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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143106481
ISBN-13: 9780143106487
Sku: 220345972
Publish Date: 9/27/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1.25T
Pages:  420
Age Range:  22 to UP
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A collection of stories from H.P. Lovecraft, the unrivaled master of early-twentieth-century horror Frequently imitated and widely influential, H. P. Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre for the twentieth century. Discarding witches and ghosts, he envisaged mankind as an outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi makes his selection from the early tales of nightmares and madness to the overpowering cosmic terror of ''The Call of Cthulhu''. This is the first paperback edition to include the definitive corrected texts of these classics of American fantasy fiction.
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A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror in a Penguin Classics Deluxe edition with cover art by Travis Louie.

"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." -Stephen King

Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical- and visionary-American writer.

Author Bio
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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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0420
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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