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Literary Monster Classics

October 17, 2011 - Amy Phelps
Get some literary horror with some repackaged classics. First up is "The Call of Cthulhu and other Weird Stories" by H.P. Lovecraft, printed with a lovely cover by Travis Louie of a gentleman Cthulhu, the dread elder god that lies sleeping, or perhaps just wants to pop in for a spot of tea, sporting a monacle and a handlebar mustache along with his tentacles. The book provides an introduction detailing Lovecraft's life and contains his works, "Dagon," "The Statement of Randolph Carter," "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family," "Celephais," "Nyarlathotep," "The Picture in the House," "The Outsider," "Herbert West - Reanimator," "The Hound," "The Rats in the Walls," "The Festival," "He," "Cool Air," "The Call of Cthulhu" "The Colour Out in Space," "The Whisperer in the Darkness," "The Shadow over Innsmouth" and "The Haunter of the Dark." There is also a section of Explantory Notes for further information about the stories. Lovecraft's stories range from science-fiction space horrors (Cthulhu), a Frankenstein-like mad scientist (Herbert West), a man who stumbles upon cannibals (the Picture in the House), a man who discovers the dark side of evolution (Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family) and people that just see things they shouldn't and lose their grip on sanity. The stories are all elegantly dark and gothic weird tales that may have you thinking late into the night. "The Call of Cthulhu" is published by Penguin Classics. It is $17. * Another repackaged selection of classic horror is Arthur Machen's "The White People and Other Weird Stories." This book contains a forward by director Guillermo Del Toro and an introduction to the author's life as well. The book contains his stories, "The Inmost Light," "Novel of the Black Seal," "Novel of the White Powder," "The Red Hand," "The White People," "A Fragment of Life," "The Bowmen," "The Soldier's Rest," "The Great Return," "Out of the Earth" and "The Terror." There is also a section of Explantory Notes and a Suggestions for Further Reading. These are also very gothic stories with a fun paranormal twist at the end. I especially enjoyed "The Inmost Light" about a doctor trying to capture his wife's soul in a gem and "The Terror" about when animals turn on people, which was vaguely reminiscent of the "The Birds." "The White People and Other Weird Stories" is published by Penguin Classics. It is $16.


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