By H. P. Lovecraft
With an Introduction by Stefan Dziemianowcz and
Notes by S.T. Joshi
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H.P. Lovecraft wrote horror stories like no other author before or after him. In the pages of
Weird Tales and other pulp-fiction magazines of the 1920s and ’30s, Lovecraft
pioneered a new type of story that fused the thrills of supernatural horror with the visionary
concepts of Science fiction. His unique style of cosmic horror revolutionized the modern horror
tale through its depiction of a vast universe indifferent to human existence and populated by
incomprehensibly alien monsters.
This volume collects twenty of Lovecraft’s best-known horror stories, including several
that laid the foundation for the Cthulhu Mythos, a pattern of myth and lore that represents the
high point of his writing and one of the most original contributions to fantastic fiction of the
past century. Selections include:
“Pickman’s Model.” The monsters in Richard Upton Pickman’s
paintings were so hideously lifelike you might easily believe that they had been painted from
“The Rats in the Walls.” The nightly scramblings of foraging rats in the
walls were disturbing enough—but what horror did their destination below ground
“The Call of Cthulhu.” An island risen from the depths of the Pacific Ocean
houses a denizen whose emergence in our world portends the end of life as we know it.
“At the Mountains of Madness.” In the wastes of Antarctica, an exploration
team discovers the remnants of an inconceivably ancient pre-human civilization—and
evidence that whatever wiped it out may still be at large.
H.P. Lovecraft: Great Tales of Horror is your passport to unique worlds of wonder and
terror as only one of the greatest horror writers of all time could imagine them.
H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) made his first professional sale in 1923 and over the next
fourteen years wrote dozens of stories that permanently altered the landscape of horror fiction.
He is regarded [as] the greatest American writer of horror fiction after Edgar Allan Poe and an
important figure in American letters in the twentieth century.
H.P. Lovecraft: Great Tales of Horror. By H.P. Lovecraft; With an Introduction by Stefan
Dziemianowicz and Notes by S.T. Joshi. New York, NY: Fall River Press; 2012; ISBN
978-1-4351-4037-0; hardcover; 600 pages.
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