Worlds of Cthulhu

Worlds of Cthulhu

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by Robert M. Price, Richard A. Lupoff, Darrell Schweitzer, Will Murray
     
 

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"What, pray tell," asks editor Robert Price, "is wrong with sequels?" This remarkable stewpot of original stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft answers that question decisively: Not a thing is wrong with them! Indeed, everything is deliciously right.

Lovecrafts' fictional world, after all, is well worthy of emulation, so it's no surprise to find it generating…  See more details below

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"What, pray tell," asks editor Robert Price, "is wrong with sequels?" This remarkable stewpot of original stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft answers that question decisively: Not a thing is wrong with them! Indeed, everything is deliciously right.

Lovecrafts' fictional world, after all, is well worthy of emulation, so it's no surprise to find it generating sequels like these tales. You see, it's rather like natural selection: What is successful in the gene pool survives to copy itself into thefuture, and what we have here is the welcome spectacle of Lovecraft's fictional DNA replicating itself with a vengeance. Darwin would be proud. Lovecraft would be mystified. Readers will be pleased.

So climb abour the creaky bus, take that sinister ride to Innsmouth and Arkham and other unspeakable places, and see how good a job these contemporary writers have done of proving that old Lovecraftian maxim true:" That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die."

--- Donal R. Burleson, author of H.P. Lovecraft: A Critical Study, Lovecraft: Disturbing the Universe, and Wait for the Thunder.

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Publishers Weekly
Lovecraftians skeptical about the quality of stories derived from his mythos of cosmic horror are in for a pleasant surprise in this anthology from Lovecraft scholar Price (Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos). As Price notes in his introduction, the use of a "check list of unpronounceable names and magical grimoires" isn't enough to make a story an effective continuation of Lovecraft's grim horror. In fact, such slavish pastiches are often the least successful. Of the 11 entries, the two by Will Murray stand head and tentacles above the rest. "The Arcade" opens with an effectively subdued description of "the dead drowned towns" of Massachusetts as well as of a mystic grove consisting of an archway of interlacing American elms before recounting the fate of Remembrance Tyler, a settler taken by an Indian tribe who was seen walking those woods decades after her death. "Evacuation Day" features a naïf who ventures into the notorious town of Innsmouth on the worse day of the year. Darrell Schweitzer also especially impresses with "Envy, the Gardens of Ynath, and the Sin of Cain," a tale inspired by "The Whisperer in Darkness." (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985152215
Publisher:
Fedogan & Bremer
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Pages:
258

Meet the Author

Robert M. Price has been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft since the Lancer paperback collections of 1967 appeared. He began writing scholarly articles and humorous pieces on HPL and the Cthulhu Mythos in 1981. His celebrated semi-pro zine Crypt of Cthulhu began as a quarterly fanzine for the Esoteric Order of Dagon Amateur Press Association in 1981 and made it to 109 issues. Also a worshipper of Robert E. Howard, he was the first to publish some scores of Howard’s stories in a series of Cryptic Publications chapbooks. In 1990 he began editing Mythos anthologies for Fedogan & Bremer, Arkham House, and Chaosium, Inc., and still does! His fiction has been collected in Blasphemies and Revelations. Centipede Books will soon be issuing his five-volume annotated edition of the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Price serves as the literary executor for his friend Lin Carter and continues the adventures of Carter’s character Thongor of Lemuria in a growing series of short stories.

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Worlds of Cthulhu 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
yogsothoth More than 1 year ago
Good to see Fedogan & Bremer back in the tentacled saddle with an anthology of excellent stories and art by two of the masters of the field in Gahan Wilson and Tim Kirk. Looking forward already to their next production.