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Top 20 Stories by H.P. Lovecraft

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My favorite tales from the Master of Weird Fiction

Rated 25 points - posted 5 years ago by pxc0 in category Books.
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The Call of Cthulhu Report Abuse
A fantastic horror/detective tale featuring everyone's favorite squid faced Great Old One - Cthulhu. The ancient evil God slumbering beneath the sea was one of the greatest inventions in speculative fiction and still horrifies to this day.
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At the Mountains of Madness Report Abuse
One of Lovecraft's longer stories - this is considered some of his best work and a great example of the Lovecraft mythos. It has ancient alien ruins, sinister forces of omnipotence, and a sanity shattering horror that the protagonists must survive. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently working on a film adaption of this story.
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The Shadow over Innsmouth Report Abuse
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Scary stuff, the chase scene will have your heart racing, a must read before "The Thing on the Doorstep".
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The scariest part of this story, in my opinion, is when the protagonist looks out at "Devils Reef" and see's a bunch of bobbing heads swimming towards him. I think I got chills then.
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This story is to me the scariest of all Lovecraft's work. Imagine being trapped in a small town surrounded by killer fish people.... Anyways a very scary story, and the conclusion was a big shocker.
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The Dunwich Horror Report Abuse
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The Dunwich Horror definitely shocked me when I sat through the Exorcist without batting an eye. The final conflict with the horror and twist ending tap into the annals of human's fear of what lurks beyond what our minds are capable (or willing) to comprehend.
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The Colour Out of Space Report Abuse
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A bit different from other Lovecraft tales, it's a very suspenseful and different take on (assumed) alien life.
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The Rats in the Walls Report Abuse
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"Rats in the Walls" was the 1st Lovecraft story I encountered and is still my favourite. Very accessible - you don't have to be familiar with Cthulhu mythos to understand it. Yet it still imparts that sense of awe and terror of the unknowable, distant past that characterises his Cthulhu cycle.
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This is a great story for fans of the creepy crawly horror with the added bonus of psychological turmoil. Reminds one of Edgar Allen Poe, and indeed, stands up well to anything the other master of horror wrote in his heyday.
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The Whisperer in the Darkness Report Abuse
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A blend of science-fiction and horror: a story which initially is told through letters exchanged between the protagonist (in his safe urban world) and his contact (who is isolated in a rural backwater which is slowly being encroached upon by sinister forces).
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The Shadow Out of Time Report Abuse
The greatest body-switching story ever told, Lovecraft is at his best when he's describing the incomprehensibly weird. His descriptions of the body stealing alien culture as so detailed and strange one wonders where in the human mind such creatures could be created.
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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward Report Abuse
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my favorite lovecraft. possibly the spookiest story i've ever read. it is very slow to build, but the horrible magics described in this story are ingenious.
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This wad another of the longer works by l Lovecraft. It's a disturbing tale of a youth obsessed with history and especially his genealogy. He discovered in his hometown that he is related to a wealthy and shunned land owner of Providence who had left Salem and apparently lived for an unaturally long period of time. There is huge twists and turns as his family and their doctor try to unravel just what Charles Dexter Ward has been discovering and practicing in his pursuit of greater knowledge.
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Haunter of the Dark Report Abuse
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Lovecraft shows how futile and powerless the actions of a protagonist are in this short story, when a man fails to believe in local superstition and ascends a tower dedicated to a malign deity.
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Dagon Report Abuse
One of my favorites, involving the Cthulhu influence of ancient ruins and monsters from the depths. A sailor adrift on the ocean comes upon a land mass that is revealed after an earthquake.
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Or swallowed by some huge sea dweller... thing.
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The Dream-quest of Unknown Kadath Report Abuse
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amazing story probably the most imaginative h.p. lovecraft story i've ever read i didn't want it to end. THIS one, not dagon.
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Not the easiest of reads and would not, perhaps, be recommended to those unfamiliar with Lovecraft
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This was one of his longer works and also took place in the dream cycles. It is a fantasy epic to which I personally see no rival. The depth of the dreamlands along with it's strange landscapes and stranger creatures were all inspired by dreams Lovecraft had. A stupendous read for anyone who enjoys a darker hue of fantasy
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The Music of Erich Zann Report Abuse
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A voiceless musician plays his viol not to hear the whispers of insanity, his untold story being one of the best ever written by H.P.L.
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The Outsider Report Abuse
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The Outsider is definitely my favorite H.P Lovecraft story. This is because it tells more than one story. Along with being a horror, I believe it to also be a sad one, following the life of one who died and has come back to realize he is nothing but a ghoul
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What's great about this story is that you're not exactly sure how to feel at the end. You want to be scared, but that doesn't seem to be Lovecraft's intent (although it works well in its own right). In my opinion, an author that is able to confuse not the mind, but instead the heart, is a true master of words. ^^ How about them philosophical apples?
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Dreams in the Witch-House Report Abuse
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I hated it, it doesn't feel like a lovecraft story at all!
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This is a short and frightful yarn of a young scholar rooming in a house which was originally owned by a woman accused of witchcraft who disappeared during the trial many years before. The scholar begins having strange dreams in his attic room of this house. The dreams affect his nerves and his sanity. As well as pushes the people he resides with to the brink. Read this if you like an unpredictable and thrilling form of horror.
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Pickman's Model Report Abuse
Maybe not his best work, but I love the surprise reveal at the end of this tale about an artist you only paints horrifically gruesome pictures.
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Reanimator Report Abuse
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running zombies
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Celephais Report Abuse
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Yes, dream like beauti aside than the fact of the guy actually dying!
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One of Lovecraft's stories that isn't really scary, but is instead filled with a dreamlike beauty
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Thing on the Doorstep Report Abuse
solid all the way through, creepy foreshadowing
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My favorite Lovecraft story, along with "The Curse of Yig," because the story's denouement‎ actually lives up to the title. Love the character of Asenath!
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A tad bit predictable and samey if you are already familiar with Lovecraft, however
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asenath very evil
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The Temple Report Abuse
Apart from having a thing for submarine stories, you have the whole secluded location preying upon the minds of those stuck in the situation. The U-Boat captain firmly denies any suggestion of the supernatural while those around him fall to the predations of sanity shocking events. A great vignette of the suggested horror style.
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The Quest of Iranon Report Abuse
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The Horror at Red Hook Report Abuse
This is a personal favorite. Lovecraft's real life experiences living and working in New York City led to this tale of a cult of subhuman immigrants conducting ghastly pagan rituals in hopes of raising an ancient horror. Most people don't realize that this story was the direct result of Lovecraft's racism. His disgust at the "unwashed" and "subhuman" immigrants of the city was the inspiration for this tale.
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In the Walls of Eryx Report Abuse
A mining colony on Venis harassed by the native lizard men (Avatar much?). Power crystals, leather space suits, flame guns, and an unfortunate atronaunt who tries to make it back to base before his oxygen runs out.
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The Strange High House in the Mist Report Abuse
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The Picture in the House Report Abuse
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shies away from any of lovecraft's scientific or mythological writing(which one can, unfortunately, tire of) to deliver a solid, horrifying depiction of a house in east coast backwaters. i think the psychological depth is far superior to his more well known works. That this work is very short not only makes it very enjoyable, but compliments lovecraft's ability to craft and entire world of sheer terror in just a few pages. Think "texas chainsaw massacre".
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The horror fom the middle span Report Abuse
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