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Lovecraft's legacy
Weinberg, Robert E.
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New York : Tor Books, 1990.
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xvi, 334 pages ; 22 cm
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PS648.H6 W43 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Booklist Review

Like Edgar Allan Poe before him, H. P. Lovecraft did not receive the recognition due him during his lifetime. Only after an untimely death did his work obtain the cult status it currently possesses and inspire generations of readers and writers, including the 13 authors represented in this centennial tribute. Among the contributors are Graham Masterton, Gahan Wilson, Hugh B. Cave, Chet Williamson, Ed Gorman, and Gene Wolfe. Of particular note is F. Paul Wilson's "The Barrens," a rather creepy account of weird goings-on in the Jersey Pine Barrens, definitely in the Lovecraft tradition. Robert Bloch of Psycho fame provides the introduction. ~--Benjamin Segedin

Publisher's Weekly Review

No works by the eponymous legator himself are included in this tribute to the master of horror in his centennial year. His ``legacy'' is the theme around which these 14 stories are assembled, with an introduction by Robert Bloch, who acknowledges his personal debt to Lovecraft, and afterwords to each of the tales by such authors as Gene Wolfe, Hugh B. Cave and Ed Gorman. Gahan Wilson's ``H.P.L.'' manages to sustain Lovecraft's antiquated and baroque style. F. Paul Wilson invokes the concept of ``cosmic horror'' in the afterword to final story, ``The Barrens . '' Indeed, the progression of the stories suggests that they were arranged to lead up to this ``concept of another reality impinging on ours,'' giving rise to an all-encompassing fear that lies beyond humanity's comprehension. These tales feature, among other things, maggots eating the eyes of dead bodies, cancerous monsters consuming the world, aristocratic schemers in pursuit of immortality, out-of-body travel, demons resurrected, murderous lizards, voodoo, ghouls and soulsuckers. Of generally high caliber, this homage itals as per intro to the master is an imaginative collection. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Most modern horror practitioners acknowledge H.P. Lovecraft as one of the major forces sparking their own fascination with the genre. To celebrate the centennial of his birth, the editors have collected new stories paying tribute to his influence, each followed by a brief afterword explaining what Lovecraft means to the author. In paying homage, the writers for the most part have wisely followed the counsel of Robert Bloch's informative introduction: avoiding obvious imitation of Lovecraft's verbose and rather dated style, they instead emulate his spirit in dealing with concepts and beings so vast and alien that the fact of their very existence is nearly beyond human comprehension. Such well-known authors as Graham Masterton, Gene Wolfe, and Brian McNaughton contribute tales varying in tone from macabre to eerie, melancholy, even whimsical, providing something a little different for today's horror fan.-- A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-- In honor of the master's centennial, two well-known anthologists have assembled this collection of 13 horror stories written for the occasion. As with most anthologies, the quality is somewhat uneven, but the best stories deliver a truly Lovecraftian frisson. Particularly piquant are two tales in which Howard Phillips Lovecraft actually appears, albeit obliquely. Each tale is accompanied by a note from its author. Since the ways in which the stories reflect the Lovecraft influence vary widely, it is interesting to read the authors' interpretations and intents. Librarians unfamiliar with Lovecraft should acquire the perennially YA-pleasing tales of H. P. L. himself; those attempting to satisfy fans who have already devoured the mythos should find this one useful. Just be prepared when they come back demanding to reread the Lovecraft stories that inspired Legacy .-- Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.