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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

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9780141182346

ISBN10:
0141182342
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Penguin Classics
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. Frequent illnesses in his youth disrupted his schooling, but Lovecraft gained a wide knowledge of many subjects through independent reading and study. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction-three short novels and about sixty short stories-has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Suggestions for Further Reading xxi
A Note on the Text xxv
Dagon
1(6)
The Statement of Randolph Carter
7(7)
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
14(10)
Celephais
24(7)
Nyarlathotep
31(3)
The Picture in the House
34(9)
The Outsider
43(7)
Herbert West---Reanimator
50(31)
The Hound
81(8)
The Rats in the Walls
89(20)
The Festival
109(10)
He
119(11)
Cool Air
130(9)
The Call of Cthulhu
139(31)
The Colour Out of Space
170(30)
The Whisperer in Darkness
200(68)
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
268(68)
The Haunter of the Dark
336(25)
Explanatory Notes 361


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