Dagon, and other Macabre Tales

LOVECRAFT, H.P. Dagon, and other Macabre Tales.

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LOVECRAFT, H.P. Dagon, and other Macabre Tales. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1965.

8vo. Original black cloth, lettered gilt to spine; pp. x, 413; a very good copy, the jacket retaining the bright red colouring to the front and spine (often faded), a little chipping to the top of the dj spine.
First edition of an iconic collection of weird fiction and short stories by H.P. Lovecraft. Some of the short stories here informed the majority of Lovecraft's later work, particularly the eponymous Dagon which introduced the concept of the sea horror and the possibility of its "deep ones" more than a decade before Lovecraft would write the Shadow over Innsmouth - the cultural bedrock on which many Weird Fiction tropes are founded. Other stories include The Horror at Red Hook, The Nameless City and The Doom That Came To Sarnath.
H.P Lovecraft wrote during the early 20th century, and remains an undeniable influence behind modern horror and weird fiction. Dying in poverty before he achieved any significant measure of publishing success, his works were popularized by August Derleth and the Arkham House Press after his death. Almost all popular conceits of Weird Horror can be traced back through Lovecraft in one form or another, including the infamous Cthulhu.