Recommended Reads - H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday is this month. Explore the dark fantasy and horror of this selection of Lovecraft and Lovecraftian stories.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft 

by H. P. Lovecraft

“An extensively annotated anthology of twenty-two of the horror master's best writings also examines Lovecraft's rise and accomplishments against a backdrop of the pulp fiction era while evaluating his influence on literature.”

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The Lovecraft Compendium

by H.P. Lovecraft

“H.P. Lovecraft marries creeping horror and colossal fantasy in his gothic tales. These brilliant narratives show humanity confronted with ineffable creatures and grim geographies, as individuals lift the veil of our known reality.

This collection contains the five stories that reference one of H. P. Lovecraft's greatest creations - Cthulhu. They include 'Dagon', 'The Call of Cthulhu', 'The Dunwich Horror', 'The Whisperer in Darkness' and 'The Haunter of the Dark'. Each one is testament to the power of Lovecraft's imagination in his grotesque tentacled monster known as Cthulhu.”

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Lovecraft Country

by Matt Ruff

“The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.”

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At the Mountains of Madness

by H. P. Lovecraft

“Long acknowledged as a master of nightmarish visions, H. P. Lovecraft established the genuineness and dignity of his own pioneering fiction in 1931 with his quintessential work of supernatural horror, At the Mountains of Madness. The deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition's uncanny discoveries-and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization-is a milestone of macabre literature.”

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Children of Lovecraft

by Ellen Datlow, ed.

“Howard Phillips Lovecraft's stories shaped modern horror more than any other author's in the last two centuries: Cthulhu, the Old Ones, Herbert West: Reanimator, and more terrifying nightmares emerged from the mythos of this legendary writer.

Dark Horse teams up with Hugo and Bram Stoker Award–winning editor Ellen Datlow to bring you this anthology of original prose stories that are inspired by Lovecraft's mythos.”

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The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

by H. P. Lovecraft

“‘The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories’ brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories ‘Under the Pyramids’ (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and ‘The Music of Erich Zann’ (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works ‘The Dunwich Horror’ [and] ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.’”

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Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows

by James Lovegrove

Holmes and Watson are “investigating a series of deaths in the Shadwell district of London. Several bodies have been found, the victims appearing to have starved to death over the course of several weeks, and yet they were reported alive and well mere days before. Moreover, there are disturbing reports of creeping shadows that inspire dread in any who stray too close. Holmes deduces a connection between the deaths and a sinister drug lord who is seeking to expand his criminal empire. Yet both he and Watson are soon forced to accept that there are forces at work far more powerful than they could ever have imagined.”

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Carter & Lovecraft

by Jonathan L. Howard

A former homicide detective turned private investigator is “trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore…along with an indignant bookseller who doesn't want a new boss. She's Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, the writer from Providence who told tales of the Great Old Ones and the Elder Gods, creatures and entities beyond the understanding of man. Then people start dying in impossible ways, and while Carter doesn't want to be involved, he's beginning to suspect that someone else wants him to be. As he reluctantly investigates, he discovers that Lovecraft's tales were more than just fiction, and he must accept another unexpected, and far more unwanted inheritance.”

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Winter Tide

by Ruthanna Emrys

“After attacking Devil's Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future. The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.”

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The Call of Cthulhu

“Written in 1926, just before the advent of ‘talking’ pictures, The Call of Cthulhu, a tale of madness and monstrous creatures, is one of the most famous and influential tales of H.P. Lovecraft, the father of gothic horror. This film is done in the style of a classic 1920s silent movie using the ‘Mythoscope’ process -- a mix of modern and vintage techniques. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has worked to create the most authentic and faithful screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story yet attempted.”

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