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The annotated H. P. Lovecraft

The annotated H. P. Lovecraft

Hello kiddies and welcome back.

It’s good to see you all again, and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s primarily my fault. It’s been a long time since a new post on nasty horror. That is because it’s been a long time since I had anything new and interesting to talk about. But this is so good I had to say something about it. What is it?

The greatest HP Lovecraft book ever published in the history of the universe.

It’s been quite some time since I bought an H. P. Lovecraft book, because I have all the stories already. My H. P. Lovecraft collection is more than complete. So for somebody to be able to come out with a new thing that would actually make me buy it, that thing would have to be very special. And this is…

the title of the book is “The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft”.  It features 22 stories by H. P. Lovecraft. (All of which I already have by the way) it also has an introduction by Alan Moore! (Who is probably most well known in the United States for having written “watchmen”) the author of this book is Leslie S. Klinger.

In addition to having very good additions of the 22 stories that are in the book, this book features an extensive introductory biography of Mr. Lovecraft himself. Filling in a lot of gaps of information about the man that had been overlooked or deliberately removed from previous books. Honestly, I would’ve bought this gorgeously-printed over-sized tome simply for the biography, even if it had not included any stories by Lovecraft. But it DOES! So you win.

The juxtaposition of reading HP Lovecraft’s work in the context of what his life and circumstances actually were makes the whole thing a lot more interesting.

Everyone is a product of their time. H. P. Lovecraft was no different.

During his lifetime he was considered no more than a pulp fiction writer. It wasn’t until decades after his death that his work grew to legendary status. In some part due to the continued works of August Derleth, and others, who took the Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos and continued writing expanded works derived from it.

Even now vinyl figures and plastic models and stuffed dolls and artworks depicting Cthulhu are very popular. And this is almost 80 years after the man died. He was barely even noticed during his lifetime.

His work indoors and grows for a reason. And if you want to fully appreciate what he did, understanding him  and the context in which he lived, will only deepen your appreciation and love.

The book is available through the links in this post, and if you buy it through here it’ll help to support this blog. But that doesn’t mean I’m recommending it for the whopping 50 cents I might get. I’m recommending it because it’s awesome and anyone who likes this sort of thing must have it.

That’s all for today kiddies.

Buy the book.

Give yourself some nightmares.

Learn to fear sea creatures.

Then come on back next time for some more gruesome goodness.

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The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft