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H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Collection Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B078XHJL5Y
- Publisher : Big Cheese Books (June 22, 2021)
- Publication date : June 22, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1841 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1342 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,548 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As of May 30, 2018, the Kindle edition does contain a table of contents with links. Here's what's in it:
The Nameless City, The Festival, The Colour Out of Space, The Call of Cthulu, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperer in Darkness, The Dreams in the Witch House, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Shadow Out of Time, At the Mountains of Madness, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Azathoth, Beyond the Wall of Sleep, Celephaïs, Cool Air, Dagon, Ex Oblivione, Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family, From Beyond, He, Herbert West-Reanimator, Hypnos, In the Vault, Memory, Nyarlathotep, Pickman's Model, The Book, The Cats of Ulthar, The Descendant, The Doom That Came to Sarnath, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Evil Clergyman, The Horror at Red Hook, The Hound, The Lurking Fear, The Moon-Bog, The Music of Erich Zann, The Other Gods, The Outsider, The Picture in the House, The Quest of Iranon, The Rats in the Walls, The Shunned House, The Silver Key, The Statement of Randolph Carter, The Strange High House in the Mist, The Street, The Temple, The Terrible Old Man, The Thing on the Doorstep, The Tomb, The Transition of Juan Romero, The Tree, The Unnamable, The White Ship, What the Moon Brings, Polaris, The Very Old Folk, Ibid, Old Bugs, Sweet Ermengarde, or, The Heart of a Country Girl, A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson, The History of the Necronomicon.
All the stories include citations of when they were written and where they were first published.
Some earlier comments refer to a link to free audio files, but I found no link, and a search of the ebook showed no mention of audio in this version, as of this date. FYI.
So, of course I have nothing but praise.
And I will state when they say complete, they mean complete. I have long since had a full collection of everything lovecraft wrote, so when I got this, I was expecting merely the usual "Complete Works" which never include all the collaborations.
Oh, you haven't read the collaborations? Then here's your chance. They are ALL here... Except... again... Ashes with CM Eddy. No doubt once more due to Eddy's grandson refusing to allow publication, AGAIN. (The Man appears obsessed with preventing his grandfathers SS with HPL from seeing publication.)
Nor will you find Derleth's "posthumous" Lovecraftian style stories, which while derivative of HPL's work, cannot in any sense be claimed to have been written or co-written by HPL. (Derleth just could not fill HP's shoes, no matter how hard he tried. But he can be thanked for keeping HPL in publication and in the public eye for most of last century.)
So, if you are new to HPL, or a die hard fan, you will definitely find it almost tells the truth with its title, and you can't really blame the publishers for Eddy's grandson being an obstinate fool.
I like his style - his tales develop in a deliberately slow cadence, where information is delivered in small doses at a very regular pace, which makes it hard to set a story aside once you start it. His English is polished and elegant, not your 8th grade level prose you find in many authors today; personally, I appreciate reading intelligently written, well composed sentences. If you are a dialog kind of person, be aware that are barely any in his books. Having said that, his descriptions of places, people and monsters are vivid, greatly stimulating your imagination.
A few tales are particularly good - "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "At the Mountain of Madness" are the ones I like the best. I have to say, however, that this is not a book to read in one sitting; after some time, the stories and the themes become a bit repetitive; I usually read anywhere between five or ten stores, set the book aside to read something else, and when I'm in the mood, I go back to Lovecraft again.
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People have their own particular favourites amongst all the stories that Lovecraft wrote, and I know loads of people prefer those that make up the Cthulhu Mythos, although my all-time favourite has always been Herbert West – Reanimator. Taking in the above-mentioned Cthulhu Mythos, stories also take in the dream cycle, and the more traditional macabre, which he knew quite well.
Prone to nightmares as well as reading on a wide number of subjects, so Lovecraft had a well of inspiration to enable him to write his stories, which although of course were published in pulp magazines are really quite literary. With superstition, religion, fate, along with ethnicity and class, science and other-worldly elements so there are a lot of different themes packed in to the tales that we have here, all of which make for good reading.
Of course many of us have read all the stories before, but there are always new people coming to these, as well as those who may have only ever read a few, so this is great to have, and is ideal for a Kindle as you can carry around this book easily and dip into it whenever you desire. A warning should really be given to those who are coming to Lovecraft for the first time though, and that is that the stories can become weirdly addictive, and who knows - they may even warp your mind.