Edited by Michael Kelahan
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Cosmic Horrors on the Silver Screen
Monsters from beyond space and time! Alien invaders! Ghouls beneath the city streets! Mad
scientists resurrecting the dead! These are just some of the horrors that await you in H.P.
Lovecraft Goes to the Movies, the first-ever collection of Lovecraft tales all of which have
been adapted for television and the silver screen. The thirteen stories gathered for this book
are among Lovecraft’s most frightening tales of terror—works that virtually screamed
to be turned into horrifying films and telecasts:
“The Colour Out of Space”—A nightmare narrative of a meteorite’s
devastating impact on the New England countryside, filmed as the Boris Karloff vehicle Die,
“Pickman’s Model”—A story of ravenous subterranean monsters that
was turned into one of the most memorable episodes of Rod Serling’s television program
“The Call of Cthulhu”—The famous tale of an abominable alien invader
whose name became the signature for the cycle of Lovecraft stories known as the Cthulhu
“Herbert West—Reanimator”—Lovecraft’s riff on the theme of
Frankenstein, which served as the basis for Stuart Gordon’s cinema cult classic
For more than half a century, films of H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction have featured the work of
some of Hollywood’s best and brightest directors, screenwriters, and actors and become
staples of film festivals and the midnight-movie circuit. You’ve thrilled to them in
theaters. Now read the classic horror stories that inspired them.
H.P. Lovecraft wrote stories in the first half of the twentieth century that laid the
foundations of modern horror fiction. He is recognized today as the greatest American writer of
supernatural fiction after Edgar Allan Poe.
- H.P. Lovecraft on the Silver Screen by Michael Kelahan
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H.P. Lovecraft Goes to the Movies. By H.P. Lovecraft, with an Introduction by Michael
Kelahan. New York, NY: Fall River; October 2011; ISBN 978-1-4351-3617-5; paperback, 376
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