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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft By H.P. Lovecraft Joyce Carol Oates Tales of H P Lovecraft When he died in destitute and emotionally and physically ruined H P Lovecraft had no idea that he would come to be regarded as the godfather of the modern horror genre nor that his work would i

  • Title: Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780060957902
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tales of H.P. Lovecraft By H.P. Lovecraft Joyce Carol Oates When he died in 1937, destitute and emotionally and physically ruined H.P Lovecraft had no idea that he would come to be regarded as the godfather of the modern horror genre, nor that his work would influence an entire generation of writers, including Stephen King and Anne Rice Now, at last, the most important tales of this distinctive American genious are gathered inWhen he died in 1937, destitute and emotionally and physically ruined H.P Lovecraft had no idea that he would come to be regarded as the godfather of the modern horror genre, nor that his work would influence an entire generation of writers, including Stephen King and Anne Rice Now, at last, the most important tales of this distinctive American genious are gathered in one volume by National Book Award winning author Joyce Carol Oates.Combining the nineteenth century gothic sesibility of Edgar Allan Poe with a daring internal vision, Lovecraft s tales foretold a psychically troubled century to come Set in a meticulously described, historically grounded New England landscape, his harrowing stories explore the collapse of sanity beneath the weight of chaotic events Lovecraft s universe is a frightening shadow world where reality and nightmare intertwine, and redemption can come only from below In her preceptive and penetrating introduction, Oates, herself a virtuoso of the Gothic style, explains how Lovecraft s singular talents fused the supernatural and mundane into a terrifying complex, exquisitely realized vision.
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    1. Catherine Siemann on said:

      These stories are florid, overwritten, offensively racist xenophobic And they nearly all have the same basic plot.But there s also an odd brilliance to them They re less terrifying than I expected them to be, but they are fascinating with their revelations of elder beings and unimaginably alien architecture and geometry that s wrong There s a sense of paranoia and of secret truths, and his world building is very effective I think my favorite parts were the exploration of the pre prehistorical an [...]

    2. Apokripos on said:

      Weirder Than You Think A Book Review of Tales of H P Lovecraft edited by Joyce Carol Oates Without a doubt Howard Philips Lovecraft, or commonly known as H P Lovecraft, is one of the greatest writers the turbulent twentieth century ever produced No one can refute that he is indeed the natural inheritor of the American horror tradition next to his literary hero, Edgar Allan Poe, to which Lovecraft is usually compared to Peeking further into the life of H P Lovecraft, it seems call it a trick of [...]

    3. Amanda on said:

      Whenever I m in the mood for a couple of sleepless nights spent listening for hell beasts under my bed, I just wrap myself in a few blankets and settle in with my big book o Lovecraft.

    4. Rob on said:

      There are two central recurring elements in Lovecraft s stories the academic and the fear of miscegnation The academic nature of his stories is what causes so many of them to bloat and become glacially slow reads, but at the same time it is essential to Lovecraft s idea of horror an idea which does not fit into our mental world, which scares even when there is no immediate danger In a way Lovecraft s stories can be seen even as an assault on academia, showing the limits of the pursuit of knowled [...]

    5. Xavier Guillaume on said:

      This is my first time reading H.P Lovecraft I ve always heard his name mentioned, particularly in reference to The Call of Cthulhu, which is mentioned quite frequently in pop culture I ve seen Cthulhu stuffed animals, Cthulhu T Shirts, and even World of Warcraft references H.P Lovecraft lore with their Ancient Ones Anyway, I finally read his works, and I do have some mixed feelings about his writing style, but overall, I really liked this book.Tales of H.P Lovecraft is a general collection of hi [...]

    6. Rebecca on said:

      These stories are to horror literature what hops are to beer strongly floral, ocasionally overpowering adjectives, dear lord, so many adjectives , sometimes adding a ridiculous, ill tasting, or pompous flourish, but utterly essential to keeping the basic recipe interesting I read some of these stories while I was traveling in England and quite ill, and I recommend them to those with fevers The Colour Out of Space is especially satisfying effective and creepy.

