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Free download Ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft ↠ 5 Read & Download Read The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories Ies Under the Pyramids originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini and The Music of Erich Zann which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites through his fully developed works The Dunwich Horror The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and At the Mountains of Madness The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works along with Lovecraf. You don t get any points for treating pulp as serious literature especially not with Lovecraft And even if you did disputations about genre are not a hill that anyone should want to die on That being said I want to shout at the clouds about science fiction horror for a minute Fans of the lowbrow often come off as defensive ensconced in a slightly delusional persecution complex these days there are far defenders of popular art forms than there are snobs pillorying them So this is not another bellicose salvo in a tedious irrelevant debate I d just like to make some observations about the mechanics of the books themselves I think the uestion of genre is one of the interesting endemic to Lovecraft s work and legacy And I think it has become vexed in recent times The gothic is the pulp arm of romanticism Lovecraft s own genre the Weird is the pulp arm of modernism and of surrealism to whatever extent it has a separate identity but it is not modern or anti modern so much as metamodern Both the modernist genre products meant for mass consumption the highbrow avant garde or countercultural niches are dynamic conceptual poles most novels stories poems whatever else exist somewhere on a spectrum between them and at the risk of sounding like a dilettantish Deleuzo Derridean this is a continuum of variously assembled protocols each with its own hybrid atomic structure which determines the thematic or narratological coordinates the work itself receives So the genre categories I m referring to are by way of reference diachronic or etiological a historicized family tree sutured together by influence inheritance rather than an overdetermined natural essence I tilt toward lowbrow genre pulp an aspecific but pragmatic pattern for the combination of these tropes because I instinctively feel that there s room for creativity and vision within their loose but instantaneously recognizable structuration And well literary theory is mostly ex post facto rationalization for intuitive claims Or so my intuition tells me But lately I m not sure what the point of it is except as a rubric for periodization Some of the better postmodern writers at least the ones with an interest in pulp like Thomas Pynchon JG Ballard worked to blur these distinctions to show that high and low art existed symbiotically that they are never fully independent of one another And comics horror movies science fiction have become raw ore for post postmodernist lyrical realist new sincere and slipstream attempts to eclipse the logic of postmodernism They are fully integrated into the deep grammar of self styled serious art I think the problem with many of these approaches is that an internal condition of postmodernism is the occlusion of broad consensus so its lineage is necessarily multifarious But these nascent pretenders to the throne are still beholden to the grand narrative structure of modernism usually replete with their own manifestos that odd hangover from industrial age organizing credos A friend sent me the manifesto for the AltWoke movement the other day and despite the freshness of its declarations I couldn t believe how outdated it felt How can you have a manifesto after Derrida and Baudrillard These thinkers can and in my opinion should be supplanted but their accomplishments still call for new forms of resistance More to the point returning to an inflexible binary of high and low art or any kind of strict genre demarcation is a pointless and reactionary move Here s something to think on when did the inclusion of ghosts monsters battles etc become the Master Signifiers of genre work irreconcilable with serious literature except via irony or pastiche And why is the horror genre until WWII which is usually about the neurosis of the emergent petit bourgeois professional class a subject universal to novels of every stripe since medievalism suddenly warded off as a lowbrow deviation from literary canonicity Shelley Radcliffe Poe De Fanu Machen Blackwood many many others were at least as gifted as their contemporaries in the realist traditionsBut lapsing into relativism is callow and uninteresting so how do we prosecute a 21st century cartography of genre That is without writing a manifesto I don t actually know the answer to this uestion but I m sure that it must be done the enduring vitality of certain genre works is a good place to start I think I ve rambled headlong into HP Lovecraft himself Lovecraft s abilities as a writer were immense Even his worst stories contain all the uality of the novelistic tradition in style composition and structure And his best work approaches the classics both in merit and longterm cultural resonance But as with any artist broadly imitated his lineage of influence has not always been positive Not everyone learned the right lessons from Lovecraft Modern authors