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'It was a monstrous constellation of unnatural light, like a glutted swarm of corpse-fed fireflies dancing hellish sarabands over an accursed marsh (...)' H.P. Lovecraft was perhaps the greatest twentieth century practitioner of the horror story, introducing to the genre a new evil, monstrous, pervasive and unconquerable. At the heart of these three stories are terrors unthinkable and strange: a crash-landing meteorite, the wretched inhabitant of an ancient castle and a grave-robber's curse. This book includes The Colour Out Of Space, The Outsider and The Hound.

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H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction-three short novels and about sixty short stories-has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.



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Fine Old School Horror, but a little too much repetition 27 octobre 2007
Par Dave Deubler - Publié sur Amazon.com
A collection of short stories from one of the legends of the horror genre. The title story is pretty good, with perhaps a shade more emphasis on science fiction than usual, but still rather standard fare for this author - he's written several others that are just like it and some of them are even included in this very collection. Once you've read a few such, it's hard to get excited about them. Of somewhat more interest are the shorter tales that diverge a little more from the usual pattern, like the repugnant "Picture in the Cottage" and the chilling "Cool Air". Like so many genre writers, Lovecraft is good at what he does, but only has so many tricks up his sleeve, so no matter how well executed they are, once you've seen them, they're not nearly so impressive the next time around. So if you've never read Lovecraft at all, by all means pick up one of his collections, and find out how they did horror Old School. This one is certainly adequate. But if you've read some Lovecraft and weren't entirely blown away by it, this collection isn't going to change your mind.
"The Colour Out of Space"... one of his best 13 avril 2011
Par Mike C - Publié sur Amazon.com
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(This is just about the title story)
Written in 1927, before the idea of radioactivity was in anyone's public consciousness, this is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories. For me, the non-Cthulhu stories have more to offer (The Rats in the Walls, The Music of Erich Zann, Cool Air), but this is arguably one of his best-written, possibly because the whole thing is (for Lovecraft) relatively understated. All the little touches - the trees moving when there is no wind, the strange produce from the crops, the creepy woodchuck - are well put together, and not dwelt on, but they are mirrored by the family's slow deterioration and breakdown.

I reread this recently, prompted by the problems Japan is having with the nuclear plants. Lovecraft didn't know about radiation sickness or the pollution that could be caused by radioactivity, so of course his descriptions of the effect of this meteor aren't anywhere like the real thing. Obviously he wasn't thinking of radiation per se; yet in a way that makes it a little more haunting - the way he describes the slow degradation of the countryside and the effect far beyond the Gardner farm gives it an uneasiness connected with them that's kind of haunting. It's a story without the usual monster shambling on stage at the last couple of pages, and for once Lovecraft must have decided to just see if he could paint more of a mood piece than a fright fest. By the end, we understand why the narrator says
"... nothing could bribe me to drink the new city water of Arkham."
Could be used as an analogy for nuclear warfare 15 juillet 2015
Par Dione Basseri - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Almost a story of nuclear fallout. A meteorite lands near the oft-tormented Arkham, and begins to slowly dissolve into the surrounding landscape. The following year, crops come in abundantly, but without taste. The same begins to happen to the animals. Then the human inhabitants begin to show the effects, driven mad by the strange material that now imbues the land.

I find this to be one of Lovecraft's more stand-out stories. Perhaps this is because it could easily be imagined, up until near the end, that it is a story of radiation, rather than cosmic horrors. Of course, that is dispelled in the end, but it worked well enough for my enjoyment.

Available as a free audio production from Tales to Terrify.
So so good. 18 novembre 2008
Par Dr. Hidalgo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A friend recomended this book to me. It's easy to read, is scary and has influenced so many writers. A must read for any fan of science fiction.
Five Stars 22 juillet 2014
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Love this story. Loved it when I was young, middle-aged, and now. Wanted my own copy.
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