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The author of the book: H.P. Lovecraft
Edition: Suhrkamp Verlag
Date of issue: November 1976
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Like the other two Joshi Lovecraft anthologies, this collection is helpfully annotated, expertly introduced, and includes pieces Lovecraft wrote throughout his career. The two earliest--"The Tomb" and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"--are crude, but characteristic of their author in the way they assume that true horror is born from the human mind's capacity for transcending space and time and the possibility that entities from beyond space and time can take advantage of this human capacity. The two Dunsanian imitations--"The White Ship" and "The Quest of Iranon"--each have a distinctive Lovecraftian touch. "The Music of Eric Zann" and "Pickman's Model" are both masterpieces of Lovecraft's early maturity, short in length and economical in their effects. By far the worst piece of writing included in this volume is "Under the Pyramids," a fantastic first-person narrative ghost written for Harry Houdini; the prose is so overwrought it often seems like parody, but good parody is far more amusing than this is.
The anthology ends with three of the authors most effective works: "The Dunwich Horror" (a powerful long short story marred by a conventional ending which dissipates that true horror of Wilbur Whateley's death and the revelation of his alien nature), "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" (a novel which effectively combines a Lovecraft-like protagonist with a Hawthorneian gothic atmosphere and a host of subterranean horrors), and "The Mountains of Madness" (an impressionistic and abstract short novel which evokes horror primarily through the suggestive details of an antarctic landscape). All in all, this is a fine representative anthology.
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Read information about the authorHoward Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.
Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.
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