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In the 1980s, S. T. Joshi prepared revised editions of H. P. Lovecraft's stories for Arkham House. Basing his work on consultation of manuscripts, early publications, and other sources, Joshi corrected thousands of errors in the existing texts of Lovecraft's fiction, allowing readers to appreciate the stories as Lovecraft originally wrote them. In the thirty years that ha In the 1980s, S. T. Joshi prepared revised editions of H. P. Lovecraft's stories for Arkham House. Basing his work on consultation of manuscripts, early publications, and other sources, Joshi corrected thousands of errors in the existing texts of Lovecraft's fiction, allowing readers to appreciate the stories as Lovecraft originally wrote them. In the thirty years that have followed, Joshi has continued to do research on the textual accuracy of Lovecraft's stories, and this comprehensive new edition is the result. For the first time, students and scholars of Lovecraft can see at a glance all the textual variants in all relevant appearances of a story manuscript, first publication in magazines, and first book publications. The result is an illuminating record of the textual history of the tales, along with how Lovecraft significantly revised his stories after initial publication. Along the way, Joshi has made small but significant revisions to his earlier corrected texts. He has determined, for example, that Lovecraft slightly revised some stories when a reprint of them was scheduled in Weird Tales, and he has altered some readings in light of a better understanding of Lovecraft's customary linguistic usages. The result is the definitive text of Lovecraft's fiction an edition that supersedes all those that preceded it and should endure as the standard text of Lovecraft's stories for many years. In this final volume, the tales of Lovecraft's final years are presented. The Antarctic novella At the Mountains of Madness is perhaps Lovecraft s most finished work, a superb fusion of weirdness and science fiction that he referred to as 'cosmicism.' 'The Shadow over Innsmouth' is a chilling evocation of the terrors inherent in a lonely New England backwater, while 'The Thing on the Doorstep' and 'The Haunter of the Dark' feature physical horrors with cosmic implications. 'The Shadow out of Time' is the culmination of Lovecraft's portrayal of the vast vistas of space and time his signature contribution to literature.


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In the 1980s, S. T. Joshi prepared revised editions of H. P. Lovecraft's stories for Arkham House. Basing his work on consultation of manuscripts, early publications, and other sources, Joshi corrected thousands of errors in the existing texts of Lovecraft's fiction, allowing readers to appreciate the stories as Lovecraft originally wrote them. In the thirty years that ha In the 1980s, S. T. Joshi prepared revised editions of H. P. Lovecraft's stories for Arkham House. Basing his work on consultation of manuscripts, early publications, and other sources, Joshi corrected thousands of errors in the existing texts of Lovecraft's fiction, allowing readers to appreciate the stories as Lovecraft originally wrote them. In the thirty years that have followed, Joshi has continued to do research on the textual accuracy of Lovecraft's stories, and this comprehensive new edition is the result. For the first time, students and scholars of Lovecraft can see at a glance all the textual variants in all relevant appearances of a story manuscript, first publication in magazines, and first book publications. The result is an illuminating record of the textual history of the tales, along with how Lovecraft significantly revised his stories after initial publication. Along the way, Joshi has made small but significant revisions to his earlier corrected texts. He has determined, for example, that Lovecraft slightly revised some stories when a reprint of them was scheduled in Weird Tales, and he has altered some readings in light of a better understanding of Lovecraft's customary linguistic usages. The result is the definitive text of Lovecraft's fiction an edition that supersedes all those that preceded it and should endure as the standard text of Lovecraft's stories for many years. In this final volume, the tales of Lovecraft's final years are presented. The Antarctic novella At the Mountains of Madness is perhaps Lovecraft s most finished work, a superb fusion of weirdness and science fiction that he referred to as 'cosmicism.' 'The Shadow over Innsmouth' is a chilling evocation of the terrors inherent in a lonely New England backwater, while 'The Thing on the Doorstep' and 'The Haunter of the Dark' feature physical horrors with cosmic implications. 'The Shadow out of Time' is the culmination of Lovecraft's portrayal of the vast vistas of space and time his signature contribution to literature.

40 review for Collected Fiction Volume 3 (1931-1936): A Variorum Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    The first Lovecraft book that I ever bought of my own recognizance as a Lovecraft book was the Del Rey edition of At the Mountains of Madness with the Michael Whelan cover: Seriously: How could I resist? (Although I didn't realize until years afterward that the cover artist was Michael Whelan.) And I took it home and started reading about the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad Antarctic expedition, and I was enthralled not just by the oogy stuff, but by the lengthy sequence in which Our Heroes, The first Lovecraft book that I ever bought of my own recognizance as a Lovecraft book was the Del Rey edition of At the Mountains of Madness with the Michael Whelan cover: Seriously: How could I resist? (Although I didn't realize until years afterward that the cover artist was Michael Whelan.) And I took it home and started reading about the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad Antarctic expedition, and I was enthralled not just by the oogy stuff, but by the lengthy sequence in which Our Heroes, while wandering through an utterly alien city that has been frozen in the ice for millions of years, manage to completely decipher the aeons-long history of its bizarre, alien inhabitants because of their habit of covering every surface with very convenient bas-reliefs. This wasn't the first time HPL had done this -- it actually started, if I remember correctly, way back in his story "The Nameless City", although there it was done on a much smaller scale. And then it resurfaced in a major way in "The Whisperer in Darkness", the story that closed Variorum v.2, and reached its apotheosis in two stories here in Variorum v.3 -- "At the Mountains of Madness" and "The Shadow Out of Time". Which, not coincidentally, are two of my favorite Lovecraft stories for reasons I'll discuss below. This volume covers primarily the last third of his output, when his writing was arguably at its peak. In addition to "Mountains" and "Shadow", we get such gems as "The Innsmouth Horror" (unique for Lovecraft in that it concludes with a lengthy chase sequence), "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "The Thing on the Doorstep". The book closes on a smattering of juvenilia which is not a high point to end on, but which is easily overlooked if you're so inclined. Back to where this all started ... One of the interesting things about Lovecraft and about the Cthulhu Mythos stuff in particular is how it grew over time and how Lovecraft's attitude seemed to change over time -- the original "Call of Cthulhu" was basically a story about the survival of a terrible cult and an even more terrible entity with absolutely no redeeming features whatsoever; and nobody outside of the cult itself knew anything about them until Professor Angell started putting together the pieces. But as Lovecraft continued to expand his universe, he started to move past the basic tentacles-and-head-eating (where, sadly, entirely too many of his would-be-followers kind of got stuck) and started striving for an effect that mixed awe at the size & age of the universe with the more conventional terror -- "Whisperer in Darkness", "Mountains of Madness" and "Shadow Out of Time" all have extensive sections (admittely couched in the language of fright) discussing nothing less than the history of life on earth and the races that dominated the planet before (and, eventually, after) the dominion of humanity. And this, to me, is the most interesting part of the stories -- not just the brain-eating squid things, but the ineffable vistas of time and the nigh-sympathetic portrayals of star-headed half-vegetable things, or giant, rugose cone-bodied entities that mastered time. Not that he wasn't also happy to have the occasional head-eating squid thing (as when, in The Haunter of the Dark, he was revenge-killing Robert Bloch by any other name). I'd still probably recommend volume 2 of this series as the best entry point to his work; but this book shows Lovecraft at the height of his craft.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Rock

    The finest edition of Lovecraft work to date, this volume collects his greatest works At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow over Innsmouth and the Shadow out of Time. This edition also includes Lovecraft Juvenilia and other miscellaneous work.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra

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    David Howarth

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    Tara Turner

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