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Full List of HP Lovecraft Books

Updated 2020

Here is the complete list of books published by HP Lovecraft, a well-known American writer of horror fiction and weird fiction. 

H.P. Lovecraft is best known for his work on Cthulhu Mythos, which has inspired a large body of music, games, pastiches, and other media drawing on Lovecraft’s themes, setting, and characters, creating a wider subject royal called the Lovecraftian Horror.

Who Is H.P Lovecraft?

Born on August 20, 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island, H.P Lovecraft was the only child of Winfield Scott Lovecraft and Sarah Susan [née Phillips] Lovecraft.

Lovecraft was a sickly child growing up with an unusual childhood because of his father, who had a type of mental disorder caused by untreated syphilis. When he was three years old, his father became a resident patient at the local hospital in Providence, where he stayed until his death in 1898.

Because of his sickly nature, Lovecraft spent the majority of his childhood education at home. He became a bibliophile, doting on the works of his favorite author Edgar Allan Poe, and dabbled in astronomy. 

Lovecraft was able to attend Hope High School in his teenage years, but he suffered from a nervous breakdown before he could even earn his diploma. He became reclusive for several years since, choosing to stay up late at night, writing and reading, and then sleeping during the day. 

His career as a writer started when he joined the United Amateur Press Association in 1914. The next year, he launched The Conservative, a self-published magazine where he wrote short stories, several essays, and other pieces.

Lovecraft took writing stories seriously around 1917. His early works were heavily influenced by the writings of his favorite, Edgar Allan Poe, and of Lord Dunsany, an Irish author of fantasy tales. 

In 1923, fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine, Weird Tales, bought a couple of Lovecraft’s stories, giving him a taste of recognition. The next year, he married his wife, Sonia Green, and moved to New York City. 

After splitting up with his wife, Lovecraft came back to Rhode Island and started working on what would be some of his best stories. It wasn’t until 1928 when he wrote “The Call of Cthulhu” in Weird Tales, his work that best described his efforts at creating an otherworldly type of terror.

However, his recognition didn’t earn him a comfortable life even in his final years. Before he died, he took ghostwriting and editing work to support himself, but died of cancer at age 46 on March 15, 1937.

Several years after his death, Lovecraft earned the acclaim he didn’t receive in his lifetime. Today, he became an inspiration to some famous writers, such as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Peter Straub. 

In his interview with American Heritage Magazine, Stephen King said: “Now that time has given us some perspective on his work, I think it is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”

H.P. Lovecraft Complete Booklist & Summary

Here is H.P. Lovecraft’s complete list of works along with a short summary:

1) The Alchemist – 1916

  • hp lovecraft books 1Book Summary: For over 600 years the male descendants of the Chabrillane family have all inexplicably perished on their 32nd birthday. The legend of the curse began the night Henri Chabrillane, killed the alchemist Michel Mauvis. Michel’s son, Charles, Le Sorcier cursed the Chabrillanes. Henri was 32 years old that night, and no male descendant has lived to see age 33. Now, the last Count de Chabrillane is about to turn 32. In addition to the comic adaptation of the story, the original H.P. Lovecraft story is also included in this volume.
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2) A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson – 1917

  • hp lovecraft books 2Book Summary: This is the tale of a 228 year old man, born in 1690, telling about his interactions with Dr. Samuel Johnson.A large part focuses on their belonging to a literary club and the other men who also participated in the club. It is a simple observance of social interactions, as put forth by a very old man and his dated voice.H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author best known for his work in horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Although he did not warrant much attention while he was alive, he is now considered one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. He is famed for creating the shared fictional universe of the Cthulhu Mythos and the fictional magical textbook “Necronomican.”
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3) The Beast in the Cave – 1918

  • hp lovecraft books 3Book Summary: “The Beast in the Cave” is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. A man touring a Mammoth Cave separates from his guide and becomes lost. His torch expires and he is giving up hope of finding a way out in the pitch dark, when he hears strange non-human footsteps approaching him…
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4) Beyond the Wall of Sleep – 1919

  • hp lovecraft books 4Book Summary: From the mind-expanding imagination of H. P. Lovecraft come these spine-tingling horrors. In addition to such classics as “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” and “Herbert West: Reanimator,” this volume contains some fascinating rarities of Lovecraft’s earliest strange tales.An intern in a mental hospital relates his experiences with a patient who died . . . a lighthouse keeper engages in a peculiar fantasy . . . a man is found wandering through a swamp with no memory of how he got there . . . humanity anticipates a great unknown evil . . . a dying man tells of his dreams to know what lies beyond the gate . . . a doctor reanimates corpses. . . .Woe betide the Lovecraft fan who dare be without this volume.
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5) Dagon – 1919

  • hp lovecraft books 5Book Summary: So a warning to all,
    for what it is worth:
    when the monsters arise
    they will conquer the earth.The famous H.P. Lovecraft story Dagon is gracefully retold in anapestic tetrameter and illustrated in a darkly whimsical style by genius poet-artist R.J. Ivankovic.A sailor escapes in a lifeboat after his ship is attacked by a German raider during World War I. He soon finds himself in more bizarre peril, stranded in a dark, stinking mire on the edge of a mammoth pit. Venturing into the pit, he discovers a monolith covered in weird hieroglyphics and something stranger still that crawls from the slime a creature that may be the vanguard of a vast and monstrous invading army from the depths of the sea.This glorious full-color adaptation is R.J. Ivankovic’s follow-up to the popular H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers, also available from Chaosium.
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6) The White Ship – 1919 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 6Book Summary: “The White Ship” is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) — known as H.P. Lovecraft — was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His father was confined to a mental institution when Lovecraft was three years old. His grandfather, a wealthy businessman, enjoyed storytelling and was an early influence. Intellectually precocious but sensitive, Lovecraft began composing rudimentary horror tales by the age of eight, but suffered from overwhelming feelings of anxiety. He encountered problems with classmates in school, and was kept at home by his highly strung and overbearing mother for illnesses that may have been psychosomatic. In high school, Lovecraft was able to better connect with his peers and form friendships. He also involved neighborhood children in elaborate make-believe projects, only regretfully ceasing the activity at seventeen years old. Despite leaving school in 1908 without graduating — he found mathematics particularly difficult — Lovecraft had developed a formidable knowledge of his favored subjects, such as history, linguistics, chemistry, and astronomy. Although he seems to have had some social life, attending meetings of a club for local young men, Lovecraft, in early adulthood, was established in a reclusive ‘nightbird’ lifestyle without occupation or pursuit of romantic adventures. In 1913 his conduct of a long running controversy in the letters page of a story magazine led to his being invited to participate in an amateur journalism association. Encouraged, he started circulating his stories; he was 31 at the time of his first publication in a professional magazine. Lovecraft contracted a marriage to an older woman he had met at an association conference. By age 34, he was a regular contributor to newly founded Weird Tales magazine; he turned down an offer of the editorship. Lovecraft returned to Providence from New York in 1926, and over the next nine months he produced some of his most celebrated tales including “The Call of Cthulhu”, canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.
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7) The Statement of Randolph Carter – 1920 (First Book in the Randolph Carter Series of HP Lovecraft)

  • hp lovecraft books 7Book Summary: A comic book adaptation of one of Lovecraft’s early stories. Harley Warren is an expert on violent criminals and assists the FBI in their profiling and pursuit of criminals who tend to be on the bizarre side. Warren believes in exploring the darker side of man, especially those who seek to live in the shadows of normalcy. When Warren reads The Necronomicon that can reveal the darkest and oldest mysteries of the stygian unknown, Warren wastes no time packing up his reluctant chronicler and assistant, Randolph Carter, to explore the site. In addition to the comic adaptation of the story, the original H.P. Lovecraft story is also included in this volume.
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8) The Doom that Came to Sarnath – 1920 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 8Book Summary: “The Doom that Came to Sarnath” (1920) is a fantasy short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. It is written in a mythic/fantasy style and is associated with his Dream Cycle. It was first published in The Scot, a Scottish amateur fiction magazine, in June 1920. According to the tale, more than 10,000 years ago, a race of shepherd people colonized the banks of the river Ai, in a land called Mnar, forming the cities of Thraa, Ilarnek, and Kadatheron (not to be confused with Kadath), which rose to great intellectual and mercantile prowess. Craving more land, a group of these hardy people migrated to the shores of a lonely and vast lake at the heart of Mnar, founding the city of Sarnath.
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9) Poetry and the Gods – 1920

