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I m going to read the whole of this book in 2019, in order most recently read at top 04 Feb 19 28 Herbert West Reanimator Now the genius is revealed Macabre horror at its best Weird, wonderful, shocking, imaginative, powerful 5 unable to look away, stars.03 Feb 19 27 The Music of Erich Zann An out of work philosopher discovers a mute with a musical bent for defending against eldritch horrors of a cosmic persuasion A defense that is weakening 5 spooky, stars.03 Feb 19 26 The Other Gods A Hubris breeds Nemesis tale as Barzai the Wise does something quite foolish and is never heard of again 2 just another over reach tale masquerading as fantasy history guff stars.03 Feb 19 25 The Outsider Self awareness can be a horrible shock especially if you are an uncanny, eldritch, apparition of horrific demeanor unfit for cultured company Still, forgetfulness is a balm for such sorrowful knowledge however it seems a tad disingenuous to claim loss of memory when talking about it3 Red Pill, stars.01 Feb 19 24 The Moon Bog Thankfully, back amongst the contemporary fantasy HPL s interpretation of the Sidhe of Ireland, defend a bog from being drained by a rich Irish American and his northern Ireland laborers Of course, everyone seems to have been uncannily transformed by eldritch powers of cosmic horror into fat and ugly frogs 4 Don t Mess with Nature, stars.01 Feb 19 23 The Quest of Iranon An immortal bard fruitlessly seeks an audience for the music wot e wrote Remains an unknown Humanity at fault for not having the wit and sensitivity to appreciate his art Dies in quicksand watched by an ancient shepherd 2 suck it up princess, stars.31 Jan 19 22 The Nameless City A cautionary tale about exploring ancient cities built by elder reptilian races, at night, by yourself, with naught but a guttering torch You also shouldn t leave your camel by itself at the front door Next time bring a stout rope whoops, no next time 3 ill prepared stars.30 Jan 19 21 Ex Oblivione Apparently drugs can unite you with the native infinity of crystal oblivion if that s what HPL discovered, I feel genuinely sorry for him 4 illimitable stars living in the sad space between ecstasy and desolation.29 Jan 19 20 The Picture in the Housefor there the dark elements of strength, solitude, grotesqueness, and ignorance combine to the perfection of the hideous. Nothing like a bit of back woods New England cannibalism on a cold, wet, and windy night 4 hungry stars.29 Jan 19 19 Nyarlathotep After a slow start, becomes an evocative, spooky, and relevant tale about how whole societies can be unhinged by a charismatic interloper 4 inconceivable stars.29 Jan 19 18 From Beyond Could ve inspired a dozen B Grade movies It s often better not to see what is normally Unseen 4 chilling stars.29 Jan 19 17 Celephais Authorial wish fulfillment A stark reminder of the distinction between harsh and unyielding reality, and dreams born of drug addiction Possibly, 3 uncertain stars.29 Jan 19 16 The Street One boring star A disappointment after the previous story You know having at least one main character would be a good idea29 Jan 19 15 Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family Was the hilarious comedy of this work unintentional I suspect so Entertaining and gripping, I suspect this is HPL s best work to date Some family secrets are best kept well secret 5 chuckling, mesmerized stars.27 Jan 19 14 The Temple Echoing Stoker s log of the Demeter, and Alien s the Nostromo, a u boat crew undergoes death by a thousand eldritch cuts 4 salty cursed stars.24 Jan 19 13 The Cats of Ulthar Reads like a fairy tale Beware the vengeance of cats 5 purring stars of contentment.24 Jan 19 12 The Tree I don t understand Not rated 24 Jan 19 11 The Terrible Old Man No country for easy victims 4 picking on the wrong guy stars.24 Jan 19 10 The Statement of Randolph Carter Mucking about with eldritch forces in deserted graveyards will get you DEAD Effective writing 4 scary stars.24 Jan 19 9 The Doom that came to Sarnath Hubris begets Nemesis but told with too many words 2 stars endured.24 Jan 19 8 The White Ship A sad tale of taking opportunity for granted 3 somber stars.24 Jan 19 7 The Transition of Juan Romero An engaging story where what really happened remains a mystery 4 eerie stars.17 Jan 19 6 Old Bugs A real story in stark contrast to Memory, a cautionary tale against the demon drink 4 down and out, stars.17 Jan 19 5 Memory Forgettable and already forgotten it might have been 1 star, who could say what were we talking about again 11 Jan 19 4 Beyond the Wall of Sleep Da da da ding ding ding goes the strumming banjo Lovecraft obviously didn t like white trash mountain folk a few decades before the movie Deliverance, was produced However, what happens when one of them, starts seeing another world Did Lovecraft invent the Tinfoil Hat I think not especially when a new star appears in the heavens to wreck vengeance upon a dreadful opponent 3 new stars resonating with cosmic mindwaves.11 Jan 19 3 Polaris Dreams, insanity, or visions Guilt tied to a