The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories This collection spans Lovecraft s literary career and charts the development of his cosmicist philosophy the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lies another reality too terr

This collection spans Lovecraft s literary career, and charts the development of his cosmicist philosophy the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lies another reality, too terrible for the human mind to comprehend In stories written in the gothic tradition, narrators recount their descent into madness and despair Through their investigations inThis collection spans Lovecraft s literary career, and charts the development of his cosmicist philosophy the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lies another reality, too terrible for the human mind to comprehend In stories written in the gothic tradition, narrators recount their descent into madness and despair Through their investigations into the unexplained, they tug at the thin threads that separate our world from another of indescribable horror Great God I never dreamed of THIS screams occultist Harley Warren in The Statement of Randolph Carter , as he begs his companion to bury him alive Another early piece, The Outsider a tragic and emotive evocation of loneliness and desolation follows a man s escape from his castle in a desperate search for human contact, but the loathsome truth he discovers destroys his mind.In later tales, such as the iconic The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness , Lovecraft reaches into the cosmos, bridging the divide between horror and science fiction The extra terrestrial gods and cursed histories that would emerge from these stories now form the cornerstones of Lovecraft s unique mythology the Cthulhu Mythos This fictional universe, built in large part by his friend and most ardent supporter August Derleth, has in the years since been reimagined in myriad forms, and continues to act as a haunted playground for countless illustrators, fans

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

  1. Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.Lovecraft s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity Lovecraft s protagonists usually achieve the mirror opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.Although Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

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  1. This, the first of three volumes of Lovecraft tales edited by S.T Joshi, is as are the other two chronological, featuring a selection of tales from the earliest to the very last An odd organizational principle for a complete tales, but I suppose Joshi did this so most of the best tales wouldn t be found in the last two volumes Every Lovecraft fan should purchase all three volumes, but if you must confine yourself to one only I would suggest this one as the best to buy, since it contains many of [...]

  2. I am largely underwhelmed by this master of horror I find the writing simply dull, repetitive, anti climactic, and that it uses the same tricks over and over and over again I am not horrified by the stories, or at least not by any intended reasons The narration, pacing, and lazy writing wreck whatever interest I had in the premises of the stories had, such as the twist to Arthur Jermyn and The Color Out of Space Such potential, OH WHY I admit my strong reaction to these stories is due to the hug [...]

  3. October 2011 Pfft, whatever You re not so scary, Mr Lovecraft You re quaint and silly, is all It s not likewait Wait What What s this This is it s oh Oh, god Oh, dear god, no No NOOAAAAUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH I live in a somewhat old farmhouse in rural Wisconsin, and it s a great place to read Lovecraft now that we ve taken care of the bat problem Couldn t do anything about the coyotes out in the fields, but that was part of the charm It s been a few months since I read this collection, but I still thin [...]

  4. My life sort of changed a little bit this year when, for no reason at all, I decided to give Lovecraft a go I picked up the three Penguin editions of his work that I believe gather almost all the stories he published in his lifetime, and have not been disappointed Which probably deserves a qualifier I went into his ouvre with a certain expectation of what I would find, and found exactly that and so His faults as a writer and, okay, as a human being are unavoidable, but seriously The guy was a n [...]

  5. Gentle reader what I saw that night was so horrifyingly horrible, such a cavalcade of horrid, horrific horror, that I cannot describe its horrendousness to you I pen these words whilst I foam at the mouth in a padded cell That is what almost all of The Call of Chthulu and Other Weird Stories felt like to me a terrified narrator recounts a scarring encounter with an evil force as overwhelmingly powerful as it is vague And I mean vague trying to get a feel for the nature and appearance of the evil [...]

