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Never read lovecraft, where should I start?

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#61    SCFan


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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:17 PM

View PostUrisk, on 31 January 2013 - 03:19 PM, said:

Jenkins, thank you for the links to Machen's work. I'm trying to remember if I've read any of his stuff... I've got a couple compilations that have stories like Tindalos, Surtsey, Notebook Found in a Deserted House etc, there might be one by him in there.

Anyone else got the Cthulhu 2000 compilation? Some pretty good stories on there!

You're welcome, The Great God Pan, The White People, and Blackwood's The Willows are absolute must reads! I am not a great fan of Algernon Blackwood because quite frankly he can be boring. But The Willows is stupendously brilliant. No one can depict mundane nature with such  forboding and menace than in the writings of Algernon Blackwood.

I haven't read Cthulhu 2000 but upon checking the table of contents it looks liked it is really stacked quite nicely. I prefer to read author collections than compilations most of the time.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:46 PM

Shadow Over Innsmouth is a good place to start and representative of the Cthulhu mythos (a phrase Lovecraft himself never used but was coined later by August Derleth) and the story is also quite underrated in Lovecraft's oeuvre.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:00 PM

I have H.P Lovecrafts necromancer and let me just say, his work is not easy to read.  If you are not accustomed to how he writes and you only read modern stuff, it could be a tad difficult.  It's a bit over the top, but that's what Lovecraft is.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

Don't read Lovecraft if you are prone to depression or have trouble getting to sleep.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 08:48 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 18 March 2013 - 01:25 PM, said:

Don't read Lovecraft if you are prone to depression or have trouble getting to sleep.

Or if you suffering from fever dreams from a cold or other illness.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:32 AM

Lovecraft is pure genius..

I didn't know where to start either, so I picked up a large volume filled with most of his writings and became absorbed from the start. I didn't stop until I finished reading it, then I started reading my favorites over and over. It is quite a journey!

Edited by AliveInDeath7, 25 April 2013 - 01:33 AM.

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