failed wish fulfillment for relevance for someone without relevance A mercifully short tale of dreamy woe 1 woeful star named Polaris09 Jan 19 2 Dagon Forgetfulness or death great options As in The Call of Cthulhu, something arises from an oceanic abyss as dark and deep as time itself 3 slimy stars with a twist at the very end.09 Jan 19 1 The Tomb Jervas Dudley, dreamer, visionary, and confined within a refuge for the demented Key lesson If you lie down with the dead, you ll wake up with ghosts Which in Jervas case appears to have been an improvement Of course, whenever ghosts are at work, the dim past is reaching forward with cold, dead hands to seize the present 3 1 2 shivering stars in a moonless, storm wracked night Original Review Below.I ve only finished the The Call of Cthulhu reasonably entertaining and I m up for however the key word is Quaint The language style is so old world code word for turgid as to affect the narrative power of the story I.e the writing absolutely gets in the way of the reading I would normally DNF a book written with this style.However, you can see things that would have been quite innovative at the time, such as landscapes that do not obey normal geometry, the concept of cosmic horrors and an indifferent universe.I m parking the rest of the stories for now I ll no doubt re open this book in the future and read some.Why 4 stars The Call of Cthulhu got into my head and gnawed away at me there is something about the story that get s under your skin Enough to inspire me to write fan fiction for the very first time at the link below Re Imagining the ending of The Call of Cthulhu. A complete collection of H.P Lovecraft s solo works no collaborations , arranged by date It s a huge work, no doubt.My only gripe about the stories is that Lovecraft was overfond of a narrative style If dialogue were water, I d have died of thirst And yet, the best of them read like a confession whispered through the cell door bars of an insane asylum.One thing that surprised me was that Cthulhu was a prominent character in only one story and from that has been built a massive edifice of fan fiction and the like.Get this book It s free, and it s an excellent reference work. Disclosure I picked up a free copy formatted for Nook on CthulhuChick.com You can pick up a Kindle copy at the same place.Synopsis The Complete Works of H.P Lovecraft contains all the original stories which Lovecraft wrote as an adult It begins in 1917 with The Tomb and ends in 1935 with his last original work The Haunter of the Dark The book is ordered chronologically by the date the story was written Because Lovecraft was a terrible businessman and left no heirs to his intellectual property, all of his works are already in the public domain Collaborations or revisions are not included because some of those works may still be under the co author s copyright.The book includes The Tomb 1917 Dagon 1917 Polaris 1918 Beyond the Wall of Sleep 1919 Memory 1919 Old Bugs 1919 The Transition of Juan Romero 1919 The White Ship 1919 The Doom That Came to Sarnath 1919 The Statement of Randolph Carter 1919 The Terrible Old Man 1920 The Tree 1920 The Cats of Ulthar 1920 The Temple 1920 Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family 1920 The Street 1920 Celepha s 1920 From Beyond 1920 Nyarlathotep 1920 The Picture in the House 1920 Ex Oblivione 1921 The Nameless City 1921 The Quest of Iranon 1921 The Moon Bog 1921 The Outsider 1921 The Other Gods 1921 The Music of Erich Zann 1921 Herbert West Reanimator 1922 Hypnos 1922 What the Moon Brings 1922 Azathoth 1922 The Hound 1922 The Lurking Fear 1922 The Rats in the Walls 1923 The Unnamable 1923 The Festival 1923 The Shunned House 1924 The Horror at Red Hook 1925 He 1925 In the Vault 1925 The Descendant 1926 Cool Air 1926 The Call of Cthulhu 1926 Pickman s Model 1926 The Silver Key 1926 The Strange High House in the Mist 1926 The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath 1927 The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 1927 The Colour Out of Space 1927 The Very Old Folk 1927 The Thing in the Moonlight 1927 The History of the Necronomicon 1927 Ibid 1928 The Dunwich Horror 1928 The Whisperer in Darkness 1930 At the Mountains of Madness 1931 The Shadow Over Innsmouth 1931 The Dreams in the Witch House 1932 The Thing on the Doorstep 1933 The Evil Clergyman 1933 The Book 1933 The Shadow out of Time 1934 The Haunter of the Dark 1935 My Thoughts What a long, strange journey it has been While I could normally read a book this length in a few days, I actually spent almost 7 months reading this omnibus in bits and pieces While I enjoyed the Lovecraftian lore I had heard, I had never really counted myself as a fan, per se however, after having read the complete works of this amazing writer, I think I can honestly say that I am, indeed, a fan.While it is true that Lovecraft was a racist, he was only aping the attitude of his time and place and history, and I think to judge him by modern standards is not useful when admiring his overall work He was a man with a unique vision and voice, and