The Ghost of Fear and Others: H. P. Lovecraft's Favorite Horror Stories Vol. 1
H. P. Lovecraft was a voracious reader of supernatural and fantastic fiction, continually on the hunt for powerful and stimulating works in these genres. Many of the stories he read directly influenced his own writings. This first volume of H. P. Lovecraft's Favorite Stories presents 16 stories that Lovecraft found to be of particular merit. Among them are the beautiful poetic fantasy Idle Days on the Yann" by Lord Dunsany; Fiona Macleod's grimly evocative The Sin-Eater, which influenced The Rats In the Walls"; Arthur Machen's grisly novelette Novel of the White Powder, which Lovecraft adapted for Cool Air; and M. P. Shiel's The House of Sounds, which Lovecraft ranked among the greatest weird tales ever written. Also included are hard-to-find stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, E. F. Benson, Theophile Gautier, John Buchan and others, as well as two stories from the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales (Seabury Quinn's The Phantom Farmhouse" and Arthur J. Burks's Bells of Oceana). The volume contains an introduction by S. T. Joshi as well as notes on the individual stories, giving back ground on the authors as well as on Lovecraft's appreciation of the tales and their possible influence on his work.
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