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Halloween Countdown 2020 – The Tomb and Other Tales by H.P. Lovecraft


The Tomb and Other Tales by H.P. Lovecraft

Chosen by Bill

Are YOU ready to enter the Tomb?

In a dank wooded hollow stands the Tomb, excavated far back into the hillside. Its portals are slabs of granite, its door a ponderous and forbidding slab of stone which hangs upon rusted hinges, fastened ajar in a queerly sinister way with heavy iron chains and padlocks. One man has the key that will open the tomb wide. One man will face the nameless horrors within. You can follow him inside – if you dare…

H.P. Lovecraft
The world’s greatest master of heart-stopping, mind spinning supernatural horror, weaves his chilling spells of fascination in this superb collection of tales, each one a polished black jewel of ultimate terror.

This extraordinary collection features 13 spine-tingling tales of delicious terror by the unquestioned master of the horror genre, as well as portions of stories he never fully completed. Discover how the mind of H.P. Lovecraft worked, and how much his early and late stories tell about this intriguing writer.

My introduction to HP many many years ago with one of my all-time favorite covers. The artist, John Holmes, never failed to deliver a load of emotion in his covers for Lovecraft. The text for the entire The Tomb story is available here


H.P. Lovecraft is best known for creating such works as The Call of Cthulhu (adapted into a silent film by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society), The Haunter of the Dark (an homage to Robert Bloch and heavily influential to the movie In the Mouth of Madness), Dreams in the Witch House (adapted into a Masters of Horror episode directed by Stuart Gordon and adapted into an album, The Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera), and At the Mountains of Madness (still patiently waiting for Guillermo del Toro to bring us his vision of the story to the big screen).

Check back tomorrow for Brian’s choice in our Halloween Cover Countdown!

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  1. I so remember that cover! The whole Ballantine set was illustrated with eerie heads. What was annoying was that Ballantine didn’t actually print some of Lovecraft’s best stories in their series.

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