The Call of Cthulhu

The Call of Cthulhu

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The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

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1926

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28

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0141182342

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The Call of Cthulhu

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Three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. Piecing together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the information he possesses, the narrator's final line is ''The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.''

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ndscape in the Paris spring salon of 1926. And so numerous are the recorded troubles in insane asylums that only a miracle can have stopped the medical fraternity from noting strange parallelisms and drawing mystified conclusions. A weird bunch of cuttings, all told; and I can at this date scarcely envisage the callous rationalism with which I set them aside. But I was then convinced that young Wilcox had known of the older matters mentioned by the professor.

II. The Tale of Inspector Legrasse.

The older matters which had made the sculptor's dream and bas-relief so significant to my uncle formed the subject of the second half of his long manuscript. Once before, it appears, Professor Angell had seen the hellish outlines of the nameless monstrosity, puzzled over the unknown hieroglyphics, and heard the ominous syllables which can be rendered only as "Cthulhu" ; and all this in so stirring and horrible a connexion that it is small wonder he pursued young Wilcox with queries and demands for data.

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The book that started the Cthulhu mythos! What more reason do you need to read it?

If you read Stross, or Gaiman, or Bradbury, or practically any science fiction, this is a must-read to understand the development of the genre.
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draivika
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I can't believe I never read Lovecraft before! Cool, creepy and intriguing. Even though some of the story elements were a little predictable, I still wanted to read through to the end.
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orbitron
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At first a little all over the place but eventually you are really drawn in. I enjoyed it all the way through the ending.
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pagansoul
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I have a great love of Science Fiction movies and find those using HP Lovecraft themes to be interesting but the actual short stories that the movies are based on are a great deal better. HP writes as if everything is from out of a diary, first person and very serious. Tales are written as if that are fact which is why I guess some people think of them as stories of real places and people.
"The Call of Cthulhu" is one of H.P. Lovecraft's most famous -- and most accessible -- works. It is sometimes difficult to read Lovecraft because of his prose style, but this story moves along at a fairly brisk pace. If you've never tried Lovecraft -- or if you have, and didn't enjoy his work -- then try "The Call of Cthulhu."
What can one say about the man who invented these tales of madness and cosmic strangeitude? (word coined by Ozric Tentacles - english space rock band influenced by Lovecraft)

If you don't know his works than download all of these short books and devour them! His writing, although archaic by today's standard, is filled with alien gods, occult secrets, and things that man was not meant to know...
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Perhaps the best known of Lovecrafts works The Call of Cthulhu is an excellent introduction to his unique style of horror. It has everything that makes his writing great; an unwitting witness drawn into madness, a mythos of creatures beyond human understanding and a great perspective. Without doubt a horror classic.