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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"The Colour Out of Space" was written in March 1927 and first published in
Amazing Stories for September 1927. Lovecraft referred to it "as an atmospheric
study rather than as a tale" /Selected Letters, II, 127), and later came to regard it
"Nothin' ... nothin' ... the colour ... it burns ... cold an' wet ... but it burns ... it lived in
the well ... I seen it ... a kind o' smoke . . . jest like the flowers last spring . . . the
well shone at night . . . Thad an' Mernie an' Zenas . . . everything alive ... suckin' ...
It was just a colour out of space — a frightful messenger from unformed realms of
infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns
the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before ...
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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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