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I also naturally recommend his tales if you’re into short stories or gothic horror fiction that meets a kind of supernatural science fiction horror. A horror from the skies—far worse than any nuclear fallout—transforms a man into a monster.

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Therefore, although I have no memory of reading a Lovecraft story before this book, I probably have, either directly or indirectly, because I’m a child of a culture with a deep thumbprint of Lovecraft upon it. Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre: Skip to main content. I just cannot get into this book! It’s interesting, containing a little bio, history of the publication of his work, and a minianalysis of recurring themes in his stories and the history of the public appetite for horror fiction, relative to the public and political events of the day.

I loved that he was generous with his work, encouraging others to borrow from his stories, etc. A horror from the skies—far worse than any nuclear fallout—transforms a man into a monster.

Considerably more believable than the previous “old ones” tales, but also somehow less chilling because somewhat more believable–I guess that’s the trade-off with the sci fi explanation.


Much of his work is based on what has come to be called his “Cthulhu Mythos” a term coined by August Derleth: This one is my favorite story in the collection.

The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

Of course, the same could be said for comedy and many other genres, b For an author, creating something that is frightening can be a challenging thing, given that the subject matter is neither seen, nor heard by the reader. This is a highly original story about a race of fungous creatures from Pluto that travel on membranous wings to establish a colony on Earth.

A good intro to Lovecraft the man and his fiction. The Numbers Game Next review: Excellent collection of the master of horror! All returns, defects, or inquiries about products should be directed to the affiliate.

Publication: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

See details for additional description. The one man who knows about them is an old recluse in a remote area of Vermont near one of their mining operations, and his increasing menace is seen through correspondence with an erudite professor of folklore who disbelieves at first but is ultimately lured to the place and his bloodcurdlijg experience of horror.

I wasn’t aware until now that Lovecraf To the best of my recollection, this may have been my first reading of H. And there is something to enjoy in most of the ones in this atles, don’t get me wrong. 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. The quality of the other stories was variable. Next time just buy a Yoko Ono album.


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”.

It seemed to me that Lovecraft believed not in deities as such or had a personal religion but was more a scientist who believed in the power of the cosmos.

The Whisperer in Darkness. Of course horrpr my beliefs are very different it was interesting to note this in his fiction.

Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

Dedicated bloodcurdllng fellow writer Robert Bloch, of course. Most of Lovecraft’s works are public domain, but, as expected, lots of legal wrangling went on after his death he died young!

While his teh was science fiction, he was wholly outside the optimistic and technophilic hard SF tradition that dominated the genre pulps of his time, publishing instead mostly in venues like Weird Tales.

Jan 21, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: Published October 29th by Ballantine Books first published I was surprised by the variety of stories in this collection.