dark."

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 thing on the doorstep and other weird stories
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2001
Characteristics: xx, 443 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: Twelve short stories
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xvii-xx)
Contents: The tomb
Beyond the wall of sleep
The White Ship
The temple (manuscript found on the coast of Yucatan)
The quest of Iranon
The music of Erich Zann
Under the pyramids (with Harry Houdini)
Pickman's model
The case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dunwich horror
At the mountains of madness
The thing on the doorstep
Subject Headings: Horror tales, American
Topical Term: Horror tales, American
Additional Contributors: Joshi, S. T. 1958-
LCCN: 2001045158
ISBN: 0142180033
Branch Call Number: FIC L
Research Call Number: JFD 02-18158
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May 26, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This occupies a proud place on my shelf at home. The last story, which I believe is "At the Mountains of Madness," although I haven't double-checked, is possibly even better than "Call of Cthulhu" for its very inventive alien creatures.

I do not wish to provide spoilers, but these odd creatures give a very odd and vertigo-like sense to the reader; as one learns their ways and their psychology, one realizes the arbitrary and tenuous place of the human species in the cosmos. It's also a fine adventure story with a few genuinely harrowing moments.


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