H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural by Stephen Jones
20 Classic Tales of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself

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”The reader would do well to remember that it is Lovecraft‘s shadow which overlies almost all of the important horror fiction.”—Stephen King


Written by arguably the most important horror writer of the twentieth century, H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature” traces the evolution of the genre from the early Gothic novels to the work of contemporary American and British authors. Throughout, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer: Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in their work. This chilling collection also contains Henry James’ wonderfully atmospheric short novel The Turn of the Screw.



For every fan of modern horror, here is an opportunity to rediscover the origins of the genre with some of most terrifying stories ever imagined.
 

About Stephen Jones

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Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics and Head of the Galton Laboratory, University College, London. In 1991 he gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the subject of genetics and evolution. In 1996, the Royal Society presented him with the Michael Faraday Award given annually to the scientist who has done the most to further the public understanding of science. Professor Jones was born in Wales, educated in Scotland and lives in London. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution, and joint author of Genetics for Beginners and of the Open University’s final-year genetics textbook. On balance he prefers snails to humans.
 
Published August 1, 2006 by Pegasus. 513 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Contains mostly more formal contributions to the amateur press.

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Volume one contains The Dunwich Horror and The Call of Cthulhu , two chilling tales from one of the original masters of horror.

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This book contains all of HPL's surviving correspondence to one of his most brilliant disciples from his amateur press days, as well as a selection of essays and poems by Galpin (1901-1983).

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Del Rey, $10 (384p) ISBN 0-345-38422-9 Lovecraft's transformation from beginner to master horror writer is the theme behind this collection of macabre tales, the third in a Del Rey trilogy of Lovecraft's work.

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Several Lovecraft poetry volumes have appeared over the years, notably Arkham House's Collected Poems (1963), but here at last is an attractive, scholarly edition that collects every known scrap of verse from the cosmic Yankee's pen.

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Still, all the best fiction is here in a book sure to help reinforce Lovecraft's place in the American literary canon.

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This first-rate collection of all things dark and horrifying features 20 classic tales by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker, recommended by horror master Lovecraft (1890–1937).

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