cover image The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham

Edited by Leslie S. Klinger. Liveright, $39.95 (512p) ISBN 978-1-63149-263-1

Klinger complements 2014’s The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft with another insightful volume focusing on Lovecraft’s most significant non–Cthulhu Mythos stories, such as The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and The Doom That Came to Sarnath. As always, Klinger’s treatment of the material allows readers to form their own opinions of the works’ deeper meanings, approaching the tales “as thrilling entertainment” rather than applying “psychoanalytic or deconstructive techniques.” Klinger enriches the reader’s appreciation with his explanations. For example, the haunting “The Music of Erich Zann” features a mute viol player who uses his music to try to fend off an ominous threat; Klinger explains what a viol is and explores whether that instrument could produce the sounds attributed to it by the unnamed narrator. The volume is enhanced by a thought-provoking introduction from African-American novelist Victor LaValle (The Changeling), who tackles the dilemma of enjoying Lovecraft’s work and appreciating his place in the canon while acknowledging his racism. Lovecraft scholars and fans will find this work enjoyable and educational. (Sept.)