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Future Lovecraft [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Boulanger , Silvia Moreno-Garcia , Paula R. Stiles
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Decades, centuries and even thousands of years in the future: The horrors inspired by Lovecraft do not know the limits of time…or space.

Journey through this anthology of science fiction stories and poems inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Listen to the stars that whisper and drive a crew mad. Worship the Tloque Nahuaque as he overtakes Mexico City. Slip into the court of the King in Yellow. Walk through the streets of a very altered Venice. Stop to admire the beauty of the flesh-dolls in the window. Fly through space in the shape of a hungry, malicious comet. Swim in the drug-induced haze of a jellyfish. Struggle to survive in a Martian gulag whose landscape isn't quite dead. But, most of all, fear the future.

Featured authors include: Nick Mamatas, Ann K. Schwader, Don Webb, Paul Jessup, E. Catherine Tobler, A.C. Wise, and many more.

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"This is a quality anthology and worthy of your attention if you're a fan of this genre." - Fame & Fortune

"An unsettling look at humanity's future, and questions if we even have one at all." - Haunted Eyeball

"Let me just say it's brilliantly illustrated and that it did keep me some lovely - and varied - company." - Gnome's Lair

Product Details

  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986686468
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Innsmouth Free Press (November 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ALRQWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roller Coaster Anthology June 25, 2013
By T. Hoch
Format:Paperback
Science Fiction and Lovecraft, what more could one want?
I follow Silvia's blog and tweets. She does good work, and produces pretty good material. I saw her plea for honest reviews about this book and decided to purchase it and give it a go. She mentioned this was the highest pirated book out of all of the ones released by her, but also one of the lowest rated.
I think I know why now.

Like many, I picked this up because it was Lovecraftian themed. Anything with Lovecraft in the title will draw the masses of fans, read to get their tentacles onto another collection of fiction that will entice them and make them dream forbidden dreams. Hence the high level of piracy in regards to this book. You tap into something so popular as Lovecraft, and people will come and snap it up as fast as possible. I was excited to read this anthology, especially after having read Space Eldritch (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16118770-space-eldritch) which in itself was a sci-fi Lovecraftian themed anthology.

Reading this anthology was like riding a roller coaster with huge peaks and very low valleys. There are some really, really good stories in this collection. "In The Hall Of The Yellow King", "The Labyrinth of Sleep", "Deep Blue Dreams", "The Comet Called Ithaqua", and "The Door From Earth" were some of the stories that I enjoyed the most. Wonderfully written, they contained Lovecraftian themes, even the ones that didn't contain his monsters. They were entertaining, understandable, and were a good mix of sci-fi and horror. I will probably go back and read these on a future date if I want to brave the bad stories of this anthology.

And that's where we run into the issue with this anthology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay July 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Uneven collection of stories based on the Lovecraft mythos. Some are interesting and worth the time, others would be best included in an ezine. At least most of the authors attempted a fresh take on a subject that is sadly becoming a bit stale due to poor pastiches.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovecraftian Scenario I've Never Seen Before... May 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given "Future Lovecraft" by a friend who knew my love for both the Mythos and novelty, and it didn't disappoint. There are two stories in particular that really stand out.

Most Lovecraftian stories deal with the horrifying elements being hidden (either by nature or design), or their bursting out into the mundane world with rending, apocalyptic consequences. "In The Hall of the Yellow King" and "Tri-TV" show something I've never seen before in a story involving Lovecraft's nightmares. They show humanity adapting, evolving. Coping. Lovecraft predicted that the oncoming singularity of science in the face of universe's vastness would shatter our feeble minds, but Bobby Cranestone (Tri-TV) and Peter Rawlik (In The Hall of the Yellow King) offer a different hypothesis: that humanity's a tough and at times just-as-insane species as anything else lurking out there in the elder dark. Couldn't recommend the collection enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft in Space March 25, 2014
Format:Paperback
I discovered the works of H.P. Lovecraft in junior high school when I was helping out during lunch period as a Library Aide. The books had just been re-released by one of the major publishing houses with some sweet cover art by Michael Whelan (if memory serves correctly) and I decided to take a chance. This was like nothing I had ever read before, and I was hooked from the word “GO.” Lovecraft had a way of making you question the very nature of reality and his influence on the world of horror fiction is unquestionable. That influence has extended beyond Weird Fiction to other genres including historical and science fiction. So when I saw “Future Lovecraft” I picked it up to give it a read since it seemed like an interesting concept; the Cthulhu Mythos in the far-flung future.

The trouble with anthologies, however, is that unless you are familiar with the Editor(s) or writers, then your enjoyment of the book is a crapshoot. None of the authors were familiar to me, neither were the editors. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot, and for the most part I was satisfied.

Containing a solid mix of poetry and short stories there is some really good stuff in here. And there is some really, really bad stuff in here. The worst one, in my opinion, was “The Library Twins and the Nekrobees” by Martha Hubbard which read like some silly “Cthulhu for Kids” nonsense that just did not cut it for me. Especially when stacked against dark, mesmerizing works like “Do Not Imagine” by Mari Ness and “The Comet Called Ithaqua” by Dan Webb which were true Lovecraftian works of cosmic horror.

A.C. Wise submitted a truly Weird, beautiful piece called “Venice is Burning” which fits the mythos nicely, even if the story itself takes more than one reading to fully digest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An mostly enjoyable read with a few A+ storys. November 16, 2012
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I enjoyed this book a great deal. A few of the stories left me bored or worse, but I feel that even the strangest most out of place story was easily forgiven by the truly inspired Lovecraftian stories contained within.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, creepy mythos tales June 26, 2014
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Most stories here are skin-crawlingly appropriate additions to the HPL mythos. Some are not so much to my liking due to the nature and not the content of the specific story; I don't really care for long poems or stories that are completely stream-of-consciousness. But that's my own personal preference and nothing against the actual objective worth of the form. I actually thought this was a better sequel to Book of Cthulhu than the Book of Cthulhu 2. IMHO, FWIW.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary fun!
May not be original HPL, but just as good with some new eerie twists!
Published 4 days ago by S. Atkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Some intriguing tales
For a fan of the genres of sci-fi and Lovecraftian horror some stories will be very enjoyable. Others may make little sense or seem out of place in this collection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good read, some classic Lovecraft in here
Good book, I felt the middle sagged somewhat, but the grand sum of stories were strong. The "Jelly" story and the engineers of Tsaggoutha were both great, showcasing human... Read more
Published 10 months ago by lightbringer34
5.0 out of 5 stars FUTURE Lovecraft
This collection of short stories and poems is an excellent showing of the Lovecraft genre. Some of the stories are a little tongue-in-cheek , but they all present the eerie,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brian Scott Hauge
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
When I saw the other reviews that bespoke of how poor this collection is I thought "How bad could it be?"

I bought it and found out.
Published 15 months ago by Dave
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent cosmic horror done with sci-fi
The writing has a pretty wide range in quality and style. Overall, it's pretty well done "cosmic indifference" horror done with more of sci-fi bend.
Published 18 months ago by Jonathan
1.0 out of 5 stars Word Salad; Now In Calamari Flavor
Firstly, I will say I take issue with authors of these stories reviewing this book, with such a small pool of reviews, this is basically akin to insider trading or snake-oil sales. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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