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u/mumuwu · 8 pointsr/Lovecraft

The 3 Penguin classics are great because they've got annotations from S.T. Joshi and also have the corrected text by him. They're also cheap. Since they aren't huge volumes they are also easy to read and carry.

The Necronomicon (listed in the comments below) is nice as well, but it lacks footnotes and has errors. Also nice is the companion to this - Eldritch Tales which has some stuff the Necronomicon doesn't.

The Barnes and Noble edition seems like a good buy.

I recommend having a look at this page over at It has a good overview of the various sources you can choose from.

The Arkham house editions seem like the definitive ones, however they are a bit harder to come by than some of the others.

u/nechoventsi · 4 pointsr/Lovecraft

"The Complete Fiction" has all the fiction Lovecraft wrote in his lifetime, minus the commissioned works and collaborations with other writers. Also, the texts are edited by S.T. Joshi, who's the foremost Lovecraft scholar. "The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft" has some analysis for some of his works, but I don't know about the editing of the text. I own this one, which I'm pretty sure has the same contents as the Knickerbocker Classics edition.

If you want annotations AND complete texts, Penguin Classics' three paperback collections are a good choice, because the texts are those edited by Joshi, plus they have a ton of annotations for basically every bit of extra info regarding the particular story, influential element, etc... Yes, they are softcover books, but the good side is they have annotations. Here they are:

  • The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
  • The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
  • The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories

    "The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories" also has a special edition with Cthulhu with a monocle, mustache and tuxedo on the front cover.

    I share the opinion of /u/leafyhouse, who says "Buy The Complete Fiction" first. You can read all of his official stories in a chronological order and see how he grew up as a writer. Later you can check out Penguin Classics or The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft and sink deep in what influenced Lovecraft to write all this gorgeous work.

    EDIT: Forgot to put links to the Penguin Classics collections.

    EDIT número dos: In this other thread, /u/IndispensableNobody points out the differences between the Knickerbocker Classics "Complete Fiction" and the Barnes & Noble one. Check it out.
u/leafyhouse · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

Like other people said, Call of Cthulhu is the only one with Cthulhu. It's a great read, but kinda fun to save for when you've read more.

The first story I read was Shadow over Innsmouth, which is fantastic but long. The Hound isn't his best, but it's my favorite. /u/Zaldarr said Dagon, which I agree with. I'd wait a while before Mountains of Madness, as it does kind of take some of the mystery out.

His most famous, outside of CoC, is The Music of Eric Zann and Pickman's Model.

This edition of his short stories is neat because it has a lot of his stories and just looks cool. I use it as a coffee table book.

u/FarmerGiles_ · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

Yep, I enjoy looking for unique editions -especially for horror and weird fiction. Here are some cool editions in the basic price range shown above:

  1. The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Nice cheap edition. Honestly, this is the best thing about Lovecraft and Weird Fiction anthologies -there are sooo many. And many cheap editions.

  2. Great Tales of Horror Edition A bit more expensive, but sweet looking book.

  3. Necronomicon Edition. Again way expensive... but, there is a paperback that also looks nice for around 18$

  4. The Mammoth book of Cthulhu This is a collection of Lovecraft inspired stories, and is not authored by your Faithful Uncle Theobald (HPL). However. there is no need for cannon purity, in my opinion. And what a gorgeous, very cheap book

  5. I'm adding this anthology: Awaiting Strange Gods to my book self. Though it is more non-Lovecraft Lovecraft.

  6. For no reason, other than pure random wonderful weirdness, check out wilum pugmire on Youtube.

    Edit: trying to get format correct.

u/thismaynothelp · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

When I started getting into Lovecraft, I bought the Del Rey paperbacks. They were affordable and had great art on the covers. And I prefer a small paperback to a big hardback. Big ol' hardbacks are cool and all, but it's so much nicer to just sit with a little paperback; they're lighter, easier to hold, and take up less space when taking them somewhere else to read.

These are the ones I was getting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I really love the art on these. Here are some more images of it. I'm pretty sure there was a compilation featuring Dagon that used a detail with the big, red eye.

u/WhitePolypousThing · 4 pointsr/Lovecraft

For criticism of HPL's works i would highly recommend:

Dissecting Cthulhu

A Subtler Magick: The Writings and Philosophy of H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft: Disturbing the Universe
or any volume in the Lovecraft Annual

For Biography on Lovecraft:

H.P. Lovecraft: A Life

...or the expanded version of the above I Am Providence

And Lovecraft's letters (edited and compiled by Joshi) are really the best way to get deep into Lovecraft, although I'll warn you, you really are reading HPL's conversations with his friends, so there is a tremendous amount of biographical detail, but not a terrible amount in the way of talk about his own work. Some of the best:

Letters to James F. Morton

A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard

O Fortunate Floridian: H.P. Lovecraft's Letters to R.H. Barlow

u/ProfXavr · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

The complete works of H P Lovecraft is available as one hardback book on Amazon with a nice sturdy case, thin bible-style pages and a page ribbon. It's a great buy.

