Lovecraft's stories really spoke to an existential angst as it existed at the time. Today, Lovecraft's themes at least to me don't speak to that kind of angst any more. At least in the west, we've accepted that mankind is not the center of the universe and that there are no benevolent entities watching over us.
In a world of increasing interconnection, the "other" holds much less fear than it did in the past.
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Routinely we deal with individuals from a variety of cultures and places, so his preoccupation with fearing those that were not Anglo-Saxon doesn't hold up well. So where can Lovecraft's works fit into our modern world? It can still speak to our fear of the unknown. In its essence, this is what Lovecraft really writes about. It is not a large monster named Cthulhu that we fear, but what it represents.
In "Call of Cthulhu", Cthulhu is portrayed as a large entity with tentacles and prehensile wings, however it is not this that makes Cthulhu scary. It is the alien nature of Cthulhu that makes it a horror, as witnessed when the ship cuts into Cthulhu and it seems to just come back together. Cthulhu is completely alien to us and doesn't appear to be aware of our existence.
In all honesty, Cthulhu doesn't seem to be aware of the cultists that worship it and probably wouldn't care if it was aware. This would imbue a human agency upon it and that is precisely what Cthulhu is not.
It is not out of malice or love that any of the cosmic entities do things, for their ways are beyond our ability to grasp. If they cause harm, it is not to cause harm, but simply because they don't recognize our existence. We still live with this in today's world. Between ruling classes that don't seem to care about the majority of humanity, to a capitalist mode of production that doesn't seem to care about the resources depletion and misery caused by itself, humanity has real "monsters" that seem to exhibit some of these characteristics.
In short, Lovecraft is a writer that should be read to see where certain themes and ideas arose from in science fiction. His writing style is sometimes hard to get through, but can provide a deep look into mankind's psyche. Apr 20, Phantoms rated it really liked it. The Color Out of Space is still the single scariest story ever written. Aug 08, Stephen Durrant rated it liked it.
While vacationing here in Santander, I began to feel "kindled out" and in desperate need to actually read a few pages on real paper. So I wandered into a local Spanish bookstore in search of English books and came across a single shelf of English novels whereon I spied a small collection of H. Lovecraft stories entitled "Necronomicon," which is actually formatted as an advanced reader for Spanish students studying English and now I discover may only be a selection from a larger book by this t While vacationing here in Santander, I began to feel "kindled out" and in desperate need to actually read a few pages on real paper.
Lovecraft stories entitled "Necronomicon," which is actually formatted as an advanced reader for Spanish students studying English and now I discover may only be a selection from a larger book by this title. You certainly can learn a certain type of English in this book.
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Anyway, I've wanted to read a bit of Lovecraft for a good many years, so why not squeeze these very short stories between visits to the beautiful local beaches and tapas and beer downtown. Perhaps I should have waited until I was wintering in Scotland which actually I have no plans to do because I just didn't find any of these stories frightening.
In fact a few of them, "In the Vault" and "The Beast in the Cave," actually struck me as rather funny. Oh well, I was somewhat intrigued by Lovecraft's world weariness and disgust that mundane reality is not terribly engaging and requires an alternative and equally "real" world of dreams.
Moreover, I too have sometimes wished that mythic forces from long lost worlds could break through the surface of our frequently tedious lives bringing new, mysterious insights. But, I don't think that is likely to happen, at least not here in Santander. Somehow, I expected the great Lovecraft to scare me. Instead, I mostly smiled as I read, and then went downtown to eat more tapas. Apr 02, Pietro rated it liked it. Lovecraft, whose Cthulhu mythos cycle is today widely known even outside reading circles. The tales have been picked from different periods of Howard's life and are supposedly his best ones, although I reckon this is an entirely subjective matter and the editor's choice will differ from everyone else's.
Regardless of who chose them, to reduce so many different works to a single rating would be both "Necronomicon" is a collection of 36 tales and short stories by early-twentieth-century writer H. Regardless of who chose them, to reduce so many different works to a single rating would be both hard and unfair by and itself, and the fact that Lovecraft's production is so diverse and inconstant only makes it all the more problematic. The 3 stars are in fact just an average of my enjoyment of the book, which I admit varied greatly: a few stories I loved "The cats of Ulthar", "The call of Cthulhu", "At the mountains of madness" are among them , others I liked, others still were "meh" and a handful were just painful to read "The horror at Red Hook" is a prime example of those.
