International Standard Book Number
The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, the method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering created in 1966, the 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure, this can be rectified later. Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number, identifies periodical publications such as magazines, the ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 in the United Kingdom by David Whitaker and in 1968 in the US by Emery Koltay.
The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108, the United Kingdom continued to use the 9-digit SBN code until 1974. The ISO on-line facility only refers back to 1978, an SBN may be converted to an ISBN by prefixing the digit 0. For example, the edition of Mr. J. G. Reeder Returns, published by Hodder in 1965, has SBN340013818 -340 indicating the publisher,01381 their serial number. This can be converted to ISBN 0-340-01381-8, the check digit does not need to be re-calculated, since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland European Article Number EAN-13s. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an ebook, a paperback, and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, a 13-digit ISBN can be separated into its parts, and when this is done it is customary to separate the parts with hyphens or spaces.
Separating the parts of a 10-digit ISBN is done with either hyphens or spaces, figuring out how to correctly separate a given ISBN number is complicated, because most of the parts do not use a fixed number of digits. ISBN issuance is country-specific, in that ISBNs are issued by the ISBN registration agency that is responsible for country or territory regardless of the publication language. Some ISBN registration agencies are based in national libraries or within ministries of culture, in other cases, the ISBN registration service is provided by organisations such as bibliographic data providers that are not government funded. In Canada, ISBNs are issued at no cost with the purpose of encouraging Canadian culture. In the United Kingdom, United States, and some countries, where the service is provided by non-government-funded organisations. Australia, ISBNs are issued by the library services agency Thorpe-Bowker
H. P. Lovecraft
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in magazines before he died in poverty. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life, among his most celebrated tales are The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow over Innsmouth, both canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor and he saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in straitened circumstances in his last years, an inheritance was completely spent by the time that he died at age 46. Lovecraft was born on August 20,1890 in his home at 194 Angell Street in Providence. Both of his parents were of entirely English ancestry, and most of his ancestors had been in New England since the colonial period and his great-grandfather Joseph Lovecraft Jr.
emigrated to Rochester, New York from Devon, England in 1831. Lovecraft maintained throughout his life that his father died in a condition of paralysis brought on by nervous exhaustion. It has been suggested that his fathers mental illness may have been caused by syphilis, all five resided together in the family home. Lovecraft was a prodigy, reciting poetry at the age of three and writing complete poems by six. His grandfather encouraged his reading, providing him with such as One Thousand and One Nights, Thomas Bulfinchs Age of Fable, and childrens versions of the Iliad. His grandfather stirred the boys interest in the weird by telling him his own tales of gothic horror. Lovecraft was frequently ill as a child, and he attended school until he was eight years old because of his sickly condition. He read voraciously during this period and became enamored of chemistry. He produced several hectographed publications with a circulation, beginning in 1899 with The Scientific Gazette. Four years later, he returned to school at Hope High School.
Beginning in his life, Lovecraft is believed to have suffered from sleep paralysis. Much of his work is thought to have been directly inspired by these terrors
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is a short novel by H. P. Lovecraft, written in early 1927, but not published during the authors lifetime. It is included in the Library of America volume of Lovecrafts work, the novel, set in 1928, describes how Charles Dexter Ward becomes obsessed with his distant ancestor, Joseph Curwen, an alleged wizard with unsavory habits. Ward physically resembles Curwen, and attempts to duplicate his ancestors Qabalistic and he eventually uses this knowledge to physically resurrect Curwen. Wards doctor, Marinus Bicknell Willett, investigates Wards activities and is horrified by what he finds, in August 1925, Lovecrafts Aunt Lillian sent him an anecdote about the house at 140 Prospect Street in Providence. Lovecraft wrote back, So the Halsey house is haunted, thats where Wild Tom Halsey kept live terrapins in the cellar--maybe its their ghosts. Anyway, its a magnificent old mansion, & a credit to a magnificent old town, Lovecraft would make this house—renumbered as 100 Prospect—the basis for the Ward house.
A possible literary model is Walter de la Mares novel The Return, which Lovecraft read in mid-1926. He describes it in his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature as a tale in which We see the soul of a man reach out of its grave of two centuries and fasten itself on the flesh of the living. Another proposed literary source is M. R. James short story Count Magnus, praised in Supernatural Horror in Literature, the germ of inspiration came from Lovecraft reading Cotton Mather and running across a quote from Borellus. Borellus is Petrus Borellus aka Dr Pierre Borel, a well-known French doctor, the quote refers to old experiments of the alchemists in creating life/rebirth from death using essential salts. Charles Dexter Ward is a man from a prominent Rhode Island family who has disappeared from a mental asylum. He had been incarcerated during a period of insanity, during which he exhibited minor. His empty cell is found to be very dusty, the bulk of the story concerns the investigation conducted by the Wards family doctor, Marinus Bicknell Willett, in an attempt to discover the reason for Wards madness and physiological changes.