  6. And I d be very interested to know what it was that Mr Lovecraft was in the habit of smoking while writing these stories Very, very interested.Lovecraft while writing this book Yo, I got the best stuff in town Fistbump Me while reading this book Should have never dropped this much acid at one go NeverCthulhu in the meanwhile Ph nglui mglw nafh Cthulhu R lyeh wgah nagl fhtagn.Damn it bro, this stuff is strong I dont even what I am talkin about

  7. Even death may die American author H.P Lovecraft is such a prominent and prolific horror writer that a subgenre of horror was even named after him Lovecraftian horror involves the cosmic horror of the unknown and the unknowable than gore or other elements of shock With this mind, I was quite excited to read this anthology which collected his finest eighteen short stories throughout the years This paperback edition I own even includes a great introductory essay to the life and times of Lovecraft [...]

  8. This book of Lovecraft s fiction, the first of three nearly definitive collections published by Penguin, offers a career spanning selection of short and long stories that wades new readers through the shallow waters of his early weird fiction before abandoning them in the deeps of his later tales of cosmic chaos and flesh turned traitorous It s all here undead entities and invasive alien civilizations with a profound indifference toward the human condition prissy narrators who fancy themselves e [...]

  9. I think Lovecraft often gets a bad rap People read that he influenced the modern greats, everyone from authors like Stephen King and Clive Barker, to movie makers like John Carpenter and Wes Craven, and then dive into his books expecting the same fare He wrote for a different era His mind bending, first person surrealistic approach to a creeping, nameless horror stunned and fascinated huge segments of early century America The America that read, that is, which wasn t nearly what it is today I en [...]

  10. As one of the three Penguin Classic Lovecraft anthologies, The Call of Cthulhu collects the stories that lead up to and include the Cthulhu Mythos, arranged in chronological order with introduction and explanatory notes for each story from the anthologizer, S.T Joshi Joshi does an exceptional job selecting stories that create a coherent narrative through Lovecraft s early work, developing themes, and final strong stories his annotations are interesting and useful both to the casual and studious [...]

  11. The Call of Cthulhu This novella is a work of sinister genius a writing prose so well done These works of Lovecraft form a Genisis of Horror writing and supernatural which have inspired many writers Stephen King one of many Octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings There were legends of a hidden lake unglimpsed by mortal sight, in which dwelt a huge, formless [...]

  12. Wow, reading through some of the reviews here, I m astonished to see so much negative criticism A lot of that criticism seems to focus on Lovecraft s use of arcane language Should I be worried that I don t find it arcane at all What Lovecraft does so brilliantly is to attempt to describe a truly alien horror not like Star Trek aliens who are only men with knobby foreheads, but forces which do not reference the human at all That s not a easy task, but Lovecraft, along with Blackwood The Willows t [...]

  13. HP Lovecraft s short stories show a masterful skill in setting mood with his dark prose Unexpectedly, however, Call of C ended up being meh compared to his other stories.

  14. As I write this, the hour draws later, every minute, every second casting my life further into the black, frozen abyss of the Past and bringing me one step closer to the illimitable void that is my inevitable death I can only pray that the sweet oblivion of sleep is able to scour away the memory of the horrors I have endured, of the horrors that I have perpetrated And if there is a God, and if He is merciful, he will allow me the privilege of perishing before I wake so that I may not see those [...]

  15. You may not know it, but the writings of H.P Lovecraft influenced much of the modern horror and science fiction you enjoy today In fact, the other day I read a New Yorker review of Netflix s series Stranger Things if you have Netflix, or have a friend with Netflix, watch this show It s so freaking good and what author was mentioned as having influenced Stranger Things Why, H.P Lovecraft, of course specifically his story The Colour Out of Space I read The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories c [...]

  16. The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of the infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far For a long time, Lovecraft himself seemed to be a bit of a myth to me Until recently, I have never read anything written by him and yet a disconcerting amount of pop culture I ve consumed in my life may that be a TV show such as Stranger Things or even a vi [...]

  17. While I thoroughly enjoyed these scary tales Lovecraft built on the foundation of his own nightmares and neuroses, I couldn t not notice and not get seriously annoyed with obvious racism, xenophobia and misogyny of his views It puts his works on a bit lower level among other classics of horror than they could be to me And tis a great pity, because these are extremely powerful and fascinating visions and ideas, fathering too many works of literature and cinema to this day and I am sure future one [...]

