By H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi
A definitive version of news by way of the grasp of supernatural fiction
Howard Phillips Lovecraft's specific contribution to American literature was once a melding of conventional supernaturalism (derived mainly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the style of technology fiction that emerged within the early Twenties. This Penguin Classics version brings jointly a dozen of the master's tales-from his early brief tales "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The track of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked moment between his personal favorites) via his extra absolutely built works, "The Dunwich Horror," The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness.
The factor at the Doorstep and different bizarre Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of those works, in addition to Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating creation and notes to every story.
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