Interestingly, I found that the things I liked and disliked were always pretty much the same, and it was simply their relative abundances that dictated whether or not I appreciated a particular tale. The main hook in all of the stories is the atmosphere: HPL was able to create some really evocative backgrounds for his horrors to take place in and his stories often ooze the sense of remoteness or isolation either phisical or psychological experienced by the protagonists.
In "At the mountains of madness" in particular I felt the sense of exploring a long forgotten place and gradually discovering the dark truths it holds was extremely well conveyed. Lovecraft's imagination was really amazing and the variety and scope of his "Mythos" is a testament to that; the recurring "multi-dimensional-beings" theme is particularly impressive, coming from a man who lived in the first half of the previous century.
Sadly, while the premises behind his works were almost always great, the same really cannot be said of his writing, which suffers from a number of issues and idiosyncrasies that are more than simply annoying. First and foremost among these is Howard's tendency toward giving extremely lenghty and detailed descriptions of the most irrelevant things New England architecture in particular , only to switch to "vagueness mode" as soon as something important pops up. This brings us to the second big issue of HP's writing: the adjectives.
He loves them so much that he can't help putting at least 5 for every other word, and the more vague the better. Slightly less annoying but annoying nonetheless is the use of certain stock-phrases, some of which appear constantly. For example: insert random eldritch phenomenon here reminded me of the works of insert random opium-addicted artist's name here and of the dreaded Necronomicon of the mad arab Abdul Alazhred.
Lovecraft is often accused of being mysoginist and racist, but as I see it he's just the product of the society he grew up in as the various racist comments and such have more the feel of a man stating facts he's been taught, rather than him being deliberately spiteful or malicious. The leatherbound, illustrated edition is beautiful, although some of the illustrations are repeated too many times. Overall I'm satisfied with the book, but I could've done without some of the tales. Jul 28, Kat Hooper rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook. There are sacraments of evil as well as of good about us, and we live and move to my belief in an unknown world, a place where there are caves and shadows and dwellers in twilight.
It is possible that man may sometimes return on the track of evolution, and it is my belief that an awful lore is not yet dead.
Lovecraft is, in my opinion, the perfect way to do that. Thorne, Keith Szarabajka, Feb 05, Joe rated it really liked it Shelves: collections , horror. Necronomicon by H. Lovecraft is a short story collection presented in a beautiful tome format, featuring 36 tales of the weird and macabre. The book starts with shorter stories and progresses to much longer ones; the first is less than a page and the longest is pages in length. There were several stories I thought were particularly well done and memorable.
Herbert West - Reanimator is a dark tale which made me think of another classic horror Frankenstein. Under The Pyramids is another wh Necronomicon by H. Under The Pyramids is another which was fun in a very dark way. In Summary: A beautiful book with some truly remarkable stories within it. Recommended for Lovecraft fans. Jan 28, Guy rated it it was amazing Shelves: lovecraftian.
Along with Eldritch Tales, The Necronomicon holds the complete works of HP Lovecraft in what are without doubt, the most beautifully bound editions of his works. Being my favourite author of all time, the Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales would both receive 5 stars from me. No one creates such a unique atmosphere as Lovecraft. A quote from the great man himself sums it up for me: "If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England with the fire of the Elizabethans, the correct taste of the Geo Along with Eldritch Tales, The Necronomicon holds the complete works of HP Lovecraft in what are without doubt, the most beautifully bound editions of his works.
A quote from the great man himself sums it up for me: "If I could create an ideal world, it would be an England with the fire of the Elizabethans, the correct taste of the Georgians, and the refinement and pure ideals of the Victorians" Lovecraft creates a world that is so subtly unique it makes his stories all the more engaging - his universe is what steampunk dreams of being but fails at. Read it, read it, read it. Jun 17, Robu-sensei rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction , I liked this compilation of HP Lovecraft's short and medium-length fiction much more than Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos ; the latter is lacking several stories that contain essential background for the Cthulhu universe e.
It also contains some straight-up horror stories, but these don't compare to the tales of the Ancient Ones. Apr 02, Teatum rated it it was amazing. I borrowed this from the library, and if we ever cross paths in a bookstore, I'm going to need to buy it. Creepy, especially if you have a good imagination. Masterful suspense. You need to read at least three stories. Feb 10, Mike the Paladin added it Shelves: fantasy , horror , science-fantasy.
You know I picked this up because I'd been told it gathered the Cthulhu mythos stories. Actually we start off with some of his early horror work Cool Air, The rats in the Walls, etc. Later on we do get into the Cthulhu stories. These are as always with Lovecraft reliably horrific and very well written.
