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The Lurking Fear and Other Stories af H. P.…

The Lurking Fear and Other Stories (original 1971; udgave 1982)

af H. P. Lovecraft

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Twelve soul-chilling stories by the master of horror will leave you shivering in your boots and afraid to go out in the night. Only H.P. Lovecraft can send your heart racing faster than it's ever gone before. And here are the stories to prove it.
Titel:The Lurking Fear and Other Stories
Forfattere:H. P. Lovecraft
Info:Ballantine Del Rey (1982), Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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The Lurking Fear and Other Stories af H. P. Lovecraft (1971)


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Another nasty one. In spite of what I said earlier about my appreciation for Lovecraft's corrupt protagonists, it was rather nice to run across one who wasn't himself revolting. Unfortunately, I thought this was going to throw some light on the terrible beyond (when he mentioned that he had finally found one of the horrors we are normally protected from by our limited senses), but then it turned into another encounter with inbred white apes. Lovecraft found the idea of devolution hideous, let me tell you.

(Moved 2016 review to the individual work Sept. 2017 to make room to review the collection under its own entry.) ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I really love the storytelling here, but holy *censored* that's some racism front and center. Makes Kipling's Empire-centric stuff look like dabbling. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Wow the racism
  mirnanda | Dec 27, 2019 |
This is not the 12-story collection originally published by Ballantine/Del Rey in 1971, reprinted in several editions, with different covers, and which seems to be the subject of most, if not all, of the other reviews under this title.

This is the 1947 11-story collection published by Avon Books, their catalog #136, later re-released with the title Cry Horror! The stories in this book are: The Lurking Fear, The Colour Out of Space, The Nameless City, Pickman's Model, Arthur Jermyn, The Unnameable, The Call of Cthulhu, The Moon-Bog, Cool Air, The Hound, The Shunned House.

The two books have only 5 stories in common, including the title. ( )
  Androphiles | Jul 5, 2019 |
One other reviewer here states that "everyone" is embarrassed at how influential Lovecraft is as a writer, and that HPL is "not a particularly good writer." None of the professional writers I know are at all embarrassed by Lovecraft's influence, and many have paid tribute to that influence by writing superb original fiction for such books as Ellen Datlow's LOVECRAFT UNBOUND and S. T. Joshi's BLACK WINGS. To say that Lovecraft is not a good writer is to shew an ignorance in regard to that which constitutes good writing. Lovecraft is a GREAT writer, a writer in complete control of his narrative voices, the variety of which is perfectly suited to each of the stories. Lovecraft's excellence and diversity, the stunning brilliance and originality of his enormous imagination, is revealed in this wonderful wee collection of his work.

"The Lurking Fear" (written in mid- to late November 1922) was one of the two serials that Lovecraft wrote for what was his first professional sales, to HOME BREW. He was requested to write the story in four episodic chapters, each with its own title. That printing of the tale was illustrated by Clark Ashton Smith, who had a bit of erotic fun by drawing trees and vegetation in the shape of genitalia. (I've posted these illustrations at my blog, A View from Sesqua Valley.) Although Lovecraft desired to write weird fiction that was excellent and an example of Literary Art, sometime he merely wrote an effecting eerie adventure, and "The Lurking Fear" is certainly that. The story has not influenced too many other writers, as has so much of Lovecraft's Mythos fiction; although I confess that I have written my own Sesqua Valley "version" of the story, which will be publish'd next month in the magazine FUNGI.

Completely different in narrative tone is "The White Ship" (written in October 1919), which some have said was inspired by Dunsany's "Idle Days on the Yann." The story was indeed the first that Lovecraft wrote under the influence of his discovery of the Irish fantasist, and its beautiful language is that of the prose-poem. An enchanting tale, superbly told.

Some of Lovecraft's stories (such as "The Music of Erich Zann" and "The Outsider") exist in a realm that may be either reality or dream; but Lovecraft at times insisted that he was a "realist," and "Arthur Jermyn" (written in 1920), although a tale of fantastic legend, is set absolutely in the real world. This is one of Lovecraft's tales of miscegenation--a theme that is perhaps a product of Lovecraft's grotesque and ignorant racism.

"The Hound" and "The Unnamable" are two of my all-time favourite Lovecraft tales--however minor they may be. I was annoy'd that both stories were not included in the majestic Centipede Press edition of Lovecraft in their MASTERS OF THE WEIRD TALE series. Some like to suggest that the overwriting in "The Hound" is evidence that Lovecraft meant the tale as a parody of his purple prose style--but WHY Lovecraft would wish to poke fun at his writing at the time, so early in his career, that he wrote the story (October 1922) mystifies me. The tale was composed during a period when Lovecraft had an intense interest in Literary Decadence. I love how its supernatural manifestations are filled with mystic ambiguity--as such things should be. "The Unnamable" is fascinating in that with it Lovecraft discusses the validity of supernatural fiction as Literature.

"The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is tainted, again, by Lovecraft's xenophobia. I do not mind that Lovecraft was a racist, because it colored his Work in very interesting ways; and today the stupidity of Lovecraft's racist views can lead to vital and important discussions concerning race in America, a dialogue that is ever-important. *spoilers alert* And yet how fascinating, that in this tale of the repugnant Other, the narrator, at the end, not only embraces his alien heritage, but absolutely embraces it, joyously. As a tale of weird horror, this story is a masterpiece, original and brimming over with awesome suggestions, unearthly horror, and adventurous expectancy. The chase scene is one of Lovecraft's completely effective moments of awesome and unrelenting horror.

This is a great wee book, and would serve as a perfect introduction to a friend who is coming to Lovecraft for the first time.
1 stem whpugmire | Jul 20, 2013 |
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