A Commonplace Book of the Weird: The Untold Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

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E-Books A Commonplace Book of the Weird: The Untold Stories of H.P. Lovecraft The idea behind this anthology was fun - the authors who agreed to the project were given a randomized prompt from a list of unused (supposedly) Lovecraft story ideas. And looking at the list at the back of the book, it seems likely that the list was genuine, although a couple of them I recognized as actually used Lovecraft ideas - The Cats of Ulthar (which, granted, was never completed), Pickman's Model, and The Tomb, off the top of my head.**Went back and looked up the descriptions that had sparked my memory. I take my Lovecraft seriously.28. The Cats of Ulthar. The cat is the soul of antique Ægyptus and bearer of tales from forgotten cities of Meroë and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle's lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten.132. Mad artist in ancient sinister house draws things. What were his models? Glimpse.165. Terrible trip to an ancient and forgotten tomb.I was (and still am) a huge Lovecraft fan, and I needed something to try to shake me out of this Welcome to Night Vale hangover I've had since marathoning every single current episode, so I picked this up.The collection itself is about what you'd expect of any anthology - I enjoyed some of the stories more than others. Some stories tried harder to stick to the spirit of Lovecraftian writing, while others just took their premise and ran with it.I'll admit, I was most interested in Cranor and Fink's stories. And they were, indeed, the two stories I enjoyed most in the collection. But as I read them, it hit me - I could hear pieces of Night Vale through their respective stories.Cranor's "The Man from Providence" read like a typical Night Vale ad. (I kept hearing the Home Depot commercial from The Sandstorm in my head as I read it.) Plate.Black.Light.Plate.Plate. Plate.Plate. Plate.Plate.Black.Turned over, it's okay. We're all plural. Plural as water. As deer. As mice.Fink's "Relative Damnation", meanwhile, had parts that smacked of Night Vale politician speech."How was the trip, Dad?""It was, ah. Let's say I know how to make a deal.""What did the deal make you this time, Dad? Ten thousand? Twenty thousand?""The deal. Well. Hm."Father drank his bowl in three quick gulps. It clattered back onto the table and he wiped his face with the back of his hand. Mother glared at him. Red droplets landed in the empty bowl, a puddle of blood and milk and oatmeal."The deal made sense."The realization that their respective voices were so clear was almost jarring. But jarring in a good way.I also particularly enjoyed ▋▋▋▋▋▋▋▋ ▋▋▋▋▋. Which is the actual name of the story, and not just me censoring it. ▋▋▋▋▋▋▋▋ ▋▋▋▋▋ reminded me very much of "In the Walls of Eryx", which Lovecraft co-wrote with Kenneth J. Sterling.Altogether, it was an enjoyable way to pass the morning. Lovecraft fans will probably get more out of this book than just Welcome to Night Vale fans, although it could certainly appeal to both demographics.(Also, am I the only one who sat stumped at the intro, trying to figure out if this was the real Joseph Fink, or one of his many imposters? - I admit, I probably got more amusement out of that then I should have...)Finally, I'm just going to...leave this unused story idea here. Hidden behind spoilers.Why?No reason. It certainly has nothing to do with any particular theories I might be spewing...(view spoiler)[177. The dreams of one man actually create a strange half-mad world of quasi-material substance in another dimension. Another man, also a dreamer, blunders into this world in a dream. What he finds. Intelligence of denizens. Their dependence on the first dreamer. What happens at his death. (hide spoiler)]. A Commonplace Book of the Weird: The Untold Stories of H.P. Lovecraft am Books Upon his untimely death, H.P Lovecraft, the early twentieth century master of weird fiction , left behind descriptions of 221 unwritten stories Some were only a few ambiguous words long, others were complete plot outlines, and all of them died with their author Now, 70 years later, writers from all over the country have come together to bring these untold stories to liUpon his untimely death, H.P Lovecraft, the early twentieth century master of weird fiction , left behind descriptions of 221 unwritten stories Some were only a few ambiguous words long, others were complete plot outlines, and all of them died with their author Now, 70 years later, writers from all over the country have come together to bring these untold stories to life The only requirement for the writers to create a piece that fulfilled every part of Lovecraft s original vision The results are as varied as the artists behind them Inside this book waits horror, science fiction, comedy, memoir, experimental text art, and one extremely short novel Some of these stories will take away your worries Others will take away your sleep And a few will take you to another world, a world where weird fiction still lives, and the way home may prove difficult to find indeed.. Joseph created and co writes WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE He is a writer and editor, and the co owner of Commonplace Books Awhile back he moved from California to Brooklyn Subsequently, events unfolded.Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.. Popular Books A Commonplace Book of the Weird: The Untold Stories of H.P. Lovecraft As mixed a bag as a bag can be. The Joseph Fink novella which ends the collection is excellent and there are a couple that are pretty good. The rest are either bad or entirely forgettable.
A Commonplace Book Alec Guiness When Sir Alec Guinness died in August at the age of , he left behind two exercise books filled with entries in his small, beautiful handwriting, together with a typed up Introduction that suggests he planned to have the books published or broadcast in some way Together they make up this commonplace book. How And Why To Keep A Commonplace Book Thought Catalog A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or What Is A Commonplace Book Why You Need One Oct , Commonplacing or having a commonplace book is characterized by having a book where you write collect information In other words, it is a way to compile knowledge The premise is having a central repository for ideas, anecdotes, quotes, observations, facts, and information that you come across in life. A Brief Guide to Keeping a Commonplace Book Notebook of Apr , A commonplace book contains a collection of significant or well known passages that have been copied and organized in some way, often under topical or thematic headings, in order to serve as a memory aid or reference for the compiler Harvard University Libraries. How to Keep a Commonplace Book Benefits of A commonplace book is a system for writing down and sorting all manner of tidbits quotes, anecdotes, observations, and information gleaned from books, conversations, movies, song lyrics, social posts, podcasts, life experiences, or anything else that you might want to return to later. How to Keep a Commonplace Book with Notion Sam Thomas Jun , A commonplace book, if you re unfamiliar, is a notebook, digital or otherwise, that you fill with information like ideas from books, notes from courses, thought provoking quotes, and Holiday s commonplace book, comprising thousands of hand written note cards, inspired me to get creative and create one of my own, only digitally.

