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Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
H. P. Lovecraft
0141182342
October 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Together, these books offer 30 "weird stories" by our nation's greatest horror writer. In addition to the title piece, Cthulhu includes "Rats in the Walls," "Herbert West Reanimator" (the basis of several fun B movies), and "The Haunter of the Dark." The Thing sports such standards as "The Dunwich Horror," "Pickman's Model," and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep." These corrected texts present the definitive versions of each tale. Each volume also contains notes and an introduction by scholar S.T. Joshi. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
An unparalleled selection of fiction from H. P. Lovecraft, master of the American horror tale

Long after his death, H. P. Lovecraft continues to enthrall readers with his gripping tales of madness...


The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
H. P. Lovecraft
0142180033
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Howard Phillips Lovecraft's unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This new Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales-from his early short stories "Under the Pyramids" (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and "The Music of Erich Zann" (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, "The Dunwich Horror," The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness.

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi's illuminating...


The Dreams in the Witch House
H. P. Lovecraft
0142437956
Oct 2004
Paperback
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Stephen King
H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.

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Plagued by insane nightmare visions, Walter Gilman seeks help in Miskatonic University’s infamous library of forbidden books, where, in the pages of Abdul Alhazred’s dreaded Necronomicon, he finds terrible hints that seem to connect his own studies in advanced mathematics with the fantastic legends of elder magic. "The Dreams in the Witch House," gathered together here with more than twenty other tales of terror, exemplifies H. P. Lovecraft’s primacy among twentieth-century American horror writers.


Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories: The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Volume 1
M. R. James
0143039393
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The only annotated edition of M. R. James’s writings currently available, Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories contains the entire first two volumes of James’s ghost stories, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary and More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. These volumes are both the culmination of the nineteenth-century ghost story tradition and the inspiration for much of the best twentieth-century work in this genre. Included in this collection are such landmark tales as "Count Magnus," set in the wilds of Sweden; "Number 13," a distinctive tale about a haunted hotel room; "Casting the Runes," a richly complex tale of sorcery that served as the basis for the classic horror film Curse of the Demon; and "Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad," one of the most frightening tales in literature. The...


Mencken's America
H. L. Mencken
0821415328
Jan 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
H.L. Mencken was a man who firmly believed that "[m]en are surely not at their worst when they say what they actually think, even if it is shocking to their neighbors," and 80 years after some of these essays originally appeared in newspapers and magazines, his writings are still hard to resist. Mencken's wit and breadth of knowledge are apparent throughout this collection, but he is at his best and most timely when his targets are politics, the American character and the "militant Puritanism" that, according to him, shapes them both. His skewering of democracy as a system-"this fundamental assumption that a group of idiots, if only its numbers be large enough, is wiser and more virtuous than any conceivable individual who is not an idiot"-is well reasoned enough to provoke a weeklong debate about such favorite...


Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce
0820324019
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Ambrose Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth. This is the most extensively annotated edition of a work by Bierce ever published, and the first edition of The Devil's Dictionary to provide detailed bibliographical information on every entry. It will be celebrated by wits and word lovers everywhere. First time in paperback.

About the Author
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America's most renowned satirists. The author of short stories, essays, fables,...


The Modern Weird Tale
S.T. T. Joshi
078640986X
March 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Joshi (Lovecraft: A Life), an accomplished critic and independent scholar, follows up his earlier The Weird Tale (1990) with this provocative examination of more recent exemplars of the genre. Again he adopts the concept of "weird fiction" as championed by H.P. Lovecraft in the latter's capacity as a critic, namely horror that upsets the reader's assumptions about the nature of reality itself. This usually involves the supernatural, though some psychotic killer fiction (Thomas Harris, Bret Easton Ellis) can also fit the bill. Here Joshi conducts a sort of comparative study of those late 20th-century authors he deems best (Shirley Jackson, Robert Aickman, Ramsey Campbell, T.E.D. Klein, Thomas Ligotti) with those whose books sell best (William Peter Blatty, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Anne Rice, Clive Barker)....


Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories
Algernon Blackwood
0142180157
Aug 2002
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Book Description
By turns bizarre, unsettling, spooky, and sublime, Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories showcases nine incomparable stories from master conjuror Algernon Blackwood. Evoking the uncanny spiritual forces of Nature, Blackwood's writings all tread the nebulous borderland between fantasy, awe, wonder, and horror. Here Blackwood displays his best and most disturbing work-including "The Willows," which Lovecraft singled out as "the single finest weird tale in literature"; "The Wendigo"; "The Insanity of Jones"; and "Sand."

About the Author
Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) trained as a doctor and took up a special interest in Eastern medicine and religion. He published several short story collections before becoming an undercover agent for Britain during World War I. After...


Dreamer and a Visionary: H. P. Lovercraft in His Time
S. T. Joshi
0853239363
June 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
H. P. Lovecraft has come to be recognized as the leading author of supernatural fiction in the twentieth century. But how did a man who died in poverty, with no book of his stories published in his lifetime, become such an icon in horror literature? S. T. Joshi, the leading authority on Lovecraft, traces in detail the course of Lovecraft’s life and shows how Lovecraft was engaged in the political, economic, social and intellectual currents of his time.


