"The Book" is an unfinished short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, believed to have been written in late 1933. It was first published in the journal Leaves in 1938, after Lovecraft's death. In the story fragment, the narrator is given an ancient book by a strange bookseller, and when he takes it home and examines it, weird and sinister events ensue.

In October 1933, Lovecraft wrote in a letter: I am at a sort of standstill in writing disgusted at much of my older work, and uncertain as to avenues of improvement. In recent weeks I have done a tremendous amount of experimenting with different styles and perspectives, but have destroyed most of the results.

Genre: Horror

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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book
Author(s): Howard Phillips Lovecraft
ISBN: 1-69206-371-5 / 978-1-69206-371-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Independently published
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Audio Editions

December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Book
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
Publisher: Digital Literature International
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December 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Book
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December 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Book
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December 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Book
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book
Author(s): H P Lovecraft
Publisher: OBG Classics
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