Most of these stories, however, are just not good.
Either Ambuehl didn't specify what he wanted from the authors strictly enough or he let them get away with shoddy work, either way it's bad editorship.
Just because an author uses the word "Cthulhu" doesn't mean it's good - the stories still need to work as stories.
I purchased this anthology in the Hodges Figgis during a vacation in Ireland.I decided to buy the majority of the anthologies in the horror section of the store (i visited the... Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Eitan Mizrahi
I wasn't expecting The Big Sleep, you know? But when you buy a book that claims to be an anthology of Hardboiled/Lovecraftian stories, you do expect it to... Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by Wanderer D
I found this dull reading, suitable only if you're really bored and have already read anything else you can get your hands on.Published on March 21, 2010 by B. Bryant
Only some of the stories follow the noir-ish theme implied by the title and cover, but an above-standard collection of Lovecraft (and other authors) inspired short stories.Published on December 8, 2007 by Jonathan R. Hatch
This mixing of genres seemed like a good idea, but it did not work. The only reason that it rates two stars is that there are some stories that pass: "A Little Job in Arkham" and... Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by S. Potter
Maybe some short stories in this book are worth reading, but I couldn't get to them - I tried the first 5 or 6, and they were very amateur and cliche. Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by J. White