By H.P. Lovecraft
Selected by August Derleth
Edited by S.T. Joshi
And an Introduction by T.E.D. Klein
Dust Jacket Text
HERE at last is the definitive
Lovecraft – the third in a three-volume set of the collected
macabre fiction that embodies the author’s own final thoughts and
stylistic preferences. Based upon S.T. Joshi’s extensive and
painstaking collation of extant manuscript materials, this new Lovecraft
edition from Arkham House is the only completely authoritative text and
supersedes all previous editions.
All the remaining fiction by H.P. Lovecraft is collected in
this final volume, which includes every type of imaginative story in which
the author excelled – Dunsanian fantasies, Gothic horror, and tales of the
Cthulhu Mythos. Though secondary to the remarkable fiction preserved in
The Dunwich Horror and At the Mountains of Madness, these
early works constitute absorbing testimony to Lovecraft’s creative
development. Completing this volume is the only critical recension of
“Supernatural Horror in Literature,” the single most significant
essay on the horror genre.
In the whole range of fantastic literature, Lovecraft created
a new form that is neither pure fancy nor pure science fiction. He
combined a factual and accurate scientific knowledge with its extension to
the absolute limit in supernatural bizarrerie. His work defies
classification, for it is as much myth as reality – both lore and legend at
their haunting, haunted best, and at the same time science at its most
provocative. His tales have been termed the finest weird fantasy ever
written, and yet also the most superbly literate science fiction.
Lovecraft’s work has achieved an honored eminence among the great
visionary fiction of the ages precisely because, while betraying no trace
of the commonplace, his stories are based convincingly in the world of
everyday reality, yet lure the mind into the farthest reaches of the
imagination, the star-flung spaces of the universe, the cosmic realm of a
Dagon and Other Macabre Tales. By H.P. Lovecraft, Selected by August Derleth, With Texts
Edited by S.T. Joshi, and an Introduction by T.E.D. Klein. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House Publishers,
Inc.; 1987; ISBN 0-87054-039-4; Hardcover.
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