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Haggopian and Other Stories (Best Mythos Tales) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Lumley
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Prior to the first American publication of Brian Lumley's ground-breaking, dead-waking, best-selling Necroscope® in 1988 -- the first novel in a long-lived, much-loved series -- this British author had for twenty years been earning himself something of a reputation writing short stories, novellas, and a series of novels set against H. P. Lovecraft's cosmic Cthulhu Mythos backdrop. A soldier in 1967, serving in Berlin with the Royal Military Police, Lumley jump-started his literary career by writing to August Derleth, the then dean of macabre publishers at his home in Sauk City, Wisconsin, telling of his fascination with the Mythos, and purchasing books by the "Old Gentleman of Providence, RI." In addition, he sent a page or two of written work allegedly culled from the various forbidden or "black books" of the Mythos. Suitably impressed, the master of Arkham House invited Lumley to write something solid in the Mythos as a possible contribution to a new volume he was currently contemplating, to be titled -- what else but? -- Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. And as might well be imagined, that set everything in motion.

Forty years have passed since then and a good many words of Mythos fiction written, including critically acclaimed and award-nominated work, stories that have appeared in prestigious magazines such as Fantasy & Science Fiction, and hardcover volumes from publishers all over the world from the USA to China and the United Kingdom to Russia. But while Lumley's novels are all currently available, many of them in hardcover format, his Mythos short stories and novellas have until now remained uncollected.

Subterranean Press is proud to correct that omission in volumes that are guaranteed to be the pride of any collector's library of Mythos fiction other than tales written by H. P. Lovecraft himself. Here in this book are found the shorter stories. Thus the best of Brian Lumley's works in this sub-genre are collected and presented for the first time.

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From Publishers Weekly

British novelist Lumley began his writing career as an H.P. Lovecraft emulator. This nostalgic collection, the second of two volumes (after 2007's The Taint and Other Novellas) of Lumley's best Cthulhu Mythos tales, demonstrates that his work improves the more he moves away from his model, as in the simple and unflinching title story. The more histrionic The Caller of the Black still takes a significant step away from its source, introducing the recurring character of the occultist-adventurer Titus Crow, who, like most Lumley characters, is much more of a man of action than the typical Lovecraft protagonist. Mixed among the contemporary horrors are sword-and-sorcery stories set in Lovecraft's surreal Dreamlands and the Primal Land, as florid as the rest but sometimes redeemed by irony. These straightforward tales of forbidden tomes, alien gods and hideous dooms should appeal to Lovecraft fans who care more about atmosphere than philosophy or prose. (May)
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From Booklist

In The Taint and Other Novellas (2007), Lumley reissued seven longer contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos, the macabre milieu created by H. P. Lovecraft in which Lumley fostered his reputation as a leading horror author. This companion volume contains two dozen shorter Mythos tales, including his original Mythos story, first published in 1967, to one from as late as 2003. The Mythos revolves around a race of unimaginably ancient, malevolent beings, usually hidden beneath the oceans, who enslave hapless humans via dreams and telepathic spells. Lumley’s human Mythos protagonists are antiquarians, archaeologists, and eccentric explorers lured inevitably into horrific traps by their fascination with secret knowledge and unearthly powers. In “The Caller of the Black,” an amateur parapsychologist narrowly escapes death at the hands of a murderous spell caster by bouncing a curse back on its instigator. The title story recounts the chilling fate of a marine biologist whose encounter with an undersea parasite transforms him into an aquatic monstrosity. Lumley’s knack for spinning inventively gruesome scenarios provides hours of agreeably unsettling entertainment. --Carl Hays

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  • Print Length: 424 pages
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  • Publisher: Subterranean Press (March 30, 2011)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Lumley is awesome July 17, 2011
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The mythos short stories and novellas written by Lumley are all first-rate. Even the stories he said weren't that good I thought were amazing. Haggopian stands out, but I even liked stories that he called "derivative" of Derleth and Lovecraft. That style suited me just fine. Huge fan of Lumley's mythos work, and I hope more and more stuff like this gets released.

Let me just say, I'm a big horror fan, and I like the gory stuff the most, but the grotesque subgenre of horror that gets into the really insane violence and depraved themes... that subgenre is sorely missing a narrative voice like Lumley's. I hope to see all branches of the horror genre, whether its bizarro horror, ghost stories, possession, grotesque, etc., find a talent like Lumley to take their art to new heights as Lumley has done in works like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good August 14, 2013
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The stories were good, faithful to the mythos. The writing style did not grab me as much as Lumley's other works, but that must be taken in the context of working within parameters established.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird Fiction is Alive and Well November 21, 2012
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Excellent book for avid Mythos readers. I highly recommend Lumley's work. It was well written, and captivating; especially Haggopian. Pick it up, it's a bargain at its price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haggopian Rocks July 3, 2008
This is a great book, with many of excellent stories. Brian Lumley gives nice little intro's before each story. I'd recommend this for any fan of Lumley.
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Brian Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries and have inspired comic books, role-playing games, and sculpture, and been adapted for television. When not writing, Lumley can often be found spear-fishing in the Greek islands, gambling in Las Vegas, or attending a convention somewhere in the US. Lumley and his wife live in England.

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