    7. Phil Overeem on said:

      Damn, those tales were damned After awhile, they began to resemble each other too closely, but I had been waiting to read The Call of Cthulhu for a long while and the experience I must not speak of.

    8. Ryan on said:

      Tales of H.P LovecraftWritten by Lovecraft, stories selected by Joyce Carol Oates and forward.Read it in Paper back and came in at 328 not counting forward or reader s helper at the end.I won t go into any details of Lovecraft, or his unfortunate life All of that is pretty well documented and can be found via a Wikki or Internet search One thing that should be mentioned however is that he is considered the father of Weird Fiction, with a lot of authors claiming influential ties to his work I hav [...]

    9. David on said:

      I ve read a smidgen of Lovecraft here and there over the years, but thought to myself, why not crank through It took a while, if only because this excellent collection of short story novella length works didn t really lend itself to a straight read through.In part, that was because each tale is self contained, and of adequate length to make for a nice little evening read More significantly, I found myself with only so much tolerance for the Lovecraftian vernacularter a while, I do find myself w [...]

    10. Bookdragon Sean on said:

      How does one review the epitome of fear, mystery and suspense the means by which every horror novelist should be judged Not easily that s for sure H.P Lovecraft is the master of the horror story In every short story the horror is revealed at the last possible instance creating mounds of anticipation The language is some cases is a bit academic and seems like it would be suitable for a scientific journal but that s the beauty of it It captures the bizarre worlds that Lovecraft has created and co [...]

    11. Imogen on said:

      This was fine, I guess I like the back stories of all the monsters way better than anything else, and I know that folks didn t have back in the day so they were excited when a story where three things happened dragged on for seventy pages I just I don t want to say I don t have enough time for all the words ol HP felt like he needed to use I just lose interest Etgar Keret, who I also am not too stoked on, could have told all 325 pages in a goddam chapbook, I bet I will never run out of names for [...]

    12. James on said:

      I didn t actually read this book, but rather i am in the process of reading Loecraft s short stories one at a time on this website tmoct lovecraftlibra His writing shows it s age it is scientifically dated and horribly racist, and the entire writing style is hokey and cliche, but nameless terrors and tentacled cosmic horrors are so darn cool to read about You can t really call yourself a geek unless you have read The Cal of Cthulhu

    13. Anne on said:

      They all ROCK Sean WyndhamHell yeah Eddy RosenbaumDudes, rly Yog Boy

    14. Bryarly on said:

      Not my cup of tea Lovecraft never says something outright when he can hint at it for 20 pages instead, and he s never met a run on sentence he didn t like.

    15. dara on said:

      Read enough to get the gist a feel for his style Gotta move onto something that engages me in the moment though The cosmic horror is very horrifying, I get it.

    16. Aimee on said:

      Previous to reading this collection, I had minimal exposure to HPL I recall reading The Music of Erich Zann and parts of The Call of the Cthulhu but that s about it I remember really liking the Cthulhu myth and I ve been attempting to find a copy of a Lovecraft collection at the library for over a year They were in storage for a while due to the building of a new library and moving things around and I finally succeeded Unfortunately this copy has boogers all over it Seriously Sad But, I read it [...]

    17. Christian on said:

      Enter the world of horror novels with this book, it is a great example of the kind of texts that will send chills down your spine, but you will learn that it isn t scary Horror novels don t exactly strike fear, but instead leave you excited, and fill your mind with images of horrifying things As an example, In the short story within the book SPOILERS The Colour Out of Space, the imagery brings you into this dynamic environment You are drawn into this world that is hard to escape from, each word [...]

    18. tout on said:

      I believe that many people who like weird tales and gothic horror don t necessarily enjoy wading through its waters because they enjoy being afraid, they enjoy it perhaps because of it confronts and contemplates a kind of pure otherness, from beyond , where humans in the narrowest sense do not rule the cosmos This is terrifying for western civilization as it clearly was evident in Lovecraft through his inveterate racism , but not for those who identify with or whose very existence is the unfatho [...]

