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Lovecraft - What should I read?

Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
edited July 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I love me some horror, and I've heard plenty about Lovecraft but don't know where to start. I need some title suggestions, anyone?

UK links to CHEAP (I'm moving house soon and have no spare cash!) purchases welcome :D

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  • AdventAdvent Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
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  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Awesome, cheers.

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I don't know about its pricing in the UK, but there's a nice cheap hardback that Borders US sells filled up with 800 pages of his stories in a small, small font. It's fantastic.

    As far as individual stories go, check out:

    At the Mountains of Madness, The Colour Out of Space, The Shadow over Innsmouth. All of them are so awesome.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2007
    There's a series of Omnibus compilations of Lovecraft stuff. At the Mountains of Madness is in the first one and it only costs a can of Irn-Bru shy of six quid.

    If that's too expensive, I'll post you my copy. I never managed to read the damn thing anyway.

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  • Just1life2live4Just1life2live4 Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    I think this was posted before but I got into the habit of reading at least part of a story every night before bed, some of them are just awesome.

    http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/index.html

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  • CptKemzikCptKemzik Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    The Shadow Out of Time was also an interesting read too as far as individual stories go.

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  • Herr CaesarHerr Caesar Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    You can also find all of his stuff (including his will of all things) on wikisource.

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Author:H._P._Lovecraft

    As for recommendations, The Call of Cthulhu really should be one of the first.

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  • FerrusFerrus Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    There's a series of Omnibus compilations of Lovecraft stuff. At the Mountains of Madness is in the first one and it only costs a can of Irn-Bru shy of six quid.

    If that's too expensive, I'll post you my copy. I never managed to read the damn thing anyway.

    I second Omnibus. There's one that has the whole "Dreamquest for unkown Kadath" series in it which is a pretty good "fantasy" story. Especially if you know a bit about how dreaming works.

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  • Avoid SpikesAvoid Spikes Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Get the Library of America compilation: "H.P. Lovecraft: Tales." It's got all the key stories, as picked by Peter Straub and scrubbed by noted Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi.

    And because it doesn't have a monster on the front, it looks like legitimate literature, so you immediately win the argument if anyone dares to suggest the Eldritch Yankee Gentlemen was a hack (just before they're drawn screaming into the night sky by ... was that a tentacle?).

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  • Mr_GrinchMr_Grinch Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Cheers folks! All useful links and information :)

    And wikisource isn't banned at work, methinks I've found some lunchtime reading!

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