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 and others (edited by August Derleth)
Cover artist Richard Taylor
Country United States
Language English
Genre fantasy, horror, Essays, Memoir
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
1959
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xiv, 313 pp

The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces is an anthology 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 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 some copies (possibly a few dozen) with 'board' covers made of less sturdy covers made of a softer material and without the dustjacket. These may constitute a variant state of the volume.

Film[edit]

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

Contents[edit]

The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces contains the following pieces:

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

Reception[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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