  • hp lovecraft books 9Book Summary: H. P. Lovecraft was one of the greatest horror writers of all time. His seminal work appeared in the pages of legendary Weird Tales and has influenced countless writer of the macabre. This is one of those stories.
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10) The Cats of Ulthar – 1920 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 10Book Summary: “The Cats of Ulthar” is a short story written by American fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft in June 1920. In the tale, an unnamed narrator relates the story of how a law forbidding the killing of cats came to be in a town called Ulthar. As the narrative goes, the city is home to an old couple who enjoy capturing and killing the townspeople’s cats. When a caravan of wanderers passes through the city, the kitten of an orphan (Menes) traveling with the band disappears. Upon hearing of the couple’s violent acts towards cats, Menes invokes a prayer before leaving town that causes the local felines to swarm the cat-killers’ house and devour them. Upon witnessing the result, the local politicians pass a law forbidding the killing of cats.Influenced by Lord Dunsany, the tale was a personal favorite of Lovecraft’s and has remained popular since his death. Considered one of the best short stories of Lovecraft’s early period, aspects of The Cats of Ulthar would be referenced again in the author’s works The Other Gods and The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. It was first published in the literary journal Tryout in November 1920 and now resides in the public domain.Famous works of the author Howard Phillips Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Dreams in the Witch House, The Horror at Red Hook, The Shadow Out of Time, The Shadows over Innsmouth, The Alchemist, Reanimator, Ex Oblivione, Azathoth, The Call of Cthulhu, The Cats of Ulthar, The Outsider, The Picture in the House, The Shunned House, The Terrible Old Man, The Tomb, Dagon, What the Moon Brings.
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11) Nyarlathotep – 1920

  • hp lovecraft books 11Book Summary: Presents horror legend H.P. Lovecraft’s short prose piece “Nyarlathotep”. This book presents Lovecraft’s original poem in tis entirety and also features a visual interpretation.
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12) The Picture in the House – 1920

  • hp lovecraft books 12Book Summary: Featuring an adaptation of one of Lovecraft’s early tales. Lorraine Claude is fascinated with the morbid and weird. It is an interest she has turned into a profitable career as a publisher of lurid non-fiction. And the most recent novel from one of her most popular authors, Pytr Knoll has her captivated. The book deals with lurid events committed in lonely New England farmhouses since the days of the Puritans. Claude cannot get Knoll’s accounts out of her mind, and she decides to take a weekend drive into the New England country and explore one of these farmhouses for herself. In addition to the comic adaptation of the story, the original H.P. Lovecraft story is also included in this volume.
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13) Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family – 1921

  • hp lovecraft books 13Book Summary: Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
    H. P. Lovecraft, american author (1890-1937)This ebook presents «Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family», from H. P. Lovecraft. A dynamic table of contents enables to jump directly to the chapter selected.Table of Contents
    -01- About this book
    -02- FACTS CONCERNING THE LATE ARTHUR JERMYN AND HIS FAMILY
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14) Ex Oblivione – 1921 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 14Book Summary: A man having a recurring dream of profound beauty and tranquility makes plans to never leave it.This annotated version contains:
    * Story
    * Commentary
    * Author’s Bio
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15) The Crawling Chaos – 1921

  • hp lovecraft books 15Book Summary: “The Crawling Chaos” is a short story by American writers H. P. Lovecraft and Winifred V. Jackson first published April 1921 in the United Cooperative. As in their other collaboration, “The Green Meadow”, the tale was credited to “Elizabeth Berkeley” and “Lewis Theobald, Jun”. Lovecraft wrote the entire text, but Jackson is also credited since the story was based on a dream she experienced.
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16) The Terrible Old Man – 1921

  • hp lovecraft books 16Book Summary: The first story set in the fishing village of Kingsport, which is featured in the later works of the one of the greatest horror writers of all time.It is rumored that the mysterious old man who lives alone in the small New England town was once a sea captain. It is also rumored that he is hoarding a treasure. When three robbers decide to steal it, they will encounter a bloodthirsty evil unlike any they ever imagined . . .“The Terrible Old Man is the story of three career criminals looking to rob the eponymous character, an eccentric retired mariner so ancient that no one alive remembers his youth. . . . This is also the first story set in the fictional New England geography that Lovecraft will detail over the course of future writing. . . . So, what we see in these stories is Lovecraft beginning to construct the alternate world which will be the home to his most famous works, at least as much a unifying element of the author’s oeuvre as those details subsequent writers and critics have defined as the ‘Cthulhu Mythos.’ As such, The Terrible Old Man is not only an effective piece of eerie storytelling, it is also an important stepping stone in the development of a bigger Lovecraftian world.” —The Blood-Shed“A piece of minimalist brushwork, with most of the narrative suggested by negative space . . . In sharp contrast to the central Mythos tales, the horror is allusive and oblique, the violence kept off-stage.” —Tor.com
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17) The Nameless City – 1921

  • hp lovecraft books 17Book Summary: “The Nameless City” is a horror story written by American writer H. P. Lovecraft in January 1921 and first published in the November 1921 issue of the amateur press journal The Wolverine. It is often considered the first Cthulhu Mythos story.”The Nameless City” of the story’s title is an ancient ruin located somewhere in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, and is older than any human civilization. In ancient times, the Nameless City was built and inhabited by an unnamed race of reptiles with a body shaped like a cross between a crocodile and a seal with a strange head common to neither, involving a protruding forehead, horns, lack of a nose, and an alligator-like jaw. These beings moved by crawling; thus, the architecture of the city has very low ceilings and some places are too low for a human being to stand upright. Their city was originally coastal, but, when the seas receded, it was left in the depths of a desert. This resulted in the decline and eventual ruin of the city.
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18) Herbert West–Reanimator – 1922 (HP Lovecraft Book with Film Adaptation)

  • hp lovecraft books 18Book Summary: “Herbert West–Reanimator”” is a horror short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was written between October 1921 and June 1922. It was first serialized in February through July 1922 in the amateur publication Home Brew. The story was the basis of the 1985 horror film Re-Animator and its sequels, in addition to numerous other adaptations in various media.
    The story is the first to mention Lovecraft’s fictional Miskatonic University. It is also notable as one of the first depictions of zombies as scientifically reanimated corpses, with animalistic and uncontrollable temperaments”
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19) The Music of Erich Zann – 1922

  • hp lovecraft books 19Book Summary: One of Lovecraft’s early stories. Max Finn rooms at a rundown rooming house and does not know his fellow boarders, but one sad, mute street musician named Erich Zann, gets his attention. Each night, the old man plays haunting melodies on his violins. Melodies that plague Finn’s dreams and give him nightmares about an impossible cosmic land ruled by Nyarlathotep, the messenger of the elder gods. In addition to the comic adaptation of the story, the original H.P. Lovecraft story is also included in this volume.
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20) The Tomb – 1922

  • hp lovecraft books 20Book Summary: “The Tomb”by the master of horror H.P.Lovecraft, first published in 1922, tells of Jervas Dudley, a self-confessed day-dreamer. While still a child, he discovers the entrance to a mausoleum but when he is an adult this mausoleum and the day-dreamer’s state of being may cause madness to him.
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21) Celephaïs – 1922 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 21Book Summary: In a dream Kuranes saw the city in the valley, and the sea-coast beyond, and the snowy peak overlooking the sea, and the gaily painted galleys that sail out of the harbour toward the distant regions where the sea meets the sky. In a dream it was also that he came by his name of Kuranes, for when awake he was called by another name. Perhaps it was natural for him to dream a new name; for he was the last of his family, and alone among the indifferent millions of London, so there were not many to speak to him and remind him who he had been. His money and lands were gone, and he did not care for the ways of people about him, but preferred to dream and write of his dreams. What he wrote was laughed at by those to whom he shewed it, so that after a time he kept his writings to himself, and finally ceased to write. The more he withdrew from the world about him, the more wonderful became his dreams; and it would have been quite futile to try to describe them on paper. Kuranes was not modern, and did not think like others who wrote. Whilst they strove to strip from life its embroidered robes of myth, and to shew in naked ugliness the foul thing that is reality, Kuranes sought for beauty alone. When truth and experience failed to reveal it, he sought it in fancy and illusion, and found it on his very doorstep, amid the nebulous memories of childhood tales and dreams.
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22) The Lurking Fear – 1923