This review speaks for itself:

"I originally read most of these stories a quarter of a century ago, but it was good to find them all in one volume. Let's face it, Lovecraft needs to be read from a heavy tome, preferably by guttering candlelight, as you strain to hear the strange slithering sound just outside your chamber door, and not on a tablet on the 8.52 to Nottingham. All the classic Lovecraft tales are here, and the book is beautifully bound and printed. The print is a good readable size, and each tale has a brief introduction detailing when it was written and any interesting references. You soon realise how hugely influential old H.P was, sci-fi, fantasy and horror have all learned from him, writers like Stephen King and James Herbert obviously so, but others too. Terry Pratchett referenced Lovecraft too. One slight word of caution, the racial language and descriptions in some of the stories are very much of their time. When I first read them years ago I didn't notice so much, but now, even though I'm not the most PC person in the world, some of the language is fairly shocking. If you've not read Lovecraft before be aware of it, but don't let it put you off. Overall a really nice edition."

u/Wurzag · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

I bought this book, but did not get around to reading it yet. I hope that the stories are arranged well. It has a lot of information about Lovecraft and his life as well. And it looks quite nice ;)

u/DundonianStalin · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

Dagon is brilliant but if you do get into the stories and would rather read a physical book

I have this and it's glorious, pretty cheap for a book of this quality too, got it for xmas a couple of years ago.

u/FabulaNova · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

The best books in my opinion are the 3 Penguin Classics editions with his major works in their corrected state and explanatory notes by S.T. Joshi (the foremost scholar of Lovecraft).

Another option with corrected texts and all of his fiction (excluding revisions and collaborations) is the Barnes and Noble edition: The Complete Fiction (make sure it's the corrected 2nd edition which you can see by its purple ribbon marker and silver gilt on the edges) .

edit: There are also a lot of his stories that are in the Free Domain and you can read some of them here and this site has also a bibliography which you can consult when you ask yourself which edition(s) you should purchase.

u/WeWillFallTogether · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I know you already picked one, but I got the hardcover version of the Necronomicon compilation, and I absolutely love it. It's beautifully bound and embossed. I got into Lovecraft not too long ago, and I'm still working my way through it.

u/Unkie_Fester · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

This it's not the complete collection of HP Lovecradt. But it has all of his best works. And that paper quality is great

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (Commemorative Edition)

u/enigmo666 · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

I got the Gollancz collection ( It's not a complete anthology, but does include a map of Arkham, a biography, and by far looks the best in my shelves, and the few stories that are missing are not the best. For a complete set of works, you can either get another book to complete the Gollancz set (Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre), or as I got for general use, the Red Skull Publishing HP Lovecraft Complete Collection. The end of story facts in that one are short but interesting, shedding some light on inspiration and setting.

u/km816 · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

In that case you may want to check out some of the annotated editions. I know ST Joshi's Annotated Lovecraft (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) are popular here. This annotated collection by Klinger looks solid as well, and includes more illustrations than Joshi's. Neither of these are 100% complete collections but are pretty close and cover all of the best/most popular/most influential writings. I'm not sure there are any annotated editions that include all of his works.

u/kingconani · 4 pointsr/Lovecraft

Absolutely. If you're interested in the friendship between them, the collected letters between them have been published in a two-volume set by Hippocampus Press. They're 55 bucks together, but you can sometimes get them for less on eBay, etc.

Some of Howard's best stories are set in the Lovecraft Mythos. Check out stories like "Worms of the Earth" and "The Black Stone." I'd suggest The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard if you're like to read more, though most are available-ish in the public domain:

u/erichzann · 6 pointsr/Lovecraft

I would suggest The Music of Erich Zann. (you might guess that's one of my faves.)

Also: Beyond the Wall of Sleep is a good one that I don't see mentioned enough.

There are a bunch of his works here. Read at your leisure.

Here are some print collections of his work that you might like if you prefer reading paper instead of a screen.

