About the Book:

That is not dead that can eternal lie And with strange aeons even death may die Millenia ago, the Old Ones ruled our planet. Since that time, they have but slumbered. But when a massive sea tremor brings the ancient stone city of R’lyeh to the surface once more, the Old Ones awaken at last. The Whisperer in Darkness brings together the original Cthulhu Mythos stories of the legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Included in this volume are several early tales, along with the classics ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, ‘The Dunwich Horror’ and ‘At the Mountains of Madness’. Arm yourself with a copy of Abdul Alhazred’s fabled Necronomican and prepare to face terrors beyond the wildest imaginings of all, save H.P. Lovecraft. Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Lovecraft’s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. Lovecraft’s protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality. Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

Review:

I for some reason had never read any Lovecraft, I don’t know why but I am very glad I found this cheap collection and started. I am a big fan of Robert E. Howard and I kept getting recommendations to read Lovecraft. I was not disappointed. I absolutely loved these stories, I don’t know how I got though life without Mr. Lovecraft, to be honest. The power and awe inspired in his works is almost overwhelming at times. Now I am looking for a complete volume of his work. I am a fan for life. This particular volume is okay but there are better one’s out there. This is great to get you started, but you will be left wanting more.

4/5 Stars

1/14/15

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