In the 1920’s and 1930’s the Cthulhu mythos emerged from the stories of H. P. Lovecraft. This mythos was a mixture of horror and science fiction with ancient cults that inhabit the shadows of the world bent on bringing back “the Old Ones” that were both alien and frightening. These weird tales are famous for their unimaginable horrors, buildings and creatures that defy logic, and truths that unhinge the human mind. Though Lovecraft never attained popularity during his lifetime and his writings reflect the biases and attitudes of his time, his works have developed a following that continue to influence writers, musicians and filmmakers.
Oxford University Press just released a selection of Lovecraft’s works called The Classic Horror Stories. This collection of nine stories written between 1926 to 1931 includes some of Lovecraft’s best work. The book begins with “The Horror at Red Hook” and ends with “The Shadow Out of Time” and also includes “The Call of Cthulhu” “The Dunwich Horror”, “The Shadow over Innsmouth”, and “At the Mountains of Madness”. This collection is edited by Roger Luckhurst with an introduction also by him and explanatory notes for each story.