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by Lin Carter

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  • ISBN 0586041664
  • ISBN13 978-0586041666
  • Language English
  • Author Lin Carter
  • Publisher HarperCollins Distribution Services (May 15, 1975)
  • Pages 192
  • Formats doc lit docx mbr
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1120 kb
  • Size Fb2 1587 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 970

Lovecraft; A Look Behind The Cthulhu Mythos Edited by Lin Carter. 1st Panther Horror PB 1975.

Lovecraft: A Look Behind the "Cthulhu Mythos" is a 1972 non-fiction book written by Lin Carter, published by Ballantine Books.

Lovecraft: A Look Behind the "Cthulhu Mythos" is a 1972 non-fiction book written by Lin Carter, published by Ballantine Books. The introduction notes that the book "does not purport to be a biography of H. P. Lovecraft", and instead presents it as "a history of the growth of the so-called Cthulhu Mythos.

Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos. Introduction:The Shadow Over Providence. Our century has seen some of the finest craftsmen who ever worked in the tradition of the weird tale. Ballantine books, new york. First Printing: February, 1972. Cover art by Gervasio Gallardo.

H p lovecraft a look be. .There have been numerous attempts by various Lovecraftian scholars to list all the stories in the Cthulhu Mythos; generally I have found that such lists agree only in disagreeing with each other

H p lovecraft a look be.Lovecraft: A Look Behind Cthulhu Mythos, . 9. There have been numerous attempts by various Lovecraftian scholars to list all the stories in the Cthulhu Mythos; generally I have found that such lists agree only in disagreeing with each other. The most authoritative known to me are those assembled by Robert E. Briney in 1955 and Jack L. Chalker in 1966 -those being the dates of the final definitive versions. There is also a pamphlet guide to the stories in the Mythos only, ignoring Lovecraft’s other work, produced by Robert Weinberg in 1969.

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Behind the "Cthulhu Mythos" is a 1972 non-fiction book written by Lin Carter, published by Ballantine Books. Carter takes particular interest in noting the stories where particular aspects of Mythos lore first appeared, and tracing their reappearances in later tales.

Behind the "Cthulhu Mythos" is a 1972 non-fiction book written by Lin Carter, published by Ballantine Books

Lovecraft: A Look Behind the "Cthulhu Mythos" is a 1972 non-fiction book written by Lin Carter, published by Ballantine Books. Ballantine books, new york

Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos. This book is a history of the growth of the so- called Cthulhu Mythos, and it does not purport to be a biography of H. Lovecraft. It reflects my own interest and enthusiasm in that curious and delightful sub-literature, and is, therefore, rather subjective. Many of the value judgments expressed herein are a matter of personal opinion.

Lovecraft : A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos. Carter, Lin. Published by Ballantine Books (1976). ISBN 10: 0345252950 ISBN 13: 9780345252951. ISBN 10: 1557422524 ISBN 13: 9781557422521.

He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. Lowcraft (for an H. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin.

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Dakora
I have this book in a British pb edition, but looking for it last week and being unable to find it (I wanted to write a blog about it), I order'd this Yank edition last week. Naturally, to-day I found my other edition. This is my second review of ye book--I cannot alter my previous review because it was written with an older Amazon account that has since been deleted. Mainly, I needed to change my rating. Out of fondness for the book and its author, I previously gave it a higher rating than it deserves. I correct that now herewith.

This was the book that turned me into a Cthulhu Mythos writer. Lin Carter was so intoxicated by the thrill of writing such fiction that I found his excitement intoxicating. "I want to be one of these Mythos guys," I told myself, and set about doing so. The thrill that I felt was linked to creativity, to writing; and this is exactly what Carter seems to have experienced, for he penned a number of really entertaining Mythos stories which were eventually collected in the Chaosium book called THE XOTHIC LEGEND CYCLE. (I have review'd that book here on Amazon.)

This was the first single-author book that contain'd a biography of H. P. Lovecraft, & wou'd remain so until L. Sprague de Camp's LOVECRAFT: A BIOGRAPHY in 1975. Carter handles the biographical portions well enough, except for his unending urge to chastise the dead writer. The scolding begins early in the book: "The posthumous success of Lovecraft, and his triumph over far more gifted writers in the genre, also comes as a surprise when you take a clear look at his work. He has no ability at all for creating characters, or for writing dialogue. His prose is stilted, artificial, affected. It is also overwritten, verbose, and swimming in adjectives. " &c &c. None of this is in fact true of Lovecraft's writing. Rather than being stilted, Lovecraft's prose is natural, poetic, and close to perfection. The prose is precise, with very little overwriting. It is prose that is extremely poetic, and such prose is often, by ignorant critics, labeled "extravagant" or "purple". Lovecraft's characters are unique in Literature, and they are perfectly portray'd for their involvement in the story in which they appear and its narrative flow. Some of Lovecraft's standout characters are now iconic, and a single one, such as Richard Upton Pickman, has inspir'd a wealth of sequels to his tale by a multitude of fantasy writers. It was Lovecraft's preference, as stated in his correspondence, to use dialogue sparingly, sensing that it doesn't belong in the kind of fiction he wanted to right., This was his choice, and it was a correct one. And yet it is the narrative "voice" of Lovecraft's tales that is, for me, one of their strongest elements.

