"Given the popularity of horror fiction, it is strange that the work of Lovecraft is not widely known, although it has a devoted cult following. Ms. Oates, who appreciates Lovecraft's ingenuity in evoking strange evils from ordinary surfaces, does not attempt to explain his status. She merely reports it, analyzes with sharp intelligence the elements underlying his fiction, and offers a very well chosen selection of tales."Oates, Joyce Carol is the author of 'Tales of H.P. Lovecraft Major Works Selected', published 2000 under ISBN 9780060957902 and ISBN 0060957905.