Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
--H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Supernatural Horror in Literature"

Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His chilling mythology established a gateway between the known universe and an ancient dimension of otherworldly terror, whose unspeakable ...

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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
--H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Supernatural Horror in Literature"

Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His chilling mythology established a gateway between the known universe and an ancient dimension of otherworldly terror, whose unspeakable denizens and monstrous landscapes--dread Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, the Plateau of Leng, the Mountains of Madness--have earned him a permanent place in the history of the macabre.

In Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, a pantheon of horror and fantasy's finest authors pay tribute to the master of the macabre with a collection of original stories set in the fearsome Lovecraft tradition:

¸  The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft: The slumbering monster-gods return to the world of mortals.
¸  Notebook Found in a Deserted House by Robert Bloch: A lone farmboy chronicles his last stand against a hungering backwoods evil.
¸  Cold Print by Ramsey Campbell: An avid reader of forbidden books finds a treasure trove of deadly volumes--available for a bloodcurdling price.
¸  The Freshman by Philip José Farmer: A student of the black arts receives an education in horror at notorious Miskatonic University.

PLUS EIGHTEEN MORE SPINE-TINGLING TALES!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was the premier horror writer of his time, and continues to exert an influence on practitioners of that dark art. Most of his work is unified by a common theme--the Cthulhu (kuh-tool-ew) Mythos--in which gods furtively control the fate of mortals, and a mere glimpse of the universe, by nature hostile, is enough to drive a man insane. A number of Lovecraft's peers borrowed the Mythos for use in their own stories, launching a tradition that continues in our day. This generous volume, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Arkham House (established to preserve Lovecraft's work in hardcover), features 22 Mythos stories by Lovecraft and 15 other writers, including the poetic Clark Ashton Smith, the action-oriented Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian), Arkham's co-founder August Derleth and the youngest of the original circle, Robert Bloch ( Psycho ). Modern writers include Colin Wison, Joanna Russ, Richard Lupoff, Karl Edward Wagner; and Ramsey Campbell, Fritz Leiber and Stephen King, who contribute especially fine work (noticeably absent is T.E.D. Klein). James Turner, who edited the volume, supplies a fine introduction. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of 22 cosmic wonder tales that pay tribute to this centuryþs most revered master of the macabre. The jacket miscalls these reprints originals. In the spiral black vortices of the ultimate void of Chaos reigns the blind idiot god Azathoth, the supreme deity in the Lovecraft pantheon of slime-tentacled horrors from out of space and time. At the zenith of the publication of pulp mags, Lovecraft did not write space opera like the sagas of Edmond Hamilton with his lively Captain Future series. Instead, he created his own genre and filled it with huge psycholgloppy horrors. Do the Cthulhu trade thoughts and live on the sea-bottom while being set on taking over the planet, as one Lovecraft pasticheur suggests? In an introduction, James Turner says that while early Lovecraft had the Cthulhu as merely demonic, the more adult Lovecraft became cosmicþand yet there is no set shape or static system to his Cthulhu cosmogony. These gigantic cosmic slipslops and their Mythos (strange word!) make the visiting extraterrestrials of The X-Files mere kindergarten fodder. Two stories by Lovecraft are here, þThe Call of Cthulhuþ and þThe Haunter of the Dark,þ both Lovecraft at his clearest yet most eldritch (i.e., uncanny, alien, weird), while þJerusalemþs Lotþ finds a young Stephen King vamping old H.P. Among others on hand are Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber, Ramsey Campbell, Joann Ross, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, and Colin Wilson with Brian Lumley as utterly committed Lovecraftians. And alone worth the price of this paperback is Richard A. Luboffþs gorgeously grandiose þDiscovery of the Ghooric Zone,þ about threecyborgs having sex aboard a spaceship traveling beyond Pluto to our monstrously massive but mysteriously known tenth planet, Yuggoth, which has its own complex systems of moons. Hey, try to beat that.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345422040
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 284,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    No joke

    He's a very good horror writer . cthulhu rules!!!!!!!!!:)

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    VIsiting the Old Ones

    I was originally introduced to Lovecraft in 1972 when I was 12 years old. I walked past a display at an old bookstore (the kind that had wood floors that creaked, smelled of old paper, and had stacks of books you had to walk through carefully for fear of toppling the piles) and the name Lovecraft caught my eye. I spent the rest of that afternoon curled up in the corner with 'The Call of Cthulu' and began my lifelong romance with Lovecraft.
    This particular book begins with 'Call' and goes beyond. If you are looking however, for stories strictly written by Lovecraft then this book is not for you as this and 'The Haunter of the Dark' are the only shorts of his that are in the book. You should seek out 'The Transition of Lovecraft', also by Del Rey, also with the same amazing artist's work (John Jude Palencar) on the cover as it is full of stories written exclusively by Lovecraft. Lovecraft wrote approximately 60 short stories and 28 of those are in 'Transitions'.
    That said, if you have read all of Lovecraft's work, as most fans have, then 'Tales' is a wonderful way to continue in the Mythos. Contained here are stories penned by August Derleth (who championed publicaton of Lovecraft's stories after his death), Robert Bloch (best known for 'Psycho' although that has caused his short fiction to be somewhat overlooked which is sad as he is an excellent horror author and master of the short form), and Clark Ashton Smith who was a pupil of Lovecraft. Stephen King's short story 'Jerusalem's Lot' is included here and although I find that inclusion strange in a Mythos collection it is, none the less, one of his best shorts.
    This book is well worth the asking price. 22 stories are collected here and all are well-crafted and eerie. Lovecraftian tales are not slasher fiction and one should look elsewhere if seeking more lurid or graphic fare. Cthulu Mythos is about horror via suspense much as E.A. Poe's fiction is. The basic premise is what if we are not alone? What if there is some larger, malign power out there just waiting for one of us to stumble and accidently open the door to let them in? In this book you can meet those unfortunate people and shiver while you discover their fate. Find a corner, they're waiting...

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

    This is a nice collection of works contributing to the Cthulhu cycle of stories about old gods trying to regain their hold over our world. I recommend it for fans of horror or Lovecraft, though if you are a Lovecraft fan you have probably read many of these stories before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    This book was very chilling, and Very well written

    H.P Lovecraft, and the other authors in this book, Painted a splendid portrait in its stories. The well written short stories, were almost enough to blow my mind. They are well descriptive, and chillingly frightning.

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