Listing books by August Derleth
|Full title||H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus Vol. 2: Dagon and Other Macabre Tales [permalink]|
|Authors||H. P. Lovecraft (author) and August Derleth (introduction)|
|Categories||Anthology, horror and short stories|
|Series||H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus (2/3)|
|Original publication year||1965|
|ISBN||978-0-586-06324-8 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
This collection contains a bunch of short stories, as well as a very interesting essay by August Derleth called Supernatural Horror in Literature. Also in there are some stories under the heading Early Tales and four really small stories under Fragments, stories not really completed (and therefore not that interesting).
Most of the stories are first-person accounts of some horrible fate befalling the protagonist (such as Dagon, The Temple, and Imprisoned with the Pharaohs) while a few are third-person narratives over a span of time (like The Doom that came to Sarnath, The Cats of Ulthar, and The Quest of Iranon).
This collection represents my first foray into Lovecraft's literature (except for The Call of Cthulhu, which I read ages ago). As I'm not really well read in horror literature, I don't know how it stacks up against other authors, but I know I like it! Lovecraft has a very peculiar way of writing, and virtually every story manages to draw you in and keep your attention throughout. Also, most of the stories have a twist at the end that's not always easy to predict, which makes them all the more enjoyable.
This collection, as opposed to the first and third in this series, is a little bit special in that there are a lot of stories, so if you don't have that much time to read, this book is excellent. The stories are short and almost all are engaging and very fun to read.