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Publication Order of Dream Cycle Books

The White Ship (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cats of Ulthar (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Other Gods (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through the Gates of the Silver Key (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Randolph Carter Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Alchemist (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson (1917)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast in the Cave (1918)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memory (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dagon (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Doom That Came to Sarnath (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Statement of Randolph Carter (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Street (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nyarlathotep (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family / The White Ape (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Terrible Old Man (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nameless City (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ex Oblivione (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Picture in the House (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tree (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
Herbert West: Reanimator (1922)Description / Buy at Amazon
Celephais (1922)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Music of Erich Zann (1922)Description / Buy at Amazon
What the Moon Brings (1922)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hypnos (1923)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under The Pyramids (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hound (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Vault (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Temple (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Festival (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon-Bog (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outsider (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horror at Red Hook (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colour Out of Space (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pickman's Model (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Call of Cthulhu (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cool Air (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silver Key (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Strange High House in the Mist (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams in the Witch-House (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tree on the Hill (With: Duane W. Rimel) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Beyond (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Quest of Iranon (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
At the Mountains of Madness (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow Out of Time (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunter of the Dark (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shunned House (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Thing on the Doorstep (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lurking Fear / Cry Horror! (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of the Necronomicon (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ibid (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Azathoth (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Descendant (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Evil Clergyman (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Very Old Folk (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Ermengarde (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Transition of Juan Romero (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Peabody Heritage (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Glass Bottle (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Cave (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Bugs (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Ship (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rats in the Walls (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dunwich Horror (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tomb (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
He (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whisperer in Darkness (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Polaris (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Fungi from Yuggoth and Other Poems (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Doom That Came to Sarnath and Other Stories (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories (1923)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poetical Works of Jonathan E. Hoag (1923)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
Necronomicon (By: Colin Wilson) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories Of Horror (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outsider and Others (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weird Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories of the Supernatural (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dunwich Horror and Others (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lurker at the Threshold (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something About Cats and Other Pieces (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Survivor and Others (With: August Derleth) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams and Fancies (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dagon and Other Macabre Tales (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow Out Of Time and Other Tales of Horror (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Watchers Out of Time (With: August Derleth) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales of Horror (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works of H. P. Lovecraft (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows of Death (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tales of Inspector Legrasse (With: C.J. Henderson) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
H.P. Lovecraft: The Fiction (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
At the Mountains of Madness & Other Weird Tales (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crawling Chaos and Others (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Tales (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Works of Weird Fiction (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Poems (With: Stephen Jones) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lurking Fear and More Stories (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Wall of Sleep and Other Strange Tales (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dagon Rising (With: Ben Baldwin,William Meikle,Luke Spooner,Monique Snyman) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marginalia (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dunwich Horror and Other Weird Tales (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of H. P. Lovecraft (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lurking Fear and Other Early Terrors (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Cosmic Terror (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror (With: Joe R. Lansdale) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovecraft at Last: The Master of Horror in His Own Words (With: Willis Conover) (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Letters I, 1911-1924 (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Letters II, 1925-1929 (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Letters III, 1929-1931 (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Letters IV, 1932-1934 (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Letters V, 1934-1937 (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncollected Letters (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clark Ashton Smith: Letters to H.P. Lovecraft (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Henry Kuttner (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Richard F. Searight (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Robert Bloch (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Samuel Loveman & Vincent Starrett (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Transition of H. P. Lovecraft (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Annotated Lovecraft (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lord of a Visible World (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Alfred Galpin (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mysteries of Time and Spirit: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Donald Wandrei (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft, Vol. 1: Amateur Journalism (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft, Vol. 2: Literary Criticism (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Rheinhart Kleiner (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft, Vol. 3: Science (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft, Vol. 4: Travel (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft: Philosophy; Autobiography and Miscellany (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Creeping Dementia (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Adventure Radio Theatre (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collected Essays (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Essential Solitude: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth, Vol. 1 (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Essential Solitude: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth, Vol. 2 (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to James F. Morton (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Elizabeth Toldridge and Anne Tillery Renshaw (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to Robert Bloch and Others (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to J. Vernon Shea, Carl F. Strauch, and Lee McBride White (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters to F. Lee Baldwin, Duane W. Rimel, and Nils Frome (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard (With: Robert E. Howard) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Shadows Over Innsmouth Books

