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

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Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Mfg Part# 9781453875100
SKU 219185981
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1453875107
Release Date 12/9/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
H. P. Lovecraft
H. P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived for almost all his life. When he was 7, his father died, after being institutionalized for madness related to, it is suspected, syphilis. Spending much of his childhood isolated due to poor health, Lovecraft used the time to read. After he dropped out of high school following a "nervous breakdown," he began to write short stories inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and others. Still living at home with his increasingly ill mother, Lovecraft found work as a freelance journalist for local papers, even working as an astrology columnist. In 1917 he became president of the United Amateur Press Association, a post he held again in 1923. By then, he had already written a handful of stories, but it wasn't until the early 1920s that his work took on a unifying form. In 1922 he began writing what would become the 60-odd stories that compile the Cthulhu Mythos. These stories feature an extremely cohesive, if tremendously complex, system of gods and monsters, and their interactions among themselves and with humans across a multitude of dimensions. From 1923 onwards, almost all of Lovecraft's short fiction appeared in Weird Tales, a pulp magazine where many of the future writers who came to emulate and idolize him first encountered his work. He married and moved to New York for two years before divorcing and returning to Providence in 1926. Inspired by his stories in Weird Tales, Lovecraft's many fans wrote to him and, as a result, he co-wrote stories with some of them. In 1931, his mother died in the same asylum as his father. Six years later, Lovecraft died of cancer. In 1939, one of his acquaintances, August Derleth, co-founded Arkham House, a publishing company dedicated to Lovecraft's works. The business didn't become successful until the mid-1940s, but it is largely through Arkham's efforts that Lovecraft--and, later, other authors--became widely known and respected.
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Editors Note Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, but his reputation since then has grown in leaps, and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.For decades there was a long and complex controversy about copyright regarding H. P. Lovecraft's stories, but it is now clear in recent years that his stories have effectively entered into the public domain as there is no record of copyright renewals at the Library of Congress, and other factors also have indicated the same. One feels that Lovecraft would not have minded, as he was very generous with his work and encouraged other authors to borrow ideas from him and develop them.Joyce Carol Oates compared Lovecraft to Edgar Allan Poe and wrote that he had "an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horrorfiction."This original new edition is a collection of half a dozen tales which make up his very best work.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0270
Publisher Createspace
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