The Absolute Very Best of H.P. Lovecraft


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Liberty's Edge

Of every poem, short story or novella the Old Gent wrote, which one work is your favorite.

In case you need to brush up and don't have a collection handy, DagonBytes is a pretty good online repository of Howard's complete lineup, and you can read for free.

DagonBytes

My all-time favorite?

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Remember, you can only pick one...


At the Mountains of Madness

Spoiler:
No, I'm not cheating...

Dark Archive

The Dunwich Horror

Spoiler:
What?! I'm a legitimate person, too.


"Arthur Jermyn."


I can't do it! Can't do it I say!! there like Lays I can't pick just one......

starts decending into madness (what other ending would you expect!)

Silver Crusade

Wow, so many choices. At this time, though, I'd go with "The Rats in the Walls"


Prof. Tolkien wrote:

At the Mountains of Madness

My favorite as well. Followed very closely by The Colour Out of Space


I do love 'The Call of Cthulhu,' but it's tough to pick between that and 'Herbert West' and 'Red Hook.'

Scarab Sages

"A Shadow Out of Time" I love me some Yithians!!


The Rats in the Walls-

Spoiler:
probably the best evocation of a Underdark ever- I always wanted the scholars to continue down into the darkness (after stocking up on arms and elder signs of course)

Liberty's Edge

"The Dunwich Horror"

Dark Archive

At the Mountains of Madness.

Spoiler:
Nothing calls up the pulp like lost cities and lurking things.

In honor of the website I'm frequenting, and a module I bought, I should give honorable mention to Imprisoned with the Pharoahs.

At least the OP didn't ask for very best of Lovecraft-inspired film, because there's an awful lot of pain out there...

Scarab Sages

Set wrote:
At least the OP didn't ask for very best of Lovecraft-inspired film, because there's an awful lot of pain out there...

My favorite adaptation would have to be 1970s "The Dunwitch Horror" starring Sandra Dee, Ed Begley (Sr.) as Dr. Armitage, and a very young Dean Stockwell as Wilbur. It may be a bit dated and B movie (or C movie), but I think you can tell they were really trying to create a real Lovecraft story (not just some schlock and bewbies).

Probably the best tribute to Lovecraft without being Lovecraft is "In the Mouth of Madness" by John Carpenter.

Grand Lodge

Probably The colour out of space. It's tough to choose only one, though...

Dark Archive

Gavgoyle wrote:
Probably the best tribute to Lovecraft without being Lovecraft is "In the Mouth of Madness" by John Carpenter.

That's a pretty good one, easily the most professional.

While it's an appalling movie, I kind of love the basic idea behind From Beyond.


"The Dream in the Witch-House"

Creepy damn story.


"Rats in the Walls"


Wow, that site even has "Ibid."

For me, it's a toss-up between "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and "The Quest of Iranon." Since I have to pick one, I think I'll go with the latter.

Liberty's Edge

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

This one just really stuck with me the most after reading it.

Also, if you decide to buy an HPL book or collection, I highly recommend the The Library of America H.P. Lovecraft, Tales. It is one of those well-made books that will last a lifetime. Potentially beyond...


Almost impossible to pick.

I'd probably go with Shadow Over Innsmouth.

I like them all. The Thing on the Doorstep, Lurking Fear, The Outsider, and the Shadow out of Time.

Scarab Sages

"The Call of Cthulhu".
It was my introduction to Lovecraft and to a genre of horror that didn't frighten me (oddly enough). drive me more insane, maybe (how would I know?), but not frighten.


And, don’t forget:

  • “The Hounds of Tindalos” by Frank Long.

  • Grand Lodge

    Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

    "The Hound"

    Spoiler:
    Cuz it's the only thing of his I've read.

    -W. E. Ray

    Scarab Sages

    The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.

    Shadow over Innsmouth was a VERY close second.

    Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

    Dreams in the Witch-House is my favorite.

    I just read one that I'd never seen before, though:

    Winged Death

    Highly entertaining read.

    Plus, there is a 2nd websource for all you fans...

    Liberty's Edge

    Also, feel free to choose a ghost-written work (like "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs").