  • hp lovecraft books 22Book Summary: “The Lurking Fear” is a horror short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in November 1922, it was first published in the January through April 1923 issues of Home Brew.The story is narrated by an unnamed seeker of “strange horrors” who is investigating the massacre of a community of some six dozen backwoods degenerates in an obscure region of the Catskills, a massacre which occurred during a particularly violent electrical storm and seems to have been perpetrated by an unidentified clawed beast. The narrator soon discovers that the most sinister legends of the region center around the abandoned Martense mansion, and he decides—together with two companions—to spend the night in the big old house. And thus our lengthy, four-part tale begins.
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23) What the Moon Brings – 1923 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 23Book Summary: A survivor of an apocalypse, which left most of humanity dead, struggles for sanity.
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24) The Horror at Martin’s Beach – 1921

  • hp lovecraft books 24Book Summary: “The Horror at Martin’s Beach” is a short story by American writers H. P. Lovecraft and Sonia H. Greene. It was written in June 1922 and first published (as “The Invisible Monster”) in November 1923 in Weird Tales.
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25) The Loved Dead – 1924

  • hp lovecraft books 25Book Summary: H.P. Lovecraft, aside from devising his own works in his Cthulhu Mythos cycle, also collaborated in his day with many younger writers of the uncanny and eerie. Available for the first time in paperback, this collection features stories to which the master of horror added his own ingenious touch.
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26) The Hound – 1924

  • hp lovecraft books 26Book Summary: From adapter and illustrator Gou Tanabe, comes H.P Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories. This manga adaptation of some of Lovecraft’s best stories is perfect for manga fans and Lovecraft fans alike. With art resembling more of a western comic book, this book lends itself well as a ‘gateway’ for those who are looking to get into manga!A pair of decadent young men pursue the abhorrent thrill of grave robbing…a German submarine’s crew is driven mad by the call of an underwater temple…an explorer in the Arabian desert discovers a hideous city older than mankind. This moody and evocative manga gets back to the dark foundations of the Cthulhu Mythos, adapting three of H.P. Lovecraft’s original stories that first shaped the outlines of cosmic horror!
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27) Imprisoned with the Pharaohs – 1924 (Tenth on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • hp lovecraft books 27Book Summary: “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in collaboration with Harry Houdini in February 1924.
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28) The Rats in the Walls – 1924

  • hp lovecraft books 28Book Summary: An American businessman undertakes the restoration of his ancient ancestral home in England. After moving in, he’s haunted by strange phenomena, apparently coming from the very walls of the legend-haunted mansion. A team of experts joins him to dig into the centuried structure’s shadowed past, and its shadowy cellars. Can the investigators solve the lingering mystery of the grim and rumor-shrouded priory, or are they merely ushering in the most horrific chapter of the house’s monstrous history?
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29) In the Vault – 1925

  • hp lovecraft books 29Book Summary: A vengeful man strikes back from the dead against the undertaker that wronged him in death.
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30) The Festival – 1925

  • hp lovecraft books 30Book Summary: “The Festival” is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft written in October 1923 and published in the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales.The story was inspired by Lovecraft’s first trip to Marblehead, Massachusetts, in December 1922. Lovecraft later called that visit “the most powerful single emotional climax experienced during my nearly forty years of existence.”In a flash all the past of New Englandall the past of Old Englandall the past of Anglo-Saxondom and the Western World–swept over me and identified me with the stupendous totality of all things in such a way as it never did before and never did again. That was the high tide of my life.The narrator’s path through Kingsport corresponds to a route to the center of Marblehead; the house with the overhanging second story is probably based on Marblehead’s 1 Mugford Street. The church in the story is St. Michael’s Episcopal Church on Frog Lane. Built in 1714, it is the oldest Anglican church in New England that is still standing at its original site. The church is on a modest hill; for most of the 18th century, it had a steeple. Its crypt, where parishioners were interred, remains. Since Lovecraft visited the church (as evidenced by his signature in the guest register), he may have spoken with the rector and learned such details about the church.Famous works of the author Howard Phillips Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Dreams in the Witch House, The Horror at Red Hook, The Shadow Out of Time, The Shadows over Innsmouth, The Alchemist, Reanimator, Ex Oblivione, Azathoth, The Call of Cthulhu, The Cats of Ulthar, The Festival, The Outsider, The Temple, The Picture in the House, The Shunned House, The Terrible Old Man, The Tomb, Dagon, What the Moon Brings.
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31) The Unnamable – 1925 (HP Lovecraft Book with Film Adaptation and 2nd Book in the Randolph Carter Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 31Book Summary: The Unnamable is a short story by the master of horror H. P. Lovecraft, first published in the July 1925, about an indescribable entity that allegedly haunts the house. the short story is a part of Lovecraft’s “Dream Cycle”.
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32) The Temple – 1925

  • hp lovecraft books 32Book Summary: The Temple, first published in 1925, is a short nautical story by the master of horror H.P. Lovecraft, with a World War I background.
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33) The Outsider – 1926

  • hp lovecraft books 33Book Summary: After spending more time than he can remember on his own inside a castle, an enigmatic man resolves to finally escape and seek human contact and daylight, both of which he has never experienced before. However, dissatisfied with what he finds on the outside, he hastens back to his old world inside his castle—to which he is now barred entry. First published in 1926, “The Outsider” is a short story by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft that explores the concepts of loneliness and the Gothic ab-human. A fantastic example of Lovecratian supernatural literature not to be missed by fans and collectors of his seminal work. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) was an American writer of supernatural horror fiction. Though his works remained largely unknown and did not furnish him with a decent living, Lovecraft is today considered to be among the most significant writers of supernatural horror fiction of the twentieth century. Other notable works by this author include: “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Rats in the Walls”, and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Read & Co. is publishing this classic work now as part of our “Fantasy and Horror Classics” imprint in a new edition with a dedication by George Henry Weiss.
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34) The Moon-Bog – 1926

  • hp lovecraft books 34Book Summary: “The Moon-Bog” is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in or before March 1921. The story was first published in the June 1926 issue of the pulp magazine Weird Tales. With Plot Summary.
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35) Supernatural Horror in Literature – 1927

  • hp lovecraft books 35Book Summary: This collection of essays examines the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft’s most important critical work, Supernatural Horror in Literature. Each chapter illuminates a crucial aspect of Lovecraft’s criticism, from its aesthetic, philosophical and literary sources, to its psychobiological underpinnings, to its pervasive influence on the conception and course of horror and weird literature through the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. These essays investigate the meaning of cosmic horror before and after Lovecraft, explore his critical relevance to contemporary social science, feminist and queer readings of his work, and ultimately reveal Lovecraft’s importance for contemporary speculative philosophy, film and literature.
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36) The Green Meadow – 1927

  • hp lovecraft books 36Book Summary: “The Green Meadow” is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft and Winifred V. Jackson written in 1918/1919 and published in the spring 1927 issue of The Vagrant. As in their other collaboration, “The Crawling Chaos”, both authors used pseudonyms — the tale was published as by “Elizabeth Neville Berkeley” (Jackson) and “Lewis Theobald, Jun.” (Lovecraft). Lovecraft wrote the entire text but Jackson is credited since it was based on a dream she had experienced
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37) The Horror at Red Hook – 1927

  • hp lovecraft books 37Book Summary: In great cities of the world, humanity congregates, and commerce, culture, and cosmopolitan sophistication blossom in their gardens. But in the shadows that lie beyond the broad boulevards and glare of electric lights, great cities give birth to something else. In these shadows thrives a dim underworld, peopled by nefarious characters brought together from every godforsaken corner of the globe. And in this urban darkness the polyglot horde carries out unspeakable abominations unfit for the light of day. Can a lone policeman make a stand for decency against the godless denizens of New York’s most loathsome slum, or will he find himself consumed by the filth and depravity of nameless cults?
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38) Two Black Bottles – 1927

  • hp lovecraft books 38Book Summary: Cuento “Dos botellas negras”
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39) Pickman’s Model – 1927

