- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Robinson (21 April 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854872311
- ISBN-13: 978-1854872319
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3 x 13.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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H.P. Lovecraft's Book Of Horror
About the Author
Stephen Jones is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, four Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards, as well as being a multiple recipient of the British Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award nominee.
A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant, he has written and edited more than 130 books, including the Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome, A Book of Horrors, Curious Warnings: The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James, Psycho-Mania! and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror and Zombie Apocalypse! series.
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The book has fantastic artwork accompanying the contents and each story, it begins with HP Lovecraft's essay on horror literature and then features stories he mentioned in the essay, each prefaced with quotes from the essay about the particular story. Reader beware, if you are bothered by so called "spoilers", the essay itself and the prefaces can give away key plot points or even the conclusions of the tales. This did not bother me and, to be honest, when I first got this book in my early teens I actually appreciated this and it motivated me to read each story, allowing me to choose which I might find more interesting than others. The Great God Pan stands out in my mind, though I do love Machan's other stories, perhaps it began here, another story worth a mention is The Horla, I forgot that I had read it here and actually bought it from a series dedicated to the novella which was a more recently published series.
I hope that anyone, like myself, who has read this book and is searching for it now will benefit from this review, there are other books available which I would sound a note of caution about because I did buy a number of them before finding this one, the one I wanted all along. There are stand alone copies of the HP Lovecraft essay on Supernatural Horror in Literature which do not serialise the mentioned stories thereafter, also this book is not a collection of HP Lovecraft's fiction itself, there is just the one literary criticism essay by him followed by other authors works. There is also another book available on Amazon which features a number of essays by other authors, some of those featured here but different stories, prefaced by a long essay about supernatural horror in literature and then another essay by HP Lovecraft featuring his advice to writers on writing horror stories. This is a good book too but not this book in particular, I could recommend them all but know what you are buying. I hope this has helped you in your search today.