(and as you noted, the ones in the sidebar are indeed a perfect place to start, they are some of the best.)

u/Derkanus · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

I bought The Necronomicon because it said it was "illustrated", but most of the pictures have nothing to do with the stories anyway (besides that, the drawings are few and far between and oft repeated). It's a very solid collection -- I'd say all of HPL's best stuff -- but there are quite a few annoying typos in it.

Still, it's fun when someone asks "what are you reading?" and I get to respond with "the Necronomicon."

u/[deleted] · 9 pointsr/Lovecraft

Start with the book Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. It contains many of the good short stories about the Mythos.
If you like them, you can go on reading Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, as well as the short stories The Rats in the Wall, The shadow over Innsmouth and The shadow out of Time. The books by August Derleth are also very enjoyable (like The Mask Cthulhu and The Trail of Cthulhu).

u/Miskatonica · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

Hi, I do custom orders, yes. Would you like for the Necronomicon this one:

If so, I'll dm you a price quote/turnaround time. Then if you approve, I'd send you an online listing via my website secretsafebooks dot com or my etsy page.

If not, please send me a link to the specific edition you would like, and I'll dm you a price quote/turnaround time.

Thank you!

u/axton_lunark · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

Good tidings are upon thee fellow cultists, for I have discovered several thanks to!

Cthulhu's Reign

Cthulhu Armageddon

And a somewhat less post-apocalypse but including many elements you may seek
The Cthulhu Wars: The United States' Battle Against the Mythos

I can't attest to the quality of these works, however they would seem to be directly up your alley. Please if anyone should acquire any of the listed texts before I have, do be sure to inform us all of your opinions! At the very least myself as I am short of coin and long to know how those tales play out.

u/ManicParroT · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

If you're up for an anthology of shorts, I just finished Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. Here it is on Amazon

You could get a hold of it and see which of the authors you like and then go from there. Pretty good selection.

u/quanstrom · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

Some really good suggestions here with Lair Barron, Nick Cutter, Tomas Ligotti, Ramsey Campbell.

Have you read The Horror in the Museum and other stories? I enjoyed a lot of these stories and I think it's a mixture of Lovecraft himself, a few ghostwritten stories and others just inspired by Lovecraft. I haven't personally had a chance to read Autumn Cthulhu but I've heard good things.

u/Rheul · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

This is the book you want to start with and I recommend the other two in the series. I always recommend The Shadow over Innsmouth as the best story to start with. Some will say Mountains of Madness. That is a terrible mistake. Best if you build to that one... Dunwitch Horror is another great one to read early on... Cant go wrong with Color out of Space either.

u/Sindriss · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

I bought this collection. I have not finished it but so far there have been some great stories.

u/Jafr02 · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

This is the one I was recently bought.. I think it has all the stories and a little map of arkham as well as a few illustrations. Plus pulling it out on the tube guarantees a free seat ;)

u/OrangeTamales · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos was pretty good, it has a few Lovecraft stories interlaced with other mythos stories from people in the circle. I especially enjoyed Robert Bloch's stories, "Notebook Found in a Deserted House" being one of the few pieces of weird fiction that genuinely scared me. Lovecraft "Haunter of the Dark" and Bloch's "Shadow from the Steeple" actually directly reference each other.

u/sithwitch · 7 pointsr/Lovecraft

Sounds like you're thinking of "Notebook Found in a Deserted House" by Robert Bloch (Weird Tales, May 1951). A very creepy and atmospheric story, it helped to popularize the modern Shub-Niggurath, especially since Chaosium cribbed from it to create their "dark young" CoC creatures:

I first read "Notebook" in the Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos collection from Del Rey, available here:

u/deep1986 · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

I started reading Lovecraft with

I'd just start with this.
This has a lot of his short stories, and working through this would give you a great starting point (and would set you through the vast majority of his work tbh)

u/MesozoicMan · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

And there's a second volume, too.

I love these collections but it's almost like they're released in secret.

u/walktothestation · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

The really sad part about Lovecraft is that there is no complete volume of his works. Wikipedia has links to everyone of his stories. Yet for a printed form of his works your options are limited. The "Necronomicon" collection is incomplete and the binding is not worth the price. The best almost complete edition is An H.P. Lovecraft Anthology: More Than 50 Weird Tales but it is still incomplete and people complain over the size of the print. Your best bet as was mentioned was the Del Ray editions. Between "Dreams of Terror and Death" and "The Road to Madness" you can have the most important stories in a readable and cheap edition. I recommend starting with the novellas, especially the ones in the Cthulu Mythos, and then branching out to the short stories of the Dream Cycle.

u/quietly41 · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

It's not complete, it is missing the poems, and a few stories he did as collaborations. This and this, contain more than the one you've given.