  • hp lovecraft books 39Book Summary: “Pickman’s Model” is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, written in September 1926 and first published in the October 1927 issue of Weird Tales. It was adapted for television in a 1971 episode of the Night Gallery anthology series, starring Bradford Dillman.The story revolves around a Bostonian painter named Richard Upton Pickman who creates horrifying images. His works are brilliantly executed, but so graphic that they result in the revocation of his membership in the Boston Art Club and he is shunned by his fellow artists.The narrator is a friend of Pickman, who, after the artist’s mysterious disappearance, relates to another acquaintance how he was taken on a tour of Pickman’s personal gallery, hidden away in a run-down backwater slum of the city. As the two delved deeper into Pickman’s mind and art, the rooms seemed to grow ever more evil and the paintings ever more horrific, ending with a final enormous painting of an unearthly, red-eyed and vaguely canine humanoid balefully chewing on a human victim.A noise sent Pickman running outside the room with a gun while the narrator reached out to unfold what looked like a small piece of rolled paper attached to the monstrous painting. The narrator heard some shots and Pickman walked back in with the smoking gun, telling a story of shooting some rats, and the two men departed.Afterwards the narrator realized that he had nervously grabbed and put the rolled paper in his pocket when the shots were fired. He unrolled the paper to reveal that it is a photograph not of the background of the painting, but of the subject. Pickman drew his inspirations not from a diseased imagination, but from monsters that were very much real.
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40) The Very Old Folk – 1927

  • hp lovecraft books 40Book Summary: H. P. Lovecraft was one of the greatest horror writers of all time. His seminal work appeared in the pages of legendary Weird Tales and has influenced countless writer of the macabre. This is one of those stories.
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41) The Shunned House – 1928

  • hp lovecraft books 41Book Summary: “The Shunned House” is a horror fiction novelette by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written on October 16–19, 1924. It was first published in the October 1937 issue of Weird Tales.
    The Shunned House of the title is based on an actual house in Providence, Rhode Island, built around 1763 and still standing at 135 Benefit Street. Lovecraft was familiar with the house because his aunt Lillian Clark lived there in 1919-20 as a companion to Mrs. H. C. Babbit. However, it was another house in Elizabeth, New Jersey that actually compelled Lovecraft to write the story.
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42) The Call of Cthulhu – 1928 (First on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • hp lovecraft books 42Book Summary: The Old Ones ruled the earth aeons before the rise of man. Traces of their cyclopean cities can still be found on remote islands, buried amid the shifting desert sands, and in the frozen wastes of the polar extremes. Originally they came to this world from the stars. They sleep now, some deep within the earth or beneath the sea. When the stars are right they shall again walk the earth.Call of Cthulhu is a tabletop roleplaying game based upon the worlds of H. P. Lovecraft. It is a game of secrets, mysteries, and horror. Playing the role of steadfast investigators, you travel to strange and dangerous places, uncover foul plots, and stand against the terrors of the Cthulhu Mythos. You encounter sanity-blasting entities, monsters, and insane cultists. Within strange and forgotten tomes of lore you discover revelations that man was not meant to know. You and your companions may very well decide the fate of the world.This book, the Keeper Rulebook, contains the core rules, background, guidance, spells, and monsters of the game. It is intended for use by the Keeper of Arcane Lore (the Keeper) that player who will present the adventure to the other players. You must have at least one copy of this book to play Call of Cthulhu. The other players, the Investigators, will find it useful to have one or more copies of the Investigator Handbook, containing expanded rules for character creation, skills, occupations, equipment, and more.
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43) Cool Air – 1928

  • hp lovecraft books 43Book Summary: “Cool Air” is a short story by the American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in March 1926 and published in the March 1928 issue of “Tales of Magic and Mystery”.Plot summary: The narrator offers a story to explain why a “draught of cool air” is the most detestable thing to him. His tale begins in the spring of 1923, when he was looking for housing in New York City. He finally settles in a converted brownstone on West Fourteenth Street. Investigating a chemical leak from the floor above, he discovers that the inhabitant directly overhead is a strange, old, and reclusive physician. One day the narrator suffers a heart attack, and remembering that a doctor lives overhead, he climbs the stairs and meets Dr. Muñoz for the first time…
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44) The Silver Key – 1929 (Seventh on HP Lovecraft Best Book List and 4th Book in the Randolph Carter Series)

  • hp lovecraft books 44Book Summary: The Silver Key, first published in 1929, is a novel of the H.P.Lovecraft ‘s “Dream Cycle” about Randolph Carter that at the age of 30 lost the key to the gate of dreams.
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45) The Dunwich Horror – 1929

  • hp lovecraft books 45Book Summary: The Dunwich Horror is the story that hooked me on Lovecraft. The mystery of the Whateleys and their ways, the character of Wilbur and the stunning revelation of his true self, the verisimilitude of the setting and all the trappings work so well. It was in this tale that I learned about Miskatonic University, the standing stones crowning many lonely New England hilltops, the eerie truth about whippoorwills, and course the Necronomicon of the Mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred. We even get a nice juicy quote from that forbidden tome that tells us much about our place and the place of our own planet in the terrifying cosmic scheme of things. The ending works like a knockout punch and the lore and legend of Dunwich, both the town and its strange geography replete with rumbling hills build to it like a masterfully orchestrated score worthy of Erich Zann.
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46) The Curse of Yig – 1929

  • Book Summary: SYNOPSISIn this volume are five stories that really belong in the Lovecraft canon, even though they have been presented previously as revisions . From Lovecraft s letters we know that he wrote these stories from ridiculously scrappy notes and/or some very poor prose and that he wrote (or re-wrote) them fresh from beginning to end himself. Many of HPL s mythos creations appear in these tales and there is much to enjoy for fans who think they have read everything by HPL and are looking for more. Oddly, at least one revision has been presented by Arkham House as a Lovecraft story (Under the Pyramids) and many have not. We have already addressed ‘The Mound’ in a previous book and these others fit comfortably along side that gem as more real Lovecraft fiction.
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47) The Shadow Out of Time – 1931 (Eighth on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • Book Summary: In 1908, Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee experiences an unfortunate fainting spell. Five years later, he finally returns to his senses, but has no recollection of these lost years of his life. As he attempts to discover what happened during this time, he becomes increasingly tormented by vivid, disturbing dreams―dreams that will lead him on a journey through space and time to unlock the secrets of his past and of the universe.Praise for The Shadow Out of Time:“A great way for a novice reader to discover the work of H. P. Lovecraft.” ―New York Journal of Books“Watching Culbard’s fussy gents go stark raving nuts is always a blast, and this one may be his best yet.” ―Booklist
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48) The Whisperer in Darkness – 1931 (Third on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • Book Summary: Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe.When local newspapers report strange things seen floating in rivers during a historic Vermont flood, Albert Wilmarth becomes embroiled in a controversy about the reality and significance of the sightings. However it isn’t until he receives communication from Henry Wentworth Akeley that he is offered the proof he requires.Written in 1930, and originally published in Weird Tales a year later, “The Whisperer in Darkness”, is still as powerful today as it was 80 years ago.
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49) The Strange High House in the Mist – 1931

  • Book Summary: “The Strange High House in the Mist” is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. Written on November 9, 1926, it was first published in the October 1931 issue of Weird Tales. It concerns a character traveling to the titular house which is perched on the top of a cliff which seems inaccessible both by land and sea, yet is apparently inhabited.Thomas Olney, a “philosopher” visiting the town of Kingsport, Massachusetts with his family, is intrigued by a strange house on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It is unaccountably high and old and the locals have a generations-long dread of the place which no one is known to have visited. With great difficulty, Olney climbs the crag, approaches the house, and meets the mysterious man who lives there. The only door opens directly onto a sheer cliff, giving access only to mist and “the abyss”. The transmittal of archaic lore and a life-altering encounter with the supernatural ensue, as Olney is not the only visitor that day. He returns to Kingsport the next day, but seems to have left his spirit behind in the strange, remote dwelling.Famous works of the author Howard Phillips Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness, The Dreams in the Witch House, The Horror at Red Hook, The Shadow Out of Time, The Shadows over Innsmouth, The Alchemist, Reanimator, Ex Oblivione, Azathoth, The Call of Cthulhu, The Cats of Ulthar, The Dunwich Horror, The Doom that Came to Sarnath, The Festival, The Silver Key, The Other Gods, The Outsider, The Temple, The Picture in the House, The Shunned House, The Terrible Old Man, The Tomb, Dagon, From Beyond, What the Moon Brings.
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50) The Horror in the Museum – 1932

  • Book Summary: “H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”—Stephen King

    Some tales in this collection were inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, others he revised, two he co-authored–but all bear the mark of the master of primordial terror.The Horror in the Museum: Locked up for the night, a man will discover the difference between waxen grotesqueries and the real thing.The Electric Executioner: Aboard a train, a traveler must match wits with a murderous madman.The Trap: This mirror wants a great deal more than your reflection.The Ghost-Eater: In an ancient woodland, the past comes to life with a bone-crunching vengeance.And twenty more stories of unspeakable evil!“Lovecraft’s fiction is one of the cornerstones of modern horror.”—Clive Barker
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51) The Dreams in the Witch House – 1933

