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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chaosium; First edition (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568822197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568822198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Jones is a writer and editor who has worked across genres, including mystery, horror, science fiction, dark fiction, historical and young adult, and non-fiction. He has edited several fiction anthologies. His writing also reaches into the role-playing industry, where he has published articles and gaming supplements for a variety of publishers. When not writing fiction, he teaches English at a university in Michigan.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Owen on April 4, 2008
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The idea of Cthulhu stories set on the frontier of North America sounds at first glance really nifty, and the stories in this anthology span the frontier from pre-Columbian Vikings to the 13 colonies to gun fighters and cowboys. Alas, maybe rotgut whiskey and absinthe, cussin' a blue streak and reciting names of the unspeakable, saddle leather and flayed skin bindings just don't mix.
None of the stories in this collection are badly written, and the authors have abundant publication credits, but there's very little here that seems horrible or terrifying in a Lovecraftian sort of way. Many of the plots are of an ignorant soul encountering a terrible thing. The main character survives or doesn't. The terrible things could be Bigfoot, Wendigo, or Freddy Krueger, but they aren't exactly Cthulhu and company. In other words, the plots are sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you.
A few of the stories have effective moments, but even there the clash in tone undermines their effectiveness. Reading the stories here makes me appreciate the writing of Lovecraft all the more, but the anthology's theme is still an intriguing idea and maybe someone in the future can bring off a successful effort.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on January 25, 2008
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Frontier Cthulhu is a rousing trade paperback of all new mythos stories from Chaosium, published in late 2007. I am so happy about this avalanche of new mythos fiction from Elder Signs Press, Chaosium, Mythos Books and Hippocampus in the US, and Rainfall Books in the UK. Every few months us fans have some new book to gloat over; on the horizon are a Nyarlathotep anthology from Elder Signs Press, maybe a mythos sword and sorcery title (the message boards have been buzzing about Eldritch Steel for years) and maybe even a shoggoth anthology. And I know John Sunseri, David Conyers and CJ Henderson are hard at work on a sequel to The Spiraling Worm. List price of the current title is $14.95, discounted to $13.18 from Amazon. It is eligible for free shipping if you order more than $25 worth of stuff. Page count is a generous 266 with text from page 9-261. There are minibios of the authors at the end, but no editor's note or introduction to put the anthology into context for us. It's a great concept for a Cthulhu mythos anthology and I would like to have known more about its development. Just about all these stories are new to this anthology, except the stories by Schweitzer, and Rainey and Haire. These appeared in genre magazines and are unlikely to have been seen except by dedicated collectors. Production qualities are high. Editing was by William Jones, who is helmsman for Elder Signs Press. He has been heavily involved in many fine Cthulhu mythos and horror books from both Elder Signs Press and Chaosium: Horrors Beyond I and II, High Seas Cthulhu and Arkham Tales. I noted a few sentence fragments (which could have been the author's choice) and a few word substitutions, most notably callus for callous.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John D. King on June 4, 2008
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I loved this collection of creepy stories. Always a Lovecraft fan and often a player of Deadlands I thought I'd take a chance on this one. I was not disappointed. Everything from Vikings to cowpokes. Some are light others down right frightening.Try it, should keep you up at least one night.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nanny Pammy on October 15, 2008
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I'm a 30+ year Lovecraft and Cthulhu fan. This book just didn't make it for me. The setting (old America) just didn't matter. In most of the stories it was mentioned where, but the setting rarely came alive and rarely had an influence on the story. It could have happened anywhere. One of the reason I bought the book was for the setting.

Aside from a mention here or there of a Cthulhu Cycle entity it could have been just a regular horror book. Nothing really Lovecraftian.

Some of the stories were great but most were just mediocre. Hopefully 'The Spiraling Worm' which I bought at the same time turns out better.
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