Friday, October 14, 2005

Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

Earlier this month I read through a biography of H.P. Lovecraft, a well-known horror writer. Well, after reading about his life I wanted to read one of his stories so I picked up Tales of H.P. Lovecraft Major works selected and introduction by Joyce Carol Oates. I picked up this volume because it contained a story an avid reader made reference to earlier today, "The Rats in the Walls."

This reader also acquainted me with the writing of Robert E. Howard, a little known writer from the 1930s who corresponded with Lovecraft for years and was influenced by him quite a bit. Both wrote some stories that can be described as supernatural horror. So if you like to scare yourself while reading, you may want to give Lovecraft a try.

This story was more suspenseful than gory although the ending was a bit of a surprise. If you're looking for Lovecraft, most of his works are in the Rhode Island collection at our library because Lovecraft lived in Providence for many years.