As the title says this is complete work from the classic of horror genre. It is difficult to review a book with 62 different stories in it as they are quite diverse. The general idea in the majority of the stories is the forbidden knowledge. Some of the things are not meant to be known to the mankind, and meddling with them will lead to madness in the best case, or unleashing a great evil in the worst.
Having said that, I need to mention that H.P.Lovecraft was quite diverse in his writings. His novella [b:The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath|722667|The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath|H.P. Lovecraft|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1293312354s/722667.jpg|926162] is pure fantasy in the style of [a:Lord Dunsany|9172|Lord Dunsany|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1207165592p2/9172.jpg] while another novella [b:At the Mountains of Madness|32767|At the Mountains of Madness|H.P. Lovecraft|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388341769s/32767.jpg|17342821] is pure sci-fi which most probably inspired [a:John W. Campbell|5410853|John W. Campbell Jr.|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1333994237p2/5410853.jpg] to write [b:Who Goes There?|6468870|Who Goes There? |John W. Campbell Jr.|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347690698s/6468870.jpg|19210812] which in turn was the base for a horror/sci-fi movie The Thing.
Other than these two novellas - both of which are excellent - I need to mention [b:The Call of Cthulhu|8718597|The Call of Cthulhu|H.P. Lovecraft|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347467848s/8718597.jpg|25692046] as one of the best example of his horror works. Actually, the majority of his work is good, and it is hard to pick up the best examples.
Lovecraft's influence on modern culture cannot be underestimated. He created such commonly used terms as Chtulhu (an entity of unspeakable evil), Necronomicon (a book with dark and forbidden knowledge), Arkham (a mysterious city in New England with dark lore), and countless others. Lovecraft's imagination runs really wild in his writings.
My minor complains would be the following. Lovecraft never
uses dialog in his stories which is kind of unusual for a modern reader; he just gives a review of what was said. His use of vernacular language can be annoying as well; the only one who was able to pull it off successfully was [a:Mark Twain|1244|Mark Twain|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1322103868p2/1244.jpg] in [b:The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn|759102|The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn|Mark Twain|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347745958s/759102.jpg|1835605]. Still its uses are far and between and are not too distracting.
All in all, this is a book from the classic of genre deserving a 5 star rating. Lovecraft's works do not have copyright protection, so this book can be freely downloaded from its GR page.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot: