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Lovecraft's writings are available from many different sources, and if you have never read any of his work, it might be difficult to pick where to start. These are a few of the books that we have found useful. This is by no means a complete list of Lovecraft's writings.

Click on the cover art of each book to be taken to it's respective page on Most of these books are also easily available through your local bookstore.

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

Del Ray provides an almost definitive collection of Lovecraft's work in three books, this being one of them. It includes a great selection of some of his finest work and is an excellent place to start if you are just starting to read Lovecraft. The introduction, "Heritage of Horror" by Robert Bloch, is an excellent exploration of H. P. Lovecraft's work, as written by one of his own proteges.

Tales included in this volume:

The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death

This is the second book of the Del Ray collection. The fine introduction by Neil Gaiman ("Concerning Dreams and Nightmares") in itself is almost worth the price of this compendium. This particular volume contains three fragmentary pieces that were never completed, as well as the tales set in the Dreamlands.

Tales included in this volume:

    The Descendent
    The Thing in the Moonlight
    Beyond the Wall of Sleep
    The Doom that Came to Sarnath
    The Statement of Randolph Carter
    The Cats of Ulthar
    From Beyond
    The Nameless City
    The Other Gods
    Ex Oblivione
    The Quest for Iranon
    The Hound
    What the Moon Brings
    Pickman's Model
    The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
    The Silver Key
    The Strange High House in the Mist
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
    The Dreams in the Witch-House
    Through the Gates of the Silver Key

The Transition of H. P. Lovecraft: The Road to Madness

This is the third installment of the Del Ray HPL trio. Introduction by Barbara Hambly and illustrations by John Jude Palencar. Interestingly, this volume contains several of Lovecraft's earliest works, including "The Beast in the Cave", which was written when he was 15 years old. It also includes "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs", the story he ghost-wrote for Harry Houdini.

Tales included in this volume:

    The Beast in the Cave
    The Alchemist
    Poetry of the Gods
    The Street
    The Transition of Juan Romero
    The Book
    The Tomb
    The White Ship
    Arthur Jermyn
    The Temple
    The Terrible Old Man
    The Crawling Chaos
    The Tree
    The Moon-Bog
    Herbert West -- Re-Animator
    The Lurking Fear
    The Festival
    The Unnamable
    Imprisoned with the Pharaohs
    The Shunned House
    The Horror at Red Hook
    Cool Air
    At the Mountains of Madness
    In the Walls of Eryx
    The Evil Clergyman

The Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

An excellent volume, edited and introduced by S. T. Joshi. It includes fewer tales than the Del Ray books mentioned above, but each tale is interwoven with historical footnotes and photos. This book is a must for anyone who wants to really study the work of Lovecraft.

Of special note is a section named "Lovecraft on Wierd Fiction", which includes excerpts from Lovecraft's volumous letters.

Tales included in this volume:

More Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

A continuation of The Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, this volume contains more stories, footnotes, and photos. Edited by S. T. Joshi and Peter Cannon.

Tales included in this volume:

Selected Letters 1929-1931, 1932-1934, 1935-1937

Three volumes of letters that can be somewhat diffucult to track down, but are worth having for any research on Lovecraft. Lovecraft wrote over 100,000 letters duing his short life, many of them to other great pulp and horror writers of his day.

There are two more volumes that house the pre-1929 letters, but they have proved to be hard to find. Published by Arkham House.

Encyclopedia Cthulhiana

By Daniel Harms. Far from being a thorough or academic dictionary of all things Mythos-related, this book is nonetheless a handy reference. It is currently out of print, but a new printing is coming soon. It is also readily available used.

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