Finally completed an anthology by H.P. Lovecraft, The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft. Since it contained the short novel At the Mountains of Madness it takes one more off my 1001 books list. I also got to read "The Rats in the Walls", "The Dunwich Horror", and "The Colour Out of Space". It also has a shitload of extremely irritating footnotes. I had heard Lovecraft was dense, self-referential, obscure, so I thought an annotated grouping of stories would be a good way to understand what I read. I mean, I don't need to know what the Salem Witch trials were, or that glass is made of silicon, or what a chemical spectrum is. I don't need to be given the definition of every slightly archaic word. I am so happy that my vocabulary is as extensive as it is and equally glad that all the books i read as a child didn't have these definitions littering most pages. I mean, one of the footnotes said literally "physiographers study physiography". That is not the kind of annotation i needed. I give the edition a 2.
However, weirdness of my edition aside, I really liked the stories. I can completely see why these have been touchstones for every person interested in weird fiction in the last 80 years. I actually think i liked "The Colour Out of Space" the best. It actually reminded me a bit of one of the stories in the original Creepshow, the one where Stephen King plays a country yokel who ends up covered in green moss from outer space. "Rats in the Walls" was also creepy weird. The stories get a 6 from me!