that should be honored He saw into vast and ancient places, and what he saw well, it scared the crap out of him But he kept looking, writing, and letting us know I admire that.If you enjoy modern bizarro works, then pay heed to the master Lovecraft. A little daunted by the prolific proclivities of Lovecraft, I decided to cherry pick General consensus pointed out the following five tales as being the cream of the crop 1 The Dragon2 The Outsider3 The Lurking Fear4 The call of Cthulu5 The Colour of outerspaceAnd, from my GR friend Bennet I picked up on The thing on the doorstep which otherwise gets few mentions but turned out to be my favourite of the bunch Then I stopped, because GR Chris told me too And, because Lovecraft simply can t be read in one sitting Or, in summer The similar tone of his stories, the atmosphere he creates can get samey if consumed in one glut Pacing must surely be the key here The rest to be revisited piecemeal, in darkest winter, with mulled wine and bundled under goose down Fire crackling in an open hearth optional OK I only say this because burning real fires where I live is forbidden Our fireplaces are now only elaborate conversation pieces which is an actual new compound word I learned last weekend at a National Trust Property and have been dying to plug into use somewhere Ok, I may have actually used it 100 times this week People around me tell me to shut up, in order to protect the public What the hell, whilst I m at it, here is a conversational piece The idea is that if you re an 18c toff having dinner at the Manor, this cornucopia would hang in front As every body has done the Grand Tour , this painting is your opening conversation gambit with the partner to your left, whom you haven t met before Just for the record, this has nothing to do with Lovecraft Although, he might have liked it he seems fond of travel.The stories, then verbose, vague, and full of people losing their minds over indescribable horrors My personal preference was for an actual description of the object of horror, which Lovecraft only indulges sporadically But when he does, it was definitely edge of the seat stuff The Lurking Fear and The thing on the Doorstep particularly stand out, despite bringing dated concepts to the table Its to Lovecraft s credit that he kept me bated even though I knew what was coming the horror genre has come a long way since 1920 The call of Cthulu was overlong and tedious, can t see why it keeps getting voted up on the charts.To be savoured intermittently for full effect. Review Under Construction November 1, 2015 Full disclosure, I don t really like Lovecraft I love Poe, but Lovecraft did not impress me when I sampled him a few years ago However, as withThe Turn of the Screw , I feel I should read Lovecraft just to catch all the allusions, especially since I have recently fallen in love with the work of a writer of the self proclaimed New Weird Jeff VanderMeer , as it seems that would make Lovecraft the old weird In any case, if I chip away at this I might be able to finish it relatively painlessly.I know if I don t review stories as I go, I won t have any idea what to say once I m finished, so here we go Update 2017 And now I have moved all my reviews to the individual works, which I will link back here, as I have hit the character limit trying to review it all in one place The Tomb 1917 Dagon 1917 Polaris 1918 Beyond the Wall of Sleep 1919 Memory 1919 Old Bugs 1919 The Transition of Juan Romero 1919 The White Ship 1919 The Doom That Came to Sarnath 1919 The Statement of Randolph Carter 1919 The Terrible Old Man 1920 The Tree 1920 The Cats of Ulthar 1920 The Temple 1920 Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family 1920 The Street 1920 Celepha s 1920 From Beyond 1920 Nyarlathotep 1920 The Picture in the House 1920 Ex Oblivione 1921 The Nameless City 1921 The Quest of Iranon 1921 The Moon Bog 1921 The Outsider 1921 The Other Gods 1921 The Music of Erich Zann 1921 Hmmm I ve read almost half the works and only 15% of the book I know the later stories are novellas, but sheesh Herbert West Reanimator 1922 Hypnos 1922 What the Moon Brings 1922 Azathoth 1922 The Hound 1922 The Lurking Fear 1922 Oh, hey, I ve hit 20% I was starting to think I was reading inside of some kind of space time anomaly The Rats in the Walls 1923 The Unnamable 1923 The Festival 1923 The Shunned House 1924 Folks, it actually took me a year to read the previous story Kept falling asleep during the opening section The rest was some kind of awesome, though The Horror at Red Hook 1925 He 1925 In the Vault 1925 31% I shouldn t complain after taking a year long break, but good grief No rating The Descendant 1926 Fragment judging by the set up, I m glad Cool Air 1926 The Call of Cthulhu 1926 Pickman s Model 1926 The Silver Key 1926 And now to figure out how to do the rest of this review since Goodreads thinks I shouldn t write a novel to review one The Strange High House in the Mist 1926 The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath 1927 The Case of Charles Dexter Ward 1927 The Colour Out of Space 1927 