Science Fiction Book Review

The Call of Cthulhu & The Thing on the Doorstep

The Call of Cthulhu (2002) & The Thing on the Doorstep (2002) HP Lovecraft, Penguin Classics, 7.99, pbk, 420pp and 443pp, ISBN 0-141-187-069 and -077

Lots of reprints around these days, some more welcome than others. These two titles are particularly worthy. The stories are annotated by ST Joshi, author of HP Lovecraft: A Life (1996) among other things. The work speaks for itself. Some people can't stand Lovecraft, but all recognise his major contribution to the SF, Fantasy and Horror genres. Personally, I think he's a genius and so, perhaps unsurprisingly, I heartily recommend both of these books (and, while you're at it, if you're a Lovecraft Fan, check out the Gollancz Fantasy Masterwork collection of Clark Ashton Smith's stories The Emperor of Dreams).

Tony Chester

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