Of course, Carter's book is far more than a book about Lovecraft, as its title states. And it is Carter's telling the history of the Mythos and its writers that is the strong point of this book. In telling this history, Carter shews why the Mythos became so popular and why it remains so to-day. I think this was the first place where I read the history of that trilogy of tales written by Robert Bloch and Lovecraft, of how Bloch's "The Shambler from the Stars" (in which he kills off a character based on HPL) inspired Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark" (in which he kills off a character based on Bloch); and then, finally, Bob write one final story in the trilogy, "The Shadow from the Steeple". It is Lin Carter's writing of the other authors who contributed to the Mythos that makes his book still relevant and worth reading to-day, because it can still serve as a excellent guide to writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, and especially Gary Myers. It's fun to read, in the chapter called "The Last Disciple," Carter writing about his own growth as a Mythos writer. It is also rather staggering to realize how many more writers, since the publication of this fun book, have entered into ye game. As Lin Carter writes at the conclusion of his book:
"The last word on this subject cannot be written at this time,
"And may never be."

Lin Carter's book has indeed been surpass'd. We now have such studies as H. P. LOVECRAFT: ART, ARTIFACT, AND REALITY, by Steven J. Mariconda (Hippocampus Press, 2013), written by a man who does indeed understand those qualities that make for good writing; a book in which we find such essays as "H. P. Lovecraft: Consummate Prose Stylist," which shew that Lovecraft was an excellent writer, one in complete control of his narrative voice.
GoodLike
A great offering from the late, great writer and poet, Lin Carter. It gives an awesome, and quite astute look at the Cthulhu Mythos as Lovecraft (might) have meant it to be. Lots of great info here that will accompany the many HPL biographies nicely. Well worth the low price to get it, and a must for the true Lovecraft aficionado.
Flarik
Essential book on Lovecraft. Lin Carter edited Ballantine's Adult Fantasy series with great affection and acute discernment.
Akelevar
Only bought it to have the collection complete.
Risteacor
Carter is very harsh on Lovecraft in this book. His criticisms sometimes border on bullying. But, it it a bullying based on regret. Regret that Lovecraft's output was not greater. I agree with Carter on that. If only Lovecraft had tried a little harder or tried at all to be a professional writer. Just think of the stories we would have today.
Ballazan
This is the edition of the book that I own, sent to me by a friend in Australia. It's rather rare, so I think this is an okay price. This is one of two books that inspired me to become a professional Cthulhu Mythos writer. Lin wrote most of it while August Derleth was still alive, and the book is tainted by Derleth's interpretation of the Mythos and H. P. Lovecraft. As a book about Lovecraft it has many flaws, and Carter's criticism of Lovecraft's striving to write weird fiction that was Literary Art really annoys me! Per example:

"Lovecraft was such a bundle of contradictions that he will be the despair of his eventual biographer. How does one deal with a man so quirky and changeful and perverse that within a month after selling his first story to WEIRD TALES, he turns around and writes a piece of snobbish idiocy to [Frank] Long such as the following: 'I am well-nigh resolv'd to write no more tales, but merely to dream when I have a mind to, not stopping to do anything so vulgar as to set down the dream for a boarish Publick. I have concluded, that Literature is no proper persuit for a gentleman; and that Writing ought never to be consider'd but as an elegant Accomplishment, to be indulg'd in with Infrequency, and Discrimination.' In that passage you have much of what I would call the worst of Lovecraft, his weakness and his folly: the absurd pretensions to gentility on the part of a man who had lived barely above the level of utter poverty for three years; the ludicrous self-delusion of thinking himself an 'artist' -- the snobbishness of spelling 'literature' with a capital L..."

I would whisper to Lin Carter's ghost that it was this "ludicrous self-delusion' of thinking himself a Literary Artist, and his striving to write works of fiction that exhibited the best of his abilities, that resulted in H. P. Lovecraft's eventual collection from The Library of America.

As a history of the Cthulhu Mythos up to the time of its publication, this is a fun wee book, entertaining if not very informative. For an excellent and very informative history of the Mythos, one must turn to S. T. Joshi's superb THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS, a book that explores the history beautifully, if some of its judgments of the fiction is a bit severe.