  • Book Summary: “The dreams were wholly beyond the pale of sanity . . . “Plagued by insane nightmare visions, Walter Gilman seeks help in Miskatonic University’s infamous library of forbidden books, where, in the pages of Abdul Alhazred’s dreaded Necronomicon, he finds terrible hints that seem to connect his own studies in advanced mathematics with the fantastic legends of elder magic. The Dreams in the Witch House, gathered together here with more than twenty other tales of terror, exemplifies H. P. Lovecraft’s primacy among twentieth-century American horror writers.This volume is a companion to the other two Penguin Classics edition of Lovecraft’s work: The Call of the Cthulhu and The Thing on the Doorstep. This original collection presents the definitive texts of the work, including a newly restored text of “The Shadow out of time” along with S. T. Joshi’s invaluable introduction and notes.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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52) The Other Gods – 1933 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • Book Summary: “The Other Gods” is a short story written by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft on August 14, 1921.. It was first published in the November 1933 issue of The Fantasy FanBarzai the Wise, a high priest and prophet greatly learned in the lore of the “gods of earth”, or Great Ones, attempts to scale the mountain of Hatheg-Kla in order to look upon their faces, accompanied by his young disciple Atal. Upon reaching the peak, Barzai at first seems overjoyed until he finds that the “gods of the earth” are not there alone, but rather are overseen by the “other gods, the gods of the outer hells that guard the feeble gods of earth!” Atal flees, and Barzai is never seen again..
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53) From Beyond – 1934 (HP Lovecraft Book with Film Adaptation)

  • Book Summary: “From Beyond” is a horror short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was written in 1920 and was first published in The Fantasy Fan in June 1934.The story is told from the first-person perspective of an unnamed narrator and details his experiences with a scientist named Crawford Tillinghast. Tillinghast creates an electronic device that emits a resonance wave, which stimulates an affected person’s pineal gland, thereby allowing them to perceive planes of existence outside the scope of accepted reality.Sharing the experience with Tillinghast, the narrator becomes cognizant of a translucent, alien environment that overlaps our own recognized reality. From this perspective, he witnesses hordes of strange and horrific creatures that defy description. Tillinghast reveals that he has used his machine to transport his house servants into the overlapping plane of reality. He also reveals that the effect works both ways, and allows the alien creature denizens of the alternate dimension to perceive humans. Tillinghast’s servants were attacked and killed by one such alien entity, and Tillinghast informs the narrator that it is right behind him. Terrified beyond measure, the narrator picks up a gun and shoots it at the machine, destroying it. Tillinghast dies immediately thereafter as a result of apoplexy. The police investigate the scene and it is placed on record that Tillinghast murdered the servants in spite of their remains never being found.
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54) Winged Death – 1934

  • Book Summary: When a dead body is discovered in the Orange Hotel, the only clues to their demise are a journal, a strange dead fly floating in a bottle of ammonia, and mysterious symbols written in ink on the ceiling of the room. A disturbing story of envy, competition, revenge, and murder, “Winged Death” is highly recommended for fans of horror fiction and would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) was an American writer of supernatural horror fiction. Though his works remained largely unknown and did not furnish him with a decent living, Lovecraft is today considered to be among the most significant writers of supernatural horror fiction of the twentieth century. Other notable works by this author include: “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Rats in the Walls”, and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Read & Co. is publishing this short story now as part of our “Fantasy and Horror Classics” imprint in a new edition complete with a dedication by George Henry Weiss.
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55) Through the Gates of the Silver Key – 1934 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • Book Summary: Howard Phillips Lovecraft is incontestably a pioneer and master of modern horror. His work has inspired generations of writers for the past eighty years and has had a lasting cultural influence upon western civilisation. His unique narrative style, voice and universe combining elements of horror, science fiction and fantasy allowed him to create a vibrant and complex mythos that has stood the test of time well beyond his death, and has only increased in popularity and relevance. Known primarily for his main body of work, Lovecraft nonetheless compiled a significant number of collaborations and ghost writings in a lesser known body of work that often goes overlooked and underappreciated. This anthology seeks to compile the best of these works into one cohesive volume that stands as a tribute and testimony to their brilliance.
    Featured in this volume are the stories:Under the Pyramids
    The Curse of Yig
    The Mound
    The Man of Stone
    The Horror in the Museum
    Winged Death
    Through the Gates of the Silver Key
    Out of the Aeons
    Till Aèthe Seas
    The Disinterment
    The Night Ocean
    The Diary of Alonzo Typer
    In the Walls of Eryx
    Bothon
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56) Out of the Aeons – 1935

  • Book Summary: In 1879, a freighter captain discovered an uncharted island, presumably risen from its sunken state due to volcanic activity. From it, he recovered a strange mummy and a metal cylinder containing a scroll. A year later, the mummy is put on display in the museum, and the island mysteriously vanishes without a trace…
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57) Till A’the Seas – 1935

  • Book Summary: Till A’ the Seas is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft and R. H. Barlow.
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58) The Quest of Iranon – 1935 (HP Lovecraft Book in Dream Cycle Series)

  • Book Summary: “The Quest of Iranon” is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft. It was written on February 28, 1921, and was first published in the July/August 1935 issue of the magazine Galleon.
    The story is about a golden-haired youth who wanders into the city of Teloth, telling tales of the great city of Aira, where he was prince. While Iranon enjoys singing and telling his tales of wonder, few appreciate it. When a disenfranchised boy named Romnod suggests leaving Teloth to go to the famed city of Oonai (which he thinks may be Aira, now under a different name), Iranon takes him up on his offer.
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59) The Challenge from Beyond – 1935

  • Book Summary: Long-lost Collaborative Novelette of Supernatural Horror! A strange fragment of quartz carved with eldritch symbols sends its finder on a cosmic quest across space and time to face horrors unknown in this unique collaborative classic by five masters of dark fantasy: Frank Belknap Long, C. L Moore, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft., A. Merritt. As historian/critic Sam Moskowitz says, The Challenge from Beyond is “An All-Star game of supernatural horror. Though a series of special circumstances a group of all-time great writers of fantasy came together to collaborate on a single story … a literary landmark.” A Futures-Past Dwarf-Star Classic Novelette.
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60) At the Mountains of Madness – 1936 (Fifth on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • Book Summary: From adapter and illustrator Gou Tanabe, comes H.P Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. This manga adaptation of some of Lovecraft’s best stories is perfect for manga fans and Lovecraft fans alike. With art resembling more of a western comic book, this book lends itself well as a ‘gateway’ for those who are looking to get into manga!January 25, 1931: an expedition team arrives at a campsite in Antarctica…to find its crew of men and sled dogs strewn and dead. Some are hideously mangled, as if in rage–some have been dissected in a curious and cold-blooded manner. Some are missing. But a still more horrific sight is the star-shaped mound of snow nearby…for under its five points is a grave–and what lies beneath is not human!At the Mountains of Madness is a journey into the core of Lovecraft’s mythos–the deep caverns and even deeper time of the inhospitable continent where the secret history of our planet is preserved–amidst the ruins of its first civilization, built by the alien Elder Things with the help of their bioengineered monstrosities, the shoggoths. Since it was first published in Astounding Stories during the classic pulp era, At the Mountains of Madness has influenced both horror and science fiction worldwide!
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61) The Shadow over Innsmouth – 1936 (Second on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • Book Summary: The tale of a strange, hybrid race — half-human and half-unknown creature — that resembles a cross between a fish and frog, that dwells in the disrepaired seaside village of Innsmouth. The townspeople worship Cthulhu and the Philistine deity, Dagon.
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62) The Shadow Out of Time – 1936

  • Book Summary: In 1908, Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee experiences an unfortunate fainting spell. Five years later, he finally returns to his senses, but has no recollection of these lost years of his life. As he attempts to discover what happened during this time, he becomes increasingly tormented by vivid, disturbing dreams―dreams that will lead him on a journey through space and time to unlock the secrets of his past and of the universe.Praise for The Shadow Out of Time:“A great way for a novice reader to discover the work of H. P. Lovecraft.” ―New York Journal of Books“Watching Culbard’s fussy gents go stark raving nuts is always a blast, and this one may be his best yet.” ―Booklist
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63) The Haunter of the Dark – 1936 (Book 3 in the Omnibus Series of HP Lovecraft)

