Tuesday, July 17, 2012


The Best Weird Tales of HP Lovecraft

I've known of Lovecraft and his status as a classic horror writer for a long time, but it's only been in the past few years that pushed me to delve into the mythos. It started with a couple of audiobooks and listening to a few of the discussions on the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast and I was hooked. I needed a collection of my own.

There are many different versions of Lovecraft collections but I'll freely admit that I wanted a hardback copy of the Necronomicon collection for the creep factor. A black hardcover with a title like Necronomicon with a title like the Necronomicon printed across the top is much cooler than the usual paperback.

I really enjoy Lovecraft. His imagery and phrasing is beautiful and haunting and horrifying. His creatures are terrible and fascinating. Some of his stories feature classically delightful twists and others are so dreamlike and complex that they blew my mind.

If you are at all interested in classic monster horror, you should pick up some Lovecraft. Picking up one or two of his more well known stories - The Call of Cthulhu, The Mountains of Madness, Dagon, The Shadow Over Innsmouth - and see how you like them. Don't be discouraged if you need breaks between stories; I'd actually recommend reading these stories between other books. They're great stories, but too many at once can be overwhelming.

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