The Very Old Folk 1927 The Thing in the Moonlight 1927 The History of the Necronomicon 1927 Ibid 1928 The Dunwich Horror 1928 The Whisperer in Darkness 1930 At the Mountains of Madness 1931 Quite suddenly Lovecraft redeems himself The Shadow Over Innsmouth 1931 You ve heard of this one, right It s probably better than I m giving it credit for The previous story is a tough act to follow The Dreams in the Witch House 1932 Witchcraft meets weird science Loved The Thing on the Doorstep 1933 Loved everything but the sexism And no, I am not talking about the fact that sorcery types need male brains The Evil Clergyman 1933 A different kind of haunting Loved The Book 1933 What I wanted a history of the Necronomicon to be Why oh why couldn t he have finished this one And now September 21, 2017 I am about to start his penultimate story I m almost sad At the same time, freedom is so close The Shadow out of Time 1934 Sequel to At the Mountains of Madness but not as good The Haunter of the Dark 1935 His last is his best.September 23, 2017 And now I m finally done, and I really am sad More thoughts to come Regarding the World Fantasy issue, since that came up while I was reading this collection view spoiler I have no idea why they were using a bust of Lovecraft as the award to begin with Lovecraft does not represent fantasy as a genre at all But since they went that road, I m glad they dropped it Maybe they will come up with something that is not tied to a particular person or subgenre in the future hide spoiler First of all, if I was rating the work that Ruth at cthulhuchick.com has done in compiling this collection, I d give it a full 5 stars She did an excellent job creating the e book.I had some very good memories of reading Lovecraft, and most of the stories still hold up well What I could not get over though was the blatant racism I realize that it was written in a different time, but it left me unable to fully appreciate the stories.It was great to finally read the full Cthulhu mythos in order and to see it develop It was interesting to read the originals that have influenced so many writers after.All in all this book left me with mixed feelings I m glad I read it, but I don t think I ll ever read it again. read a decent selection of it pretty great Something being Euclidean or not is significantly less scary than he imagines haha June , This Kindle Edition Was Removed From The File Is Still Available As A Free Download For Kindle On The Creator S SiteThe EBook S Table Of Contents Is Listed Below It Includes The Year Each Story Was WrittenThe Tomb Dagon Polaris Beyond The Wall Of Sleep Memory Old Bugs The Transition Of Juan Romero The White Ship The Doom That Came To Sarnath The Statement Of Randolph Carter The Terrible Old Man The Tree The Cats Of Ulthar The Temple Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn And His Family The Street Celepha S From Beyond Nyarlathotep The Picture In The House Ex Oblivione The Nameless City The Quest Of Iranon The Moon Bog The Outsider The Other Gods The Music Of Erich Zann Herbert West Reanimator Hypnos What The Moon Brings Azathoth The Hound The Lurking Fear The Rats In The Walls The Unnamable The Festival The Shunned House The Horror At Red Hook He In The Vault The Descendant Cool Air The Call Of Cthulhu Pickman S Model The Silver Key The Strange High House In The Mist The Dream Quest Of Unknown Kadath The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward The Colour Out Of Space The Very Old Folk The Thing In The Moonlight The History Of The Necronomicon Ibid The Dunwich Horror The Whisperer In Darkness At The Mountains Of Madness The Shadow Over Innsmouth The Dreams In The Witch House The Thing On The Doorstep The Evil Clergyman The Book The Shadow Out Of Time The Haunter Of The Dark What can be said about the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft A author who could be frustrating, fascinating, purple in his prose, and amazing in his imagination An author who manages to stand out in both offensive attitudes about race for his time and yet also imagines alien otherworldly kingdoms that remind us how insignificant human prejudices may be As the author of CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON and a fan of countless pastiches of his work like TITUS CROW, ANDREW DORAN, THE INNSMOUTH LEGACY, HARRY STUBBS, and I owe HPL a lot He helped change the cultural landscape of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by combining all three effortlessly Some of his works are absolutely fantastic and others, well, I ll be honest, aren t great No one bats a 1000.What are his best works THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE Probably his best work and one of the all time greatest horror stories of all time It s just such a crazy premise an evil color However, it s also weirdly accurate to the future as the discovery of radiation and colors just within the perception of the eye are amazing.THE DUNWICH HORROR A parody of the Book of Revelations that also works as a pure evil cult and Antichrist story.THE WHISPERER IN THE DARKNESS