Willett learns that Ward had spent the past several years attempting to discover the grave of his ill-reputed ancestor, a raid on Curwens farm was remarkable for the shouted incantations, lights and some not-quite-human figures shot down by the raiders. The raiders swore any witnesses to strict secrecy about what they may have seen or heard, Willett finds that Curwen, who resembles Charles enough to pass for him, has murdered and replaced his modern descendant and resumed his evil activities. Although Curwen convinces onlookers that he is Charles, his mindset and behaviour lead authorities to certify him insane. While Curwen is locked up, Willetts investigation leads him to a bungalow in Pawtuxet Village, which Ward had purchased while under the influence of Curwen. The house is on the site of the old farm which was Curwens headquarters for his nefarious doings, beneath is a vast catacomb that the wizard had built as a lair during his previous lifetime
Horror is a genre of fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, disgust, or startle their readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Literary historian J. A. Cuddon has defined the horror story as a piece of fiction in prose of variable length, which shocks or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing. It creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere, Horror is frequently supernatural, though it can be non-supernatural. Often the central menace of a work of fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society. The genre of horror has ancient origins with roots in folklore and religious traditions, focusing on death, the afterlife, the demonic and these were manifested in stories of beings such as witches, vampires and ghosts. 18th century Gothic horror drew on these sources with the seminal and controversial The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole and this marked the first incorporated elements of the supernatural instead of pure realism.
In fact, the first edition was published disguised as a medieval romance from Italy discovered and republished by a fictitious translator. Once revealed as contemporary, many found it anachronistic, reactionary, or simply in poor taste — but it proved to be immediately popular. That first novel of Gothic horror inspired such works as Vathek by William Beckford, A Sicilian Romance, The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Italian by Ann Radcliffe and The Monk by Matthew Lewis. A significant amount of fiction of this era was written by women and marketed at a female audience. The Gothic tradition blossomed into the modern readers call horror literature in the 19th century. Each of these novels and novellas created an icon of horror seen in modern re-imaginings on the stage. The proliferation of periodicals, as early as the turn of the century. One writer who specialized in fiction for mainstream pulps such as All-Story Magazine was Tod Robbins, whose fiction dealt with themes of madness. Later, specialist publications emerged to give horror writers an outlet, including Weird Tales, influential horror writers of the early 20th century made inroads in these mediums.
Early cinema was inspired by aspects of horror literature, and early horror cinema started a strong tradition of horror films. This imagery made these comics controversial, and as a consequence they were frequently censored, many modern novels claim an early description of the living dead in a precursor to the modern zombie tale, including Dennis Wheatleys Strange Conflict, H. P. Lovecraft stories such as Cool Air, In The Vault, richard Mathesons novel I Am Legend would influence an entire genre of apocalyptic zombie fiction emblematic of the films of George A. Romero
The Cats of Ulthar
The Cats of Ulthar is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in June 1920. In the tale, an unnamed narrator relates the story of how a law forbidding the killing of cats came to be in a town called Ulthar, as the narrative goes, the city is home to an old couple who enjoy capturing and killing the townspeoples cats. When a caravan of wanderers passes through the city, the kitten of an orphan traveling with the band disappears, upon hearing of the couples violent acts towards cats, Menes invokes a prayer before leaving town that causes the local felines to swarm the cat-killers house and devour them. Upon witnessing the result, the local politicians pass a law forbidding the killing of cats, influenced by Lord Dunsany, the tale was a personal favorite of Lovecrafts and has remained popular since his death. Considered one of the best short stories of Lovecrafts early period, aspects of The Cats of Ulthar would be referenced again in the authors works The Other Gods and it was first published in the literary journal Tryout in November 1920 and now resides in the public domain.
An unnamed narrator, while gazing upon his pet cat, begins to reminisce about a law in the town of Ulthar which forbids the killing of cats and relates the story of how this law came to be. The tale begins with the introduction of an old cotter and his wife who delight in trapping, the people of the town are too afraid of the couple to speak against these acts, so they instead focus their efforts on keeping their felines from approaching the cotters house. One night a caravan of travelers from a distant land arrives and passes through the village and they bring with them an orphan named Menes who, having lost his family to a plague, has only a small, black kitten to keep him company. After being unable to find his kitten on the day of his stay, Menes hears the stories of the old cotter and his wife. Menes spends time meditating prior to unleashing a prayer that affects the shapes, the caravan leaves Ulthar that night, shortly before the townspeople notice that all of their cats have gone missing.
