Isn't this the most fucked-up cover for a Lovecraft book ye have ever seen? I mean, you would think that Penguin Books wou'd have a bit more class. And then they put the secondary title of the book above the first portion of the title. This is one of six hardcover volumes for which del Toro is listed as "Series Editor," but it's all so fake. The titles in the series, for the most part, are reprints of earlier Penguin books, in this case the 2001 edition of Joshi's The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories. del Toro has been hired to write new forewords or introductions to these; and that's cool, because his Foreword to Joshi's Penguin edition of Machen was brilliant. This Lovecraft Penguin edition is my single favorite edition of Lovecraft's weird tales (I have three copies of the paperback), so I am overjoy'd to see it will be issued in hardcover. But what the hell is up with the artwork? Why couldn't they have used an image of H. P. Lovecraft? Bah!
I love this life--being able to write my wee Lovecraftian tales full-time. I am exactly where I want to be as a writer, with a wee yet loyal readership who seem to really enjoy my books. In a world where there are so many pathetic morons and trolls who spend their empty lives being negative and nasty, it's nice to know that my own books have brought a bit of happiness to this sad sad world. Selah.