An encounter with body stealing aliens that never gets old.THE CALL OF CTHULHU Honestly, not one of my favorites but it gets props here for just being so damned influential Not only did it create the Big C but it also formulated a lot of the ideas behind the mythos into a coherent mythology.COOL AIR Well before vampires made it passe, a man laments the horrible price he s paid for immortality.THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD Not a very Lovecraftian story and I almost don t list it here but it s a solid piece of urban fantasy before the idea came out There s an evil wizard at work and what has done with Charles Ward or IS he Charles Ward THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH His most famous and most frequently adapted work for a reason Yes, it s racist as frick but it s hidden racism versus, well, the Horror at Red Hook.AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS An Antarctic expedition that formed the basis of PROMETHEUS but don t hold that against it.THE SILVER KEY and THE DREAMQUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH Two very strange stories that form the wonderful twisted high fantasy tale of Randolph Carter It s also the basis for a lot of Stephen King s The Dark Tower.His scariest THE UNNAMEABLE, THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP, and PICKMAN S MODEL are just wonderful twist stories Of the the three, I give Thing the most props because the discovery your spouse is not who you think they are is a very good primal fear THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER also is one I love for its ending even if it definitely requires the protagonists to have poked the bear a few times than a properly sane occultist should.THE RATS IN THE WALLS also makes use of that wonderful question of, What the hell is that noise His worst THE HORROR AT RED HOOK which doesn t feel Lovecraftian or all that scary It also has all of the racism and is basically just a 20 page screed by a dirty cop about how he hates rich guys who hang around brown folk as well as host parties in their basement.HERBERT WEST REANIMATOR HPL agrees with me here He did not like this work I actually give this story props as it helped invent the cannibal zombie trope The thing is that a lot of it is repetitive and consists of, the protagonists resurrect some poor bastard then it goes berserk The complete lack of character development or twists kind of hurt it even if I give props to the final fate of our enemy I feel like the lurid B movie really improved on the original serial.Basically, you should read all of HPL s work if you have the time 9.5 10 I ve been working on reading through these short stories and novellas for the past 9 months, taking my time with them and making sure I didn t rush through them too quickly I also didn t want to get burned out on them There are a total of 63 works in this complete collection, presented in the order in which they were written not necessarily the same as the order of publication There are no collaborations here, just the total body of work that HP Lovecraft produced on his own.As with any collection of so many stories, their quality ran the gamut from merely OK to masterpiece It was very interesting to read them in order I could see how he developed as a writer and I could also better understand how the Cthulho mythos evolved and expanded There is, of course, no doubt about the great impact this author has had on horror fiction specifically, and the larger speculative fiction genres in general That alone would grant this collection 5 stars I granted 4 stars due to my overall enjoyment of the collection The vast majority of the author s work reflects his preferred narrative style and I think only one or two stories here contain any substantial dialogue For me that cut down on the enjoyability factor quite a bit but I do recognize the era in which these were written.My favorites include The Tomb, The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Rats in the Walls, The Call of Cthulu, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Dunwich Horror, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and The Shadow Out of Time.A note on the e book itself first of allit s free It s also put together very well, with a linked in table of contents which allows you to jump directly to any story And at the end of each story there is another link back to the TOC That certainly makes it easy to navigate The formatting is spot on and, unlike many e books I read, I didn t find a single misspelled word I also appreciated the TOC listing the date each story was written, to assist in understanding what was going on in the author s life at that time In fact before I read each story, I looked up the Wikipedia entry for it so as to absorb what sort of demons Lovecraft was fighting at the time, what likely influenced the story, and where and when it was ultimately published It s also fun to see all the popular references in today s culture that reflect characters, places, etc from Lovecraft s works.A long but worthwhile journey.