Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

by H. P. Lovecraft, Various
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Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos by H. P. Lovecraft, Various

"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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345422040
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 674,852
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), commonly known as H. P. Lovecraft, was an American author known for his works of horror fiction (many of which have been adapted into movies). Having died in obscure poverty, he achieved posthumous fame for his books and stories. Today, he is best known for his take on The Call of Cthulhu. Because of his influence on contemporary writers and the development of his unique style known as "Lovecraftian," he is often compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

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Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He's a very good horror writer . cthulhu rules!!!!!!!!!:)
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Mary_Shroud More than 1 year ago
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...
Driftglass More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.