Review | Collection of short stories | HP Lovecraft

REVIEW: Collection of short stories by HP Lovecraft

I've wanted to read Lovecraft for a long while, and I've wanted to experience the cosmic horror genre.


Suffice to say, the experience was interesting; Lovecraft is the grandfather of cosmic horror and the best place to begin.🌌


Here is a definition for you: 👇

"Lovecraftian horror" and "cosmic horror" interchangeably. Cosmic horror has been characterized as: The "fear and awe we feel when confronted by phenomena beyond our comprehension, whose scope extends beyond the narrow field of human affairs and boasts of cosmic significance".


My thoughts

✅ the writing, vocabulary and style is sublime


✅ the mood, tone and atmosphere slowly build into a perfect crescendo


❌ when read in succession, the stories become a bit of a "one trick pony" (ie. Character encounters a mystery, the horror of the mystery reveals itself, character is driven insane by their encounter with the cosmic unknown)


Rating

As a whole, most of the stories are 5/5⭐ but the same trope across all stories got repetitive after a while!