Jul 04, C. Wright rated it really liked it Shelves: audio. Great stories in this collection. I have this on my Audible account and find them more atmospheric when listening to them than just reading them myself. Well, I thought that this book will be very, very good, but instead I was disappointed. Oct 17, Joel rated it it was amazing. What a collection. Lovecraft had a talent for shaping horror in a way that undermined certitudes and experts. A real bonus is that he often shows an introductory knowledge concerning some of these fields, and it is quite impressive to see his characters engage in studies of Ancient Near Eastern texts, lan Wow.
A real bonus is that he often shows an introductory knowledge concerning some of these fields, and it is quite impressive to see his characters engage in studies of Ancient Near Eastern texts, languages, and rituals. That aside his work is saturated in all of the elements that are required for strong myth-making. Lovecraft can write some very bone chilling stories, but a few of them were a tad long and dull. I really enjoyed the Rhode Island references because I recognized a few of them. In some of the stories, I was yelling at the main characters for being dumb about obvious supernatural evidence, but I realize that in real life, I would probably dismiss the stuff as well.
The Whisperer in Darkness was the most chilling of them all. Closely followed by The Shadow Out of Time. His ability to describe things Lovecraft can write some very bone chilling stories, but a few of them were a tad long and dull. It really adds to the horror. This is my first H. Lovecraft reading experience. Loved it. The whole style reminded me of the videogame "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's requiem". Just amazing. People, normal people getting dragged out of the contemporary atmosphere to be laid upon a diabolic place; no one knows where it is actually happening.
It may happen in real life, in a real place or inside their own heads. This one, Lovecraft, is gonna be one of my favorite authors. May 07, Rumi Vd rated it really liked it. Small side note some stories have the same art and that is a pitty. Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. Science Fiction. Horror Anthologies.
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Doctor part 1 Vladimir Kulich Villager part 1 David Warner Madden part 2 Bess Meyer Emily Osterman part 2 Millie Perkins Edit Storyline H. Plot Keywords: h. Taglines: From the master of terror comes a chilling tale of unspeakable evil. Genres: Horror. Language: English. Runtime: 96 min. Sound Mix: Dolby SR. Color: Color. The same couplet appears in " The Call of Cthulhu " , where it is identified as a quotation from the Necronomicon. This "much-discussed" couplet, as Lovecraft calls it in the latter story, has also been quoted in works by other authors, including Brian Lumley's " The Burrowers Beneath ", which adds a long paragraph preceding the couplet.
In his story " History of the Necronomicon ", Lovecraft states that it is rumored that artist R. Pickman from his story Pickman's Model owned a Greek translation of the text, but it vanished along with the artist in early The Necronomicon is undoubtedly a substantial text, as indicated by its description in " The Dunwich Horror " In the story, Wilbur Whateley visits Miskatonic University's library to consult the "unabridged" version of the Necronomicon for a spell that would have appeared on the st page of his own inherited, but defective, Dee edition.
The Necronomicon passage in question states:.
Nor is it to be thought Not in the spaces we know, but between them, they walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen. Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth.
He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They had trod earth's fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread. By Their smell can men sometimes know Them near, but of Their semblance can no man know, saving only in the features of those They have begotten on mankind; and of those are there many sorts, differing in likeness from man's truest eidolon to that shape without sight or substance which is Them.
They walk unseen and foul in lonely places where the Words have been spoken and the Rites howled through at their Seasons. The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites. Kadath in the cold waste hath known Them, and what man knows Kadath? The ice desert of the South and the sunken isles of Ocean hold stones whereon Their seal is engraver, but who hath seen the deep frozen city or the sealed tower long garlanded with seaweed and barnacles?
Great Cthulhu is Their cousin, yet can he spy Them only dimly.
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As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold. Yog-Sothoth is the key to the gate, whereby the spheres meet. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again. The Necronomicon's appearance and physical dimensions are not clearly stated in Lovecraft's work. Other than the obvious black letter editions, it is commonly portrayed as bound in leather of various types and having metal clasps.
Moreover, editions are sometimes disguised. Many commercially available versions of the book fail to include any of the contents that Lovecraft describes.
The Simon Necronomicon in particular has been criticized for this. According to Lovecraft's "History of the Necronomicon", copies of the original Necronomicon were held by only five institutions worldwide:. Other copies, Lovecraft wrote, were kept by private individuals. A version is held in Kingsport in "The Festival"