H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) is widely recognized as the twentieth century’s greatest master of weird fiction. Drawing inspiration from such of his predecessors as Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Dunsany, and Arthur Machen, Lovecraft evolved a highly original pseudomythology — later named the Cthulhu Mythos — that underlies many of his most powerful tales. Envisioning the coming to earth of immensely powerful alien entities from the farthest reaches of the universe, this pseudomythology underscored the cosmic perspective that Lovecraft made his signature contribution to weird fiction.
This volume contains such major tales as
The Call of Cthulhu,
The Whisperer in Darkness, At the Mountains of Madness, and
The Shadow out of Time. In addition, important early tales such as
The Outsider and
The Rats in the Walls are included, presenting the full range of Lovecraft’s stories from the beginning to the end of his career. The most accurate and authoritative texts are used, and the volume concludes with a bibliography of first apparances of all the items included.
The volume is edited by S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on weird fiction. Joshi is the author of The Weird Tale (1990),The Modern Weird Tale (2001), and Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction (2012), and he has prepared editions of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen, Ambrose Bierce, and many other weird writers.