The Book of Cthulhu

The Book of Cthulhu

by Ross E. Lockhart (Editor)


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The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century's most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how Mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597802321
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,176,316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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The Book of Cthulhu 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Paul_Genesse More than 1 year ago
The Book of Cthulhu is an anthology of short stories featuring authors who have written tales that carry on the Cthulhu tradition, as Lovecraft wanted. The editor, Ross Lockhart compiled most of these largely literary stories from other sources, packaging them up nicely, and also presents a few new ones. It’s hard to review so many stories, but I’ll give each one a line or more, and all of the stories had good qualities, but I connected with some more than others. Everyone has different tastes, and if you’re looking for lots of gore or crazy action this isn’t for you, but if you like to read some of the best authors writing today, check this out. Caitlin R. Kiernan: Andromeda Among the Stones—five stars, (new story). This is arguably the best story in the anthology. It evokes everything that Lovecraft created and more. The alien horror of the otherside and the sacrifices that must be made to keep the evil at bay are real and palpable in this brilliantly written and menacingly beautiful story set (mostly) in the early 1900’s just before World War I. A terrible apocalypse can be averted, perhaps, if a terrible cost is paid, and the family in this story is right there at the edge of the sea, staring into the depths of the void. Brilliant story. Charles Stross: A Colder War—five stars. A completely awesome story set during the Cold War told by a master writer. You think nuclear bombs are bad. They turn out to be nothing to worry about when the power of the Elder Gods can be harnessed and used for world ending destruction. Great story featuring top secret reports, Cthulhu bombs, and well, the end of life on Earth as we know it. Molly Tanzer: The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins—five stars. One of the most awesome and horrifying stories in the anthology about two disgustingly awful children, who should probably have been drowned at birth, though the girl wouldn’t have drowned . . . . This was such a creepy and cool story, and I loved the narrator’s voice. Great story. David Drake: Than Curse the Darkness—five stars. This was the most powerful story in the book for me. I loved it, and was blown away. David Drake is a master and he really hits the dark note of the Cthulhu mythos on this one. This tale is set in darkest Africa and is somewhat reminiscent of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, with a very supernatural twist. The natives resort to dark magic to get revenge upon their Belgian colonial oppressors at the turn of the century, and some white people come up river to stop what is coming. The characters were awesome and this was an extremely entertaining story. Cherie Priest: Bad Sushi—five stars, best character story in the book. I’d heard how awesome Cherie Priest is and now I know why. No other story in the book paints a more complete and awesome picture of a character. In this case a World War II Japanese veteran who works in an American Sushi restaurant. Lets just say that when his boss changes sushi suppliers things get really bad at the restaurant. Note: beware anyone who is addicted to sushi. Steve Duffy: The Oram County Whoosit—five stars. Brilliant story. Lovecraft would be so proud of Steve Duffy’s tale, which recounts the discovery of a thing (actually a couple of things—or whoosits) that had been buried for millions of years, and should have been left deep in the ground. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and horror in general will love this book. Highly recommended. Paul Genesse Editor of
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a superb collection of Cthuhu-Mythos inspired short stories. i've read many such collections in the past and only found one in this anthology that I had read before. Each story in the collection (and there are plenty -- over 500 pages) is first-rate and worthy of inclusion. Highly recommended to those who are Lovecraft fans.
Elric More than 1 year ago
This is a truly enjoyable collection of chilling tales in the tradition of the "Great Old One" himself. Most anthologies are an even balance of good and bad, but this collection is chock-full of gems. The only complaint is that some stories are just too short. Sit back, relax, but don't read this collection right before bed.
Section8 More than 1 year ago
This an excellent anthology - every story is memorable.
freddlerabbit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a nice collection of Lovecraft-inspired stories - some are very close uses of the Cthulhu "Mythos", others are more fanciful or take elements of Lovecraft's style or attitude with less clear use of Cthulhu himself - which makes it a nice, varied collection. I think the editor also did a nice job with the arrangement, so that the stories flow well. I will say that I was quite disappointed in the copyediting on this book, which was so bad that it interfered with my ability to enjoy the stories, because I kept having to stop and read around the copy errors to figure out what was going on. Fully 40% of the quotations are without start quotes or without end quotes, which can lead to confusion about when a quote exists and when it's narrative statement. Words are clearly missing from sentences, and there are misspellings - probably the worst offender of this was the use of "accept" for "except". Errors like these make a book rough going, and I don't know that many readers would keep slogging it out just to enjoy the stories. And that's a real shame, because the stories are compelling, and I found most of them enjoyable and clever! So, A+ for content, but D- for format. I think this may be a new or possibly independent publisher - if so, I hope that they can obtain some better help on proofreading, because it's a good product and a shame to have made it so unnecessarily difficult.
josh314 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A hit-or-miss collection. Some fairly lame stories as well as quite good ones. Standouts include Andromeda Among the Stars (Caitlin R Kiernan), The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins (Molly Tanzer), and The Oram County Whoosit (Steve Duffy).
WalrusDT More than 1 year ago
It is a good collection of stories. Some I have read in other anthologies others are completely new. If you are a fan these stories will keep you entertained and looking for the stars to be right again.
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