    19. Michael on said:

      So, in all honesty, i didn t finish this but have grown tired of it sitting on my bedside table so acknowledging defeat and pulling the pin I can understand why Lovecraft is a pioneer of his genre, he s got quite the imagination and some of the stories are excellent That said, he s a rubbish writer, he has an irritating habit of finding a new phrase and repeating it ad nauseum, Cyclopean horror anyone Then there s the pages of detail which removes some of the horror element from the stories, sur [...]

    20. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on said:

      The Outsider The Music of Erich Zann The Rats in the Walls The Shunned House The Call of Cthulhu The Colour Out of Space The Dunwich Horror At the Mountain of Madness The Shadow over Innsmouth The Shadow Out of Time

    21. Manda Allee on said:

      There isn t a lot of dialogue in this book and the long descriptions can be tedious at times, but the subject matter and the way the stories fit together is interesting.

    22. Mark on said:

      Can t reconcile the man s beliefs with his writing, but Jesus if there wasn t some stirring stuff in here.

    23. Jordan on said:

      So, H.P Lovecraft is one of those writers I have been meaning to try out but never seemed to get around to picking up Well, I finally picked up a collection The only one they had at my library, but it seems like a fairly decent introduction to his bibliography all the stories I ve heard of by name are in here, and the editor seems to be an expert in the field Anyway, what finally gave me the required kick in the pants to pick this up is that I realized I was in the near future going to be readin [...]

    24. James on said:

      In this volume Joyce Carol Oates has selected some of the best tales of the master of the macabre, H P Lovecraft The introductory tale, The Outsider , is written in a first person narrative style, and details the miserable and apparently lonely life of an individual, who appears to have never contacted with another individual The story begins, with the narrator explaining his origins His memory of others is vague, and he cannot seem to recall any details of his personal history, including who he [...]

    25. David on said:

      Lovecraftian fiction is a funny animal By now, any kind of nerd cred demands a basic familiarity with the octopus headed dragon thing Cthulhu, and perhaps a passing familiarity with Lovecraft s other elder horrors Yog Sothoth, the Old Ones, and so forth Heck, this site s spellcheck isn t even batting an eye at Cthulhu, a testament to the enduring power of Lovecraft s most famous character.This is funny, because while each story focuses heavily on one eldritch monster or another, the actual appea [...]

    26. Wendy on said:

      On the barren shore, and on the lofty ice barrier in the background, myriads of grotesque penguins squawked and flapped their fins H P Lovecraft in At the Mountains of Madness Indeed, all that a wonder story can ever be is a vivid picture of a certain type of human mood The moment it tries to be anything else it becomes cheap, puerile, and unconvincing H P Lovecraft in Notes on Writing Weird Fiction I don t consider myself much of a reader of horror or science fiction, but I do appreciate a good [...]

    27. Private Grave on said:

      H.P Lovecraft is not a name remembered as well as it ought to be His nightmare worthy tales of the supernatural and the other worldly do not incite fright and dread as often as they should Joyce Carol Oates attempts to correct the Lovecraft deficity with her 1997 collection of Lovecraft stories To any unfamiliar with H.P Lovecraft s work, know that any comparison to a certain gothic American author of the 19th century is unwarranted Lovecraft sets himself apart from his elder gothic fathers by c [...]

    28. Ayla on said:

      This is the first time I dipped into the sci fi fantasy horror genre I recently joined a sci fi fantasy book club, and their book selection for August 2010 is At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P Lovecraft While looking for At the Mountains of Madness at the bookstore, I was drawn to this particular collection of short stories compiled by Joyce Carol Oates The cover art, by Mike Mignola creator of Hellboy , captivated me, and I liked that I d be able to sample other H.P Lovecraft stories in addit [...]

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