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The very best are truly horrible, in the most complimentary sense of that word. "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" (Poppy Z. Brite), "The Adder" (Fred Chappell), "Fat Face" (Michael Shea), "The Unthinkable" (Bruce Sterling), "Love's Eldritch Ichor" (Esther M. Friesner) and "On the Slab" (Harlan Ellison) are the keen standouts, but all the rest, practically, are of almost equal quality. However, there are a couple of tales that do not deserve to be amongst this company, and the tome would have been better and tighter by their absence. Certainly, at 398 pages, there's no lack of material.
In "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood," Poppy Z. Brite deftly invokes a vampric flavor to themes of decay and the forbidden, his writing style as ornate and refined as rococo and in the real spirit of the master. Fred Chappell's "The Adder" draws the dangerous and inimical from the ordinary in a tale delightful for its originality. Bruce Sterling also slings some fresh ideas around in "The Unthinkable," melding modernity and necromancy in a brief, effective story.
Horror gourmands will find a good meal here, but Cthulhu 2000 should have a bit of life outside its traditional genre, for the writing is strong, imaginative and entertaining. --Tamara Hladik
This is a really great collection of Lovecraftian works. From the very beginning with "The Barrens," by F. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the classic anthology of mythos fiction to me. I know there are older collections of stories but I keep coming back to this one. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Me-not-you
This book has a LOT of very good horror stories, mostly creative and intelligent. The best tales are:
- The Barrens (F. Read more
Jim Turner had a queer relationship with the sub-genre that is known as the Cthulhu Mythos -- and this book is an excellent example of that. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.
The trouble with most Cthulhu collections (meaning Lovecraft pastiche) is that the authors don't really know what they're imitating. Read morePublished on January 14, 2007 by Alexander Scott
Okay, I admit that I approached this anthology with some trepidation, since I enjoy the "old-school" style of Lovecraftian stories. Read morePublished on September 5, 2005 by Linda Painchaud-Steinman
this collection contains some stories that are almost good (wolfe, copper, wilson, campbell) but in the end are not good enough. i like good pulp. it's not here. Read morePublished on April 8, 2003 by jan erik storebø
The stories in this book were in general rather dissappointing. There were a few good ones, but for the majority of stories were average at best. Read morePublished on April 5, 2003 by Mark Peake
This is a solid collection for Lovecraft fans. Although there are some real terrors in this book, many of the stories are written with tongue firmly placed in cheek, which is... Read morePublished on July 3, 2001 by Amazon Customer