Book Reviews

Book Review: The Zombie Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

Title: The Zombie Stories of H. P. Lovecraft
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Genre: Horror, Fiction, Sci Fi, Fantasy
Publisher: Dover Publications
Release Date: September 16, 2015
Format: Kindle
Pages: 100
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and other experts on horror fiction deem H. P. Lovecraft the master teller of weird tales. These six chilling stories ― all published between 1921 and 1933 ― offer compelling journeys into the land of the undead.

The collection begins with “The Outsider,” the tale of a recluse whose overwhelming loneliness emboldens him to seek out human contact. Subsequent stories include “Herbert West―Reanimator,” written as a satire of Frankenstein and used as the source for a popular horror film; “In the Vault,” in which an undertaker experiences supernatural revenge; “Cool Air,” an account of a doctor’s fanatical obsession with defying death; and “Pickman’s Model,” focusing on an artist’s gallery of nightmares. “The Thing on the Doorstep” concludes the compilation with the compelling tale of a man whose body is preyed upon by a spirit that refuses to die.

When I think of zombies, I think of undead beings who stagger around, moaning and groaning, and looking to consume human (or non-human) flesh and/or brains. I think Night of the Living Dead, The Walking Dead, etc.. What I don’t think of, are scientific reanimations of corpses, black magic being used to take over others’ bodies, or any of the other things that happened in this book.

H. P. Lovecraft is one of the authors that is considered “must read” for any goth – and being a goth I felt that I must give this a try, at least once. I find that I’m not particularly entranced by H. P. Lovecraft’s writing style, nor am I particularly impressed with what the author and publisher chose to consider zombie stories. These were relatively creepy, but not downright scary and quite frankly, didn’t spark anything past mild interest.

I finished the book for the sake of finishing it as it isn’t a particularly long book. The stories were all right, but not worth more than 3 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.