The Friday 56 #146 ~ H.P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Weird Tales

Posted: April 7, 2017 in horror, Short stories and collections, The Friday 56
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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from:

 H.P. Lovecraft’s Favorite Weird Tales

The Roots Of Modern Horror

Edited by Douglas A. Anderson



Genre: Horror / Short Stories

 My 56 from the paperback.

This is from the Novel Of The Black Seal by Arthur Machen

A month is too short a time to feel one’s way in London. London, let me tell you, Miss Lally, does not lie open and undefended; it is a fortified place, fossed and double-moated with curious intricacies.


It’s been some time since I’ve read anything by this author. It’s taking a bit to get back into his style of writing. There are some new authors included in this collection that I’m looking forward to trying too.

Read on if you want to know more.


H.P. Lovecraft’s favorite horror stories, those that inspired and awed him!

In 1929-30, H.P. Lovecraft made some lists of both literary and popular stories “having the greatest amount of truly cosmic horror and macabre convincingness.” These lists of his favorite weird tales make for a truly landmark Lovecraftian anthology. We present Lovecraft’s own favorites horror stories, including some well-known classics, alongside of a number of excellent rare tales by forgotten authors. Many of these stories are classics, inspiring several generations since of the world’s best horror authors. Contributors include Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, Robert W. Chambers, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, M. P. Shiel, A. Merritt, Walter de la Mare, Paul Suter, M. L. Humphreys, H.F. Arnold, Everil Worrell, Arthur J. Burks, and John Martin Leahy. This is the anthology of favorite weird tales that Lovecraft himself hoped to compile!



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  1. Oh I love love love H.P. Lovecraft! Nice choice! x

    Here’s mine:

    • fuonlyknew says:

      It’s funny how I go long periods of time without reading his stuff and then I fall back into it and eat it up:)

  2. I’m a wuss and have no nerve for scary reading. For some reason, scary movies I can do. I’d love for you and your readers to check out mine . . .

  3. I don’t usually read horror….but I definitely enjoyed the language of the excerpt. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  4. Once I get into the rhythm of a book, I can get into most writing styles. It’s no fun for me if I can’t and reading the book becomes a chose. I hope you enjoy this one.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m also reading another author that has a similar style so I’m getting into the swing of it again.

  5. Freda Mans says:

    London is a place on my bucket list!
    The book looks super fun! Happy weekend!

  6. It’s been awhile since I have read a good horror story. The excerpt has peaked my interest. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I adore Lovecraft & it’s been far too long since I’ve read any. This sounds like a great collection to hide under the covers with!

  8. Candid Cover says:

    This sounds really interesting! I think that the concept is is pretty cool. I am in agreement with Karen, I would hide under the covers with this one, too! :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      That brings back memories of hiding under the covers with a book and a flashlight, trying not to get caught staying up past bedtime:)

  9. So, I just checked out Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu from my local library. I was a little peeved that it wasn’t in a compilation of his tales. Anyway hope you enjoy. He’s one of my favs. Enjoy your weekend!

    My Friday 56

  10. Sounds intriguing, hope you enjoy it!

  11. I’ve never heard of this meme but that snippet got my attention! Looks super interesting

    • fuonlyknew says:

      There’s some wonderful authors featured in this collection. A few are new ones for me.

  12. yvonne473 says:

    I never read this author, but you got my interest going with this teaser.

  13. Bev Bouwer says:

    Lovecraft sounds like an author I’d enjoy. Thanks for sharing and for the visit.

  14. Loreen says:

    Lovecraft! I love the creepy stories he writes. Here is my Friday 56: