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Tales of H. P. Lovecraft
[9780061374609]
$6.79

TALES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT.

By H.P. LOVECRAFT.

Edited by Joyce Carol Oates.

Cover by Mike Mignola.

REVIEW:

A collection of ten prototypical stories by Lovecraft (18901937), the influential myth-and monster-maker of Providence, Rhode Island, whose extravagantly gothic tales have spawned and inspired such latterday disciples as Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell. Its ingenuous for Ecco to claim that ``Now, at last we have a representative Lovecraft (considering all that several publishers have done over the years to keep even his ephemera in print). Still, here are some of his best, including such comparatively little-known triumphs as a harrowing depiction of a surrender to madness (``The Dreams in the Witch-House) and a superb haunted-house tale (``The Shunned House). Oatess brief, incisive introduction suggestively compares Lovecrafts experiences and temperament with those of his mentor Poe, and helpfully summarizes the content of the formers apparently immortal ``Chthulu Mythos. One misses only Lovecrafts hair-raising novella ``The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. But even without it this attractive volume offers a fine chance to sample Lovecrafts ghoulish pleasures. --Krkus Reviews.

OVERVIEW: When he died in 1937, destitute and emotionally as well as physically ruined, H. P. Lovecraft had no idea that he would one day be celebrated as the godfather of modern horror. A dark visionary, his work would influence an entire generation of writers, including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, and Anne Rice. Now, the most important tales of this distinctive American storyteller have been collected in a single volume by National Book Award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates. In tales that combine the nineteenth-century gothic sensibility of Edgar Allan Poe with a uniquely daring internal vision, Lovecraft fuses the supernatural and mundane into a terrifying, complex, and exquisitely realized vision, foretelling a psychically troubled century to come. Set in a meticulously described New England landscape, here are harrowing stories that explore the total collapse of sanity beneath the weight of chaotic events - stories of myth and madness that release monsters into our world. Lovecrafts universe is a frightening shadow world where reality and nightmare intertwine, and redemption can come only from below.

ABOUT THE EDITOR: Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award), and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina) and The Gravediggers Daughter.

Harper Trade Paperback 328 Pages. Remaindered and sold as is. List Price $15.00.

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