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The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft: 67 Tales of Horror in One Volume (Halcyon Classics) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

H.P. Lovecraft

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Kurzbeschreibung

This Halcyon Classics ebook contains sixty-seven of celebrated horror and occult writer H.P. Lovecraft's best works central to his 'Cthulhu mythos.' Although Lovecraft's (1890-1937) readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.

This book is DRM free and includes at active table of contents for easy navigation.

• The Nameless City
• The Festival
• The Colour out of Space
• The Call of Cthulhu
• The Dunwich Horror
• The Whisperer in Darkness
• Dreams in the Witch-house
• The Haunter of the Dark
• The Shadow over Innsmouth
• The Shadow out of Time
• At the Mountain of Madness
• The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
• Azathoth
• Beyond the Wall of Sleep
• Celephais
• Cool Air
• Dagon
• Dream House
• Ex Oblivione
• Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
• From Beyond
• He
• Herbert West: Reanimator
• Hypnos
• Imprisoned with the Pharaohs
• In the Vault
• Medusa's Coil
• Memory
• Nyarlathotep
• Pickman's Model
• Poetry of the Gods
• The Alchemist
• The Beast in the Cave
• The Book
• The Cats of Ulthar
• The Crawling Chaos
• The Descendant
• The Doom That Came to Sarnath
• The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
• The Evil Clergyman
• The Horror at Martin's Beach
• The Horror at Red Hook
• The Hound
• The Lurking Fear
• The Moon Bog
• The Music of Erich Zann
• The Other Gods
• The Outsider
• The Picture in the House
• The Quest of Iranon
• The Rats in the Walls
• The Shunned House
• The Silver Key
• The Statement of Randolph Carter
• The Strange High House in the Mist
• The Street
• The Temple
• The Terrible Old Man
• The Thing on the Doorstep
• The Tomb
• The Transition of Juan Romero
• The Tree
• The Unnamable
• The White Ship
• Through the Gates of the Silver Key
• What the Moon Brings
• Polaris
• The Very Old Folk
• Darkness

This unexpurgated edition contains the complete text with errors and omissions corrected.

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1771 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 969 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Halcyon Press Ltd.; Auflage: 2 (19. Juni 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002E19KU4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #401.239 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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54 von 56 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Still Scary After All These Years 2. Juli 2009
Von Margaret Kohut - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I was very young, my oldest sister would read to me constantly - usually books of which my mom disapproved. H.P. Lovecraft was one of these books that mom said was too scary for kids. She was probably right; Lovecraft scared the living hell out of me as a kid. You know what? He still does. His famous "Cthulhu Mythos" is truly a masterful creation of "Elder Gods" who existed before mankind and want, again, to break through their dimensional barrier and extinguish mankind. "The Dunwich Horror,"" and "Shadow Over Innsmouth" represent a splendid (and horribly scary)sample of the terrifying stores around which he threatened the Earth with the Elder Gods.

This book has it all - Lovecraft's best works that are guaranteed to give you a weird, eerie feeling, making you especially careful where you travel in the New England deep woods. "Like a man who walks a lonely road doth walk in fear and dread, because he knows that close behind, a fearsome fiend doth tread."

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lovecraft; Pure and Simple 4. Juli 2009
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is precisely what you are looking for. All of Lovecraft's stories consolidated into a single book for an excellent price. This IS the Mythos. There are no stories by those following HPL. There are no critiques, no rebuttals, and no dilutions.

This is the Mythos. Pure.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Decent Formatting for Those Who Don't Demand Finesse 11. September 2012
Von Robespierre - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In the interests of disclosure, let me say that I'm a writer and editor by trade. I have had nothing to do with any editions of Lovecraft whatsoever, but my way of looking at e-books is definitely informed by the publishing side.

When I first bought this Halcyon edition of Lovecraft in 2010, I was new to e-books and amazed to be able to purchase the nearly complete stories of Lovecraft for ninety-nine cents.

Two years later, I've been exposed to the painstaking work that indie editors and formatters do with material from the Gutenberg Project -- taking that material, comforming it page by page to sanctioned text editions and improving the results endlessly over several versions over a period of years. They approach classics not as mercenaries but rather as Trappist monks devoting their lives to self-effacing perfectionism.

Having been spoiled by that kind of donated work by people like ghostyjack at Mobile Read, I returned to this Kindle edition again by Halcyon expecting a similar level of quality. Stuck at a friend's house with only my old Kindle Keyboard for reading, I decided to peruse "The Colour out of Space" for old time's sake.

Never mind the lack of finesse in the Halcyon edition's workmanlike formatting -- newspaper and magazine titles not in italics, double dashes for em dashes, British spelling not always preserved, squeezed ellipses with no distinction between four-point (for sentences) and three (for fragments and continuations) -- the real shock was in the text itself and the contents of the ToC. Homonyms and the misspellings of complicated words were occasionally left as is. Besides which, the e-book version I prefer is in five volumes -- collaborations, stories, essays, poems and juvenilia -- comprises everything by Lovecraft which is available legally in the States in the public domain, and is even free.

