New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird

New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird

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by Paula Guran
     
 

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  • For more than 80 years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien,
    and the horrors of history — written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread — remain not only viable
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  • For more than 80 years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien,
    and the horrors of history — written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread — remain not only viable motifs, but are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it.
  • In the first decade of the twenty-first century the best supernatural writers no longer imitate Lovecraft, but they are profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos he created. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird presents some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction — bizarre, subtle,
    atmospheric, metaphysical, psychological, filled with strange creatures and stranger characters — eldritch, unsettling, evocative, and darkly appealing.

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Editorial Reviews

When first published, H.P. Lovecraft's 1928 "Call of the Cthulhu" was just another story in a pulp magazine, but it became the seedling of an entire mythos that continues to germinate. This new anthology of supernatural stories inspired by Lovecraftian fiction features some of the genre's most prominent writers. The roster includes Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, China Miéville, Sarah Monette, Cherie Priest, and Laird Barron. Their tales are no mere imitations; among the themes are subjects such as catastrophic climactic change. Editor's recommendation. A trade paperback original.

Publishers Weekly
The lore underlying H.P. Lovecraft's tales of cosmic horror has inspired some of the best talents in fantastic fiction, and Prime editor Guran's latest anthology puts 27 exemplars on tentacle-wreathed display. Both Laird Barron in "Old Virginia" and Charles Stross in "A Colder War" speculate on the horrors that might ensue if government research teams were allowed to explore Lovecraftian monsters as potential weapons. In Cherie Priest's "Bad Sushi," a chef uncovers a cosmic conspiracy involving supernaturally corrupted seafood. Sherlock Holmes foils worshipers of Lovecraft's Great Old Ones in Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald," while in Elizabeth Bear's "Shoggoths in Bloom," an African-American scientist finds himself sympathizing with enslaved creations of those eldritch entities. Comic riffs on Lovecraftian themes include "The Essayist in the Wilderness," William Browning Spencer's hilarious account of a navel-gazing writer oblivious to his wife's transformation. Guran (The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror) smartly selects stories that evoke the spirit of Lovecraft's work without mimicking its style.
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Library Journal
Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft has long inspired a wide range of authors. This latest anthology (see also 2011's The Book of Cthulu, edited by Ross E. Lockhart) features 27 Lovecraftian tales published between 2000 and 2010. A father's death and a tape recording force a young man to confront a horrible family secret in John Langan's subtly revelatory tale, "Mr. Gaunt." In a twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald" features a famous consulting detective who investigates a royal murder in a Victorian England ruled by beings from beyond the stars. The contributors' list consists of a who's who in contemporary sf and dark fantasy, including China Miéville, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Charles Stross, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and John Shirley. VERDICT For fans of Lovecraftian fiction and well-wrought horror.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607012894
Publisher:
Prime Books LLC
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
531,174
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

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New Cthulhu 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These writers effectively keep to the Lovecraftian universe, while bringing their unique voices to the strange stories within. Love it!
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Definitely the anthology to buy.
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