The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Orange Collection)

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Orange Collection)


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Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback

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For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influential American literary classics representing the breadth and diversity of the Penguin Classics library. These collectible editions are dressed in the iconic orange and white tri-band cover design, first created in 1935, while french flaps, high-quality paper, and striking cover illustrations provide the cutting-edge design treatment that is the signature of Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions today.

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Phillips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the twentieth century, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. This definitive collection reveals the development of Lovecraft’s mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical—and visionary—American writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143129455
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Penguin Orange Collection Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 367,540
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction—three short novels and about sixty short stories—has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction.
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has prepared comprehensive editions of Lovecraft’s collected fiction, essays, and poetry. He is also the author of The Weird Tale (1990), The Modern Weird Tale (2001), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012). His award-winning biography H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996) was later expanded as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (2010). He has also prepared Penguin Classics editions of the work of Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M. R. James, and Clark Ashton Smith, as well as the anthology American Supernatural Tales (2007).

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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Imp_O_Light More than 1 year ago
The long forgotten craft of wordscape. Truest encapsulation of all that glitters. Lovecraft provides the reader with a multilayered, multifaceted portal into places one is regretful to leave. This is horror without the McSplatter. This gives ample pause for nostalgia. This one is a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. The first book I read of Lovecraft several months back and it sparked my interest of the unknown and horrible things that this man had in mind. Im on my fourth lovecraft book now, and it all began with this one right here. Just utterly remarkable, from the statement of randolph carter to the amazing Call of Cthulhu, this is a must read for those who wish to venture into a new vista of horror that is yet to be surpassed by anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book and again I am amazed at Lovecraft's evolution as a writer. The selections cover Lovecraft's earlier efforts, which are OK, and include quite a bit of his groundbreaking later works like Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Color Out of Space, and the title tale. Lovecraft was among the first to kick out the ghosts and jangling chains of Victorian horror and slowly added science fiction elements into the mix. The result has influenced many writers since. By the way, is it just me or is the movie 'Alien' about as Lovecraftian as a film can get?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came upon Lovecraft's stuff only briefly knowing a little bit about what he wrote about. Bored with 'normal' fantasy books, I decided to give this a go. I am definitely pleased and have a new author to add to my list of favorites. Lovecraft's stuff is not only artistically inspiring--it will probe the boundaries of your imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed just about every story in this book, particularly 'The Outsider' (a phenomenally strange prose-poem) and of course 'The Call of Cthulhu', Lovecraft's most famous story. This stuff is imaginative and colorful and, of course, downright creepy. Lovecraft's prose is often criticized for being extravagant, but most of the time here it simply provides an appropriate atmosphere of gothic horror. I'd recommend this book (or just about any Lovecraft anthology) to the curious reader of speculative fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a metallica fan i found this quite interesting and a knowledge filled insight on what inspired the instrumental 'The Call Of The Ktulu' on their ride the lightning album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S.T. Joshi over-critically analyzes Lovecraft's work, though very thoroughly, in such a way that hints towards an obsession. It's sad when such a thorough study of a man's life leaves out a largely defining part of it: H.P. Lovecraft's abhorrent racism. Though a product of his times, it is a disservice to everything good in this world to leave out such a monumental piece of the man's character. One can appreciate the man's contribution to literature and horror while being aware that the horror he saw in the world was colored by his hatred for difference. S.T. Joshi seems to think this is impossible. Though this is a wonderful collection of Lovecraft's work, I must recommend readers seek a collection that includes a more accurate picture of the man in the introduction and preface to his work. S.T. Joshi fails gloriously in this regard.
razorhack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection includes some of the best short stories written by H.P. Lovecraft. The stories themselves have been recollated and proofed against the original sources and are the definitive texts. Good introduction to Lovecraft for novices.
albertgoldfain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Filling in the gaps in my geek cannon, the "Call of the Cthulhu" has been on my list for awhile. What I liked most about the story was the Jules Verne style and level of descriptive detail. I also liked that it was told from the perspective of a rational mind confronting (in an almost fatalistic way) a series of irrational events. The ability of the Cthulhu to horrify its victims in dream as well as in the waking hours puts it on a higher rung than other famous monsters.
