If you are new to Lovecraft, this is an ideal collection of his stories to start you off with. Comprising 18 of Lovecraft’s short stories (he wrote very few novel-length stories), a comprehensive introduction with suggestions for further reading, and 59 pages of explanatory notes (each story is covered individually, most of the notes are only a few lines) (the introduction and notes both having been written by well-known Lovecraft scholar S T Joshi), this is one of the best collections of Lovecraft stories out there, and there are alot out there.
Included are some of the better and more well-known stories: Dagon, Herbert West – Reanimator (which is also now a series of comedy horror films), The Hound, and The Shadow Over Innsmouth (this has been turned into a film, but the film was instead titled Dagon, which does share a common theme with this story) alongside stories that usually get less mention but, on the whole, are still about as good.
I must point out that both Reanimator and The Shadow Over Innsmouth are quite a bit longer than most Lovecraft stories, and Reanimator appears in a serialized format, because it was initially written as a series for a magazine, spread over several parts. And no, I haven’t seen any of the films yet.
Well worth getting if you want to see what all the fuss is about, but if you already have a couple (or more) of Lovecraft books, the chances are you’ll have over half of the included stories already – the stories are: Dagon, The Statement Of Randolph Carter, Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn And His Family, Celephais, Nyarlathotep, The Picture In The House, The Outsider, Herbert West- Reanimator, The hound, The Rats In The Walls, The Festival, He, Cool Air, The Call Of Cthulhu, The Colour Out Of Space, The Whisperer In The Darkness, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Haunter Of The Dark
The introduction and notes are also very interesting, if you wish to know a little more about Lovecraft himself.Powered by Sidelines