[The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories] Kindle ´ H.P. Lovecraft


The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

free download The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft ò 3 free download review The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB T critic and biographer S T Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each storyContains the following tales The Tomb Beyond the Wall of Sleep The White Ship The Temple The uest of Iranon The Music of Erich Zann Imprisoned with the Pharaohs aka Under the Pyramids Pickman's Model The Case of Charles Dexter Ward The Dunwich Horror At the Mountains of Madness The Thing on the Doorste. This review refers to the penguin horror editionAbout the AuthorLovecraft is considered by many as a great 20th century horror story writer Stephen King considers him the single largest influence on his writing And the Mexican Director Guillermo del Toro of Pan s Labyrinth fame considers Lovecraft his favorite writer of all Even the Argentine fabulist Jorge Borges was influenced by Lovecraft Howard Phillips Lovecraft 1890 1937 was born in Providence Rhode Island He was an only child born to a jewelry salesman His father and mother would later both separately be committed to a mental institution Lovecraft was precocious as a child writing poems from the age of six He was also a voracious reader especially of chemistry and astronomy although he struggled with the reuisite mathematics Because of nervous ill health he left high school without a diploma and spent his years as a recluse with his overprotective mother until her death He published his first story The Alchemist in 1916 in United Amateur when he was 26In 1921 his mother died which devastated him At age 34 he left for New York in 1924 to marry Sonia Greene a Russian Jewish immigrant Around that time he became a star writer for the pulp magazine Weird Tales even ghost writing a story for Harry Houdini When Sonia s hat shop collapsed Lovecraft tried applying for a job salesman lamp tester he tried applying to publishing companies advertising agencies but they all rejected him Sonia soon took a job in the Midwest and Lovecraft lived alone in Brooklyn Heights Soon they separated and he returned to Providence in 1926 after 2 years of marriage where he became social and travelled This return caused a surge in his creative output But he still had no steady occupation and the money he received as a writer was measly He often went without food to save money for mailing letters In 1936 he was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestines and lived in pain until his death in 1937 He died in poverty Lovecraft was virtually unknown during his lifetime and only achieved fame after his deathReviewThis 500 page collection contains what Lovecraft considers his best work of fiction in particular 10 short stories and two short novels It covers a wide span from his earliest short stories written in his 20s The Tomb to his novellas written in his 30s and 40s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward At the Mountains of Madness Lovecraft was heavily influenced by Arthur Machen Algernon Blackwood and Poe among others and these influences can be seen in his work The penguin edition is helpful in this regard It includes many helpful scholarly notes at the end which shows us that many characters and places in Lovecraft s tales are based on real people and real places in his life Many of the mythical historical and fictional allusions in his work can also be traced back to books which he d read and kept in his personal library In some cases he invents nonexistent books like the Necronomicon and mentions them again and again in several of his stories as if they really existed in historyPros and ConsI find Lovecraft strange This is his greatest merit His brain seems to work very differently from the rest of us Reading him is like slowly realizing that you are reading the diary of a madman who is pretending to be sane I get the same feeling when I read Lautreamont Michaux and Bataille In The Tomb for example a boy leaves his house every night to enter a sepulcher and sleep inside a tomb In Pickman s Model the narrator slowly begins to realize that the demon paintings by his artist friend were not drawn from imagination but from real life demons At the Mountains of Madness is about aliens who lived on Earth during the time of the dinosaursMy absolute favorite story in the collection is The uest of Iranon a story written by Lovecraft when he was 31 It s a very beautifully written story about our search for the perfect place in the world with a nice twist in the endLovecraft works best with short stories His themes are usually some unknown something that is too horrible to describe in full His stories are about strange intelligent solitary characters with strange obsessions that cause their ultimate downfall Another thing I like in Lovecraft is that he is very well read His stories include references to historical events scientific discoveries old books and works by other authorsLovecraft s weakness is novels His novels are really only very long short stories that drag on and on Lovecraft s fascination for landscape and architecture also causes him to write overlong descriptions of places that to my mind can be shortened by at least 50% His prose in these cases becomes unwieldy repetitive and lumbering With novels Lovecraft tends to be long winded Thus they can be tedious to read Lovecraft works best with short stories There his weirdness can be received in small delicious gulps

