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Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (P.S.) av H.P.…

Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (P.S.) (urspr publ 1935; utgåvan 2007)

av H.P. Lovecraft (Författare), Joyce Carol Oates

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"Presents ten stories of horror and the supernatural by twentieth-century American H.P. Lovecraft, selected and edited by author Joyce Carol Oates."
Titel:Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (P.S.)
Författare:H.P. Lovecraft (Författare)
Andra författare:Joyce Carol Oates
Info:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2007), 366 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Tales of H.P. Lovecraft av H. P. Lovecraft (1935)



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In this volume Joyce Carol Oates has selected some of the best tales of the master of the macabre, H. P. Lovecraft.
The introductory tale, "The Outsider", is written in a first-person narrative style, and details the miserable and apparently lonely life of an individual, who appears to have never contacted with another individual. The story begins, with the narrator explaining his origins. His memory of others is vague, and he cannot seem to recall any details of his personal history, including who he is or where he is originally from. The narrator tells of his environment: a dark, decaying castle amid an "endless forest" of high, unlit trees. He has never seen natural light, nor another human being, and he has never ventured from the prison-like home he now inhabits. The only knowledge the narrator has of the outside world, is from his reading of the "antique books" that line the walls of his castle.

The narrator tells of his eventual determination to free himself, from what he views as a prison-like existence. He eventually decides to climb the ruined staircase of the high castle tower which appears to be his only hope for an escape. At the place where the stairs diminish into crumbled ruins, the narrator begins a long, slow climb up the tower wall, until he comes upon a trapdoor in the ceiling, which he pushes up and climbs through. Amazingly, he finds himself not at the great height he anticipated, but at ground level in another world. With the sight of the full moon before him, he proclaims, "There came to me the purest ecstasy I have ever known."(p 3) Overcome with the emotion he feels in beholding what—until now—he had only read about, the narrator takes in his new surroundings. He realizes that he is in an old churchyard, and he wanders out into the countryside before eventually coming upon another castle.

Upon visiting the castle, which he finds "maddeningly familiar," the narrator sees a gathering of people at a party within. Longing for some type of human contact, he climbs through a window into the room. Upon his entering, the people inside become terrified. They scream and collectively flee from the room, many stumbling blindly with their hands held over their eyes toward the walls in search of an exit. The narrator attempts to discover the source of their terror and in doing so the short story culminates with a shocking revelation.
This short beginning to the collection of works by Lovecraft is reminiscent of Poe at his best with its atmosphere of death and decrepitude; the feeling of isolation and desire for discovery; and the not-unexpected yet still horrifying revelation that ends the tale. ( )
  jwhenderson | Sep 10, 2016 |
Nice introduction to Lovecraft. While there are a few other tales I might have included, Joyce Carol Oates selected most of his very best. ( )
  DrArmitage | Feb 10, 2010 |
Damn these bookstore discount sales!!!Ever been meaning to dive into the works of a well-known author, but didn't know where to start? I figured, not let another well-known author pick for me?
  donp | Nov 17, 2008 |
Choice of Stories and Oates' intro put this collection on top of all the repackages out there. ( )
  eviexeris | Sep 1, 2008 |
An excellent selection of some of Lovecrafts best works. Anyone interested in sampling Lovecraft's world of gothic horror will find this arrangment of short stories both enjoyable and accessable.
  gheppner | Apr 26, 2006 |
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This is the collection selected and edited by Joyce Carol Oates; it contains: The Outsider; The Music of Erich Zann; The Rats in the Walls; The Shunned House; The Call of Cthulhu; The Colour out of Space; The Dunwich Horror; At the Mountains of Madness; The Shadow over Innsmouth; and The Shadow Out of Time. Do not combine with the Library of America edition, HP Lovecraft: Tales.
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