H.P. Lovecraft: Collected Fiction - A Variorum Edition

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H.P. Lovecraft: Collected Fiction - A Variorum Edition

H.P. Lovecraft: Collected Fiction - A Variorum Edition


Publisher: Hippocampus Press

Copyright: 2015 Hippocampus Press, S.T. Joshi

ISBN: 978-1-61498-108-4

Page Count: 1600

Author(s): H.P. Lovecraft (author), S.T. Joshi (editor)

Artist(s): Fergal Fitzpatrick (dustjacket illustrations)

Fiction: (see Contents, below)

Non-Fiction: introductions and extensive footnotes by S.T. Joshi


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.

Volume 1: In this first volume, Lovecraft's earliest stories are printed in chronological order by date of writing. Included are such early triumphs as 'Dagon' and 'The Outsider,' along with the many tales Lovecraft wrote under the inspiration of Lord Dunsany. The celebrated 'Herbert West Reanimator' and 'The Rats in the Walls' show Lovecraft experimenting with longer narratives a tendency that will culminate in the novelettes and novellas of his final decade of writing.

Volume 2: In this second volume, the tales that Lovecraft wrote immediately after returning to his native Providence, R.I., from two years of 'exile' in New York are presented. The landmark tale 'The Call of Cthulhu' was only the tip of the iceberg of a flood of stories he wrote in 1926-27, which include the two short novels The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. 'The Colour out of Space' is a pioneering tale that initiates Lovecraft's distinctive melding of horror and science fiction, while 'The Dunwich Horror' and 'The Whisperer in Darkness' are rich novellas simultaneously evoking terrors from outer space and the brooding darkness of the New England backwoods.

Volume 3: In this third 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.

Volume 4: This final collection includes all known revisions and collaborations undertaken by Lovecraft on behalf of his friends and clients. As with previous volumes in this series, the texts preserved herein scrupulously follow archival manuscripts, typescripts, or original publications, and constitute the definitive edition of these stories. Since Lovecraft's customary procedure as a revisionist was to discard his client's draft and entirely rewrite the story in his own words, much of the fiction in this collection represents original work by Lovecraft, including such notable contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos as 'The Electric Executioner', 'Out of the Aeons', and 'The Diary of Alonzo Typer'. Supreme among the revisions in this volume is the brilliant novella 'The Mound', which embodies Lovecraft's satirical commentary on the Machine Age "decadence" of his era. As a bonus, this fourth volume contains the index to all four volumes.


Volume I (1905-1925):

Volume II (1926-1930)

Volume III (1931-1936)

Volume IV: (Introduction by S.T. Joshi)

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