“The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft collects the author’s novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft’s trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today’s writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman.

This one is the second last book I’ve finished in last year (2021). And I’m reviewing this one because I didn’t finish to review all of H.P Lovecraft’s work until week ago. 

This one involves every short story written by the man himself. And with this book being read means that I’ve was able to read everything from Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft in a year.

I had so much fun reading this book because every short story had something in it. And every short story has the biggest gothic vibe to it

If I’m gonna have kids in the future then they will be made reading this book no matter what. 

Of course every short story was different from the rest. Some were much better and some were much worse. But this book as a whole was fucking brilliant. 

Reading this book was like seeing the journey of horror, it was like seeing the first steps of the horror we know so well today. 

This book is completely worth the money and the time you will spend on it because this book is full of classics and while reading this book you are seeing the journey of horror.

I give this book 4 / 5

“Beyond the Wall of Sleep” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

A former intern and a worker of a mental hospital relates his experience with Joe Slater, an inmate who died at the facility a few weeks after being confined as a criminally insane murderer.

The plot in this short story was good, not as amazing as I’ve expect it to be. But it still was very good, very interesting, very fun to read and very engaging. Which really speaks for itself doesn’t it? 

The writing style here was very good, I had some high expectations for this short story but not as high as the writing style turned out to be. The writing style really made you imagine in your head what you are reading in this short story. 

I know that there are some people on the internet that are saying that this short story is racist, but come on give this short story a break. It was published over 100 years ago and a lot of things was very different in 1919 hen this short story was published. Which means that we have different options and standards now than people in 1919 had. But let’s go back to the review shall we ?

I need to give this short story points for showing us that the line between reality and dreams might be very blurred at times. And I’m into that if you didn’t know it so far. 

And this short story really shows us that dreams play an important role in the world of H.P Lovecraft and his stories. 

I read a couple of H.P Lovecraft’s stories and this one so far was the only one to stand out a little bit from the rest I’ve read so far. The reason why it stands out is because the positive insinuation rather than the manipulation of horror which sort of is a relevant topic in the stories from H.P Lovecraft. 

I give this short story 4 / 5

“The Tomb” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

This short story tells of Jervas Dudley, a self-confessed day-dreamer. While still a child, he discovers the entrance to a mausoleum, belonging to the family Hyde, whose nearby family mansion had burnt down many years previously. The entrance to the mausoleum is padlocked and slightly ajar. Jervas attempts to break the padlock, but is unable. Dispirited, he takes to sleeping beside the tomb.

This short story was a really good read. The Lovecraftian world really comes into play in this short story. And I really enjoyed it. 

The writing style here was good, it was a little bit above the okay / average but still it was good and on point with the plot and the rest of this short story. But it still made you imagine in our head what you have been reading, which I really love when this happens while reading a good short story and a good book.

The plot itself  a little bit disappointing but it was still enjoyable, interesting and fun to read. It could have been better because it had the potential to be better but it H.P Lovecraft didn’t really use that potential which this short story had. 

However I need to give this short story points for sort of having the New England magic vibe to it which I really enjoyed in this short story. 

This short story also has a vibe of the unhinged psychology. And I personally am very interested in psychology so because of that I gave this short story couple of extra points for that. 

This short story wasn’t the best H.P Lovecraft  story but it was interesting, enjoyable and somehow engaging. 

I give this short story 4 / 5

“The Bride of the Sea” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

Gotta say that this short story was pretty average, it was okay but nothing more than that. 

The writing style here was pretty basic and not much here to say more than that. It was good but sort of this didn’t feel like something Lovecraftian as you might expect. 

The plot itself was okay, but I had hard time connecting with it so of course if I can’t connect with the plot then I can’t give the book / short story a good reading even if I want to.

The narrator of this short story was sort of a generic narrator which you can find in any book and short story with a narrator from 1900s. 

I think that this short story had a little bit of potential to be better than it actually was. 

I give this short story 3 / 5

“The Temple” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

The story is narrated as a “found manuscript” penned by Karl Heinrich, Graf von Altberg-Ehrenstein, a lieutenant-commander in the Imperial German Navy during the days of World War I. Altberg begins by declaring that he has decided to document the events leading up to his untimely end in order to “set certain facts” before the public, aware that he will not survive to do so himself.

Another pretty average short story from no other than H.P Lovecraft. 

The writing style was probably the best part of this short story, it was actually super good. It makes you imagine indoor head what you read in this short story. This short story really proves that the writing style is as important as the plot itself. 

The plot itself in this short story however was pretty average. I think that H.P Lovecraft really nailed it, because I have a feeling that if someone else wrote this story it wouldn’t be as good as it really as.

And I gotta be a little bit honest here with you about the fact that this short story is a slightly unusual story for H.P Lovecraft.

And I need to give this short story extra points for being sort of a claustrophobic underwater horror short story. I’m the person who is scared of deep seas and oceans so it works very good on me. 

