The Assaults of Chaos: A Novel about H. P. Lovecraft by S. T. Joshi


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  • Hardcover
  • Limited edition of 500
  • 248 pages 
  • ISBN 978-1-61498-056-8
  • Cover art by Pete Von Sholly






“With this fantastic novel, S. T. Joshi incorporates his thorough understanding of H. P. Lovecraft’s life and times, couples it with an evocative imagination and superb writing style, and gives us one of the most astonishing novels that I have ever read. Lovecraft lives within these pages. The book is a commanding celebration of a man—and a genre!”—W. H. Pugmire


 In the summer of 1914, H. P. Lovecraft, a few months before his twenty-fourth birthday, receives a strange letter from his father, Winfield Scott Lovecraft—a father he thought had died sixteen years before—speaking cryptically of an urgent task that must be performed to save the world from a nameless fate. Meeting his father in Quinsnicket Park, Lovecraft is engulfed in an adventure that takes him across the water to his beloved England, where he encounters some of the titans of weird fiction. With this unusual but stalwart band of comrades, Lovecraft does indeed find himself facing a cosmic menace too horrible to contemplate . . .


In this supernatural novel by leading Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi, the young Lovecraft is brought vividly to life. The shy, retiring, inward-looking recluse is brought out of his shell and brought into contact with such of his literary idols as Arthur Machen, Lord Dunsany, and Algernon Blackwood. Together, they must deal with a horror from beyond the stars with the only weapons at their disposal—their minds and imaginations.


THE ASSAULTS OF CHAOS will be published in a limited edition of 500 hardcover copies, featuring Smythe-sewn signatures and illustrated dust wrappers, with each copy individually shrink-wrapped. All Hippocampus Press limited editions are printed on 60# white offset paper, acid free and elemental chlorine free.


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 29 May, 2013.