The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
(science fiction, fantasy, horror > weird fiction, short stories)
Edited with an introduction and notes by S. T. Joshi.
A collection of stories from H. P. Lovecraft, the unrivaled master of early-twentieth-century horror.
Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Phillips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the twentieth century, discarding ghosts and witches and envisioning instead mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe.
Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter S. T. Joshi presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" and "Rats in the Walls," through the grotesquely comic "Herbert West – Reanimator" and "The Hound," to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "The Call of Cthulhu." The first paperback edition to include the definitive corrected tests, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical – and visionary – American writer.
"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
- Introduction by S.T. Joshi
- Suggestions for Further Reading
- A Note on the Text
- The Statement of Randolph Carter
- Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
- The Picture in the House
- The Outsider
- Herbert West – Reanimator
- The Hound
- The Rats in the Walls
- The Festival
- Cool Air
- The Call of Cthulhu
- The Colour Out of Space
- The Whisperer in Darkness
- The Shadow Over Innsmouth
- The Haunter of the Dark
- Explanatory Notes
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) is a well known American horror, fantasy and science fiction author. He is especially known for creating the Cthulhu Mythos.
H. P. Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, but his reputation has grown over the decades and he's regarded as one of the greatest and most influential horror writers of the 20th century. Lovecraft's short stories have inspired many authors, artists and directors.
Picture by Dominique Signoret. Source: Wikimedia Commons.