I have all three, the complete fiction is a much, much nicer edition than the two I linked, and while it is missing the poems, it is still a great buy for the price. Also, you should buy the one directly from amazon, not the third party.

u/InfamousBrad · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

With the first volume of the three-volume Ballantine Books complete-Lovecraft anthology: The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre. It's got all of the important stories except for the Dream Saga in one volume. The second volume collects all the Dream Saga; the third volume collects Lovecraft's early fiction, when he was still developing his style.

u/Sotavasara · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

Glad I could help. If you want something that has only the major stories check this edition out:

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

Or even more fancy:

The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weird Stories by Folio Society

Limited Edition


Or something very, very abridged:

The Necronomicon Pop Up book

u/EkEmKonan · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I started with this story collection and I would definitely recommend it to someone just starting out. It has a lot of variety in stories and the rest of that "series" would get you through his works and a lot of the works he edited.

u/40ozmccloud · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft


came in here to say pretty much this. most of the mythology is loosely-woven throughout the entirety of hpl's works. his "dream cycle" kind of has it's own mythology that is more or less summed up in the dream-quest of unknown kadath and stretches throughout all the stories represented in this volume.

u/lolcifer · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

If you are talking about Lovecraftian style storywriting from authors other than Lovecraft, you have plenty to choose from. There are several books which lump together some of the best works from authors that contribute to or are influenced by the "mythos" including Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos and The Children of Cthulhu

u/casual_shoggoth · 5 pointsr/Lovecraft

Man, there are about a million collections of Lovecraft stories, from selected tales in a certain theme to the entirety of his work in a single volume. These collections are easily found on Amazon. Here is a book that I have. You can also find all of Lovecraft's work online here.

u/isglass · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I have 1 hard back for reading and 1 paperback for drawing/doodling/playing around with of the Necronomicon

Also, you don't know Call of Cthulhu by heart? Do you even Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn?

u/born_lever_puller · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

Is this it? I'd never heard of that particular collection before. Anyone can republish his stories that are in the public domain, which is pretty much all of them.

Check out the sidebar for suggestions on where to begin ------>

u/AncientHistory · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

C. T. Phipps' series Cthulhu Armageddon might be what you're looking for; you might also enjoy the anthology Cthulhu's Reign.

u/Rudyon · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

Well Amazon has all of them. Yeah sure it's pricy but still. It does have them.

u/_Mikau · 12 pointsr/Lovecraft

Not OP, but I'm 99% sure I own the same figure, which is this one.

u/A_Is_For_Azathoth · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

The order I would suggest would be:

The Necronomicon

  • Dagon (Ch. 1)
  • Herbert West - Reanimator (Ch. 2-7)
  • The Lurking Fear (Ch. 8)
  • The Rats in the Walls (Ch. 9)
  • The Whisperer in Darkness (Ch. 10 - 17)
  • Cool Air (Ch. 18)
  • In the Vault (Ch. 19)
  • The Call of Cthulhu (Ch. 20 - 22)
  • The Color Out of Space (Ch. 23)
  • The Horror at Red Hook (Ch. 24 - 30)
  • The Music of Erich Zann (Ch. 31)
  • The Shadow Out of Time (Ch. 32 - 39)
  • The Dunwich Horror (Ch. 40 - 49)
  • The Haunter of the Dark (Ch. 50)
  • The Outsider (Ch. 51)
  • The Shunned House (Ch. 52 - 56)
  • The Unnameable (Ch. 57)
  • The Thing on the Doorstep (Ch. 58 - 62)
  • Under the Pyramids (Ch. 63)