  • Book Summary: The Haunter of the Dark is presented here with the Robert Bloch story that inspired it, The Shambler from the Stars, and Bloch s later rejoinder, The Shadow from the Steeple, which comprise a trilogy of sorts. The Haunter provides a glimpse into a dark sect and their secret laid in an old Providence church. Also included is The Thing on the Doorstep, an identity swapping tale of fiendish proportions and the short but powerful piece, Nyarlathotep, perhaps a prescient and chilling glimpse into our future? CONTENTS Preface by Pete Von Sholly Introduction by S. T. Joshi The Thing on the Doorstep by H. P. Lovecraft Excised Passages in The Thing on the Doorstep by S. T. Joshi The Haunter of the Dark by H. P. Lovecraft The Shambler from the Stars by Robert Bloch Sonnet XXI (Nyarlathotep) by H. P. Lovecraft The Shadow from the Steeple by Robert Bloch Nyarlathotep by H. P. Lovecraft The Spider by Hanns Heinz Ewers Some Antecedents of the Shining Trapezohedron by Steven J. Mariconda The Haunter Letters by H. P. Lovecraft A Eulogy for the Church of The Haunter of the Dark by Robert Bloch
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64) The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories – 1937

  • Book Summary: A definitive edition of stories by the master of supernatural fictionHoward Phillips Lovecraft’s unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This Penguin Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master’s tales-from his early short stories “Under the Pyramids” (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and “The Music of Erich Zann” (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, “The Dunwich Horror,” The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness.The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi’s illuminating introduction and notes to each story.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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65) The Thing on the Doorstep – 1937

  • Book Summary: Friends since childhood, Dan and Edward had a closeness that allowed them to share the deepest of secrets. Yet when Edward’s marriage led him into a study of the dark arts it drove a wedge of horror between these best of friends.In this classic stand-alone tale of horror, occultism, and madness, H. P. Lovecraft adds to his mythos with a tale that builds on the story of the Escape from Innsmouth. Interestingly it also crosses over with the Robert E. Howard’s story called The Black Stone, making this story an essential for fans of Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos.
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66) Azathoth – 1938

  • Book Summary: The modern world has been stripped of imagination and belief in magic when a man gazing from his window upon the stars comes to observe secret vistas unsuspected by normal humanity. One night the gulf between his world and the stars is bridged, and his mind ascends from his body out into the boundless cosmos.
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67) History of the Necronomicon – 1938

  • Book Summary: History of the Necronomicon
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68) The Diary of Alonzo Typer – 1938

  • Book Summary: Alonzo Typer lived an exotic life as researcher of the occult, his studies taking him to many interesting places around the world including India, Nepal, Tibet, Indochina and Easter Island. His final adventure to a dilapidated manor house once owned by suspected witches, however, seemed on the surface much less exciting. Yet it was on this seemingly innocuous trip in 1908 that Alonzo disappeared, leaving only his diary as evidence of the terrible secrets that lay within the cursed house. Originally published in the “Weird Tales” in 1938, “The Diary of Alonzo Typer” is a classic example of horror fiction written by H. P. Lovecraft. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) was an American writer of supernatural horror fiction. Though his works remained largely unknown and did not furnish him with a decent living, Lovecraft is today considered to be among the most significant writers of supernatural horror fiction of the twentieth century. Read & Co. is publishing this classic short story now as part of our “Fantasy and Horror Classics” imprint in a new edition with a dedication by George Henry Weiss.
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69) The Outsider and Others – 1939

  • Book Summary: The Outsider and Others
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70) Medusa’s Coil – 1939

  • Book Summary: Medusa’s Coil is a classic American horror story by H. P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop. The drive toward Cape Girardeau had been through unfamiliar country; and as the late afternoon light grew golden and half-dreamlike I realized that I must have directions if I expected to reach the town before night. I did not care to be wandering about these bleak southern Missouri lowlands after dark, for roads were poor and the November cold rather formidable in an open roadster. Black clouds, too, were massing on the horizon; so I looked about among the long, grey and blue shadows that streaked the flat, brownish fields, hoping to glimpse some house where I might get the needed information.
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71) The Evil Clergyman – 1939

  • Book Summary: A researcher looking into the past of a clergyman killed because of his works with the black arts becomes the desire of the clergyman, who wants to live again.This annotated version contains:
    * Story
    * Commentary
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72) In the Walls of Eryx – 1939

  • Book Summary: In the Walls of Eryx is a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Sterling in 1936
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73) The Tree on the Hill – 1940

  • Book Summary: The story is written in first person. It depicts the main character going outside Hampden and finding a special tree. The tree makes him day dream about a big temple in a land with three suns. The temple was half-violet, half-blue. Some shadows attracted him into the inside. He thought he saw three flaming eyes watching him and he shouted twice and the vision was gone.
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74) The Mound – 1940 (Ninth on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • Book Summary: The Mound is possibly the undiscovered Lovecraft epic long relegated to the dust-bin of so-called revisions this short novel comes very close to the quality and scope of Lovecraft s finest, rivaling even The Shadow Out of Time or At the Mountains of Madness in scope. It tells of a hidden underground world and details no less than another history of life on our planet, evoking Cthulhu, Yig and Clark Ashton Smith s Tsathoggua, their disciples and some grisly re-animated corpse variations sure to curdle the blood of the imaginative reader! CONTENTS Introduction by S. T. Joshi The Mound by H. P. Lovecraft Who Wrote “The Mound”? by S. T. Joshi “The Mound”; An Appreciation by Peter Cannon Afterword: Some Notes on “The Mound” by Pete Von Sholly
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75) Sweet Ermengarde – 1940

  • Book Summary: Sweet Ermengarde or The Heart of a Country Girl is a short comedy ( 2,740 words ) H. P. Lovecraft under the pseudonym “Percy Simple”. It was probably written between 1919 and 1921 and is the only work of fiction by Lovecraft that cannot be dated with precision. The story is a parody of romantic melodrama, centring on Ethyl Ermengarde Stubbs and her relationships with various suitors.
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76) The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath – 1943 (Sixth on HP Lovecraft Best Book List and 3rd Book in the Randolph Carter Series)

  • Book Summary: “Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it.” Randolph Carter embarks on an epic quest across a world beyond the wall of sleep, in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of this magical city, they do not answer, and his dreams stop altogether. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, and beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there—but that won’t stop Randolph Carter from trying.
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77) Fungi from Yuggoth – 1943

  • Book Summary: H.P. Lovecraft’s famous cosmic sonnet cycle, along with selected complimentary poems and prose fragments, lavishly illustrated by D M Mitchell, editor of the acclaimed Lovecraftian anthology The Starry Wisdom. The book’s visuals parallel rather than literally illustrate the texts, drawing out a lineage for Lovecraft’s work far from that usually attributed to him, that of ‘gothic horror’ or pessimistic Science Fiction. They dig into roots of Symbolism, Surrealism, Esoterica, and trace his descent via the posthuman texts of William S Burroughs and David Britton.
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78) The case of Charles Dexter Ward – 1943

  • Book Summary: An escaped madman. Unspeakable research into the blackest depths of the occult. Shadowy figures ruthlessly pursuing unholy secrets. Will a young man’s thirst for knowledge push him over the brink to madness, or will it lead him to a fate far, far worse?
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79) The Transition of Juan Romero – 1944

  • Book Summary: The Transition of Juan Romero (+Biography and Bibliography) (6X9po Glossy Cover Finish) :” Of the events which took place at the Norton Mine on October eighteenth and nineteenth, 1894, I have no desire to speak. A sense of duty to science is all that impels me to recall, in the last years of my life, scenes and happenings fraught with a terror doubly acute because I cannot wholly define it. But I believe that before I die I should tell what I know of the – shall I say transition – of Juan Romero. “
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80) The Lurker at the Threshold – 1945

  • Book Summary: He is not to open the door which leads to the strange time and place, nor to invite Him Who lurks at the threshold …” went the warning in the old family manuscript that Ambrose Dewart discovered when he returned to his ancestral home in the deep woods of rural Massachusetts. Dewart’s investigations into his family’s sinister past eventually lead to the unspeakable revelations of The Great Old Ones who wait on the boundaries of space and time for someone to summon them to earth. Acclaimed cult horror writer H. P. Lovecraft’s notes and outlines for this tale of uncanny terror were completed by August Derleth, his friend and future publisher. Of the many Lovecraft-Derleth “posthumous collaborations,” The Lurker at the Threshold remains the most popular, having sold 50,000 copies in its previous edition alone.
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81) Something About Cats and Other Pieces – 1949

