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For more than 80 years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history - written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread - remain not only viable motifs, but are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it. In the first decade of the twenty-first century the best supernatural writers no longer imitate Lovecraft, but they are profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos he created. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird presents some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction - bizarre, subtle, atmospheric, metaphysical, psychological, filled with strange creatures and stranger characters - eldritch, unsettling, evocative, and darkly appealing.
"The lore underlying H.P. Lovecraft's tales of cosmic horror has inspired some of the best talents in fantastic fiction, and Prime editor Guran's latest anthology puts 27 exemplars on tentacle-wreathed display. Both Laird Barron in 'Old Virginia' and Charles Stross in 'A Colder War' speculate on the horrors that might ensue if government research teams were allowed to explore Lovecraftian monsters as potential weapons. In Cherie Priest's 'Bad Sushi,' a chef uncovers a cosmic conspiracy involving supernaturally corrupted seafood. Sherlock Holmes foils worshipers of Lovecraft's Great Old Ones in Neil Gaiman's 'A Study in Emerald,' while in Elizabeth Bear's 'Shoggoths in Bloom,' an African-American scientist finds himself sympathizing with enslaved creations of those eldritch entities. Comic riffs on Lovecraftian themes include 'The Essayist in the Wilderness,' William Browning Spencer's hilarious account of a navel-gazing writer oblivious to his wife's transformation. Guran (The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror) smartly selects stories that evoke the spirit of Lovecraft's work without mimicking its style.
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