    Eldritch Tales

    -History of the Necronomicon

    -The Alchemist

    -A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson

    -The Beast in the Cave

    -The Poe-et's Nightmare



    -The Picture in the House

    -Beyond the Wall of Sleep

    -Psychopompos; A Tale in Rhyme

    -The White Ship

    -The House

    -The Nightmare Lake

    -Poetry and the Gods



    -The Street

    -Ex Oblivione

    -Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family

    -The Crawling Chaos

    -The Terrible Old Man

    -The Tree

    -The Tomb



    -What the Moon Brings

    -The Horror at Martin's Beach

    -The Festival

    -The Temple

    -Hallowe'en in a Suburb

    -The Moon-Bog



    -The Green Meadow


    -Two Black Bottles

    -The Last Test

    -The Wood

    -The Ancient Track

    -The Electric Executioner

    -Fungi from Yuggoth

    -The Trap

    -The Other Gods

    -The Quest of Iranon

    -The Challenge From Beyond

    -In a Sequester'd Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd



    -The Descendant

    -The Book

    -The Messenger

    -The Evil Clergyman

    -The Very Old Folk

    -The Thing in the Moonlight

    -The Transition of Juan Romero

    -Supernatural Horror in Literature

    At The Mountains Of Madness

    The Shadow Over Innsmouth

    From there, you can also throw in The Dream Cycle if you like. There is a small amount of overlap with these books, but I didn't mind at all. Most of the stories that overlap are ones that I thoroughly enjoyed, so I just read them again. There are some stories from a few other authors thrown in, but as far as Lovecraft goes, it covers everything except for Old Bugs and Sweet Ermengarde

    I didn't include any of his poems in this, however most, if not all of his writings are public domain and can be found here. I just like having a physical copy because I like the feel of a real book.
u/Bearttousai · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

Roommate has this one and it contains all those stories and is a nice book.

u/Aled88 · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

Sure I've read it. Don't think its the Necronomicon you are referring to. The book written by Abdul Al-Hazred is not real, this one is and I would recommend it.

u/Zeuvembie · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

That is a good collection; along with Chaosium's Nameless Cults. I'd recommend the Del Rey edition of The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard for cost and accessibility, though.

Good stories to read are "The Thing on the Roof," "The Children of the Night," "Worms of the Earth," and "Dig Me No Grave."

u/Loaffi · 8 pointsr/Lovecraft

I find it pretty unlikely to confuse Lovecraft with some pseudo-new-age bullshit but just to make sure here's the one I mean

u/Ugandaeatthat · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

While not strictly canon, the below is a book on the U.S. military's fight against the mythos. Ultimately futile, but they give it a good try.

u/deltagreen78 · 8 pointsr/Lovecraft

It’s quite literally called “the Cthulhu wars” the United States battles against the mythos. It’s historical fact mixed in the mythos fiction. Here is an amazon link to the book as well....

u/Dr__Nick · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I remember liking Lurker at The Threshold by August Derleth when I read it as a teen.

I haven't read this but it looks right up your alley.

u/moldyredditor · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

actually, my bad... it's called Cthulhu's Reign... I found the book and the amazon link when I got home... memory isn't the same since... well.. you know...

u/CrimsonAutomaton · 9 pointsr/Lovecraft

I know S.T. Joshi did a couple of annotated volumes. Lots of historical references.

The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft

More Annotated H.P. Lovecraft

u/projects8an · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

This is what I started with. Everything is in an order that makes it so you can just read through the book.

u/Skooj · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

does it have more content than Necronomicon? that's the largest collection of his I have. It has 36 stories and some of his poems, about 850 pages.

u/rocketman0739 · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

Or just go for Amazon; it might not be exactly cheap but it's not hugely expensive either.

u/Haplo781 · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

Sorry, based on the title I thought you were talking about the New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft but it doesn't match the description.

Maybe it was an older edition of this?

u/Quietuus · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

I bought the two big Gollancz Lovecraft books, Necronomicon and Eldritch Tales, a year or two back. Does anyone know how this stacks up against those in terms of completeness? Eldritch Tales includes many of the collaborations, the poetry and The Supernatural in Horror Fiction (which I think should be a part of every really good Lovecraft collection).

u/xaositects · 2 pointsr/Lovecraft

There is a collection called The Dream Cycle of HP Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death, that contains most if not all of these.

Amazon Link

u/the-shivering-isles · 3 pointsr/Lovecraft

I believe The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions contains his ghostwriting and collaboration work, though different editions might have differences in content, so you might have to look around a bit to find the most complete edition.


I believe THIS is the most complete affordable edition.

u/stefzillaa · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

Recently came across this. H.P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories

I haven't read it yet but I've already got it preordered. I think he also did at the mountains of madness as a sequel to this.

Edit: here's a little more info

u/Vindsvelle · 1 pointr/Lovecraft

This'll be buried, but I strongly recommend these (this's a picture of my Lovecraft collection) for a good combination of his complete fiction (including revisions & ghostwriting) and literary criticism / enthusiasm - his Supernatural Horror in Literature remains AFAIK the most authoritative overview of the genre from modernity to the first half of the 20th century.

The titles pictured are: