Collection of thirteen (13) works on and by H.P.Lovecraft. The collection comes from the library of a Collector of early Literature of Horror and Gothic Fiction as well as Supernatural and Fantasy – Publication. The Collection includes: 1. H.P.Lovecraft – The Ancient Track – The Complete Poetical Works of H.P.Lovecraft. Edited by S.T. Joshi (557 pages / Hardcover / Second Printing – San Francisco, Night Shade Books, 2001) / 2. S.T.Joshi – H.P.Lovecraft – A Life (708 pages / Softcover / Third Printing / West Warwick, Necronomicon Press, 2004) / 3. H.P.Lovecraft – The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature – Edited, With Introduction and Commentary, by S.T.Joshi. (172 pages / Softcover / First Edition / New York, Hippocampus Press, 2000) / 4. Michel Houellebecq – H.P.Lovecraft against the World, Against Life – [Originally published in 1991 as: “H.P.Lovecraft – Contre le Monde, contre la vie” by Editions du Rocher) – Translated from the French by Dorna Khazeni. With an Introduction by Stephen King. (247 pages / San Francisco, Believer Books, 2005). / 5. H.P.Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Lurker at the Threshold – (196 pages / Softcover / Philadelphia, Running Press, 2003) / 6. H..Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Watchers out of Time (289 pages / Softcover / New York, Ballantine Books, 2008) / 7. H.P.Lovecraft and C.J.Henderson – The Tales of Inspector Legrasse (First Edition / 217 pages / Softcover / Missouri, Mythos Books LLC, 2005) / 8. H.P. Lovecraft – The Shadow out of Time – [The Corrected Text] – Edited by S.T.Joshi and David E. Schultz (First Edition / Softcover / 136 pages / New York, Hippocampus Press, 2003). / 9. H.P.Lovecraft – Miscellaneous Writings – Edited by S.T.Joshi – (Hardcover / XIII, 568 pages / Arkham House Publishers, Inc., 1995) / 10. H.P.Lovecraft – The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions – With Texts by S.T.Joshi and an Introduction by August Derleth (Hardcover / 450 pages / Corrected, Fifth Printing / Arkham House Publishers, Inc., 1989) / 11. H.P.Lovecraft – The Dunwich Horror and Others – Selected by August Derleth. With Texts edited by S.T.Joshi and an Introduction by Robert Bloch (Hardcover / 433 pages / Corrected, Eleventh Printing / Arkham House Publishers, Inc, 1984) / 12. H.P.Lovecraft – At the Mountains of MAdness and other Novels – Selected by August Derleth. With Texts edited by S.T.Joshi and an Introduction by James Turner (Hardcover / 458 pages / Corrected, Ninth Printing / Arkham House Publishers, Inc, 1985) / 13. H.P.Lovecraft – Dagon and Other Macabre Tales – Selected by August Derleth. With Texts edited by S.T.Joshi and an Introduction by T.E.D. Klein (Hardcover / 448 pages / Corrected, Ninth Printing / Arkham House Publishers, Inc, 1987).
San Francisco and others, Night Shade Books and other Publishers, 1984 – 2008. Octavo. More than 4000 pages. Original Hardcovers with dustjacket as well as original Softcover-Volumes. Excellent condition with some minor signs of wear only. Excellent collection for the Lovecraft-Afficionado as well as being a good starting-Kit for Fantasy Lovers. The collection comes with international free shipping per Courier.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American writer of weird, science, fantasy, and horror fiction. Lovecraft is best known for his creation of a body of work that became known as the Cthulhu Mythos.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft spent most of his life in New England. After his father was institutionalized for general paresis in 1893, he lived affluently, but his family’s wealth dissipated soon after the death of his grandfather. After this point, he was living with his mother in reduced financial conditions, until she was institutionalized in 1919. He became involved in the United Amateur Press Association and wrote essays for them. In 1913, he wrote a critical letter to a pulp magazine that ultimately led to his involvement in pulp fiction. He became active in the speculative fiction community and was published in several pulp magazines. Lovecraft moved to New York when he married Sonia Greene in 1924. He then joined the small “Kalem Club”, and would later become the center of a wider body of authors known as the “Lovecraft Circle”. They introduced him to Weird Tales, which would become his most prominent publisher. Despite this, his time in New York took a toll on his mental state, which coincided with increased financial pressures. Finding social and financial conditions there intolerable, he returned to Providence in 1926. After returning to Providence, he became increasingly active in his literary output, producing some of his most prominent works, including “The Call of Cthulhu”, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow over Innsmouth, and The Shadow Out of Time. He would remain active as a writer until his death from intestinal cancer at the age of 46.
Lovecraft’s literary corpus is based around the idea of Cosmicism, which was simultaneously his personal philosophy and the main theme of his fiction. According to this philosophy, humanity was an unimportant part of an uncaring cosmos that could be swept away at any moment. To support this point, his stories included fantastic and science fiction elements that represented the perceived fragility of anthropocentrism. Having an interest in scientific discoveries, he incorporated then-current scientific discoveries into his stories. These stories generally take place in a fictionalized version of New England. Civilizational decline also plays a major role in his works, as he believed that the West was in decline during his lifetime. While Lovecraft came to this conclusion independently, he was influenced by Oswald Spengler’s articulation of it. More generally, these stories and elements were influenced by his readings of Edgar Allan Poe and Lord Dunsany’s fictional works and writings.
Throughout his adult life, Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as an author and editor. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime and was almost exclusively published in pulp magazines before his death, but is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors of supernatural horror fiction. This is the result of a literary and scholarly revival that began in the 1970s and 1980s. This resulted in an increased number of critical and scholarly discussions of Lovecraft’s life and works. Simultaneously, a wide body of adaptations and works that are based on or influenced by his writings emerged. These works form the basis of the Cthulhu Mythos, which draws on Lovecraft’s characters, setting, and themes. (Wikipedia)