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The Best of H.P. Lovecraft
by H.P. Lovecraft

Overall: 9
Readability: 6
Intelligence: 9

This collection of 16 short stories makes a good introduction to Lovecraft's chilling work. Set mostly in small New England towns and narrated by the lowly scholars of Miskatonic University, Lovecraft's work represents tremendous imagination and vision. The imaginary settings of his stories, together with his infamous Cthulhu Mythos and Necronomicon, have provided engaging material for the hungry reader. His stories are so densely packed with inventive ideas and fascinating concepts that I often find myself grabbing for a pen and paper so that I may record some insightful burst of creativity. I also find myself reaching for a dictionary quite often, as his prose tends to be verbose, but the pages still seem to turn themselves. Though often referred to as the twentieth-century equivalent to Poe, Lovecraft's style is distinctive and frequently imitated, even by modern writers such as Clive Barker, Stephen King, and Brian Lumley (whose Titus Crow stories are directly based on Lovecraft's mythos).

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Page 76: "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far." - from The Call of Cthulhu

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