  • Book Summary: 1.”A Prefatory Note” by August Derleth
    2.”The Invisible Monster” by Sonia H. Greene
    3.”Four O’Clock” by Sonia H. Greene
    4.”The Horror in the Burying Ground” by Hazel Heald
    5.”The Last Test” by Adolphe de Castro
    6.”The Electric Executioner” by Adolphe de Castro
    7.”Satan’s Servants” by Robert Bloch
    8.”The Despised Pastoral”
    9.”Time and Space”
    10.”Merlinus Redivivus”
    11.”At the Root”
    12.”The Materialist Today”
    13.”Vermont: A First Impression”
    14.”The Battle That Ended the Century”
    15.”Notes for The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
    16.”Discarded Draught of The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
    17.”Notes for At the Mountains of Madness”
    18.”Notes for The Shadow Out of Time”
    19.”Phaeton”
    20.”August”
    21.”To the American Flag”
    22.”To a Youth”
    23.”My Favorite Character”
    24.”To Templeton and Mount Manadnock”
    25.”The House”
    26.”The City”
    27.”The Po-et’s Nightmare”
    28.”Sir Thomas Tryout”
    29.”Lament for the Vanished Spider”
    30.”Regnar Lodbrug’s Epicedium”
    31.”A Memoir of Lovecraft” by Rheinhart Kleiner
    32.”Howard Phillips Lovecraft” by Samuel Loveman
    33.”Lovecraft as I Knew Him” by Sonia H. Davis
    34.”Lovecraft’s Sensitivity” by August Derleth
    35.”Lovecraft’s Conservative” by August Derleth
    36.”The Man Who Was Lovecraft” by E. Hoffmann Price
    37.”A Literary Copernicus” by Fritz Leiber, Jr.
    38.”Providence: Two Gentlemen Meet at Midnight” by August Derleth
    39.”HPL” by Vincent StarrettCover Illustration: Ronald Clyne
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82) The Secret Cave, or John Lees Adventure – 1959

  • Book Summary: The Secret Cave, or John Lees Adventure
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83) The Mysterious Ship – 1959

  • Book Summary: “The Mysterious Ship” is a story story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) — known as H.P. Lovecraft — was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His father was confined to a mental institution when Lovecraft was three years old. His grandfather, a wealthy businessman, enjoyed storytelling and was an early influence. Intellectually precocious but sensitive, Lovecraft began composing rudimentary horror tales by the age of eight, but suffered from overwhelming feelings of anxiety. He encountered problems with classmates in school, and was kept at home by his highly strung and overbearing mother for illnesses that may have been psychosomatic. In high school, Lovecraft was able to better connect with his peers and form friendships. He also involved neighborhood children in elaborate make-believe projects, only regretfully ceasing the activity at seventeen years old. Despite leaving school in 1908 without graduating — he found mathematics particularly difficult — Lovecraft had developed a formidable knowledge of his favored subjects, such as history, linguistics, chemistry, and astronomy. Although he seems to have had some social life, attending meetings of a club for local young men, Lovecraft, in early adulthood, was established in a reclusive ‘nightbird’ lifestyle without occupation or pursuit of romantic adventures. In 1913 his conduct of a long running controversy in the letters page of a story magazine led to his being invited to participate in an amateur journalism association. Encouraged, he started circulating his stories; he was 31 at the time of his first publication in a professional magazine. Lovecraft contracted a marriage to an older woman he had met at an association conference. By age 34, he was a regular contributor to newly founded Weird Tales magazine; he turned down an offer of the editorship. Lovecraft returned to Providence from New York in 1926, and over the next nine months he produced some of his most celebrated tales including “The Call of Cthulhu”, canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.
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84) The Mystery of the Grave-Yard – 1959

  • Book Summary: “The Mystery of the Grave-Yard” is a story story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) — known as H.P. Lovecraft — was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His father was confined to a mental institution when Lovecraft was three years old. His grandfather, a wealthy businessman, enjoyed storytelling and was an early influence. Intellectually precocious but sensitive, Lovecraft began composing rudimentary horror tales by the age of eight, but suffered from overwhelming feelings of anxiety. He encountered problems with classmates in school, and was kept at home by his highly strung and overbearing mother for illnesses that may have been psychosomatic. In high school, Lovecraft was able to better connect with his peers and form friendships. He also involved neighborhood children in elaborate make-believe projects, only regretfully ceasing the activity at seventeen years old. Despite leaving school in 1908 without graduating — he found mathematics particularly difficult — Lovecraft had developed a formidable knowledge of his favored subjects, such as history, linguistics, chemistry, and astronomy. Although he seems to have had some social life, attending meetings of a club for local young men, Lovecraft, in early adulthood, was established in a reclusive ‘nightbird’ lifestyle without occupation or pursuit of romantic adventures. In 1913 his conduct of a long running controversy in the letters page of a story magazine led to his being invited to participate in an amateur journalism association. Encouraged, he started circulating his stories; he was 31 at the time of his first publication in a professional magazine. Lovecraft contracted a marriage to an older woman he had met at an association conference. By age 34, he was a regular contributor to newly founded Weird Tales magazine; he turned down an offer of the editorship. Lovecraft returned to Providence from New York in 1926, and over the next nine months he produced some of his most celebrated tales including “The Call of Cthulhu”, canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively straitened circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died at the age of 46.
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85) Old Bugs – 1959

  • Book Summary: “Old Bugs” is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, probably written shortly before July 1919. It was first published in the Arkham House volume “The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces” (1959).
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86) The Dunwich Horror and Others – 1963 (Fourth on HP Lovecraft Best Book List)

  • Book Summary: The Dunwich Horror and Others
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87) Selected Letters of H. P. Lovecraft I – 1964

  • Book Summary: Selected Letters of H. P. Lovecraft I
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88) At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels – 1964

  • Book Summary: NIGHTMARE STORIES FROM THE LAND OF TOTAL FEARRenowned as one of the great horror-writers of all time,H. P. LOVECRAFT produced works of enduring power. Now gathered together into this omnibus volume are seven classics of screaming supernatural terror and vilest horror …
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89) Dagon and Other Macabre Tales – 1965 (Book two in the Omnibus Series of HP Lovecraft)

  • Book Summary: STEP INTO A NIGHTMARE WORLD OF HELLISH HORROR…Crawling, clawing, sliming horror, seeping from the night-tipped pen of that Grand Master of heart-stopping supernatural terror – H.P. LOVECRAFTSample a dark universe peopled with gods best forgotten and strange races best left undiscovered. Shudder in the dank breath of an ages- old evil blowing icily from the dusk-shrouded eons of a time before history. Savour, in this classic collection of masterpieces of the weird and eerie, the grave-fresh tang of total fear. Here is horror to set your skin trawling from your spine’s base to your scalp-and back again
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90) The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions – 1970

  • Book Summary: With an Introduction by M.J. Elliott. My eyes, perversely shaken open, gazed for an instant upon a sight which no human creature could even imagine without panic, fear and physical exhaustion… A wax museum in London boasts a new exhibit, which no man has seen and remained sane… A businessman is trapped in a train carriage with a madman who claims to have created a new and efficient method of capital punishment… A doctor plans a horrible revenge, using as his murder weapon an insect believed capable of consuming the human soul… Within these pages, some of H P Lovecraft’s more obscure works of horror and science fiction can be found, including several fantastic tales from his celebrated Cthulhu Mythos. No true Lovecraft aficionado dare be without this volume. The majority of the stories in this edition appeared previously in The Loved Dead (ISBN 9781840226225)
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91) The Watchers Out of Time and Others – 1974