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free download The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft ò 3 free download review The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB A definitive edition of stories by the master of supernatural fictionHoward Phillips Lovecraft's uniue contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s This Penguin Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales from his early short stor. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown HP Lovecraft The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories is one of three Penguin Classics omnibuses which together contain the majority of HP Lovecraft s fiction Though I loved many of the stories in this particular book I enjoyed the other two volumes a lot A lot of the stories in this collection were weaker like The uest of Iranon a Tolkien esue fantasy story and The Music of Erich Zann and one was outright dreadful Under the Pyramids That being said this collection contains one of the greatest works of weird fictioncosmic horror ever written the novella At the Mountains of Madness Lovecraft himself called this his best work of fictionOne thing that really irritated me over the course of reading these omnibuses and really I have encountered this in other Penguin Classics books so I think it is a problem with that particular line in general is that the introductions at the beginning of the books and some of the explanatory notes ruin parts of the book or in this case entire plots of some of the stories These Lovecraft omnibuses are broken down into these parts Introduction at the beginning of the book written by ST Joshi The stories themselves Explanatory Notes section at the back of the book containing A one or two page background on each story written by ST Joshi Endnotes for each story written by ST JoshiIn both the introduction at the beginning of the books and in the one or two page background sections for each story Joshi occasionally drops huge spoilers in some cases ruining the current story for you or ruining other Lovecraft stories than the one you re currently reading about but which you haven t read yet As such I recommend you read these Penguin Classics Lovecraft omnibuses in this order 1 Each story2 The endnotes for each story as you encounter them while reading each story in the Explanatory Notes section at the back of the book3 Only after reading each entire story and all its endnotes the one or two page background description of the story in the Explanatory Notes section at the back of the book4 Only after you have read all the stories all the endnotes and all the story descriptions read the introduction at the very beginning of the bookThis won t entirely save you because he even spoils things occasionally in endnotes but such spoilers are rare and following the above order should spare you the annoyance I had of having several great Lovecraft stories like Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family ruined for me before I got a chance to read them though spoiled they were still enjoyable to read when I eventually got to themGoing back to the contents themselves I could talk about them and my love for Lovecraft haha pun all day After now reading most of Lovecraft s body of fiction I safely place him in my top three favourite authors of all time and he makes a very strong case for being my favourite What he was able to accomplish in his short lifetime he only lived to the age of 47 is truly inspiring He was sick and poor for much of his life and didn t even finish high school due to certain psychological issues he faced that involved stress and anxiety In spite of this he read countless books on a range of subjects on his own and became an expert in many of them Using this wealth of knowledge he then went on to compile a legendary volume of weird and horror fiction that single handedly defined and redefined entire genres of fictionI m going to change tone a bit here and in light of recent criticism of him weigh in a little bit on Lovecraft as a person Was HP Lovecraft flawed as an individual Yes he was He was deeply racist this is made uite obvious in the story The Horror at Red Hook which is not contained in this volume and in some of his other stories and at times throughout his life this is uite obvious in the story The Thing on the Doorstep though his views on women improved later in his life a misogynist In spite of this I am a big believer that you need to be able to separate the art from the artistThe fact is in the early 1900s when Lovecraft was writing a lot of people were racists and misogynists Does that make it right No it doesn t It was wrong then it s still wrong now It will always be wrong Keeping that in mind I believe you can t take what were really uite ordinary views for a man living in the early 1900s and use those to try to bury the enormous impact and literary contributions someone like him has made It s simply not fair to do so I disagree that they removed his face from the award statue given out for the World Fantasy Award and I always will HP Lovecraft is undeniably one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century and contributed to the horror cosmic horror and weird fiction genres than perhaps any other writer He deserves betterThink what you will about HP Lovecraft the person but if you are a fan of horror science fiction or weird fiction you owe it to yourself to read his work He is truly and possibly than any other author I ve ever read an absolute pleasure to read Highly recommended

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free download The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories H.P. Lovecraft ò 3 free download review The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB Ies Under the Pyramids originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini and The Music of Erich Zann which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites through his fully developed works The Dunwich Horror The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and At the Mountains of Madness The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works along with Lovecraf. Lovecraft is most definitely one of the BEST

  • Hardcover
  • 544
  • The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • English
  • 09 November 2020
  • 9780143122326

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    free read æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ò H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft ò 3 free download free download The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories This book contains some of the best short stories I've ever read despite a few of them feeling unfinished One of the best is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward the story of a man seeking out the truth about his great

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    free read æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ò H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft ò 3 free download [The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories] Kindle ´ H.P. Lovecraft This review refers to the penguin horror editionAbout the AuthorLovecraft is considered by many as a great 20th century horror story writer Stephen King considers him the “single largest influence” on his writing And the

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    [The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories] Kindle ´ H.P. Lovecraft free read æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ò H.P. Lovecraft free download The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories Would have been 2 stars if I just took my average rating of the five stories included in this collectionBut a short story collection should have at least one story I enjoy reading And this didn'tIn the end I really had to fight through this book which clearly means 1 star for meThe collection I've read in German contains the following stories Das Ding auf der Schwelle The Thing on the Doorstep Der Außenseiter The Outsider Die Farbe aus de

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    [The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories] Kindle ´ H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft ò 3 free download free read æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ò H.P. Lovecraft By what benign grace I clawed my slow grimacing way through seemingly endless wastes of adjectives and repetition I may never know possibly the protective spectre of my younger self a blithely voracious reader apparently immune to such trappings of the patriarchyAt any rate the title story placed last was pretty good but the Gothic

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