Many bibliophiles and fans of horror and fantasy writing believe that the birth of the modern horror story can be traced to the dark visions that sprang from the febrile imagination of H. P. Lovecraft at the beginning of the 20th century. I must confess that after an early sojourn into the works of Lovecraft, I was so creeped-out at the age of 12 that I never read any of his work again until I was an adult. But for me, he will always be the master of the macabre.
This new edition of The Call of Cthulu & Other Weird Stories from The Folio Society combines Lovecraft’s best-known fiction with two contemporary luminaries of the genre, the artist Dan Hillier and author Alan Moore. Along with the new issue there is also available a 750 copy limited edition in a presentation box with a print signed by the artist.
This collection spans Lovecraft’s literary career, his ‘cosmicist’ philosophy and the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lay another reality, too horrible for the human mind to comprehend. His narrators recount their descent into madness and despair. Through their investigations into the unexplained, they reveal the thin line that separates everyday our world from another of pervasive horror.
The Collector’s Edition is bound in cloth blocked with a design by Hillier and is set in Italian Old Style. The 472 pages, with gilt page tops, come in a printed metallic slipcase. The Limited Edition is bound in simulated leather with a title page spread plus 6 black and white illustrations printed with 8 black and gold mandalas on the reverse, hand-marbled endpapers, and colored edges. The magnetic presentation box is covered in blocked cloth and lined in blocked metallic paper. Limited print signed by the artist. Book 10″x 63⁄4“, box 121⁄4″ x 91⁄2″ x 2″. For more information, visit the Folio Society site.