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Don
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I am all in on this game but have only read a little bit of Lovecraft's works - what should I read to prepare for the theme? As I understand it all of his stuff is in the public domain so should be free correct?
 
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There is a handy post here : https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/147987/getting-started-cthu...
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Brent Brown
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You can get them here:

http://hplovecraft.com/writings/fiction/

After HPL's death, a lot of half finished stuff was dragged up and published... so don't feel that you need to read everything, unless you really want to be a completest about it. Much of it isn't very good.

For a basic foundation, I'd go with:

The Shadow over Innsmouth
The Call of Cthulhu
At the Mountains of Madness


Personally, I also like:

The Terrible Old Man
The Cats of Ulthar
The Doom That Came to Sarnath


EDIT:
Oh! And if you'd like a HPL podcast, this is a good one. It goes through his fiction in chronological order.

http://hppodcraft.com/

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The Colour out of Space and the Dunwich Horror were always my faves.
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I like The Lurking Fear and The Statement of Randolph Carter myself.
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I'm in the process of reading all Lovecraft's fiction. I also liked The statement of Randolph Carter. The Dunwich Horror is also a good read.

I've just finished The Dreams in the Witch House but didn't like it.
 
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venrondua wrote:
I like The Lurking Fear and The Statement of Randolph Carter myself.


Oh The Lurking Fear... I read kind of young, and it gave me nightmares for weeks.
 
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Not HP himself, but a really, really awesome tribute/based off of/whatever in comic form is Providence by Alan Moore.

It's quick, covers a lot of ground, and if you're interested in any one part you can pursue the basis for it.
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The Dunwich Horror is probably the nearest to an investigation as we are used to gaming them. Not only that, it's not too long, gives a great feel of the mythos and is actually very good.
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Lots of good recommendations so far, but I have to add - do not skip The Music of Erich Zann.
 
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I picked up this title a few years ago in Hardcover. You can find it used for less than a Vente Starbucks if you want to go the more "traditional" (non-digital) route.



This collection of eight classic tales of horror all feature the Lovecraft Country locale, including “Herbert West—Reanimator,” “The Unnamable,” “The Colour Out of Space,” “The Dunwich Horror,” “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” “The Dreams of the Witch House,” The Thing on the Doorstep,” and “The Shadow Out of Time.”

Of course, you can find many other HPL works digitally as well. Enjoy the journey!
 
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Do not read at the mountains of madness till you've read most of his other works
It explains took much of the lore so everything is left less mysterious

Among the recommendations, music of zshn, dunwitch horror, call of cthulhu,dagon, color or of space should be read first
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"The Dunwich Horror," much mentioned here, is actually something of an outlier relative to Lovecraft's stories, for its more "good-vs-evil" approach. BUT it is perfectly paradigmatic for the Arkham Horror gaming universe. I'd say read this one first! Other good, central stories in the larger "Arkham Mythos" include:

"The Whisperer in Darkness,"
"The Shadow over Innsmouth,"
"The Thing on the Doorstep,"
"Dreams in the Witch-House,"
and of course, "The Call of Cthulhu."
 
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cloud64 wrote:
The Dunwich Horror is probably the nearest to an investigation as we are used to gaming them. Not only that, it's not too long, gives a great feel of the mythos and is actually very good.


I agree, for me reading Dunwich was the closest to the feeling of playing the Call of Cthulhu rpg of all Lovecraft's work. I'm planning on rereading a bunch before I play AHtCG and Dunwich is at the top of the list.
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Gutrix wrote:
Not HP himself, but a really, really awesome tribute/based off of/whatever in comic form is Providence by Alan Moore.

It's quick, covers a lot of ground, and if you're interested in any one part you can pursue the basis for it.

I was unaware of Providence. Definitely looking into reading this when it's complete. Thanks!
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Providence is amazing in its scope and even someone with a reasonable knowledge of the HPL body of work may miss many of the references, as becomes clear from the wonderful online annotations. Art peerless as well.
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I personally highly recommend you check out this playlist of Lovecraft audio books on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/3uoRM3wbD1D0L...

Yes spotify has audio books on it and if you have a membership you can listen on without any commercials interrupting you and spoiling the mood.
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