The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
by H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The unique collection of strange tales of the American master of horror, HPLovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Strange Stories is edited with an introduction and notes by STJoshi in Penguin Modern ClassicsCredibility to invent the contemporary horror of tradition, HPLovecraft redid the genre in the early 20th centuryThrowing away ghosts and witches, and instead of viewing humanity at the mercy of a chaotic and malicious universe, Lovecraft’s unique works turn out to be a huge influence on the contemporary horror of authors like Stephen King.This selection of short stories start from the early days of narratives of nightmares and madness like “The Stranger” and “Rats in the Walls”, through the comic grotesque “Herbert West – Reanimator” and “The Dog”, for the extraterrestrial terror of “Cthulhu Call”, which fuses traditional supernatural fuses with science-fictionIncluding the definitive corrected texts, this collection reveals Lovecraft’s development is hypnotizing narrative style and also establishes a very influential and visionary American writer.Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), born in Providence, Rhode Island was self-taught and lived in his hometown all his life as a freelancer, journalist, and ghostwriter.Using several pen names, he contributed for his supernatural/horror and science-fiction/fantasy stories from different magazines, but his reputation as a writer rests mainly on the 60 or so stories he published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales from 1923 onwards.If you’ve enjoyed The Cthulhu Call, you’ll also enjoy Arthur Machen’s White People and Other Bizarre Stories, available in Penguin Classics.The twentieth century of dark and baroque horror story Prince Stephen King
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