More Lovecraft!

I’m very pleased to hear from my publisher Liveright/Norton that New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft is doing very well—so well that they’d like me to do a second volume, tentatively titled New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond the Mythos! Although the first volume contained 22 stories, we omitted a number of great tales simply to avoid making the book too expensive. As a result, terrific stories like “The Outsider,” “The Rats in the Walls,” “The Music of Erich Zann,” “The Shunned House,” and the novel Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath had to be left out of volume 1. The second volume will have another 23 stories, including some little-known gems like “Ex Oblivione” as well as all of his other famous tales. The list of stories I plan to include is below. Of course, there will be dozens and dozens of photos and illustrations again, with a little help from my friends (again). I’ll also be working with my friend S. T. Joshi to use the most accurate text possible, based on his brilliant Variorum edition. I hope that eventually Liveright/Norton will put out the two volumes as a boxed set. I’ll let you all know the release date when it’s set, but it surely won’t be before 2017. We’re just finishing up assembling the illustrations and photos for New Annotated Frankenstein for Norton, due out in August 2017.


LIST OF STORIES (in order written)

The Tomb
Transition of Juan Romero
The Doom that Came to Sarnath
Ex Oblivione
The Terrible Old Man
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn
The Cats of Ulthar
The Temple
The Outsider
The Other Gods
The Music of Erich Zann
The Quest of Iranon
The Lurking Fear
The Rats in the Walls
The Shunned House
The Horror at Red Hook
Cool Air
The Strange High House in the Mist
Pickman’s Model
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath


  1. Nathan Carson on January 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Very much looking forward to this, but why no Polaris? 🙁

    • Leslie S. Klinger on January 28, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      It was inadvertently omitted–I was thinking it was in volume 1; in fact, it was, in an early draft!

      • Nathan Carson on January 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

        Fingers crossed. I think it’s a better and more cohesive story than Ex Oblivione or Juan Romero. But maybe that’s just me 🙂

  2. Gaunt on January 28, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    “The rats in the wallS” mis-spelled twice

  3. The joey Zone on February 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    MUCH thanks ahead of time, Sir!
    As you used some Jason Thompson art in the first volume, may I suggest the inclusion of what *I* feel is his finest work ever: THIS map (to run w/the annotations of “Dream Quest”)
    I haven’t talked to him since this past August in Providence but i’m sure he wouldn’t mind 😉

    The joey Zone
    NecronomiCon Providence

  4. Wilum Pugmire on February 7, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    I am SO EXCITED about this, I’ve been spreading ye nameless news all over ye Internet. May we hope to see some of ye Clark Ashton Smith erotic trees illustrations for “The Lurking Fear”?? And perhaps Bok’s famous image for “Pickman’s Model”? and … and …

  5. Seth on May 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Brilliant news! It can’t arrive soon enough.

  6. mymonsanto on May 21, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Joshi, probably the world’s greatest Lovecraft scholar, has done three small collections of annotated stories with his own original annotations—I’m not very original, I’ve decided to bring in lots of scholarship, here—and pictures.

  7. on August 30, 2017 at 4:33 am

    In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville.

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  9. Thomas Munkholt on October 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

    How is this coming along?

  10. Austin Wright on January 7, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Reading Volume 1 currently…I am very happy to come to find that Volume 2 is planned!

    Please let usnknownwhenna released date is announced!

  11. Philip Grecian on November 9, 2019 at 9:49 am

    I continue to be fascinating by the decades of fighting over Lovecraft’s copyrights. Was this, in any way, a roadblock for either of your volumes?

  12. Philip Grecian on November 9, 2019 at 9:51 am

    (Parenthetical: I’ve purchased your second volume and am eager to dive in. I own most of your books.)

  13. Brit on August 17, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    I cannot find volume 1 anywhere! I have the second volume and am literally dying to find the first one. The Cats of Ulthar, The Music of Erich Zann, and The Doom that Came to Sarnath are my favorites, so I am so happy that I own volume 2, but where can I find the first volume?! Help!!

    • Leslie S. Klinger on August 18, 2020 at 12:33 am

      Sorry, Volume 1 has been out of print–but a new printing is coming soon, with a new dustjacket! Be patient!

      • Brit on August 19, 2020 at 8:35 pm

        Awesome!! I can’t wait 🙂

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