The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

Introduction by:
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Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101157213
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


A definitive edition of stories by the master of supernatural fiction

Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s unique contribution to American literature was a melding of traditional supernaturalism (derived chiefly from Edgar Allan Poe) with the genre of science fiction that emerged in the early 1920s. This Penguin Classics edition brings together a dozen of the master’s tales-from his early short stories “Under the Pyramids” (originally ghostwritten for Harry Houdini) and “The Music of Erich Zann” (which Lovecraft ranked second among his own favorites) through his more fully developed works, “The Dunwich Horror,” The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and At the Mountains of Madness.

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories presents the definitive corrected texts of these works, along with Lovecraft critic and biographer S. T. Joshi’s illuminating introduction and notes to each story.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories

H. P. Lovecraft, Introduction by: S. T. Joshi, Notes by: S. T. Joshi


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“The new Penguin Horror editions, selected by Guillermo del Toro, feature some of the best art-direction (by Paul Buckley) I’ve seen in a cover in quite some time.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

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Table of Contents

The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird StoriesIntroduction by S. T. Joshi
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

The Tomb
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The White Ship
The Temple
The Quest of Iranon
The Music of Erich Zann
Under the Pyramids
Pickman’s Model
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dunwich Horror
At the Mountains of Madness
The Thing on the Doorstep

Explanatory Notes

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