The townspeople suspect both the old couple and the wanderers, but the innkeepers son Atal witnesses the felines circling the property of the cotter, the next morning, the cats have returned to their owners well-fed, but the cotter and his wife have vanished. When the townspeople explore their abandoned house, they discovered nothing more than two skeletons that have been picked clean, the local burgesses, after reviewing the evidence and stories of the townspeople, decide to pass a law that forbids the killing of cats in Ulthar. Lovecraft outlined the plot to his friend Rheinhart Kleiner in May 1920 and wrote The Cats of Ulthar on June 15,1920, five months after completing his previous tale, The Terrible Old Man. Conceived during the early period, Lovecraft was influenced by the writing of Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany. Among the literary aspects that Lovecraft borrows are the vengeance motif, Dunsanys influence is evident on the surface of the text as well, similar to the ones portrayed in The Cats of Ulthar, appear in Dunsanys earlier tale Idle Days on the Yann.
Lovecraft’s character of Menes shares his name with Menes, the founder of the ancient city of Memphis. The ancient Egyptians were admirers of cats who made it a crime to kill or export felines. Prior to The Cats of Ulthar, Lovecraft had penned several tales in the style of Lord Dunsany, including The White Ship, The Street, The Doom that Came to Sarnath, The Terrible Old Man, and The Tree
On 6 August 2016, the project completed project number 10,000. Most releases are in the English language, but many works are available. There are multiple affiliated projects that are providing additional content, LibriVox is closely affiliated with Project Gutenberg from where the project gets some of its texts, and the Internet Archive that hosts their offerings. LibriVox was started in August 2005 by Montreal-based writer Hugh McGuire, who set up a blog, the first recorded book was The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. LibriVox is an invented word inspired by Latin words liber in its genitive form libri and vox, the word was coined because of other connotations as liber means child and free, unrestricted. As the LibriVox forum says it, We like to think LibriVox might be interpreted as child of the voice, the other link we like is library so you could imagine it to mean Library of Voice. There has been no decision or consensus by LibriVox founders or the community of volunteers for a single pronunciation of LibriVox and it is accepted that any audible pronunciation is accurate.
LibriVox is a volunteer-run, free content, Public Domain project and it has no budget or legal personality. The development of projects is managed through an Internet forum, supported by an admin team, in early 2010, LibriVox ran a fundraising drive to raise $20,000 to cover hosting costs for the website of about $5, 000/year and improve front- and backend usability. Volunteers can choose new projects to start, either recording on their own or inviting others to join them, once a volunteer has recorded his or her contribution, it is uploaded to the site, and proof-listened by members of the LibriVox community. Finished audiobooks are available from the LibriVox website, and MP3, recordings are available through other means, such as iTunes, being free of copyright, they are frequently distributed independently of LibriVox on the Internet and otherwise. LibriVox only records material that is in the domain in the United States. Because of copyright restrictions, LibriVox produces recordings of only a number of contemporary books.
These have included, for example, the 9/11 Commission Report and it contains much popular classic fiction, but includes less predictable texts, such as Immanuel Kants Critique of Pure Reason and a recording of the first 500 digits of pi. The collection features poetry, religious texts and non-fiction of various kinds, in January 2009, the catalogue contained approximately 55 percent fiction and drama,25 percent non-fiction and 20 percent poetry. By the end of 2016, the most viewed item was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in a 2006 solo recording by John Greenman, around 90 percent of the catalogue is recorded in English, but recordings exist in 31 languages altogether. Chinese and German are the most popular languages other than English amongst volunteers, LibriVox has garnered significant interest, in particular from those interested in the promotion of volunteer-led content and alternative approaches to copyright ownership on the Internet. It has received support from the Internet Archive and Project Gutenberg, intellectual freedom and commons proponent Mike Linksvayer described it in 2008 as perhaps the most interesting collaborative culture project this side of Wikipedia
The Outsider (short story)
The Outsider is a short story by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written between March and August 1921, it was first published in Weird Tales, April 1926, in this work, a mysterious man who has been living alone in a castle for as long as he can remember decides to break free in search of human contact and light. The Outsider is one of Lovecrafts most commonly reprinted works and is one of the most popular stories ever to be published in Weird Tales. The Outsider combines horror and gothic fiction to create a story, containing themes of loneliness, the abhuman. Its motto is from John Keats 1819 poem The Eve of St. Agnes, the opening paragraphs echo those of Poes Berenice, while the horror at the party recalls the unmasking scene in The Masque of the Red Death. The monster looks in a pool of water and sees his reflection for the first time. Colin Wilson, in The Strength to Dream, points to Oscar Wildes short story The Birthday of the Infanta, in which a misshapen dwarf is horrified to see his reflection for the first time.
