Introduction Select Bibliography A Chronology of H. P. Lovecraft The Horror at Red Hook The Call of Cthulhu The Colour out of Space The Dunwich Horror The Whisperer in Darkness At the Mountains of Madness The Dreams in the Witch House The Shadow over Innsmouth The Shadow out of Time Appendix: from 'Supernatural Horror in Literature' Explanatory Notes
Edited by Roger Luckhurst, Professor of Modern Literature, Birkbeck College, University of LondonH. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, known as 'weird fiction'. He published primarily in the pulp magazine Weird Tales and attracted a cult following. He wrote in the Gothic tradition, creating a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown spheres and powers. He created the Cthulhu Mythos, a series of interconnected fictions featuring creatures from human prehistory, and the Necronomicon, a fictional textbook of magical rites and forbidden lore. He has influenced writers such as Robert Bloch and Stephen King, and film-makers such as David Lynch.Roger Luckhurst is the author of The Invention of Telepathy (OUP, 2002), Science Fiction (Polity Press, 2005), The Trauma Question (Routledge, 2008), and The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (OUP, 2012). He is an expert on science fiction and Gothic literature, publishing widely and broadcasting regularly on these topics. For Oxford World's Classics he has edited Late Victorian Gothic Tales, Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, James's Portrait of a Lady, and Stoker's Dracula.
[Luckhurst] furnishes a satisfyingly wide-ranging introduction that
situates Lovecraft's work in relation to his scientific materialist
views and his rather chilly stance of "cosmic indifferentism". *
Julian White, Times Literary Supplement *
For those interested in Lovecraft but unsure of where to start, this book rolls out the welcome mat. Highly recommended for both new readers and seasoned veterans with an eye toward literary curatorship. * Booklist *