I give this short story 3 / 5

“The Descendant” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

The story begins with a narrator explaining that he is on his deathbed and feels the need to share a particular story before he dies. He tells of a quiet and slightly mad older man who lives in the Gray’s Inn with his pet cat. The mad is haggard and haunted, looking older than his years and terrified of church bells. A young man named Williams (the narrator) moves into to the Inn and tries to befriend the old man and get him to share his knowledge. It is revealed that the man is Lord Northam of England. 

So this was another pretty average short story from H.P Lovecraft. I had high expectations for this short story but it did disappoint me a little bit.

This short story also felt like it wasn’t complete and that the some parts of the short story are missing. 

The writing style was pretty okay and it probably the writing style it was the best part of this short story. 

The plot was okay but it had potential to be better. It somehow felt poor and that something was off with it. It would be much better if this short story was a novel instead of a short story. 

Some parts of this short story had some creepy parts in it, which this short story needs to get points for. 

I was missing from this short story more details and descriptions. This short story would be so much better of it had more details and descriptions. 

I give this short story 2 / 5

“What the Moon Brings” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

This short story is shorter than most of H.P Lovecraft’s other short stories which really speaks for itself don’t you think?

This short story is based on one of H.P Lovecraft’s dreams which pretty relevant and common technique when it comes to H.P Lovecraft.

The plot it pretty poor but after all this short story is essentially a fragment of something longer. And I truly wish that the whole thing would be published instead of this little fragment. 

The writing style was poor here as well, of course it had some good parts in it but as a whole thing in this short story the writing style is pretty poor. So there isn’t much to talk about here.

This one has nothing to make this short story stand out from the rest. Which really speaks for itself. 

However I need to give this short story points for having the feeling when you are reading it that you are stepping into another person’s dream sequence. 

I give this short story 2 / 5

“The White Ship” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

A lighthouse keeper named Basil Elton engages upon a peculiar fantasy in which a bearded man piloting a mystical white ship is found sailing upon a bridge of moonlight. Elton joins the bearded man on this ship, and together they explore a mystical chain of islands unlike anything that can be found on Earth.

Another good short story from H.P Lovecraft. This short story is very poetic and parable I would say. It was super enjoyable and super engaging. And this short story really proves why H.P Lovecraft is one of the most important authors who ever lived. 

The writing style was good, not as good as it was in the previous short story from H.P Lovecraft we talked about which was “From Beyond”. But the writing style was still incredible and very good. 

I gotta say that this short story was more about just description of a mystical voyage which are on the a strange ship with a strange old man. But it still was very interesting and fun to read. 

Its interesting because of the fact that it’s actually just a fantasy and not a typical Lovecraftian horror which you might expect.

The plot in this short story was interesting and super fun to read. Its a nice escape from the real world on the evening after work / school when you just want to have a book in your hand in your comfy spot.

This short story is kind of long but it is still super fun to read and you will be fully able to read it in one siting. 

The descriptions in this short story are amazing and beautiful which really adds some extra points to this short story. 

However I personally am not the biggest fan of tales and stories of the sea, but I’ve enjoyed this one. 

I give this short story 4 / 5

“The Nameless City” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

The unnamed narrator of the story goes into the middle of the Arabian Peninsula to seek out and enter a lost city. After hearing a clanging seemingly coming from deep inside the earth, the narrator inspects mysterious carvings and ruins until nightfall. The next day, the narrator discovers a cliff riddled with low-ceilinged buildings, unfit for human use.

The writing style was pretty okay, but there were parts of it which really were poor. And these parts really ruined more the short story. 

The plot itself wasn’t great. It was okay at its best. However I liked the fact that this short story was set in the Cthulhu Mythos world. 

And this short story wasn’t another short story which was based on one of H.P Lovecraft’s dream. 

I also need to give this short story couple of points for sometimes having a creepy vibe in it.

However the characters in this short story, I had really hard time connecting with them. And as some of you might know that if I can’t connect with the characters in a book or the plot itself then the results in a very low rating.

I give this short story 2 / 5

“Celephaïs” By H.P. Lovecraft Review

Celephaïs was created in a dream by Kuranes as a child of the English landed gentry. As a man in his forties, alone and dispossessed in contemporary London, he dreams it again and then, seeking it, slowly slips away to the dream-world. Finally knights guide him through medieval England to his ancestral estate, where he spent his boyhood, and then to Celephaïs. 

The writing style in this short story is very poor, which really pissed me off because I had really high expectations for this short story since there were a lots of people who were recommending this short story to me. 

The characters here are again very poor. Poor in the meaning of as developed in the short story, the character to them and everything else which makes a character in a book / short story / movie / series / game. 

The plot here in this short story is pretty poor, and some parts here were like super boring and I was questioning why I’m reading this short story when these parts came. And the plot didn’t really get my full attention and this usually happens when the story is really bad.

However this short story is a typical H.P Lovecraft short story, but if you read some thing written by H.P Lovecraft before reading this one you will be disappointed a little bit because it is so bad.

I give this short story 2 / 5