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The Classic Horror Stories

H. P. Lovecraft
Edited by Roger Luckhurst

October 2016

ISBN: 9780198759492

528 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

H. P. Lovecraft is a major writer of horror stories, in the genre of 'weird fiction'. This new edition brings together his core 'classic' fictions with a full contextual introduction, offering a balanced assessment of an influential cult author whose tales of metaphysical horror create a profound sense of dread and unease.

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H. P. Lovecraft is a major writer of horror stories, in the genre of 'weird fiction'. This new edition brings together his core 'classic' fictions with a full contextual introduction, offering a balanced assessment of an influential cult author whose tales of metaphysical horror create a profound sense of dread and unease.

  • A new selection of Lovecraft's core 'classic' fictions, bringing together in one volume his most representative and influential tales.
  • The first collection to provide a full contextual introduction which explores the meaning of 'weird fiction' and offers a balanced assessment of the place of the author in relation to the Gothic tradition and American fiction in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Includes an extract from Lovecraft's important critical essay, 'Supernatural Horror in Literature'.
  • Includes a chronology, bibliography, and notes to provide additional contextual interest.
  • Lovecraft's influence extends from Jorge Luis Borges to Stephen King, the films of the Alien series and the fantasy cinema of Guillermo del Toro.

About the Author(s)

H. P. Lovecraft

Edited by Roger Luckhurst

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, known as 'weird fiction'. He published primarily in the pulp magazine Weird Tales and attracted a cult following. He wrote in the Gothic tradition, creating a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown spheres and powers. He created the Cthulhu Mythos, a series of interconnected fictions featuring creatures from human prehistory, and the Necronomicon, a fictional textbook of magical rites and forbidden lore. He has influenced writers such as Robert Bloch and Stephen King, and film-makers such as David Lynch.

Roger Luckhurst is the author of The Invention of Telepathy (OUP, 2002), Science Fiction (Polity Press, 2005), The Trauma Question (Routledge, 2008), and The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (OUP, 2012). He is an expert on science fiction and Gothic literature, publishing widely and broadcasting regularly on these topics. For Oxford World's Classics he has edited Late Victorian Gothic Tales, Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, James's Portrait of a Lady, and Stoker's Dracula.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Select Bibliography
    A Chronology of H. P. Lovecraft
    The Horror at Red Hook
    The Call of Cthulhu
    The Colour out of Space
    The Dunwich Horror
    The Whisperer in Darkness
    At the Mountains of Madness
    The Dreams in the Witch House
    The Shadow over Innsmouth
    The Shadow out of Time
    Appendix: from 'Supernatural Horror in Literature'
    Explanatory Notes

Reviews

"This book is a testament to Lovecraft's enduring ability to thrill us while simultaneously scaring us stupid, and as such it is very highly recommended." - Ian White, Starburst

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