By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited with an Introduction and Notes
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A collection of stories from H.P. Lovecraft, the
unrivaled master of
Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Phillips Lovecraft reinvented the horror
genre in the twentieth century, discarding ghosts and witches and envisioning instead mankind as
a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe.
Lovecraft’s preeminent interpreter S.T. Joshi presents a selection of the master’s
fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as “The Outsider” and
“Rats in the Walls,” through the grotesquely comic “Herbert
West—Reanimator” and “The Hound,” to the overpowering cosmic terror of
“The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and “The Call of Cthulhu.” The first
paperback edition to include the definitive corrected texts, The Call of Cthulhu and Other
Weird Stories reveals the development of Lovecraft’s mesmerizing narrative style and
establishes him as a canonical—and visionary—American writer.
“I think it is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth
century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”—Stephen
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited with an
Introduction and Notes by S.T. Joshi. New York, NY: Penguin USA; 1999; ISBN 0-14-118234-2;
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