By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
Back Cover Text
H.P. Lovecraft's “New York Exile” of 1924–1926 was perhaps the unhappiest period
of his entire life: living in a city whose giganticism and heterogeneity he loathed, unable to
find work and forced to economize drastically on food and other necessities, and trapped in an
uncongenial marriage, Lovecraft could only express his anger and despair in his work. This volume,
which gathers the five stories he wrote during this period, shows how Lovecraft sought refuge by
returning imaginatively to his native New England (“The Shunned House,” “In the
Vault”), lashing out at the many ‘foreigners’ occupying the city (“The Horror
at Red Hook”), seeking the antiquarian havens that still remained in the metropolis
(“He”), or boldly confronting New York’s clangor and stridency (“Cool
Air”). Editors S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz provide a lengthy biographical introduction as
well as exhaustive notes to each story, supplying information on their background, influences, and
use of the history and topography of New York City. As a result, these five stories present an
underlying unity beyond their varied themes and locales: they show how Lovecraft came to terms
with America’s only true megalopolis.
S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz are two of the leading authorities on Lovecraft. Together they
have edited Lovecraft’s Lord of a Visible World, the Hippocampus Press edition of
The Shadow out of Time, and other volumes. Joshi is the author of H.P. Lovecraft: A
Life and other books; Schultz has edited Lovecraft’s Commonplace Book.
- From the Pest Zone: Stories from New York
- Preface to The Shunned House, by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.
- Little Sketches About Town
- Textual Notes
From the Pest Zone: The New York Stories. By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited by S.T. Joshi and
David E. Schultz. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press; 29 January 2003; ISBN 0-9673215-8-1;
Softcover, 150 pages.
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