The Outsider is written in a narrative style, and details the miserable and apparently lonely life of an individual. The story begins, with the narrator explaining his origins and his memory of others is vague, and he cannot seem to recall any details of his personal history, including who he is or where he is originally from. The narrator tells of his environment, a dark, decaying castle amid an endless forest of high and he has never seen natural light, nor another human being, and he has never ventured from the prison-like home he now inhabits. The only knowledge the narrator has of the world, is from his reading of the antique books that line the walls of his castle. The narrator tells of his determination to free himself, from what he views as an existence within a prison. He decides to climb the staircase of the high castle tower which seems to be his only hope for an escape. Amazingly, he finds himself not at the height he anticipated. With the sight of the moon before him, he proclaims.
Overcome with the emotion he feels in beholding what—until now—he had only read about and he realizes that he is in an old churchyard, and he wanders out into the countryside before eventually coming upon another castle. Upon visiting the castle, which he finds maddeningly familiar, the narrator sees a gathering of people at a party within, longing for some type of human contact, he climbs through a window into the room. Upon his entering, the people inside become terrified and they scream and collectively flee from the room, many stumbling blindly with their hands held over their eyes toward the walls in search of an exit
The Tree (short story)
The Tree is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in 1920 and first published in October 1921. This story came early in Lovecrafts writing career, and is considered to be within his Macabre phase. The Tree was first published in The Tryout,7, No.7, the Tree is told in past tense, in third person objective. The location of the story is Mount Maenalus, in Arcadia, the story opens with a vivid description of the olive grove, and a fearful, human-like olive tree within it. The story recounts a story from centuries ago, recalling the famous sculptors Kalos and Musides, one day, the Tyrant of Syracuse invited Kalos and Musides to compete in the creation of a wonder of nations and a goal of travelers. While working on their sculptures, Kalos fell ill, much to the dismay of Musides, Musides proposed to erect an elaborate marble tomb for his friend, while Kalos asked only for the planting of olive twigs near his head. After the death of Kalos, Musides buried the olive twigs, over time, Musides felt haunted by the gnarled olive tree that grew over Kalos grave.
The trees roots grew as if nourished by the sculpture of Kalos. The night before the statue was to be taken to the Tyrant of Syracuse, with the fall of that one overhanging branch, both Musides and his statue were gone forever. S. T. Joshi wrote that the tale may be a trifle obvious, Lovecraft himself dismissed The Tree in a 1936 letter, writing that the story, along with several others if typed on good stock make excellent shelf-paper, but little else. Works related to The Tree at Wikisource The Tree public domain audiobook at LibriVox
H. P. Lovecraft bibliography
This is a complete list of works by H. P. Lovecraft. For other sections, dates are the time of composition, not publication, many of these works can be found on Wikisource. This was published in Amazing Stories under the name P. H. Lovering, a variety of evidence, including statistical analysis of the writing structure, has been put forward to suggest that Lovecraft was not the author. The Alchemist The Beast in the Cave The Haunted House John, poemata Minora, Volume II Ode to Selene or Diana To the Old Pagan Religion On the Ruin of Rome To Pan On the Vanity of Human Ambition C. S. A. R. Kleiner, Laureatus, in Heliconem Temperance Song Lines on Gen. Robert Edward Lee Content My Lost Love The Beauties of Peace The Smile Epitaph on ye Letterr Rrr, Lines on Graduation from the R. I. Hospitals School of Nurses Fact and Fancy The Nymphs Reply to the Modern Business Man Pacifist War Song—1917 Percival Lowell To Mr. Hoag To M. W. M, on Receipt of the Christmas Pippin The Conscript Greetings Theodore Roosevelt To Maj.