of horror are too character focused I think You can probably blame this on the popularity of someone like Stephen King who pilfered cosmic abominations from Lovecraft but left at the doorway the context which made them horrifying in the first place Creating sympathetic characters in cozy domestic settings only to maim kill them is a cheap bit But it has proven endlessly popular was enthusiastically picked up by the mostly unimpressive horror movie machine in hollywood The only reason for authors of horror to forge a sympathetic character is to evoke a gratuitous or sadistic libidinal thrill from violence done to them Thematically speaking it shouldn t matter if the victims of Pennywise or Cthulhu are well wrought representations of the human psyche It s not really the point As Thomas Ligotti puts it the consolation of horror in art is that it actually intensifies our panic loudens it on the sounding board of our horror hollowed hearts turns terror up full blast all the while reaching for that perfect and deafening amplitude at which we may dance to the bizarre music of our own misery Jump scares have a limited shelf life Lovecraft s ability to shock has long expired but there is something in his stories which still rises to Ligotti s challenge This component piece of Lovecraft is ageing well and is acutely pertinent today than it was when I first read him as a teenager It has comfortably assumed a new precedence in the stories Call Lovecraft s characters one dimensional if you must I ll concede at least that the rotating dramatis personae of antiuarians scientists and academics are indistinguishable from one another But he s a patient meticulous writer than anyone working in the immense ambit of his legacy New England architecture arctic geography alien biology family histories fossil patterns etc are lovingly sometimes appallingly detailed This can be a slog to read through but it creates the sense of a lived in world This is very important for the meaning effect of his stories The minutiae of the world which Lovecraft archives very well is exactly as meaningful as it helps people navigate their busy little lives But implanted in an even slightly broadened perspective it becomes the subject of cosmic horror stories with power that reaches undiminished across the long varied century since they were written As Ray Brassier said of our species we crafty apes with opposable thumbs have catalogued and indexed an almost unbelievable scope of the cosmos an extraordinary accomplishment which Lovecraft duly reveres In his stories the sincerity nobility of scientific enterprise is never stymied by romantic or sentimental conceitedness But this earnestness and courage in science is always inevitably humiliated by the literally unthinkable vastness of its address Astronomers and geologists are doing the best and most important work humanly possible it s just in proportion to its context human possibility is unimportant and insignificant I cracked open this collection because it contained several stories I hadn t read Unfortunately they were mostly inessential juvenalia a seuence of Lovecraft s Dunsany inspired dreamscape stories These stories arefine but somewhat forgettable and indistinct upon recollection The real draw to The Thing on the Doorstep other Weird Stories are 3 of Lovecraft s best known longest works all of which are full throated in his own voice Charles Dexter Ward The Dunwich Horror At the Mountains of Madness Together they span than half the collection especially read in succession they seem to go on forever Despite their seemingly interminable aggregate length unified representation of Lovecraft s artistic maturity there s a sea change between each text and they have bold discreet identities That said if I were editing these collections I wouldn t have stacked them all atop one another Incidentally I think Nick Land is the only inheritor of Lovecraft worthy of the name And not just because they re both deranged eugenicists with skeletal bodies made from angles elbows I didn t touch on this enough in my shall we say expansive review of Fanged Noumena but Land s earnest attempt to represent a cosmic materialism unvarnished by human self esteem is Lovecraftian than the thousand year reich of b movie tentacle monsters In Land as in Lovecraft the uest for meaning is portrayed as embarrassing slightly hysterical But a splenetic angst always arises in rebellion against the cleaving toward ahuman perspectives if the dark Promethean act survives amidst this opprobrium it is obviated by our biological limitations actually Thomas Ligotti is good for this too but I ve written about that elsewhere What does Science Fiction mean when the day to day life of your average first world reader contains technological marvels than the wildest speculation of books released just several decades prior What does Horror mean when the population of earth lives in a constant state of emergency What kind of realism would not deal with these vectors Does the genre just refer to a narrative emphasis on the excitations of spectacle rather than the mindful pleasures of serious literature In that case Lovecraft is not a science fiction writer and despite his own suspiciously overstated protestations to the contrary he has far in common with Eliot and Pound than comic books and alien invasion films Realism can t possibly keep up with reality any in the time that it