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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (Paperback)

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    Frequently imitated and widely influential, H. P. Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre for the twentieth century. Discarding witches and ghosts, he envisaged mankind as an outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Jo......more

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Frequently imitated and widely influential, H. P. Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre for the twentieth century. Discarding witches and ghosts, he envisaged mankind as an outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi makes his selection from the early tales of nightmares and madness to the overpowering cosmic terror of 'The Call of Cthulhu'. This is the first paperback edition to include the definitive corrected texts of these classics of American fantasy fiction.

H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. Frequent illnesses in his youth disrupted his schooling, but Lovecraft gained a wide knowledge of many subjects through independent reading and study. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction—three short novels and about sixty short stories—has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.


S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale (1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

Author:
Lovecraft, H. P.
Series Title:
Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
Genre:
FICTION / Horror
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
420
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Publish Date:
10/01/1999
Copyright Year:
1999
ISBN:
9780141182346
Height:
7.75 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.65 lb
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  • Great for the end notes

    Lovecraft's fiction is available in a number of editions. For many years, the hardcovers from Arkham House have been the definitive versions of the texts, having been cleaned up and corrected by Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi. But these three new editions from Penguin Books (this one, The Dreams in the Witch House, and The Thing on the Doorstep) use the same versions of the texts as the Arkham House editions, only in a more-affordable paperback format. The very best thing, though, is that all the stories in these three books include copious notes by Joshi explaining Lovecraft's obscure references, the background of his life, and connections between various stories. These end notes are not available in any other editions of Lovecraft -- not even the Arkham House hardcovers -- and they make reading the stories very enjoyable, even if you've read them before. Get all three Penguin editions and you'll have a complete collection of Lovecraft's major works (omitting only a few of his more obscure stories).

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    pcm2 from San Francisco, CA, Aug 27, 2009

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