  • Book Summary: From the front flap of this 405 page book: “The story themes set forth by H.P. Lovecraft and developed by August Derleth, have been collected into one omnibus of post-mortem collaborations belonging virtually to every period of Lovecraft’s work. The tales follow a common pattern. A lineal descendent of the Whateleys, the Marshes, or the Bishops – or a similarly molded character of problematical nature – settles among the rugged hills and dark forests of his New England ancestry or in the neighborhood of a deteriorated coastal town. Occasionally, a nocturnal habitue of the byways and alleys of the Rhode Island capital succeeds the customary figure. Ancient rites and black magic still abet the forces of evil. The vestigial aura of malignancy pervading the landscape and the concomitant pipping of the frogs and whippoorwills give substance to the strange half-whispered tales among the old families. Inevitably the protagonist’s curiosity and subsequent investigations prove his downfall – but, fortunately, not before the hasty scrawls of the perennial manuscript have produced those pleasant nostalgic shudders. The resemblances, the, are obvious. But Derleth, cleverly and entertainingly, maintains interest and suspense, rearranging with novel twists and varying distortion the fundamental elements. For devotees of the Gothic tradition, this collection is a feast of good reading, incurring a debt of gratitude to August Derleth for preserving the essence of that eldritch world created by H.P. Lovecraft.”
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92) Los que acechan en el abismo – 1974

  • Book Summary: Los que acechan en el abismo
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93) To Quebec and the Stars – 1976

  • Book Summary: To Quebec and the Stars
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94) En La Cripta – 1980

  • Book Summary: Recreación del relato tradicional de fantasmas, En la cripta es uno de los nueve cuentos recogidos en este volumen y que constituyen muestra representativa de las diversas facetas de la obra, tan unitaria como compleja, de H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). En ella, los cultos olvidados, las doctrinas esotéricas y las fuerzas ocultas encarnadas en dioses arquetípicos se conjugan en una original concepción del relato de terror que aspira a la construcción de un universo mítico y a la codificación de una cosmogonía.
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95) The Best of H. P. Lovecraft – 1982

  • Book Summary: “H.P. 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.”—H.P. LovecraftThis is the collection that true fans of horror fiction must have: sixteen of H.P. Lovecraft’s most horrifying visions, including:The 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 mankind.
    The Dunwich Horror: An evil man’s desire to perform an unspeakable ritual leads him in search of the fabled text of The Necronomicon.
    The Colour Out of Space: A horror from the skies—far worse than any nuclear fallout—transforms a man into a monster.
    The Shadow Over Innsmouth: Rising from the depths of the sea, an unspeakable horror engulfs a quiet New England town.Plus twelve more terrifying tales!
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96) The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft – 1994

  • Book Summary: Contemporary visions of cosmic transformation, mutation and madness – many inspired directly by the life and writings of H.P. Lovecraft, others reflecting his strangely presentient themes in their own bizarre sub-texts. Here the primal beings of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos stalk a post-modern landscape of social collapse, ethnic cleansing, genetic engineering and nuclear devastation – nightmare prophecies from his pulp pages which have now come chillingly true. The undercurrents of sexual and ecological displacement which powered Lovecraft’s work have ï¬nally been laid bare, providing this maligned genius with a long-overdue retrospective and revealing him to be a true prophet of the 20th century. This special ebook edition includes the very best fiction from both volumes of The Starry Wisdom, with a total of 29 stories. Authors include ALANˆMOORE, GRANTˆMORRISON , D.M. MITCHELL, ROBERT M. PRICE , DONˆWEBB, DAVIDˆCONWAY, and many others.
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97) The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft – 1997

  • Book Summary: New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection“The most exciting and definitive collection of Lovecraft’s work out there.” –Danielle Trussoni, New York Times Book ReviewNo lover of gothic literature will want to be without this literary keepsake, the final volume of Leslie Klinger’s tour-de-force chronicle of Lovecraft’s canon.In 2014, The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft was published to widespread acclaim― vaunted as a “treasure trove” (Joyce Carol Oates) for Lovecraft aficionados and general readers, alike. Hailed by Harlan Ellison as an “Olympian landmark of modern gothic literature,” the volume included twenty-two of Lovecraft’s original stories. Now, in this final volume, best- selling author Leslie S. Klinger reanimates twenty-five additional stories, the balance of Lovecraft’s significant fiction, including “Rats in the Wall,” a post– World War I story about the terrors of the past, and the newly contextualized “The Horror at Red Hook,” which recently has been adapted by best- selling novelist Victor LaValle. In following Lovecraft’s own literary trajectory, readers can witness his evolution from Rhode Island critic to prescient literary genius whose titanic influence would only be appreciated decades after his death. Including hundreds of eye- opening annotations and dozens of rare images, Beyond Arkham finally provides the complete picture of Lovecraft’s unparalleled achievements in fiction.200 illustrations
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98) Waking Up Screaming: Haunting Tales of Terror – 2003

  • Book Summary: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
    –H. P. LOVECRAFT

    Welcome to the world of H. P. Lovecraft, the undisputed master of terror. His work has inspired countless nightmares, and this collection of some of his most chilling stories is likely to inspire even more.Cool Air–An icy apartment hides secrets no man dares unlock.
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward–Ward delves into the black arts and resurrects the darkest evil from beyond the grave.
    The Terrible Old Man–The intruders seek a fortune but find only death.
    Herbert West–Reanimator–Mad experiments yield hideous results in this bloodcurdling tale, the inspiration for the cult film Re-Animator.
    The Shadow Over Innsmouth–A small fishing town’s population is obscenely corrupted by a race of fiendish undersea creatures.
    The Lurking Fear–An upstate New York clan degenerates into thunder-crazed mole like creatures with a taste for human flesh.PLUS TEN OTHER SPINE-TINGLING TALES
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99) Lovecraft: Tales – 2005

  • Book Summary: In this Library of America volume, the best-selling novelist Peter Straub brings together the very best of H. P. Lovecraft’s fiction in a treasury guaranteed to bring fright and delight both to longtime fans and to readers new to his work. Early stories such as “The Outsider,” “The Music of Erich Zann,” “Herbert West–Reanimator,” and “The Lurking Fear” demonstrate Lovecraft’s uncanny ability to blur the distinction between reality and nightmare, sanity and madness, the human and non-human. “The Horror at Red Hook” and “He” reveal the fascination and revulsion Lovecraft felt for New York City; “Pickman’s Model” uncovers the frightening secret behind an artist’s work; “The Rats in the Walls” is a terrifying descent into atavistic horror; and “The Colour Out of Space” explores the eerie impact of a meteorite on a remote Massachusetts valley.In such later works as “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Whisperer in Darkness,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” and “The Shadow Out of Time,” Lovecraft developed his own nightmarish mythology in which encounters with ancient, pitiless extraterrestrial intelligences wreak havoc on hapless humans who only gradually begin to glimpse “terrifying vistas of reality, and our frightful position therein.” Moving from old New England towns haunted by occult pasts to Antarctic wastes that disclose appalling secrets, Lovecraft’s tales continue to exert a dread fascination.LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
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100) Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft: Commemorative Edition – 2008

  • Book Summary: WIKIPEDIA says: ‘H.P. Lovecraft’s reputation has grown tremendously over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, exerting an influence that is widespread, though often indirect.’ His tales of the tentacled Elder God Cthulhu and his pantheon of alien deities were initially written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and ’30s. These astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published.THE NECRONOMICON collects together the very best of Lovecraft’s tales of terror, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were originally published. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft’s fiction, as well as being a must-buy for those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive volume.
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101) Against Religion: The Atheist Writings of H.P. Lovecraft – 2010

  • Book Summary: Against Religion contains the major writings on religion, materialism, and spirituality by master horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Including an introduction and notes by celebrated Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi and a foreword by noted atheist and writer Christopher Hitchens, this essential editions brings a new voice to the religious debate, and Lovecraft’s clairvoyant writing on the topic is as prescient today as it was during his lifetime. H.P. Lovecraft is the author of numerous weird tales, among them The Call of Cthulhu. His recent inclusion in the Library of America marks his unique contribution to the horror genre, and his continuing influence on writers in all genres today. S.T. Joshi is the author of H.P. Lovecrtaft: A Life, and the leading scholar and editor of Lovecraft’s work. Christopher Hitchens is the New York Times bestselling author of God Is Not Great, and editor of The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever.
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102) Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre – 2011

  • Book Summary: Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre
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103) The Lovecraft Compendium – 2016

  • Book Summary: H.P. Lovecraft marries creeping horror and colossal fantasy in his gothic tales. These brilliant narratives show humanity confronted with ineffable creatures and grim geographies, as individuals lift the veil of our known reality.This collection contains the five stories that reference one of H. P. Lovecraft’s greatest creations – Cthulhu. They include ‘Dagon’, ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, ‘The Dunwich Horror’, ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ and ‘The Haunter of the Dark’. Each one is testament to the power of Lovecraft’s imagination in his grotesque tentacled monster known as Cthulhu.
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