Book: Selected Novels by Howard Phillips LovecraftH.P. Lovecraft wrote only three novels among his many short stories and novelettes, and each of them is properly viewed as a short novel. The most ambitious of these is undoubtedly The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, originally written in 1927-28, but not published until 1941, when an abridged version appeared in Weird Tales.
Though his early work was more especially fantastic, influenced by Lord Dunsany, Lovecraft soon turned to themes of 'cosmic terror' and spiritual horror in such remarkable tales as The Colour Out of Space, The Dunwich Horror, The Whisperers in Darkness, and others, among them that unique and memorable horror-tale, The Rats in the Walls, quite possibly the best of its kind written in America since 1900. Soon after his stories began to appear in the magazines, the pattern which became known as the Cthulhu Mythology became evident in his work, deriving its name from The Call of Cthulhu, the first story clearly revealing Lovecraft's design. That the theme of the Cthulhu Mythology had always been in Lovecraft's mind was manifest when he wrote of his work:
"All my stories, unconnected as they may be, are based on the fundamental lore or legend that this world was inhabited at one time by another race who, in practicing black magic, lost their foothold and were expelled, yet live on outside ever ready to take possession of this earth again."
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