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H. P. Lovecraft – The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories of Horror | Review

Title: The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories of Horror

Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 256

Rating: 4/5

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room in the form of Lovecraft’s concerning personal beliefs. I’m of the opinion that you can separate the art from the artist, especially when the artist is dead, but I also know that that’s not true for everyone.

I’ve only read one Lovecraft book before and so I’m still relatively new to his work, and I can’t quite decide what I think of him. There are times when his stories are fantastic and they more than live up to the hype, and then there are times when… well, maybe not so much.

For example, there’s a story here that Lovecraft ghostwrote for Harry Houdini, and while the story behind the story is pretty interesting, the story itself isn’t great. I think if you didn’t know it was ghostwritten, you’d believe that Houdini wrote it – but then, Houdini wasn’t known for being a writer.

The title story in this collection was fantastic though, and it was made even more interesting because I was talking to somebody about it and they’d done an adaptation of it. There are only around six stories in here and so you could probably ask for more, but they are at least pretty chunky and so there’s a bunch for you to enjoy here. I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re interested.

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H. P. Lovecraft – The Tomb and Other Tales | Review

Title: The Tomb and Other Tales

Author: H. P. Lovecraft

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating: 3.5/5

 

 

I couldn’t decide between a 3/5 and a 3.5/5 for this one, and that’s kind of a shame. People have been telling me for ages that I should pick up Lovecraft because I’d love him, and this one at least just didn’t quite live up to all of the hype.

Don’t get me wrong, it was okay, and there were a few curios in there like a piece that he ghost wrote for Harry Houdini, but it also dragged a little and only a few of the stories really grabbed my attention. On the plus side,  Lovecraft has a unique writing style that’s interesting to say the least, even if there were times at which it was a little too much and ended up getting in the way of the stories.

Overall, while I was expecting more from this, I’ll still read some more Lovecraft in the future. I was just expecting a new favourite author and I doubt he’d make my top fifty.

 

 

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