Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

This book is my introduction to the writings of Lovecraft, the classic horror writer who inspired generations of writers like Stephen King.  Lovecraft's stories have a similar feel to Edgar Allen Poe's, but with some science fiction thrown in for good measure.  For many years I have been somewhat familiar with the Cthulhu Mythos, but never really looked into the works of the creator until my son purchased this volume and passed it on to me when he finished.  I am now a fan.

This particular volume (of which there are many) includes ten of his more popular works like, The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror and The Shadow out of Time.  In reading other reviews, it appears the main criticism is the absence of his classic The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, which I have since acquired and will read next.

As a big fan of Poe I have thoroughly enjoyed this collection, being in a similar vein.  Whether you are a fan of classic horror or science fiction, especially if you are a Stephen King fan, you owe it to yourself to read the works of the man King called, "The Twentieth Century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale."  You won't regret it.

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