By H.P. Lovecraft
S.T. Joshi and Peter Cannon
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Did Lovecraft believe in ghosts or paranormal phenomena?
In what story
does the narrator fear riding the Boston T?
EXPLORE THE MARVELOUS COMPLEXITY OF LOVECRAFT’S WRITING—INCLUDING HIS USE OF LITERARY
ALLUSIONS, BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS, AND OBSCURE REFERENCES
pathfinder in the literary territory of the macabre, H.P.
Lovecraft is one of America’s giants of the horror genre. Now, in this second volume of
annotated tales, Lovecraft scholars S.T. Joshi and Peter Cannon provide another rare opportunity
to look into the mind of a genius. Their extensive notes lift the veil between real events in
the writer’s life—such as the death of his father—and the words that spill out
onto the page in magnificent grotesquerie. Mansions, universities, laboratories, and dank New
England boneyards appear also as the haunts where Lovecraft’s characters confront the
fabulous and fantastic, or—like the narrator in “Herbert
West—Reanimator”—dig up fresh corpses.
Richly illustrated and scrupulously researched, this extraordinary work adds exciting levels of
meaning to Lovecraft’s chilling tales . . . and increases our wonder at the
magic that transforms life into a great writer’s art.
More Annotated H.P. Lovecraft. By H.P. Lovecraft, Annotated by S.T. Joshi and Peter
Cannon. New York, NY: Dell Publishing; 1999; ISBN 0-440-50875-4; Paperback.
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