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Title: The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft
Author: H.P. Lovecraft, Leslie Klinger
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
A compendium of Lovecraft’s stories with historical, geographical and misc data footnotes to make this a fuller experience.
First, I found the annotation to be completely useless. Being from New England myself, most of the geographic and historical data wasn’t new to me and the bits that weren’t, I didn’t care about.
There were also pictures of places where stories took place. I don’t care to see the “Fuller House, repaired in 1997”.
A lot of the historical and literary annotations I knew about as well. I’m just well read and experienced enough that this stuff wasn’t for me. I definitely wasn’t the target audience for the annotations side of things.
Second, the quality of the stories varied so greatly that I wasn’t sure what I was getting into from page to page. Some were incredible, some were just complete and utter stinkers. Sometimes I believed the horrorness of the “unnameable horror” and at other times I was rolling my eyes so hard that my glasses practically jumped off my face.
Thirdly, I really wish I had this back in my teen years. I found so many things that other books I’ve read referenced. It would have made for a much richer reading experience. However, better late than never and I look forward to finding future Lovecraftian influence in the horror books I read.
Finally, I don’t regret the time I spent on this monster book but I do wish more of the stories had been of higher caliber.