    The only catch to this thread is that the one work you chose must have been written by Lovecraft, not inspired by the Mythos--so, Tensor, while I love 'The Hounds of Tindalos', that story, and the collection surrounding it, was written by F.B. Long--so it doesn't count.

    Maybe we should make a thread in the same vein, but choosing the one story inspired by the Mythos?


    The Rats in the Walls.

    I am a big H.P.L fan, and this story always comes to mind when I am asked for a favorite. Tough call though, Shadow over Innsmouth is a close second, especially since I live in an eldritch New England fishing village (or at least it was before the tourists got to it :P)

    The Exchange

    The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

    Scarab Sages

    The Rats in the Walls

    I'm terrible at picking favourites, but when I think Lovecraft, this is the first story that pops into my mind, and it wasn't even the first one I read (think that was Mountains of Madness) so it must have made the biggest impact

    Scarab Sages

    Illessa wrote:

    The Rats in the Walls

    I'm terrible at picking favourites, but when I think Lovecraft, this is the first story that pops into my mind, and it wasn't even the first one I read (think that was Mountains of Madness) so it must have made the biggest impact

    My brother recently began reading HPL, and read this one when his wife and son were out of town. When he goes to bed, he turns off the light and hears this weird scratching sound. Lights come on, the sound stops. This happened about two or three more times, by which point he is freaking out. Finally, he turns the lights on once more, and the noise doesn't stop - but this time there's a lump moving around under his covers!! He throws back the covers only to find - his mini Doberman (all of about 9 lbs), scratching and chewing on himself.

    Liberty's Edge

    Best film? I'd have to say "Dagon" (watshisname Gordon's version of "The Shadow over Innsmouth"). The only other Lovecraft films I've seen, I've blocked out of my memory.

    By the way, any fan of Lovecraft's should check out "Cthulhu 2000", an anthology of short stories written by fans of H.P. Lovecraft. The stories "The Barrens", "Fat Face", and "The Unthinkable".

    The Exchange

    The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:

    By the way, any fan of Lovecraft's should check out "Cthulhu 2000", an anthology of short stories written by fans of H.P. Lovecraft. The stories "The Barrens", "Fat Face", and "The Unthinkable".

    Good book it's been awhile, and I couldn't remember the name of the book.

    Paizo Employee Creative Director

    Wow. Can't believe it took me this long to chime in!

    My favorite Lovecraft story is probably "At the Mountains of Madness," I suppose. But there's about 20 other stories that are close seconds.

    Favorite Lovecraft-themed story not by Lovecraft: "Notebook Found in a Deserted House," by Robert Bloch.

    Best film? The silent movie version of "Call of Cthulhu" put out by the HPL Historical Society.

    Scarab Sages

    Fungi from Yuggoth (cycle of poems). Especially "Nyarlathotep".

    Liberty's Edge

    James Jacobs wrote:
    ..Favorite Lovecraft-themed story not by Lovecraft: "Notebook Found in a Deserted House," by Robert Bloch...

    A wonderful tale, too. It will be available soon from Chaosium in the upcoming reprint of Bloch's collection Mysteries of the Worm. Until then, you can read it in Del Rey's Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (a reprint of AH's 1990 book of the same title).


    Well, if we can include Lovecraftian stories not actually written by HPL, then for me it's "The Shadow from the Steeple," also by Robert Bloch.

    Liberty's Edge

    Pickman's Model, which I looked at after Mr. Shiny's plug in another thread, somewhere here in the ether.


    Definitely The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, with Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath a very close second. So much of HPL's work was inspired my campaigns that it's hard to pick just one. :)

    Paizo Employee Creative Director, Starfinder

    Gotta step in with "In the Walls of Eryx".

    Not tied to Cthulhu Mythos in any way - it's straight-up science fiction and takes place on Venus. Talk about pulp, baby!

    Scarab Sages

    I have to go with 'At the Mountains of Madness'.

    Liberty's Edge

    SargonX wrote:

    Gotta step in with "In the Walls of Eryx".

    Not tied to Cthulhu Mythos in any way - it's straight-up science fiction and takes place on Venus. Talk about pulp, baby!

    That one messed with me, man...

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