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 lengthy quotation from the mythical Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul
Alhazred—that all-purpose book of demonology, occult lore, and magic from
which Lovecraft would cite in tale after tale, and of whose reality many gullible
Mythologists have placed Leng” in Central Asia; but the racial memory of man—
or of his predecessors—is long, and it may well be that certain tales have come
down from lands and mountains and temples of horror earlier than Asia and
The narrator of “The Temple" (1920) claims that he is “confronted at last with the
Atlantis I had formerly deemed largely a myth” (Dagon and Other Macabre Tales,
67). Lovecraft discusses the myth of Atlantis in a late letter (Selected Letters, V, ...
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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
The Dunwich Horror
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