31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 1 – THE BEST OF H.P. LOVECRAFT

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books. 

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In my opinion, Lovecraft is the single most important writer in the history of the horror genre. Every branch of the modern horror can be traced back to him. While some may point to Poe or Stoker (and don’t get me wrong, they were extremely influential), Lovecraft was the writer that really cemented what horror looked like. Cults, monsters, aliens, black magic—a Lovecraft story looks a lot more similar to a modern horror novel than anything from Poe’s bibliography.

This particular collection is my favorite compilation of Lovecraft’s work. I’m not a big fan of his Dream Cycle stories (too fantasy for my taste) and a lot of his early stories are mostly interesting for historical value. This collection is almost only his pure horror tales from the end of his writing career—what is commonly called the Cthulhu Mythos.

I first read this collection when I was around 14 years old. It made a major impact on me and I soon had read all his work. I still love to revisit Lovecraft’s stories and every year I attend the H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest here in Portland, OR (we also have a Lovecraft-themed bar here!).

Plus, check out this badass full cover by Michael Whelan (click on it for a good full-screen look). I got to see the original painting one year at the World Fantasy Convention.

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My favorite stories: The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror, and The Colour Out of Space.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:

NO GIG IS TOO SMALL by Andre Duza

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CRISIS BOY by Garrett Cook

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WHITE FIRE by Brian Keene

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