-Gen. Revelation April Dawn Amissa Minerva Damon, A Monody Hylas and Myrrha, A Tale North and South Britons To the A. H. S. P. C. On Receipt of the May Pippin Helene Hoffman Cole, 1893-1919 John Oldham, A Defence Myrrha,17,1920 Christmas To Alfred Galpin, Esq. Plaster-All To Zara To Damon Waste Paper To Rheinhart Kleiner, Esq,25,1925 Festival To Jonathan Hoag Halloween in a Suburb In Memoriam, Oscar Incoul Verelst of Manhattan, 1920-1926 The Return Εις Σφιγγην Hedone To Miss Beryl Hoyt To Jonathan E. Hoag, Esq. The Absent Leader Ave atque Vale To a Sophisticated Young Gentleman The Wood An Epistle to the Rt, Lines upon the Magnates of the Pulp The Outpost The Ancient Track The Messenger The East India Brick Row The Fungi From Yuggoth I. Continuity Veteropinguis Redivivus To a Young Poet in Dunedin FUNGI from YUGGOTH,6. Nyarlathotep and 7, Verses printed in Jan.1931 WEIRD TALES. To The Scribblers Verses Designed to Be Sent by a Friend of the Author to His Brother-in-Law on New Years Day To Eugene B, to Laurie A.
Sawyer To Sonia H. Greene To Rheinhart Kleiner To Felis To Annie E. P. Consolidations Autopsy Consolidations Autopsy The Amateur Press The Morris Faction For President – Leo Fritter Introducing Mr. James T. Miniter – Estimates and Other Macabre Tales, S. T. Joshi,1987. The Dunwich Horror and Others, S. T. Joshi,1984, the Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions, S. T. Lovecraft First Published in Weird Tales in 1927 From Barnes & Noble, The Complete Fiction From Classic CD Books, Early Horror Works More Early Horror Works From Donald M. Grant, Inc. To Quebec and the Stars From Ecco Press, Tales of H. P, Lovecraft From Gollancz, The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft, Commemorative Edition ISBN 978-0-575-08156-7 Cased, 978-0-575081-574 Export trade paperback and this 2013 revised edition supersedes the 2001 edition from Night Shade Books, with around twelve additional poems or fragments included. Lovecraft, Volume 1 Medusas Coil and Others, The Annotated Revisions and Collaborations of H. P, Volume 2 Interactive for iPad, The Call of Cthulhu
The Shunned House
The Shunned House is a novelette by H. P. Lovecraft in the horror fiction genre. Written on October 16–19,1924, it was first published in the October 1937 issue of Weird Tales, but it was another house in Elizabeth, New Jersey that actually provoked Lovecraft to write the story. It reminded me of the Babbit House in Benefit Street, its image came up again with renewed vividness, finally causing me to write a new horror story with its scene in Providence and with the Babbit House as its basis. For many years, the protagonist and his uncle, Dr. Elihu Whipple, have nurtured a fascination with an old abandoned house on Benefit Street. Dr. Whipple has made extensive records tracking the mysterious, yet apparently, coincidental sickness and they are puzzled by the strange weeds growing in the yard, as well as the unexplained foul smell, and whitish phosphorescent fungi growing in the cellar. They set up cots and chairs in the cellar, arm themselves with military flamethrowers, and outfit a modified Crookes tube in the hopes of destroying any supernatural presence they might find.
When Dr. Whipple naps, while his nephew keeps watch, he begins tossing and turning and he tells the protagonist he had strange visions of lying in an open pit, inside a house with constantly shifting features, while faces stared down at him. Many of the faces were those of the Harris family, whose members died in the house, when the protagonist sleeps, he is awakened by a horrific scream. He sees a revolting yellowish corpse-light bubbling up from the floor and he finds his uncle transformed into a monster with blackened, decaying features and dripping claws. The protagonist returns the next day to find his equipment intact and he orders a military gas mask, digging tools, and six carboys of sulfuric acid to be delivered to the cellar door of the shunned house. He digs into the floor of the cellar, turning up fungous yellow ooze. Eventually, he uncovers a soft, blue-white, translucent tube, bent in half and he frantically climbs out of the neck-deep hole, and dumps in four barrels of acid, realizing that he had found the elbow of a gigantic monster.
The protagonist faints after emptying the fourth barrel, when he awakens, the protagonist empties the two remaining barrels, to no effect, replaces the dirt, and finds that the strange fungus has turned to harmless ash. He mourns his uncle, but is relieved to be sure that the creature is finally dead. The protagonist records that the house has subsequently been rented to family. Described as a sane, conservative physician of the old school. a bachelor, a white-haired, clean-shaven, old-fashioned gentleman, Peter Cannon writes that Whipple is probably a composite portrait of Lovecrafts two learned uncles-in-law and maternal grandfather, the grandfathers name was Whipple Phillips. A Huguenot from Caude, near Angers, who settled in East Greenwich, Rhode Island in 1686 and moved to Providence in 1696, the Shunned House was built on the site of his familys graveyard. According to the story, The family of Roulet had possessed an abnormal affinity for outer circles of entity — dark spheres which for normal folk hold only repulsion, etienne is said to have been apt. at reading queer books and drawing queer diagrams