What's the best order to read HP Lovecraft's novels?

  • I've always been interested in the Cthulhu mythos and I wanted to get into HP Lovecraft's books. What is the best book to start with? I know that Cthulhu was first mentioned in Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu in 1928. Is that the best book to start with? Should I just start reading Lovecraft's books from his first publication onward?

    Up-voting because there way too little discussion of H.P. here. :)

    I don't know about the best order to read them in, but from personal experience, the best way to read them is all by yourself in a very old and creaky house by candle light on stormy moonless light. ;-)

    @Zeke and if you can do it in an old abandoned sanatarium its even better.

  • HP Lovecraft only wrote 1 or 2 novels, most of his works are short stories and novellas. I believe Lovecraft wrote in this manner because he used to write for the pulp magazines of the time (early 20th century).

    As far as the order, I don't know that there is a particular order because the stories often have little to do with one another (other than featuring insanity, profound horror, and usually a timeless unstoppable evil entity). Though there are some references to the same dark gods and New England locations in some stories. The Necronomicon is a collection of most of his best stories, that's not a bad place to start. I could recommend some good stories, but not a particular order that would have any relevance.

    Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: Commemorative Edition

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    Nice. Another "fake" edition of a book that doesn't exist (or so THEY would have you believe)

    To be picky, three novels, not particularly connected. "Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" was a dreamland book, although one of the darker ones. "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" isn't particularly tied into the Cthulhu stories, except by the mention of Yog-Sothoth and the atmosphere of horror. "At the Mountains of Madness" is firmly in the Cthulhu mythos.

    @David Thornley - "At the Mountains of Madness" is technically a novella rather than a novel.

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