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  1. As mixed a bag as a bag can be The Joseph Fink novella which ends the collection is excellent and there are a couple that are pretty good The rest are either bad or entirely forgettable.


  2. The idea behind this anthology was fun the authors who agreed to the project were given a randomized prompt from a list of unused supposedly Lovecraft story ideas And looking at the list at the back of the book, it seems likely that the list was genuine, although a couple of them I recognized as actually used Lovecraft ideas The Cats of Ulthar which, granted, was never completed , Pickman s Model, and The Tomb, off the top of my head Went back and looked up the descriptions that had sparked my m [...]


  3. As most people will tell you this collection is hit and miss But the hits are memorable enough for me to call this a good collection of stories.Joseph Fink s novella Relative Damnation is the clear standout in my opinion, which should not be a surprise, given the writing talent he s already demonstrated in the Night Vale podcasts and also the fact that he had space to develop a story than any of the other writers But Levittown 36 Disintegration by Mark Farr stands out as the most Lovecraftian s [...]


  4. An interesting collection of tales based on a list of story ideas written by HP Lovecraft over several years Only a handful are fleshed out and several were used by Lovecraft himself the list is at the back of this book, each numbered and giving a few words up to several paragraphs of idea plot.These definitely had the lovecraft taint, though some include subject matter never found in his works in life I would recommend this for any fan of Lovecraftian literature.It certainly whets my appetite f [...]


  5. I wanted to love this book I m already a devoted listener of Welcome to Night Vale and this book is promoted at the end of every episode The premise is that each person received an unused idea from HP Lovecraft he left a list and wrote a story based on it Unfortunately, the majority of the stories are surrealistic, overly styled, and reminded me of a college literary magazine.There are a couple of scary gems in the dross, including Fink s own story, which is the last in the collection, but overa [...]


  6. After a while, I d throw it out, whatever it was, because it s importance why I kept it around, why I tried to preserve it was lost to me This book was between 3.5 and 4 stars for me The premise is fascinating taking H.P Lovecraft prompts and writing stories based on however the writer interprets it Some stories are better than others and there s a wide range of prompts and styles I think my biggest issue is that it could be longer, or some of the stories could be But overall it s a great collec [...]


  7. This is not a perfect book, even as such collections go The four star rating is for a few reasons, mostly because I think the best stories in it deserve it I also believe that most people that enjoy weird fiction will come away with at least a few gems, though what those gems are will vary and it may require some effort to get through the rest Finally, while I did not give much weight to this, the concept is ambitious, and the fact that the ideas supposedly listed by Lovecraft and regardless of [...]


  8. Bookriot Read Harder Challenge 2015 Task 4, published by an indie pressWhy I chose this book been in the TBR pile ages, plus I LOVE Welcome To Night Vale and the Mythos, so it s a great way to support Commonplace Books WNTV since I already have a t shirt.On Reading Well I do struggle with short stories in general, they are not my favourite style So I knew I would have some issues from the outset There are some first class tales in here Joseph Fink s is particularly good but tbh these were just n [...]


  9. It is sad that so few of these stories are worth reading, and that because of the chaff I cannot in good conscious recommend the collection just to get to the gems What I will say is that the final entry, a short novel by Joseph Fink, is very good indeed and if there is some other way to read it I would definitely recommend doing so.


  10. Some are much much better than others but the ones that are good are really good Unfortunately, the best one is the first one so it really raises the bar But that s my preference, your mileage may vary.


  11. as with all short story collections, the stories vary in quality, but here the quality is better than most the contributors clearly put a lot of effort into their offerings, and always in the spirit of the Weird, slyly tipping their hats to Lovecraft, which I loved.


  12. Great concept Some of the stories I dis not get, but there were a few good ones too The list of Lovecraft s ideas at the end of the book is something fantastic.




  13. The stories were somewhat less creepy than I had imagined but they were indeed exciting and strange nonetheless Jeffery Cranors story may be my favorite in this collection of stories and poems



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