What is the best HP Lovecraft collection?

I’m almost afraid to admit it, but I’ve never read any H.P. Lovecraft. I know, I know. Cut me some slack, I’m young and there’s only so many hours in a day. So to remedy this situation I need to know what the best Lovecraft story collection is. Please recommend only one.

Also, the only Kafka I’ve read is “Metamorphosis,” and that was years ago. So I could use a decent Kafka collection as well.

Update: This is what I ended up getting:

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre with an introduction by Robert Bloch (the Del Rey one, not the Createspace one)

4 Comments

  1. Brenden just sent me this http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/

    still interested in a print collection, or at least some suggestions on where to start in the online collection.

  2. I loaned my two book S.T. Joshi lovecraft set to a buddy in Austin or I’d send them your way in may- that said, if they re-arrive before I head out I’ll bring them

    Those being The Annotated Lovecraft & More Annotated Lovecraft, edited by S.T. Joshi

    Very much worth reading if you’re reading lovecraft for the first time, with enough footnotes and trivia to really get an idea of what sources lovecraft was using

    excellent stuff

  3. Thanks, but who is this? Still haven’t figured out the missing “name” field problem…

  4. In my opinion, the best one-volume Lovecraft collection is almost certainly the very recent Library of America collection.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1931082723/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1931082723&linkCode=as2&tag=technoccult-20

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