The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft || Review

2018-06-01 13.06.44

Title: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Author(s): H.P. Lovecraft
No. of pages: 360
Genre: Short stories, Horror, Science-Fiction, Classic
Publication date: 1926
Date read: May 31st 2018
4/5 ★


Summary

Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Phillips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the twentieth century, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. This definitive collection reveals the development of Lovecraft’s mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical—and visionary—American writer.
(Goodreads)


Review

I’m so glad I finally pushed myself to read this collection of short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. Some of the stories were hard to get through, but most of them really had me hooked and made me fall in love with Lovecraft’s work. I understand why Lovecraft is considered as a canonical author – his horror and sci-fi stories are truly one of a kind! I love the grotesque and spacious images that are being described and all of the stories are so very mysterious! You know something’s lurking in the dark, but you don’t know exactly what.

As with most classics I read in English, I took me longer to get through this collection than most contemporary novels. Some of the longer stories were full with, to me, unnecessary information and at the start of almost every story I didn’t have a clue of where it was heading to. Of course this wasn’t always a bad thing, because Lovecraft really knows how to build up suspense. There was also one story, “The Shadow over Innsmouth”, that had twelve pages filled with someone telling a story in an accent (?). I just skipped over that part, mainly because English isn’t my first language and reading parts like that take me SO long to get through. Luckily, I didn’t have any trouble understanding the story after these twelve pages! All in all, I loved reading this collection and I’m looking forward to reading more by H.P. Lovecraft!

My ratings of the individual stories:

– “Dagon”: 3.5/5 ★
– “The Statement of Randolph Carter”: 5/5 ★
– “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family”: 4.5/5★
– “Celephaïs”: 2.5/5★
– “Nyarlathotep”: 2/5 ★
– “The Picture in the House”: 5/5★
– “The Outsider”: 4/5★
– “Herbert West — Reanimator”: 4.5/5★
– “The Hound”: 5/5★
– “The Rats in the Walls”: 4/5★
– “The Festival”: 3.5/5★
– “He”: 4/5★
– “Cool Air”: 5/5★
– “The Call of Cthulhu”: 4.5/5★
– “The Colour Out of Space”: 5/5★
– “The Whisperer in Darkness”: 4/5★
– “Shadow over Innsmouth”: 4.5/5★
– “Haunter of the Dark”: 4.5/5★

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