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Read ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ë H.P. Lovecraft “HP Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” Stephen King“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” HP LovecraftThis is the collection that true fans of horr. I know I know the diction is unnecessarily latinate and the prose is freuently overwrought piling up the adjectives like shambling and eldritch to the point where certain passages are laugh out loud funny And yet Lovecraft has fashioned from the New World's New England a land so very old a world in touch with realities so alien that Christianity albeit peripherally present is completely irrelevant and mere sanity the best one can reasonably hope for depends upon a few ancient formulae and extraordinary personal luck The precisely imagined landscape convinces the reader even though the prose often fails Lovecraft makes us believe in his world and his world is genuinely terrifying

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Summary The Best of H.P. Lovecraft ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ “HP Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale”—Stephen King“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of t L leads him in search of the fabled text of The NecronomiconThe Colour Out of Space A horror from the skies far worse than any nuclear fallout transforms a man into a monsterThe Shadow Over Innsmouth Rising from the depths of the sea an unspeakable horror engulfs a uiet New England townPlus twelve terrifying tal. It was only last year that I discovered the joy of short stories thanks to Anton Chekhov and Edgar Allan Poe although it seems longer since time is a great ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff Since then I have been interested in the great short story authors of all time as well as writing my own short stories among whom Lovecraft is often mentioned So I was very optimistic about this volume of stories when I started to read it particularly in regards to the 'infamous Cthulhu Mythos'This volume opened with a brilliant foreword by Robert Bloch which described why Lovecraft deserves to be among the greats of horror writing and short story writing When I read his stories I found them to have a similar effervescence and mellifluous beauty to Poe and in some parts the simplicity of Chekhov yet clearly the work was one hundred percent uniue What Lovecraft has done with his short stories is create a world that focuses on the unknown His terror is not simple blood and gore shock tactics to scare the audience it is the horror that reuires a deeper level of skill to creep the audience out by linking the narrators to mysterious and creepy terrors I found the supernatural and science fiction elements of his horror uniue to him as while his language may have been similar to other short story artists the themes were completely uniue and specific to his work Very few other short story writers have written short stories that constantly link while telling different storiesWhat are the themes of these short stories Well Lovecraft deals in a variety of themes such as dreams mirrors and hence the self the 'other' the unknown the danger of cults and occult powers corpses tombs old ruined houses cannibalism science vs religion the cosmos monsters vs men crawling and slimy creatures insanity and psychology It seemed to me that Lovecraft believed not in deities as such or had a personal religion but was a scientist who believed in the power of the cosmos His view seems that the universe is strange chaotic and hence unordered by the power of one supreme being but perhaps there may be old powers that exist in the black seas of infinity and will exist after people Of course while my beliefs are very different it was interesting to note this in his fiction He seemed to still hold a concept of black and white morality despite there being very much a greyness about his stance on human life and the powers in the universe CuriousThe thing I also loved about the stories was pointed out to me by the foreword Where most novels and short stories have either an unreliable or a reliable narrator Lovecraft wrote stories that had both at once in some strange way The way he did this was to write first person narratives with characters who had the information but also some kind of flaw to make you doubt where the reliability was or was not For instance this particularly occurs in the first story in this volume view spoilerWhere the narrator appears to describe everything reliably until right at the end we discover that he is in fact narrating from an asylum and he is being classed as insane However he claims he's not insane So which viewpoint do we take hide spoiler

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The Best of H P LovecraftOr fiction must have sixteen of HP Lovecraft’s most horrifying visions includingThe Call of Cthulu The first story in the infamous Cthulhu mythos a creature spawned in the stars brings a menace of unimaginable evil to threaten all mankindThe Dunwich Horror An evil man’s desire to perform an unspeakable ritua. This is a book that tested me as a reader I have had a relatively easy reading year consisting of many popular fiction novels that were great page turners But this collection of stories by HPLovecraft gave me a real workout At times I had to reread many of the intricately composed sentences and uite often found myself checking words in dictionaries It took me almost a month to finish this book I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection But The Call of Cthulhu The Whisperer in Darkness and The Shadow Over Innsmouth were a cut above the rest In The Call of Cthulhu the description of the religious cult in a forest in New Orleans was very cinematic I loved how the Cthulhu myth is slowly pieced together from various sources – the dreams of a student sculptor and his grotesue creation the account of a police inspector who leads a raid on a religious cult in a New Orleans swamp and an article in an Australian newspaper about an abandoned ship with a sole survivor Lovecraft uses the epistolary format to great effect in The Whisperer in the Dark The correspondence between the narrator who is a skeptic and a man who lives on an isolated farm and establishes contact with an alien race was riveting The Shadow Over Innsmouth – well this might well be the greatest small town sci fi short story of all time and features a great chase seuence I am surprised nobody has undertaken cinematic adaptations of these stories But after a point I found the structure of the stories and the nature of the horror to be uite repetitive At the beginning of almost every story the narrator would announce that something horrible had taken place Then he would proceed to piece together the horror in detail with the help of accounts of other people usually talkative old drunkards or social outcasts letters newspaper articles etc The twist or revelation at the end of each story would always be very satisfyingLovecraft reveals himself to be a bit of a misanthrope especially with regard to the way he viewed the modern world Here is the narrator of Pickman’s Model – “and I tell you people knew how to live and how to enlarge the bounds of life in the old time This wasn’t the only world a bold and wise man could know – faugh And to think of today in contrast with such pale pink brains that even a club of supposed artists gets shudders and convulsions if a picture goes beyond the feelings of a Beacon Street teatable He also has no interest in the mundane and the mediocre Or the things that motivates other human beings Michel Houellebec rightly pointed out in his essay that Lovecraft’s heroes hardly ever seemed to struggle with economic concerns or sexual motivations The following lines from The Dunwich Horror perfectly describes the Lovecraftian hero – “Everyone seemed to feel himself in close proximity to phases of Nature and of being utterly forbidden and wholly outside the sane experience of mankind” Most of the heroes in Lovecraft’s stories undergo fantastical and other worldly experiences that are beyond ordinary men And not just that these heroes often endeavor to hide their experiences from ordinary humanity who are deemed to be too stupid or gullible to learn about the demons or entities that lurk within the various dimensions But the Lovecraftian heroes are also bound to feel lonely at times Here is a description of Derby the tragic scholar in The Thing on the Doorstep – “he mingled very little with the other students though looking enviously at the daring or Bohemian set – whose superficially smart language and meaningless ironic pose he aped and whose dubious conduct he wished he dared adopt I think I enjoyed Michel Houellebec's essay on Lovecraft's life and work than Lovecraft's stories But I intend to check out of Lovecraft’s work after a break