  18. WrensReads Review I love the creeps, gore and the all around horror in books I watch American Horror Story religiously, I live by the code of The Slayers that Joss Whedon laid out for us in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I research serial killers and studies of their psychological states and look forward to the month of October all year round So as someone who would rather watch a scary movie or go through a museum filled to the tip of mass murder and corruption than go on some overly dramatic, roman [...]

  19. as a big old timey horror fan, I can appreciate the new things Lovecraft brought to the table and they re great the prose poetry writing is beautiful, the stories are scary and the backstories of the monsters are amazing.but it s 2016 and I can t ignore the racism and it s too much and literally towards everyone that isn t white I couldn t tune that out, as much as I loved some of the spooky stuff, I can t really appreciate them as much as I want tofull review here catshelf.wordpress 2017 0

  20. While it s not a full collection of all of Lovecraft s best work, this book does provide a career spanning survey of this master of horror The footnotes and commentary provide considerable context bordering on too much for the casual reader, but valuable for the scholarly approach For instance, reading on my own, I would not have recognized the shift in Lovecraft s early writing, where the weird elements are unexplained and pre pre historic, to the later stories where they arrive from outer spa [...]

  21. This review is solely on The Call of Cthulu , the only story I ve read in the collection so far.When I saw the South Park Coon and Friends trilogy last year, which heavily featured Cthulu, I knew it was time for me to read the source material behind this cultural phenomenon I was first shocked that H.P Lovecraft s masterwork, which has made him such a legend, was so short And considering it was from 1928, it didn t seem very dated, which was also a surprise The story is presented as a manuscript [...]

  22. Any horror fan worth his salt should read Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu is a cornerstone of weird fiction and cosmic horror alike However, if you re only a casual horror fan, I d skip Lovecraft While his ideas were groundbreaking and the horrors presented in his fiction will truly give you nightmares, Lovecraft was not a great writer His stories are stilted and repetitive, his dialogue is weak and unnatural, and his characters are two dimensional products of the xenophobia he was renowned for Th [...]

  23. The worst.Purple prose Necronomicon OMG there s is something weird and I don t know what it is but I m going to write a letter and then die go insane.Repeat ad infinitum.Maybe if I were a high school kid with an unlimited supply of weed But I doubt it.

  24. I picked this up after enjoying Mountains of Madness and feeling there was an H.P shaped hole in my shelves Hmmm Maybe not.I enjoyed aspects of the stories collected but it s a pretty long slog if read without a break I started last year, put it aside for almost as long and recently finished it so I can put it to bed.He certainly has vision, the sheer imagination and depth of his colliding worlds and creatures, the cultures and civilisations, the depictions it s impressive and unlike most others [...]

  25. In his house at R lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming Ask any writer of horror, fantasy, or weird fiction who their influences were and H.P Lovecraft s name is almost sure to come up, especially if they re over the age of 50 For this reason alone, all true fans of these genres must experience H.P Lovecraft s work for themselves Think of it as required reading Even if you don t read horror or weird tales, Lovecraft s Cthulhu mythos pops up regularly in fantasy literature, games, television, music, [...]

  26. Highlights Dagon 1919 Brief, but glorious Nyarlathotep 1920 A wonderful poem, playing with Egyptian themes The Picture in the House 1924 The Outsider 1921 The Rats in the Walls 1924 The Colour Out of Space 1927 The Whisperer in Darkness 1931 The Shadow over Innsmouth 1936 My all time favorite The Haunter of the Dark 1936

  27. Lovecraft was both ancient and modern, ahead of his time with his sci fi horror stories in an era before SF had really begin, yet old fashioned in his style, which ignored all of the new forms of the interwar years, and kept a heavy Victorian feel to it, insisting on telling not showing This is the first paragraph of The Call of Cthulhu The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents We live on a placid island of ignorance in the mi [...]

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