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pooflingerus
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:37 pm  Reply with quote



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Hey everybody. My sister has this big collection of works by history's big writers and I was planing on getting her a Lovecraft collection but I don't know enough about all his stories so my question is what is the best overall collection to get her?
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Dr. Mirakle
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:39 pm  Reply with quote



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The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre is a nice start.

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Cthulhu23
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:43 pm  Reply with quote
Seeking the other 22 Cthulhus


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I would have to agree with that I agree!
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Caterpillar
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:58 pm  Reply with quote



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It sounds like his sister isn't a horror fan but more of literature in general. The intellectual type, so to speak. In that case there's three rather scholarly collections of Lovecraft's stories that will both give her the stories and undeniably place Lovecraft at his due spot in literary history:

The Library of America collection, coming in at a whopping 850 pages:

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There's also The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft and More Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, both of which have almost excessive amounts of scholarly footnotes.

All three books will succeed in convincing her that Lovecraft is one of the greats of literature and not just some hack horror writer.





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brainee
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:15 am  Reply with quote



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That Library of America book looks great. I'd say go with that one (I've given the "Best of" Del Rey collection out as a gift myself for a similar reason, but that was before the newer book). Be warned though ... I've found Lovecraft very much a "love him" or "hate him" author. Some people just can't stomach HPL -- usually it comes down to writing style and/or subject matter. One of the classic "mythos" stories is usually a good litmus test -- if someone can't get into to something like "Call of Cthulhu", "Shadow over Innsmouth", "Whisperer in the Darkness", "Dunwich Horror" than HPL is likely not for them. Actually, I think you might be on safer ground with your sister being more a literature fan than horror fan. It means she's likely to be more opened-minded regarding old prose styles (and HPL wrote in a style than was even older than era, for the most part). And horror fans new to HPL might expect something like movies based on his work, and end up getting disappointed.
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pooflingerus
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 12:00 pm  Reply with quote



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cool cool. I think I know what to get her now. thanks everybody.
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Mistress
PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:24 pm  Reply with quote



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Azathoth wrote:
The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre is a nice start.



I agree Thumbs Up I'm reading this now.
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the Golden Simatar
PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 3:27 am  Reply with quote



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Suggest reading SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH for the first story.
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