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22 Feb 2017 4:27 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 5:58 a.m. PST

The Alchemist
At the Mountains of Madness
The Battle that Ended the Century
The Beast in the Cave
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Book
The Call of Cthulhu
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Cats of Ulthar
The Challenge from Beyond
Collapsing Cosmoses
The Colour out of Space
Cool Air
The Crawling Chaos
The Curse of Yig
Deaf, Dumb, and Blind
The Descendant
The Diary of Alonzo Typer
The Disinterment
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Dunwich Horror
The Electric Executioner
The Evil Clergyman
Ex Oblivione
Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
The Festival
From Beyond
The Ghost-Eater
The Green Meadow
The Haunted House
The Haunter of the Dark
Herbert West—Reanimator
History of the Necronomicon
The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast
The Horror at Martin's Beach
The Horror at Red Hook
The Horror in the Burying-Ground
The Horror in the Museum
The Hound
In the Vault
In the Walls of Eryx
John, the Detective
The Last Test
Life and Death
The Little Glass Bottle
The Loved Dead
The Lurking Fear
The Man of Stone
Medusa's Coil
The Moon-Bog
The Mound
The Music of Erich Zann
The Mysterious Ship
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
The Mystery of Murdon Grange
The Nameless City
The Night Ocean
The Noble Eavesdropper
Old Bugs
The Other Gods
Out of the Aeons
The Outsider
Pickman's Model
The Picture
The Picture in the House
Poetry and the Gods
The Quest of Iranon
The Rats in the Walls
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Secret of the Grave
The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure
The Shadow out of Time
The Shadow over Innsmouth
Discarded Draft of The Shadow over Innsmouth
The Shunned House
The Silver Key
The Slaying of the Monster
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Street
Sweet Ermengarde
The Temple
The Terrible Old Man
The Thing in the Moonlight
The Thing on the Doorstep
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
"Till A' the Seas"
The Tomb
The Transition of Juan Romero
The Trap
The Tree
The Tree on the Hill
Two Black Bottles
Under the Pyramids
The Unnamable
The Very Old Folk
What the Moon Brings
The Whisperer in Darkness
The White Ship
Winged Death

Pictors Studio24 Aug 2016 6:01 a.m. PST

In the Walls of Eryx.

paul liddle24 Aug 2016 6:05 a.m. PST

The Haunter of the Dark.

Hafen von Schlockenberg24 Aug 2016 6:07 a.m. PST

Too many great ones. At least make it a top five.

Andrew Preziosi24 Aug 2016 6:15 a.m. PST

The Wizard of Oz

Scorpio24 Aug 2016 6:33 a.m. PST

It will end up being a coin toss between The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness, and I suspect the former will take the crown.

Random Die Roll Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 6:41 a.m. PST

The Call of Cthulhu

At the Mountains of Madness

I suspect the same as Scorpio

mad monkey 124 Aug 2016 6:43 a.m. PST

At the Mountains of Madness.

evilcartoonist24 Aug 2016 6:45 a.m. PST

The Shadow out of Time
How can you not like time-travel possession stories? :)

Hafen von Schlockenberg24 Aug 2016 6:52 a.m. PST

Yes, "Call" is ground zero for the Mythos,and MofM shows Lovecraft moving into SF. But then,so does the late "Shadow Out of Time".

I've always been fond of "The Haunter of the Dark",a tight little story demonstrating Lovecraft's strengths. That,and the fact that he used it to "kill" Robert Bloch!

Slagneb24 Aug 2016 6:55 a.m. PST

At the Mountains of Madness

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Shadow over Innsmouth

The Dunwich Horror

The Call of Cthulhu

That's my top 5…

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 7:04 a.m. PST

At the Mountains of Madness.

Hafen von Schlockenberg24 Aug 2016 7:30 a.m. PST

Slagneb--that's a solid five,all right. "Innsmouth"--who'd have thought Lovecraft could be be an "action" writer,a la Buchan?

This,despite the "dialog". Lovecraft had no ear for the way people actually talk. Understandably. I recall reading that,out of his enormous output,he only wrote about 5,000 words of dialog.

I'd still have to find a way to work "Shadow Out of Time" in there.

Anyone remember the Innsmouth adaptation in "Doctor Strange",in the early 70's? It was shaping up really well,until they replaced the artist with the cartoonish Mike Ploog. Ugh.

StCrispin24 Aug 2016 7:37 a.m. PST

I always love "the Shadow out of time" and "The case of Charles Dexter Ward", but I honestly am due for a re-read of most. its been years. looks like I have some Halloween reading to do this coming fall

Coelacanth193824 Aug 2016 7:37 a.m. PST

Dunwich Horror.

BTW,I love RAFM's stuff, but the Dunwich Horror set I bought a few years ago was a mess. Several of the figures had mismatched sides and the big bad was a big flop. I wish I had never bought it.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 7:40 a.m. PST

5. The Crawling Chaos
4. Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
3. Hypnos
2. Rats in the Walls

1. Call of Cthulu

GarrisonMiniatures24 Aug 2016 7:47 a.m. PST

Wouldn't know where to start!

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 8:04 a.m. PST

There doesn't seem to be a consensus on how to begin reading the canon.
I'm reading this one – H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction. 99 cents on Amazon link. Just starting from the beginning and am thus following the editor's choice.