Shadows Over Innsmouth (By: Stephen Jones) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth (By: Hugh B. Cave,Stephen Jones) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of August Derleth's "Posthumous Collaborations" Books

with August Derleth
The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces (By: August Derleth) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Watchers Out of Time (With: August Derleth) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of New Annotated Lovecraft Books

with Leslie Klinger
The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft (With: Leslie Klinger) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham (With: Leslie Klinger) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Weird Tales Books

with Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Tanith Lee, Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter, Evangeline Walton
Weird Tales 1 (By: Lin Carter) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Tales 2 (With: Robert Bloch,Tanith Lee,Robert E. Howard) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Tales 3 (By: Robert Bloch,Tanith Lee,Robert E. Howard,Evangeline Walton) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Tales 4 (By: Ray Bradbury,Robert E. Howard) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Swords & Sorcery(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, Vol. 1(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summoned From The Tomb(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea Tales of Terror(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond Midnight(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Legacies(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
65 Great Spine Chillers(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Fantasy(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy All-Time Greats(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of Zombies(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Zombies(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Wild Little Weird Tales(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea-Cursed(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Necronomicon(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brooklyn Noir 2(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmares on Congress Street, Part V(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat Tales: Fantastic Feline Fiction(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bound for Evil: Curious Tales of Books Gone Bad(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dancing with the Dark(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horror in the Museum(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead That Walk(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eerie Archives; Vol. 3(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 1(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Classic Novellas(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror for the Holidays(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 2(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zombies!: Tales of the Walking Dead(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Baen Big Book of Monsters(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Sky(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fossil Lake II(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dover Anthology of Cat Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Horror & Suspense(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy of the Reanimator(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fireside Ghost Stories for Christmas Eve(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fireside Horror Stories About Supernatural Cats(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Below the Stairs: Tales from the Cellar(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath the Waves: Tales from the Deep(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Infinite: Tales from the Outer Reaches(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weird Fiction Collection #1(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
What October Brings: A Lovecraftian Celebration of Halloween(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Greatest Ghost and Horror Stories Ever Written: volume 3(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
30 Occult & Supernatural Masterpieces You Have to Read Before You Die(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovecraft Mythos New & Classic Collection(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thoughts and Pictures(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Classic Cat Stories(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ultimate Short Story Bundle(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonder and Glory Forever(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colour Out of Deathlehem(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, more commonly known as H.P. Lovecraft, was one of the most influential horror authors. Unfortunately he was rather unknown during his life and only became famous after his death.

H.P. was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA and spent most of his life there. He had to see his father being locked up in a mental institution when he was only three years of age. His mother raised him together with his grandfather and two aunts, who all lived together in the family home. He started writing horror stories with eight. His grandfather, who loved storytelling, was an inspiring influence early on and encouraging him to read.

As he suffered from anxiety and didn’t get along with his classmates, his mother decided to keep him at home most of the time. Very early in this life he began suffering from night terrors. He believed that he was being assaulted by “night gaunts”, one of the races he later used in his work.

After his grandfather’s death in 1904 the family had to move into a smaller house, mismanagement having led them into a poor financial situation. Shortly before his high school graduation he suffered a nervous breakdown and never managed to get his diploma. He wanted to become a astronomer but had difficulties with higher math, which was required for it.

Lovecraft lived isolated for many years after having left school. Focusing on writing poetry and not interested in employment or social contacts. This only changed in 1913 after writing a letter to a pulp magazine complaining about the love stories, which he thought were boring and dull. This led to a debate in the letters column of the magazine, which didn’t go unnoticed. The president of the United Amateur Press, who had seen it, asked H.P. to join them.