I certainly don't mind spending ninety-nine cents for someone else's hard work, but the reading experience I've found elsewhere is superior. I can recommend this version to people who don't adore the look and feel of the various conventions of layout and formatting that tend to accompany printed books. Regrettably, I can't recommend the Halcyon edition to people like me, who are troubled by homonyms, distracted by double dashes and otherwise yanked out of Lovecraft's spell by the artifacts of formatting and the occasional typos of scans.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Weird Fiction; No, Really... 30. April 2011
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Before the horror and fantasy niche genres were invented, there was weird fiction. H.P. Lovecraft coined the term as a blending of elements of science, fantasy, and horror with a focus on dread-inspiring unknown forces and the defeat of any forces of nature which give us solace. Some authors preceded him, such as Lord Dunsany, and others published alongside him, such as Robert E Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. These authors found a forum to publish in the pulp rag Weird Tales, of which Lovecraft was a key contributor. While the group of weird fictionalists had varied focii, Lovecraft focused on horror, and perfecting that was his craft. Anyone who has read Lovecraft could apply the term "weird fiction" equally to the style and content of his writing, as his work includes as another reviewer put it, "almost crunchy" prose. In spite of that, he somehow manages to consistently provide very engrossing literature that will surely entertain in a chilling way...

The Definitive H.P. Lovecraft provides a keen insight into his works, and provides material from all three major categories of his works. The first half of the book is devoted to the 'Cthulu Mythos' of which is Lovecraft's claim to fame. These works, while not related directly story-wise, all are devoted to an alternate history for the earth's development with horrific ramifications for the present. These stories are generally longer tales which are thoughtfully divided into chapters for easier consumption. You can tell that a lot of these chapters were offered up seperately in Weird Tales since they sometimes provide overlapping details.

As an aside, if you are like me and like to read a whole book before beginning another one, even if it is a collection, would highly recommend reading the first half of this book as a seperate work of literature. The Cthulu Mythos stands on its own as a frighteningly intriguing collection, and it varies greatly from the second half of the book. So, my advice is to read the first half, go on to something else, and read the last half when you want to read a long collection of quite short stories.

This first section also contains "The Colour Out of Space" which doesn't really fit EXACTLY into the Cthulu Mythos per se, no direct references, but it is similar enough to not feel out of place. It also happens to be a favorite of mine: a quintessential dumb farmer finds a meteor story, but it is still awesome.

The second section of the book begins with the Dream Cycle, which is a much more metaphorical ride through time and space. This is very cool, much more interesting than it might sound, and it includes what are surely very personal thoughts and fears. The most notable thing about this change other than the style is the abrupt beginning and ending of the much shorter stories. These stories are geared to fit their length, which is a vivid contrast to the Cthulu Mythos which read like short novels with a slower pace of development, and different style "hooks" used in their development. Not all of the Dream Cycle are short stories, but you don't find longer stories until about 75% through the book.

The third major style of Lovecraft is the Macabre stories, and these are interspersed (note the second half is alphabetical) in the second section as well. These stories are primarily good old fashioned horror stories, but you wont find any spirits in white sheets and clanking chains here. Lovecraft might like multidimensional beings, but he really doesn't care for ghosts and his threats are always physical, not just scary looking. Some of these stories are of intermediate length as well, but primarily are short.

Standout stories include the entire Cthulu Mythos: The Nameless City, The Festival, The Colour out of Space, The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperer in Darkness, Dreams in the Witch-house, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Shadow out of Time, At the Mountain of Madness, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward which are quite frankly all excellent. A few others that I liked included: Celephais, Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family, Herbert West: Reanimator, Imprisoned with the Pharaohs, In the Vault, Medusa's Coil, and Through The Gates of the Silver Key.

I would note that the Kindle page says it includes the story "Darkness" but IT DOES NOT! GASP! You still get 67 tales as advertised, not 68 as listed.

Overall, this is a great collection that will chill you, thrill you, and take you back in time a century or so ago and further than that if you will let it. Lovecraft almost singlehandedly inspired what we call horror today, and it is good to go back and look at the roots of a very enjoyable genre to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Definitive vs Complete 16. Juni 2011
Von jcg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Seems that people like to put words like "Complete" or "Definitive" on their books to get you to buy it. If you look at the contents for this book (67 stories) and another one on Amazon with the word Complete in the title (63 stories), you might think you want this one (since it has 4 more stories and is $1 less at 1.99), but you would be wrong. Between the two of them, there are 73 stories. Complete is missing 10 that are in Definitive [Darkness, Dream House, Imprisoned with the Pharaohs, Medusa's Coil, Poetry of the Gods, The Alchemist, The Beast in the Cave, The Crawling Chaos, The Horror at Martin's Beach, Through the Gates of the Silver Key] -- and Definitive is missing 4 (actually has 69, not 67) that are in Complete [Ibid, Old Bugs, The History of the Necronomicon, The Thing in the Moonlight]. Maybe there's another title that has even more stories ...
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