The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
Explore the marvelous complexity of Lovecraft's writing—including his use of literary allusions, biographical details, and obscure references in this rich, in-depth exploration of great horror fiction from the acknowledged master of the weird, including the stories "Herbert West—Reanimator", "Pickman's Model", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "The Horror at Red Hook" and more.
Did Lovecraft believe in ghosts or paranormal phenomena? In what story does the narrator fear riding the Boston T?
A pathfinder in the literary territory of the macabre, H.P. Lovecraft is one of America's giants of the horror genre. Now, in this second volume of annotated tales, Lovecraft scholars S. T. Joshi and Peter Cannon provide another rare opportunity to look into the mind of a genius. Their extensive notes lift the veil between real events in the writer's life—such as the death of his father—and the words that spill out onto the page in magnificent grotesquerie. Mansions, universities, laboratories, and dank New England boneyards appear also as the haunts where Lovecraft's characters confront the fabulous and fantastic, or—like the narrator in "Herbert West—Reanimator"—dig up fresh corpses.
Richly illustrated and scrupulously researched, this extraordinary work adds exciting levels of meaning to Lovecraft's chilling tales . . . and increases our wonder at the magic that transforms life into a great writer's art.
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Lovecraft was much less successful in his next story, "The Dunwich Horror,"
written in the summer of 1928. It might be said that there are two basic influences
on this tale, one topographical and one literary. The vivid evocation of both the
4 Actually, Lovecraft states that the real topographical source for Dunwich is a
cluster of cities in south-central Massachusetts ... beneath Horror: Some Sources
for 'The Dunwich Horror" and 'The Whisperer in Darkness,'" Lovecraft Studies No.
By Tuesday he had a definite line of action mapped out, and believed he would
try a trip to Dunwich within a week. Then ... "The Dunwich Horror" was, of course,
written in the midst of Prohibition (1919-33), when the passage of the Eighteenth
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kwohlrob - LibraryThing
I've had this book for a couple of years and I always go back to read a story I haven't gotten to yet. Some of my favorite Lovecraft tales are included -- The Rats In The Walls, The Dunwich Horror, and the Colour Out of Space. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - swelldame - LibraryThing
I would particularly recommend this volume to readers, not only because the chosen stories are particularly indicative of Lovecraft’s style, but also because of the excellent annotations of S.T. Joshi ... Read full review
The Rats in the Walls
The Colour Out of Space
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