Jsaj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love H.P. Lovecraft and this is a pretty good collection. My Lovecraft review- interesting writing, even though he has stylistic problems. Very creative and creates fascinating and deeply detailed worlds.
rameau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some stray thoughts... Lovecraft has some similarities with Borges. Old books. Stories more about idea than character. "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" could be a HPL story like "The Call of Cthulhu" with its main character going into the archives and finding that the world is really not what he thought....First time reading "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," which now may be my new favorite HPL. Not many people give him credit for being a fine regionalist in depicting New England towns and landscapes. The scene in which the protagonist has to escape from his hotel room was much more clearly blocked out than many Hollywood action sequences.....This Penguin Classic has some interesting notes in which I learned the surprising fact that I have actually been to the "real-life" setting of "The Colour Out of Space." It's the Quabbin Reservoir near Amherst, Mass. In the 1930s, a valley containing several towns was flooded to provide water for Boston. It is truly a strange place, with no people for miles around, dense forest, here and there a ruined foundation sticking out of the grass, and at its center, a giant white sphere containing a radio telescope.
shanth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first couple of stories were pretty interesting, but after a while the stories tend to get repetitive and predictable with nearly identical plots and themes. Nonetheless, it was worth it just to read the original story of the Cthulhu Mythos.
LBrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess I missed my prime-Lovecraft years. I should have read him as an adolescent, back when I read and loved Poe. Reading him as an adult, I was was too often annoyed by his writing style to really enjoy the stories. This from someone who usually enjoys the wordier styles of the 19th and early 20th centuries. But I felt that Lovecraft's approach to creating an atmosphere of horror was usually to pile on a surfeit of foul, loathsome, hideous, grotesque, nauseous, and detestable adjectives. That said, I found his mythology fascinating; and I did enjoy uncovering it little by little as I made my way through the stories.
erikschreppel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
HP Lovecraft is a fantastic writer. His tales have a wonderful Gothic feel to them. Whether it is the sci-fi wonder of Call of Cthulu or the classic horror of Arthur Germyn. He is the worthy heir to Poe. If that was it, then I would recommend Lovecraft to all, he is everything I love, dark, creepy, and intelligent. But unfortunately he is also a virulent racist. His hatred of all non Anglo people is palpable. Take one such story at a time and you can shrug it off, but when you read several in a row, it just drives home that it is not a part of the story, it's just Lovecraft's hatred shining through. Lovecraft is without a doubt one of the preeminent horror writers of all time. But his racism makes it quite difficult to celebrate or appreciate that.
Soultalk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lovecraft has his own strange mythology and style of storytelling. It is a bit droll and tedious but pays huge dividends in creepy atmosphere. Great stuff for the Poe fan, but skip it if you enjoy the more sensational and less cerebral horror fiction.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I struggled with this one - in fact, no other book has taken me longer to read. I first took a look at it in 2005, and slowly worked my way through the first half dozen stories. Then, sadly, I shelved it as a project I couldn't finish. I didn't take to Lovecraft's style of writing at all. I found it to be too idiosyncratic and somehow distant, and definitely too pensive. I can understand the cult that's grown up around his work, and I did get a real kick out of reading "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," but I think this is where my horror adventure ends.
bookwitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I like about Lovecraft¿s short stories is the way he created a whole mythology that not only links them together but pulls in strands from the stories of other horror writers of the era. A little Internet investigation will confirm this ¿ whole dissertations have been written about it and The Necronomicon, that hideous and blasphemous text, supposedly written by the mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred, but in reality a fiction and construct of Lovecraft¿s imagination. I read somewhere that he used to edit and improve the stories of other writers, giving him further opportunity to extend the web of his fiction until one almost begins to wonder where imagination begins. These stories have become modern classics, although sometimes they feel overlong and dated in their formality. There are passages of marvellous writing and glimpses into the mind of the writer himself: somehow one feels the presence of Lovecraft in all his narrators, so it¿s almost as though one knows the author (although some darkish mystery remains) by the end of the book. I¿m not sure how these stories would compare to the modern equivalent because I haven¿t read any to speak of; all I can say is that the horror in Lovecraft¿s work doesn¿t rely on gore or explicit violence and there¿s no sex. It¿s more the creeping fear of the unseen, the presence in the darkness, that builds gradually to alien and unspeakable happenings, some of which seem almost to tap into primeval memories. Clever stuff!
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ReddRider More than 1 year ago
I have this book for two years without reading it. Last week I saw a documentary on CHILLER pertaining to Lovecraft. They spoke about the Shadow over Innsmouth story. I decided to give it a try, so I picked the book up to read the short story and I haven't put this book down since. This book is creepy and I love every minute of it. Very detailed and interesting.
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