takes to write a novel its cultural technological paradigm for postpostmetamodernity will be obsolete Whatever the fate of realism fantasy as storytelling devices Lovecraft seems true to life than ever in 2018 Operation Warboard you did disputations about genre are not a hill that anyone should want to die on That being said I want to shout at the clouds about science fiction horror for a minute Fans of the lowbrow often come off as defensive ensconced in a slightly delusional persecution complex these days there are far defenders of popular art forms than there are snobs pillorying them So this is not another bellicose salvo in a tedious irrelevant debate I d just like to make some observations about the mechanics of the books themselves I think the uestion of genre is one of the interesting endemic to Lovecraft s work and legacy And I think it has become vexed in recent times The gothic is the pulp arm of romanticism Lovecraft s own genre the Weird is the pulp arm of modernism and of surrealism to whatever extent it has a separate identity but it is not modern or anti modern so much as metamodern Both the modernist genre products meant for mass consumption the highbrow avant garde or countercultural niches are dynamic conceptual poles most novels stories poems whatever else exist somewhere on a spectrum between them and at the risk of sounding like a dilettantish Deleuzo Derridean this is a continuum of variously assembled protocols each with its own hybrid atomic structure which determines the thematic or narratological coordinates the work itself receives So the genre categories I m referring to are by way of reference diachronic or etiological a historicized family tree sutured together by influence inheritance rather than an overdetermined natural essence I tilt toward lowbrow genre pulp an aspecific but pragmatic pattern for the combination of these tropes because I instinctively feel that there s room for creativity and vision within their loose but instantaneously recognizable structuration And well literary theory is mostly ex post facto rationalization for intuitive claims Or so my intuition tells me But lately I m not sure what the point of it is except as a rubric for periodization Some of the better postmodern writers at least the ones with an interest in pulp like Thomas Pynchon JG Ballard worked to blur these distinctions to show that high and low art existed symbiotically that they are never fully independent of one another And comics horror movies science fiction have become raw ore for post postmodernist lyrical realist new sincere and slipstream attempts to eclipse the logic of postmodernism They are fully integrated into the deep grammar of self styled serious art I think the problem with many of these approaches is that an internal condition of postmodernism is the occlusion of broad consensus so its lineage is necessarily multifarious But these nascent pretenders to the throne are still beholden to the grand narrative structure of modernism usually replete with their own manifestos that odd hangover from industrial age organizing credos A friend sent me the manifesto for the AltWoke movement the other day and despite the freshness of its declarations I couldn t believe how outdated it felt How can Sri Dasam Granth Sahib you must I ll concede at least that the rotating dramatis personae of antiuarians scientists and academics are indistinguishable from one another But he s a patient meticulous writer than anyone working in the immense ambit of his legacy New England architecture arctic geography alien biology family histories fossil patterns etc are lovingly sometimes appallingly detailed This can be a slog to read through but it creates the sense of a lived in world This is very important for the meaning effect of his stories The minutiae of the world which Lovecraft archives very well is exactly as meaningful as it helps people navigate their busy little lives But implanted in an even slightly broadened perspective it becomes the subject of cosmic horror stories with power that reaches undiminished across the long varied century since they were written As Ray Brassier said of our species we crafty apes with opposable thumbs have catalogued and indexed an almost unbelievable scope of the cosmos an extraordinary accomplishment which Lovecraft duly reveres In his stories the sincerity nobility of scientific enterprise is never stymied by romantic or sentimental conceitedness But this earnestness and courage in science is always inevitably humiliated by the literally unthinkable vastness of its address Astronomers and geologists are doing the best and most important work humanly possible it s just in proportion to its context human possibility is unimportant and insignificant I cracked open this collection because it contained several stories I hadn t read Unfortunately they were mostly inessential juvenalia a seuence of Lovecraft s Dunsany inspired dreamscape stories These stories arefine but somewhat forgettable and indistinct upon recollection The real draw to The Thing on the Doorstep other Weird Stories are 3 of Lovecraft s best known longest works all of which are full throated in his own voice Charles Dexter Ward The Dunwich Horror At the Mountains of Madness Together they span than half the collection especially read in succession they seem to go on forever Despite their seemingly interminable aggregate length unified