The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces

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The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces
Shuttered room.jpg
Jacket illustration by Richard Taylor for The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces
Author H. P. Lovecraft & Divers Hands
Cover artist Richard Taylor
Country United States
Language English
Genre fantasy, horror short stories, essay, memoir
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xiv, 313 pp

The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces is a collection of fantasy, horror short stories, essays and memoirs by American author H. P. Lovecraft and others. It was released in 1959 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,527 copies and was the fifth collection of Lovecraft's work to be released by Arkham House. August Derleth, the owner of Arkham House, and an admirer and literary executor to Lovecraft, edited the collection and wrote the title story, "The Shuttered Room", as well as another story, "The Fisherman of Falcon Point" from some lines of story ideas left by Lovecraft after his death. Derleth billed himself as a "posthumous collaborator".

Although most copies of this volume have the usual Holliston Black Novilex binding used by Arkham House at this period, there are reportedly[weasel words] some copies (possibly[weasel words] a few dozen) with 'board' covers - less sturdy covers made of a softer material and without the dustjacket. These may[weasel words] constitute a variant state of the volume.


A British film titled The Shuttered Room based on the eponymous short story was released in 1967.[1]


The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces contains the following pieces:

  1. "Foreword", by August Derleth
  2. "The Shuttered Room" by H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth
  3. "The Fisherman of Falcon Point" by H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth
  4. Juvenilia and Early Tales by H. P. Lovecraft
    • "The Little Glass Bottle"
    • "The Secret Cave"
    • "The Mystery of the Graveyard"
    • "The Mysterious Ship"
    • "The Alchemist"
    • "Poetry and the Gods"
    • "The Street"
  5. "Old Bugs" by H. P. Lovecraft
  6. "Idealism and Materialism: A Reflection" by H. P. Lovecraft
  7. "The Commonplace Book of H. P. Lovecraft" annotated by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei
  8. "Lovecraft in Providence" by Donald Wandrei
  9. "Lovecraft as Mentor" by August Derleth
  10. "Out of the Ivory Tower" by Robert Bloch
  11. "Three Hours With H. P. Lovecraft" by Dorothy C. Walter
  12. "Memories of a Friendship" by Alfred Galpin
  13. "Homage to H. P. Lovecraft" by Felix Stefanile
  14. "H.P.L." by Clark Ashton Smith
  15. "Lines to H. P. Lovecraft" by Joseph Payne Brennan
  16. "Revenants" by August Derleth
  17. "The Barlow Tributes" by R.H. Barlow
  18. "H. P. Lovecraft: The Books" by Lin Carter
  19. "H. P. Lovecraft: The Gods" by Lin Carter
  20. "Addendum: Some Observations on the Carter Glossary" by T.G.L. Cockcroft
  21. "Notes on the Cthulhu Mythos" by George T. Wetzel
  22. "Lovecraft's First Book" by William L. Crawford
  23. "Dagon" by H. P. Lovecraft
  24. "The Strange High House in the Mist" by H. P. Lovecraft
  25. "The Outsider" by H. P. Lovecraft


Damon Knight reviewed the collection unfavorably, saying of the title story that "the protagonist's continued obtuseness drives the reader to chew paper" and faulting Lovecraft as a writer whose stories "are only endlessly retraced beginnings."[2]


  1. ^ The Shuttered Room at the Internet Movie Database[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "The Tedious Mr. Lovecraft", F&SF, August 1960, pp.100-02
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