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Book Title: In the Vault|
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The author of the book: H.P. Lovecraft
Edition: Baxter St.
Date of issue: May 17th 2011
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C.H. Smith, editor of the amateur mag Tryout, suggested the idea for this conventional tale of horror: what if a New England undertaker, trapped in the churchyard’s receiving vault (the place where they store the coffins each winter until the ground thaws enough so they can dig the graves), attempted to escape through an upper window using a pile of his customer’s coffins for a step-stool? Lovecraft took the challenge, and turned the idea into a coldly amusing tale of sharp New England business practices punished by a grisly poetic justice whose reach extends beyond the grave.
This story is not a favorite with the critics, but I must admit I liked it quite a bit. Lovecraft dials back his hyperbolic vocabulary, adjusting it to what is after all a simple, around-the-campfire tale of horror. Besides, the gruesome details here have a disturbing physicality about them, disturbing enough that the story was rejected not only by Weird Tales (in 1925) but by the even more despised pulp publication Ghost Stories (in 1926).
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Read information about the authorHoward Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity. Lovecraft's protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.
Although Lovecraft's readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades. He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.
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