In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales
Edward John Moreton Dunsany
014243776X
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Lord Dunsany has gained a cult following for his influence on modern fantasy literature, including such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft. This unique collection of short stories ranges over five decades, including the entire Gods of Pegana and such notable works as "Idle Days on the Yann" as well as several about the garrulous traveler Joseph Jorkens and the outrageous murder tale "The Two Bottles of Relish." Throughout, the stories are united by Dunsany’s cosmic vision, his impeccable and mellifluous prose, and his distinctively Irish sense of whimsy.

About the Author
Lord Dunsany (1878–1957) was the author of numerous short stories, plays, and novels, most notably The Gods of Pegana, A Dreamer’s Tales, and The Book of Wonder. S. T. Joshi is a...


Dreamer and a Visionary: H. P. Lovercraft in His Time
S. T. Joshi
0853239460
June 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
H. P. Lovecraft has come to be recognized as the leading author of supernatural fiction in the twentieth century. But how did a man who died in poverty, with no book of his stories published in his lifetime, become such an icon in horror literature? S. T. Joshi, the leading authority on Lovecraft, traces in detail the course of Lovecraft’s life and shows how Lovecraft was engaged in the political, economic, social and intellectual currents of his time.


Lord Dunsany
Greenwood Publishing Group
0313294038
Mar 1995
Hardcover
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Review
“Recommended for undergraduate academic collections of 20th-century fantasy and Irish writers, and extensive drama collections.”–Choice
“This is, and is likely to remain for some time, the definitive modern overview of Dunsany's life and literary works. Joshi's examination of the writings of Baron Dunsany is in both breadth and depth far superior to anything previously attempted.”–SFRA Review

Book Description
The Irish writer Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) has suffered a regrettable decline in critical esteem. Although one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of the early 20th century, he seems to have fallen out of fashion with both the Irish critical community and with enthusiasts of fantasy literature. But Dunsany was one of the...


In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice against Women
S. T. Joshi (Editor)
1591023807
February 2006
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Joshi starts his (yes, his) history of prejudice against women off with a bang. "And now bear with me . . . while I show you what you, dear ladies, cannot do." This, from -nineteenth-century Congregational minister John Todd's pamphlet entitled "Woman's Rights," presages the thrust and purpose of all the essays to follow. From Dr. Edward H. Clarke's flagrant disdain for female intelligence in an 1873 essay in which he opines that too much education robs the so-called more important female reproductive organs of the blood they need by channeling it to the brain, to Professor Stephen Goldberg's 1973 polemic regarding the "Inevitability of Patriarchy," Joshi's compilation of articles, excerpts, and treatises traces more than a century of the most vitriolic anti-feminist writings from preeminent scholars, clergy, physicians,...


Ambrose Bierce
S. T. Joshi
0313306834
Oct 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Ambrose Bierce is well known to readers as a master of the short story and the author of The Devil's Dictionary (1906). But, in his own day, Bierce was best known as a prolific and fearless journalist who wrote thousands of articles for newspapers and magazines during a 40 year career. This bibliography is the first to attempt an exhaustive catalog of Bierce's entire body of published work. Included are chapters for separate publications by Bierce, such as books; his numerous contributions to magazines, newspapers, and collections; reprints of his works; and manuscript holdings. Entries for individual items appear in each chapter, and access is facilitated through title, name, and periodical indexes.

About the Author
S. T. JOSHI is a widely published freelance author and...


An Epicure in the Terrible: A Centennial Anthology of Essays in Honor of H. P. Lovecraft
David E. Schultz (Editor)
083863415X
July 1991
Hardcover
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Fritz Leiber and H. P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark
Fritz Leiber
0809500787
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark presents Lovecraft's letters to Leiber, an impressive selection of Leiber's fiction which shows Lovecraft's influence, and a selection of Leiber's essays on Lovecraft and Matters Lovecraftian. Features an introduction by Ben J. S. Szumskyj and an afterword by S.T. Joshi.

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While Howard Phillips Lovecraft was closing the final chapter of his writing career, Fritz Reuter Leiber was only beginning to open his own. The year was 1936 and Jonquil Leiber, Fritz's first wife, sent a letter on her own initiative to Lovecraft, knowing that her husband had been an avid admirer of his work, ever since his first reading of "The Colour out of Space" and hoping that Lovecraft's presence in Fritz's slow-paced writing...


An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia
S. T. Joshi
0313315787
Sept 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, will please HPL purists, since it focuses on the weird writer's literary work with entries for individual stories, the more important poems and essays, fictional locales and characters (including every member of the German U-boat crew named in "The Temple"). Although Cthulhu and HPL's other "gods" don't receive separate entries, there's an essay-length entry on the Cthulhu Mythos. Other longer entries concisely treat such topics as HPL's juvenilia, letters and travels, but his philosophy gets short shrift for, as the editors state in their introduction: "No separate entry on Lovecraft's philosophical thought is included here, as the topic is too complex for succinct discussion." Despite such selective coverage, this is an indispensable...

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