In 1919 his mother was placed in the same mental hospital her husband had died in. She had been suffering from depression and hysteria for a long time. She stayed in close contact with her son until she died in 1921, due to complications during her gall bladder surgery.

Not long after her death he met Sonia Greene and the two became very close. Despite his aunt’s disapproval they married in 1924 and he moved into her apartment in New York. There he became part of a group of intellectuals, who pushed him into submitting stories to Weird Tales, where many of his “Dream Cycle” stories were published.

Unfortunately soon after their marriage, his wife lost her business and became ill. Though Howard tried to support his wife, the fact that he had no work experience was making things very hard for him. Greene moved several times and her employment forced her to constantly travel. Lovecraft stayed in New York and his wife sent him a weekly allowance. It was during that time that he started writing the outlines of “The Call of Cthulhu”.

In 1926 he moved back to Providence where he worked as a ghost writer and revised other authors’ works. One of his clients tried helping Lovecraft, introduced him to the head of a newspaper syndicate. However when the man died any plans for further project were abandoned.

When he reached the last years of his life, his inheritance, that he had been living on, was almost gone. Working for other authors and selling his own stories was never enough to provide for his life. This forced him to move in with his last aunt. At the beginning of 1937 he was diagnosed with cancer. This resulted in constant pain until he died in March that year. Lovecraft wrote in his diary about his illness close to the moment he died.

Most of his fiction was published by Arkham House, that was originally created to publish the work of H.P Lovecraft. It has since then also published other authors. Currently there are three books available that are collections of his work published by Penguin. “The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories”, “The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories” and “The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories”.

“The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories” is based on the short story “The Call of Cthulhu” but contains 17 more stories written by Lovecraft. Many of the stories in this volume are interrelated and sometimes references to each other. This is because they all play in the same fictional world Lovecraft has created. The Necronomicon is referenced in many of these stories. It is a grimoire bound in leather with metal claps, filled with magic spells. In this fictional universe the central figure is Cthulhu, one of the “Great Old Ones”, powerful and ancient creatures. These beings once ruled Earth, but are in a deathlike sleep now. They are worshiped by various cults who work towards their return.

In the “Call of Cthulhu” Francis Wayland Thurston tells the reader about notes that were left behind by his granduncle, who had died unexpected. In these notes the professor talks about Cthulhu and the discovery of a statuette, that got the attention of the American Archaeological Society in Missouri. It was made of an unidentifiable green black stone, that had been captured in a raid on a voodoo meeting. An Inspector Legrasse was asking the Society for help in identifying it. During a search for women and children that had disappeared, the police arrested 47 people that had been involved in killing the missing people. As it turned out these people were worshipers of the Great Old Ones, who were waiting for the great priest Cthulhu to rise again. This cult would be ready for his call so they could liberate him. One of the prisoners identified the statue as the “Great Cthulhu”.

This story together with the “Shadows Over Innsmouth” are considered masterpieces of Lovecraft.

“The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories” is the third book in the Lovecraft paperback collection and was released in 2004. This collection includes some of the more fantasy style stories. The Nameless City, perhaps the best known short story of this book, was inspired by a dream. This city is located somewhere in the Arabian Peninsula. At first look it is abandoned but hieroglyphs found tell a story of beings living in the city. They are, however, not humans but are described as a mix of lizard, seal and crocodile. This story is also the first time Abdul Alhazred, the mad Arab, is mentioned.

H.P. Lovecraft has been a influence on a great many things. Other authors have been using the Lovecraft Universe. But he also inspired things Batman and Southpark. He is an inspiration in music as well as games. The “Old gods” in the MMORPG World of Warcraft are influenced by his work. There even is a cult that believes Lovecraft’s tales to be true and wait for the Great Old Ones to rise again.

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