representation of Lovecraft s artistic maturity there s a sea change between each text and they have bold discreet identities That said if I were editing these collections I wouldn t have stacked them all atop one another Incidentally I think Nick Land is the only inheritor of Lovecraft worthy of the name And not just because they re both deranged eugenicists with skeletal bodies made from angles elbows I didn t touch on this enough in my shall we say expansive review of Fanged Noumena but Land s earnest attempt to represent a cosmic materialism unvarnished by human self esteem is Lovecraftian than the thousand Down a Narrow Path year reich of b movie tentacle monsters In Land as in Lovecraft the uest for meaning is portrayed as embarrassing slightly hysterical But a splenetic angst always arises in rebellion against the cleaving toward ahuman perspectives if the dark Promethean act survives amidst this opprobrium it is obviated by our biological limitations actually Thomas Ligotti is good for this too but I ve written about that elsewhere What does Science Fiction mean when the day to day life of Radical Reconstruction your average first world reader contains technological marvels than the wildest speculation of books released just several decades prior What does Horror mean when the population of earth lives in a constant state of emergency What kind of realism would not deal with these vectors Does the genre just refer to a narrative emphasis on the excitations of spectacle rather than the mindful pleasures of serious literature In that case Lovecraft is not a science fiction writer and despite his own suspiciously overstated protestations to the contrary he has far in common with Eliot and Pound than comic books and alien invasion films Realism can t possibly keep up with reality any in the time that it takes to write a novel its cultural technological paradigm for postpostmetamodernity will be obsolete Whatever the fate of realism fantasy as storytelling devices Lovecraft seems true to life than ever in 2018

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Free download Ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft ↠ 5 Read & Download Read The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories T critic and biographer S T Joshi's illuminating introduction and notes to each storyContains the following tales The Tomb Beyond the Wall of Sleep The White Ship The Temple The uest of Iranon The Music of Erich Zann Imprisoned with the Pharaohs aka Under the Pyramids Pickman's Model The Case of Charles Dexter Ward The Dunwich Horror At the Mountains of Madness The Thing on the Doorste. Would have been 2 stars if I just took my average rating of the five stories included in this collectionBut a short story collection should have at least one story I enjoy reading And this didn tIn the end I really had to fight through this book which clearly means 1 star for meThe collection I ve read in German contains the following stories Das Ding auf der Schwelle The Thing on the Doorstep Der Au enseiter The Outsider Die Farbe aus dem All The Colour Out of Space Tr ume im Hexenhaus The Dreams in the Witch House Der Schatten aus der Zeit The Shadow Out of TimeFor me Die Farbe aus dem All was the best of the five stories But even that one I wouldn t give a 3 star ratingMaybe HP Lovecraft s weird tales are just not my cup of tea

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Free download Ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft ↠ 5 Read & Download Read The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories A definitive edition of stories by the master of supernatural fictionHoward Phillips Lovecraft's uniue contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s This Penguin Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master's tales from his early short stor. Spooktober book 10Despite the flaws of some stories not to mention the author s flaws I ll always be a fan of Mr Lovecraft s work I delight in his creepy ambiguous style of horror in the existential dread and vague sense of cosmic menace that permeate his stories like a thick New England fogThis collection includes some of HP s most famous stories At the Mountain of Madness The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dunwich Horror but also a few lesser known yet just as juicy morsels such as The White Ship and even a clever little retelling of a Harry Houdini story The Joshi edited Penguin Modern Classic edition is also very well annotated and the introduction is informative which makes it well worth the detour for fans of the Father of WeirdI think that driving through Massachusetts and the American North East in general in the fall gave me a new appreciation for Lovecraft that I didn t have before I saw the landscapes that inspired him with my own eyes We drive from Montreal to Boston to visit friends every Thanksgiving and looking at the rolling hills the isolated little farm houses the impenetrable looking woods and sometimes the cold grey beaches had made my reading of his stories vividThis collection gets 3 stars because while it still packs a lot of awesomeness some stories do drag a bit longer than they should and the creepy factor looses some steam


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  • Hardcover
  • 544
  • The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • English
  • 10 May 2018
  • 9780143122326