Nothing says "Season's Greetings" more (at least to me) than a newly published, authoritative collection of horror/fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft's (1890-1937) classic tales that he wrote in the 20s and 30s for various pulp magazines. The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, edited by Leslie S. Klinger, was released a few months back just in time for Halloween, but horror fans will still want this for Christmas. (Click here to reserve our copy.)
The collection focuses more or less on the stories and one novel that were set in and around the fictional town of Arkham, Massachusetts and his Cthulhu Mythos. Klinger has included such thrillers as "Dagon", "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Colour Out of Space", "The Silver Key", "The Dunwich Horror", "Herbert West Reanimator", and the fatalistic, science fictional novel At The Mountains of Madness. All of these stories have annotations in the margins spotlighting Klinger's well-researched historical back stories on the locations (real and made up) of the tales, letters, photos (including actual site in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, magazine covers and movie posters), and citations of deleted passages in the stories when first published.
There's also an introduction by Alan Moore ( Watchmen), an essay by Klinger about Lovecraft's life which doesn't sugarcoat over the author's racist misanthropy (to put it mildly), and a fantastic series of equally informative appendixes detailing the chronology of Lovecraft's works, screen and audio adaptations, etc. For serious fans of the horror genre alone, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft is required reading!
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