Prepare to meet the wicked progeny of the master of modern horror. In Lovecraft's Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creations—Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth, and more—appear in all their terrifying glory. Each story is a gripping new take on a classic Lovecraftian creature, and each is accompanied by a spectacular original illustration that captures the monsters' unique visage.
Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas. The monsters are lovingly rendered in spectacular original art by World Fantasy Award–winning artist John Coulthart (The Steampunk Bible).
Legions of Lovecraft fans continue to visit his bizarre landscapes and encounter his unrelenting monsters. Now join them in their journey...if you dare.
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About the Author
Ellen Datlow is one of the most successful editors in the genres of fantasy and horror. She was the fiction editor of OMNI for nearly twenty years, and has since edited the online magazines Event Horizon and Sci Fiction. Her many anthologies include the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series; Naked City: Tales of Urban Horror; Snow White, Blood Red; and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. She has won five Hugo, eight Locus, three Bram Stoker, two Shirley Jackson, and nine World Fantasy awards. Datlow lives in New York City.
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods, Anansi Boys, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), the young adult novel Coraline, as well as the short story collections Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things. He is the originator of the Sandman series and his novels and stories have been adapted for television, screen, and stage. He lives in Minneapolis, MN.
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than 30 novels, including the Edgar Award-winning Hap and Leonard mystery series (Mucho Mojo; Two Bear Mambo), and the New York Times Notable Book The Bottoms. Over 200 of his stories have appeared in outlets such as Tales from the Crypt and Pulphouse, and his work has been adapted for The Twilight Zone and Masters of Horror. Lansdale has written for several graphic novel series including Batman and Fantastic Four. He is a tenth-degree black belt and the founder of the Shen Chuan martial art. He lives in Nacodoches, TX.
Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of nine science fiction and fantasy novels, including Silk, Murder of Angels, and Blood Oranges; the long-running Dancy Flammarion series; as well as eleven short story collections, and nonfiction about paleontology. She has received four International Horror Guild Awards and the Tiptree Award. She lives in Providence, RI.
Elizabeth Bear is the author of over 25 novels including the Jenny Casey series (Hammered; Scardown; Worldwired), Range of Ghosts, and Shattered Pillars. She has received the Hugo, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Campbell, Spectrum, and Locus Awards. She lives in Hartford, CT.
Read an Excerpt
From "Only the End of the World Again" by Neil Gaiman
There was a note under the door from my landlady. It said that I owed her for two weeks’ rent. It said that all the answers were in the Book of Revelations. It said that I made a lot of noise coming home in the early hours of this morning, and she’d thank me to be quieter in future. It said that when the Elder Gods rose up from the ocean, all the scum of the Earth, all the non-believers, all the human garbage and the wastrels and deadbeats would be swept away, and the world would be cleansed by ice and deep water. It said that she felt she ought to remind me that she had assigned me a shelf in the refrigerator when I arrived and she’d thank me if in the future I’d keep to it.
I crumpled the note, dropped it on the floor, where it lay alongside the Big Mac cartons and the empty pizza cartons, and the long-dead dried slices of pizza.
It was time to go to work.
I’d been in Innsmouth for two weeks, and I disliked it. It smelled fishy. It was a claustrophobic little town: marshland to the east, cliffs to the west, and, in the centre, a harbour that held a few rotting fishing boats, and was not even scenic at sunset. The yuppies had come to Innsmouth in the 80s anyway, bought their picturesque fisherman’s cottages overlooking the harbour. The yuppies had been gone for some years, now, and the cottages by the bay were crumbling, abandoned.
The inhabitants of Innsmouth lived here and there in and around the town, and in the trailer parks that ringed it, filled with dank mobile homes that were never going anywhere.
I got dressed, pulled on my boots and put on my coat and left my room. My landlady was nowhere to be seen. She was a short, pop-eyed woman, who spoke little, although she left extensive notes for me pinned to doors and placed where I might see them; she kept the house filled with the smell of boiling seafood: huge pots were always simmering on the kitchen stove, filled with things with too many legs and other things with no legs at all.
There were other rooms in the house, but no-one else rented them. No-one in their right mind would come to Innsmouth in winter.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Stefan Dziemianowicz
Introduction by Ellen Datlow
"Only the End of the World Again" by Neil Gaiman
"Bulldozer" by Laird Barron
"Red Goat Black Goat" by Nadia Bulkin
"The Same Deep Waters as You" by Brian Hodge
"A Quarter to Three" by Kim Newman
"The Dappled Thing" by William Browning Spencer
"Inelastic Collisions" by Elizabeth Bear
"Remnants" by Fred Chappell
"Love Is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl" by Caitlín R. Kiernan
"The Sect of the Idiot" by Thomas Ligotti
"Jar of Salts" by Gemma Files
"Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole" by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley
"Waiting at the Crossroads Motel" by Steve Rasnic Tem
"I've Come to Talk with You Again" by Karl Edward Wagner
"The Bleeding Shadow" by Joe R. Lansdale
"That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable" by Nick Mamatas
"Haruspicy" by Gemma Files
"Children of the Fang" by John Langan