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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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"The enduring allure of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, now nearly a century old, is evident in this representative anthology of modern tales, most of which were written in the last decade. The breadth of cosmic horrors they evoke range from the parochial fear of monsters found in Michael Shea's 'Fat Face,' to the apocalyptic doom forecasted in Ramsey Campbell's 'The Tugging.' Some of the stories, notably Brian Lumley's 'The Fairground Horror' and Brian McNaughton's self-consciously satirical 'The Doom that Came to Innsmouth,' are ripe with Lovecraftian references. Most others, including Joe R. Lansdale's weird western 'The Crawling Sky' and Laird Barron's backwoods monster tale 'The Men from Porlock' (original to the book), are more oblique and allusive. To the book's credit, none of the twenty-seven stories read like slavish Lovecraft pastiche, which makes this volume all the more enjoyable. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Caitlin R. Kiernan - Andromeda among the Stones
Ramsey Campbell - The Tugging
Charles Stross - A Colder War
Bruce Sterling - The Unthinkable
Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Flash Frame
W. H. Pugmire - Some Buried Memory
Molly Tanzer - The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins
Michael Shea - Fat Face
Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom
T. E. D. Klien - Black Man With A Horn
David Drake - Than Curse the Darkness
Charles Saunders - Jeroboam Henley''s Debt
Thomas Ligotti - Nethescurial
Kage Baker - Calamari Curls
Edward Morris - Jihad over Innsmouth
Cherie Priest - Bad Sushi
John Hornor Jacobs - The Dream of the Fisherman''s Wife
Brian McNaughton - The Doom that Came to Innsmouth
Ann K. Schwader - Lost Stars
Steve Duffy - The Oram County Whoosit
Joe R. Lansdale - The Crawling Sky
Brian Lumley - The Fairground Horror
Tim Pratt - Cinderlands
Gene Wolfe - Lord of the Land
Joseph Pulver, Sr. - To Live and Die in Arkham
John Langan - The Shallows
Laird Barron - The Men from Porlock

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emmejo, September 5, 2013 (view all comments by emmejo)
I had a little bit of trouble getting into this book, the first couple stories didn't really grab me and I was loosing some interest, but it picked up a little later. Overall, I wasn't thrilled with this collection. There were a lot of adequate, solid stories, but not too many that I found really creative and engaging, which meant a lot of them kind of blurred together. I was also a little uncomfortable with the amount of exoticism and systemic racial stereotyping in some of the stories. It is expected for the time period when H.P. Lovecraft and other occult-fic writers were working, but it feels rather insensitive in the hands of modern writers.

Some of the stories I liked were:

Elizabeth Bear's "Shoggoths in Bloom" was an interesting take on the "scientist in search of supernatural finds more than bargained for" which shows up in many of these kinds of stories. It also did a nice job of hinting at the racial tones in many of the stories without falling into the trap itself.

"Bad Sushi" by Cherie Priest was a fun, adventuresome tale.

Molly Tanzer's "The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins" is exactly what I expected from this collection: a tale with gothic-esqe styling that gets grittier and more graphic than would have been published in the '20's.

"Jihad over Innsmouth" by Edward Morris takes a classic "trapped with horrors" tale on board a modern plane.
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ISBN:
9781597802321
Author:
Lockhart, Ross E.
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Author:
Lansdale, Joe R.
Author:
Priest, Cherie
Author:
Stross, Charles
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Author:
Kiernan, Caitlin R.
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Anthologies-General
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Horror - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The enduring allure of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, now nearly a century old, is evident in this representative anthology of modern tales, most of which were written in the last decade. The breadth of cosmic horrors they evoke range from the parochial fear of monsters found in Michael Shea's 'Fat Face,' to the apocalyptic doom forecasted in Ramsey Campbell's 'The Tugging.' Some of the stories, notably Brian Lumley's 'The Fairground Horror' and Brian McNaughton's self-consciously satirical 'The Doom that Came to Innsmouth,' are ripe with Lovecraftian references. Most others, including Joe R. Lansdale's weird western 'The Crawling Sky' and Laird Barron's backwoods monster tale 'The Men from Porlock' (original to the book), are more oblique and allusive. To the book's credit, none of the twenty-seven stories read like slavish Lovecraft pastiche, which makes this volume all the more enjoyable. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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