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Title:
Cthulhu 2000 : a Lovecraftian anthology
Author:
Turner, Jim, 1945-1999.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Ballantine Publishing, [1995]

©1995
Physical Description:
xiv, 398 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The barrens / F. Paul Wilson -- Pickman's modem / Lawrence Watt-Evans -- Shaft number 247 / Basil Copper -- His mouth will taste of wormwood / Poppy Z. Brite -- The adder / Fred Chappell -- Fat face / Michael Shea -- The big fish / Kim Newman -- "I had vacantly crumpled it into my pocket ... but by God, Eliot, it was a photograph from life!" / Joanna Russ -- H.P.L. / Gahan Wilson -- The unthinkable / Bruce Sterling -- Black man with a horn / T. E. D. Klein -- Love's Eldritch Ichor / Esther M. Friesner -- The last feast of Harlequin / Thomas Ligotti -- The shadow on the doorstep / James P. Blaylock -- Lord of the land / Gene Wolfe -- The faces at Pine Dunes / Ramsey Campbell -- On the slab / Harlan Ellison -- 24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai / Roger Zelazny.
ISBN:
9780345422033
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR1309.H6 C85 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

A host of horror and fantasy's top authors captures the spirit of supreme supernatural storyteller H. P. Lovecraft with eighteen chilling contemporary tales that would have made the master proud.

"The Barrens" by F. Paul Wilson: In a tangled wilderness, unearthly lights lead the way to a world no human was meant to see.

"His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" by Poppy Z. Brite: Two dabblers in black magic encounter a maestro of evil enchantment.

"On the Slab" by Harlan Ellison: The corpse of a one-eyed giant brings untold fortune--and unspeakable fear--to whoever possesses it.

"Pickman's Modem" by Lawrence Watt-Evans: Horror is a keystroke away when an ancient evil lurks in modern technology.

PLUS FOURTEEN MORE BLOOD-CURDLING STORIES

"Shaft Number 247" by Basil Copper
"The Adder" by Fred Chappell
"Fat Face" by Michael Shea
"The Big Fish" by Kim Newman
"I Had Vacantly Crumpled It into My Pocket . . . But by God, Eliot, It Was a Photograph from Life!" by Joanna Russ
"H.P.L." by Gahan Wilson
"The Unthinkable" by Bruce Sterling
"Black Man with a Horn" by T. E. D. Klein
"Love's Eldritch Ichor" by Esther M. Friesner
"The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti
"The Shadow on the Doorstep" by James P. Blaylock
"Lord of the Land" by Gene Wolfe
"The Faces at Pine Dunes" by Ramsey Campbell
"24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai" by Roger Zelazny


Author Notes

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, 1890 - 1937 H. P. Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother was Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft and his father was Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman for Gorham & Co. Silversmtihs. Lovecraft was reciting poetry at the age of two and when he was three years old, his father suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to Butler Hospital. He spent five years there before dying on July 19, 1898 of paresis, a form of neurosyphillis. During those five years, Lovecraft was told that his father was paralyzed and in a coma, which was not the case.

His mother, two aunts and grandfather were now bringing up Lovecraft. He suffered from frequent illnesses as a boy, many of which were psychological. He began writing between the ages of six and seven and, at about the age of eight, he discovered science. He began to produce the hectographed journals, "The Scientific Gazette" (1899-1907) and "The Rhode Island Journal of Astronomy" (1903-07). His first appearance in print happened, in 1906, when he wrote a letter on an astronomical matter to The Providence Sunday Journal. A short time later, he began writing a monthly astronomy column for The Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner - a rural paper. He also wrote columns for The Providence Tribune (1906-08), The Providence Evening News (1914-18), The Asheville (N.C.) Gazette-News (1915).

In 1904, his grandfather died and the family suffered severe financial difficulties, which forced him and his mother to move out of their Victorian home. Devastated by this, he apparently contemplated suicide. In 1908, before graduating from high school, he suffered a nervous breakdown. He didn't receive a diploma and failed to get into Brown University, both of which caused him great shame. Lovecraft was not heard from for five years, re-emerging because of a letter he wrote in protest to Fred Jackson's love story in The Argosy. His letter was published in 1913 and caused great controversy, which was noted by Edward F. Daas, President of the United Amateur Press Association (UAPA). Daas invited Lovecraft to join the UAPA, which he did in early 1914. He eventually became President and Official Editor of the UAPA and served briefly as President of the rival National Amateur Press Association (NAPA). He published thirteen issues of his own paper, The Conservative (1915-23) and contributed poetry and essays to other journals. He also wrote some fiction which titles include "The Beast in the Cave" (1905), "The Alchemist" (1908), "The Tomb" and "Dagon" (1917).

In 1919, Lovecraft's mother was deteriorating, mentally and physically, and was admitted to Butler Hospital. On May 24, 1921, his mother died from a gall bladder operation. While attending an amateur journalism convention in Boston, Lovecraft met his future wife Sonia Haft Greene, a Russian Jew. They were married on March 3, 1924 and Lovecraft moved to her apartment in Brooklyn. Sonia had a shop on Fifth Avenue that went bankrupt. In 1925, Sonia went to Cleveland for a job and Lovecraft moved to a smaller apartment in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn. In 1926, he decided to move back to Providence. Lovecraft had his aunts bar his wife, Sonia, from going to Providence to start a business because he couldn't have the stigma of a tradeswoman wife. They were divorced in 1929.

After his return to Providence, he wrote his greatest fiction, which included the titles "The Call of Cthulhu" (1926), "At the Mountains of Madness" (1931), and "The Shadow Out of Time" (1934-35). In 1932, his aunt, Mrs. Clark, died; and he moved in with his other aunt, Mrs. Gamwell, in 1933. Suffering from cancer of the intestine, Lovecraft was admitted to Jane Brown Memorial Hospital and on March 15, 1937 he died.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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