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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He recurs in many later tales as a sort of all-purpose figure of cosmic chaos,
notably in The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926-27), "The Whisperer in
Darkness" (1930), and "The Haunter of the Dark" (1935). In a recent article ("
A mythical newspaper; first cited here, then in "The Whisperer in Darkness" (1930
) and At the Mountains of Madness (p. 184). In "The Colour Out of Space," an
Arkham Gazette is cited, evidently a newspaper of earlier date (see note 39 to
85 crescendoes: A musical term: "A gradual increase of volume of tone in a
passage or piece of music"; hence, "A gradual increase in loudness of tone" (
Oxford English Dictionary). 86 lugubrious: Mournful. 87 Cf. "The Whisperer in
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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
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