Fine so far, though I've read many of them before or seen the movie or read the comic adaptations or something over the course of a few decades. This is my first attempt at a comprehensive read-through though.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 8:11 a.m. PST

I read a lot. I've never read anything by Lovecraft. I just ordered several for my kindle! They sound great. Thanks for this.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 8:17 a.m. PST

The Shadow over Innsmouth

Generalstoner4924 Aug 2016 8:21 a.m. PST

The Doom That Came to Sarnath.

skippy000124 Aug 2016 8:45 a.m. PST

At the Mountains of Madness.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut24 Aug 2016 8:58 a.m. PST

The Quest Of Iranon. I read it for the first time yesterday, and it is the only story by HPL that has ever moved me emotionally.

Also, At The Mountains Of Madness.

Call Of Cthulhu is, in my opinion, over rated. It has been the most disappointing of HPL's work.

Ten Fingered Jack24 Aug 2016 9:01 a.m. PST

The Dunwich Horror

Moonbeast24 Aug 2016 9:47 a.m. PST

1. The Rats In The Walls.
2. The Picture In The House.
3. Pickman's Model.
4. The Terrible Old Man.
5. The Doom That Came To Sarnath.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 10:04 a.m. PST

1. The Colour out of Space

2. The Picture in the House

3. The Dunwich Horror

4. Pickman's Model

5. The Music of Eric Zahn

IMO, Color Out of Space is some of HPL's best writing. And Picture in the House REALLY puts me there.

vdal181224 Aug 2016 10:49 a.m. PST

The Colour out of Space and The Shadow out of Time

boy wundyr x24 Aug 2016 11:15 a.m. PST

Rats in the Walls and At the Mountains of Madness are the first two that come to mind as favourites.

There's an old radio version of Rats in the Walls that's ok, if a bit static-y that is the best of the radio conversions of Lovecraft. Dunwich Horror translates ok too.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 11:52 a.m. PST

Haven't read any of them so can't say.

Zargon24 Aug 2016 11:59 a.m. PST

Not going tp answer because I'm a FANBOY.;) but arrrhell let's say "The Shadow over Innsmouth"
(Get the BBC audio version) its brilliant

rvandusen24 Aug 2016 3:17 p.m. PST

Shadow Over Innsmouth for me.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2016 4:18 p.m. PST

Shadow over Innsmouth as well.

Weasel24 Aug 2016 4:28 p.m. PST

A tie between Thing on the Doorstep or Colour out of Space.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut24 Aug 2016 4:29 p.m. PST

I just realized I only posted two out of five. So:

1) The Quest Of Iranon

2) At The Mountains Of Madness

3) The Color Out Of Space

4) The Cats Of Ulthar

5) The White Ship

MHoxie25 Aug 2016 1:11 a.m. PST

The Colour Out of Space

snurl125 Aug 2016 1:20 a.m. PST

Rats in the Walls.

Rod I Robertson25 Aug 2016 4:01 a.m. PST

"The Statement of Randolph Carter", scared the day lights out of me as a kid. It's short but terrifying.

But the best are: The Rats in the Walls, The Colours Out of Space, The Shadow Out of Time, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and At the Mountains of Madness.

Rod Robertson.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2016 4:33 a.m. PST

Mountains of Madness and Call of Cthulhu along with Rats in the Walls, Shadow over Innsmouth, and the Terrible Old Man.

nazrat25 Aug 2016 6:31 a.m. PST

I never liked Lovecraft. His ideas were fine but the execution left me cold. Not scary in any way.

Lonkka1Actual25 Aug 2016 12:11 p.m. PST

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

cloudcaptain26 Aug 2016 6:37 a.m. PST

I really dig the factual recounting in The Doom That Came to Sarnath. It's all good stuff though.

Chuckaroobob26 Aug 2016 9:26 a.m. PST

Charles Dexter Ward

Scorpio26 Aug 2016 10:11 a.m. PST

His ideas were fine but the execution left me cold. Not scary in any way.

Like Stoker, he was really a writer of his time, and can be a little dense now.

boy wundyr x26 Aug 2016 11:18 a.m. PST

I found Poe to be similar to Stoker and Lovecraft, though Lovecraft remains the most readable still of the three. Besides writing style, Lovecraft was writing in a time before real space travel, decades of advances in astronomy and associated sciences, and before the pop culture dominance of UFOs and their associated conspiracies. His context was that the arrival of aliens would be insanity-inducing horror, in our time, it'd be "yeah so?".

Crazyivanov28 Aug 2016 7:37 p.m. PST

Mine is "The Dunwich Horror". The monster might be a bit "lame" but the world building aspects, the Whatleys, and the investigation aspect really do set things apart.

jtkimmel31 Aug 2016 10:38 a.m. PST

H.P Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction is now free on Amazon for the Kindle.

Hafen von Schlockenberg31 Aug 2016 4:42 p.m. PST

There's also this:


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Sep 2016 2:50 p.m. PST

Annotated Lovecraft … good find! That would be great for people without the opportunity to go here. I haven't been there in a couple decades, but if you can go and hang out for a few days, it's worth it.

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