Gothic Fantasy: Lovecraft Short Stories
Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing
Eclectic Rating: 4.0 stars
Resembles an ancient spell book, but the magic lies within. Not spells... 39 spooky and downright horrific tales by H.P. Lovecraft.
My wife and I are not high end literary aficionados by any stretch but we like to read in our free time, so when we took a trip to the UK and stayed for a week in Hay-On-Wye, we were excited to learn that this little Welsh village is home to some of the coolest little book stores anywhere. And home to an annual literary festival. We arrived just a week after the festival ended so we happily missed the crowd, and were free to roam the nooks and crannies of the old buildings loaded with a massive collection of books, very old and very new.
One gem we stumbled upon was this tome of HP Lovecraft short stories put together by Flame Tree Press. Published in 2017 it is by no means old, but it looks awesome and stirred our imaginations. I've been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft since my teen years and sharing the horrific mystery of his stories with my wife was fun, especially in the countryside setting of Wales. We rented a little bothy in the hills and sat reading these wonderful old tales by the flickering fire of a wood stove. Had a few thunderstorms roll through too, which just added to the effect.
I'm perpetual seeker of spooky reads that, even at in my adult years, make me keep my feet clear from underneath the bed and check behind the headboard. I just love a good chill. The Lovecraft classics held within the magical looking binding of this hardcover book do the trick.
This collection includes 39 stories, including some personal favorites like The Lurking Fear, The Unnamable, The Dunwich Horror, The White Ship, even two chapters from At the Mountains of Madness. I'm not sure why they bothered to include just two chapters of that. If you want the entire story, and apparently his entire collection of fiction (which some claim is incomplete), check out The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft.
I may have to buy that, but first I'll browse some old book store shelves and see if I can find an old gem, At the Mountains of Madness and other Tales of Terror which I had as a kid. I'll continue to collect bits and pieces. For me having the vintage paperbacks I read as a kid is more fun for me. Call me sentimental.
If you're looking for a lot of H. P. Lovecraft short stories in one book, which has a cool look as well, this Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy: Lovecraft Short Stories is a great hardcover to have. Highly recommended.
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Posted On: 12 May, 2019
Last Update: 30 Nov, 2019