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High Seas Cthulhu: Swashbuckling Adventure Meets the Mythos Paperback – September 1, 2007

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William Jones is a writer of mystery, horror, science fiction, and historical fiction and is the author of Artifacts, Horrors Beyond, and Horrors Beyond 2. He has also edited several fiction anthologies and magazines. He lives in Metamora, Michigan.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Elder Signs Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934501026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934501023
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on September 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
High Seas Cthulhu, full of mythos stories nautical and piratical, is the latest offering from Elder Signs Press. Right now this company is the hottest thing around in the US for fans of Cthulhu mythos fiction. They are more prolific than either Hippocampus Press, Chaosium or Mythos Books. In the UK, the best thing going is Rainfall Books. Thank goodness for the modern era and the web, so fans can access all of their books. High Seas Cthulhu is a lovely trade paperback, with the usual flawless production qualities and editing we expect from Elder Signs Press (OK, I saw an occasional sentence fragment and at least one instance where as author used the word bemused when they meant amused). It lists for $15.95. I don't see a discount on Amazon but it is available for free shipping if you order more than $25 worth of stuff. Page count was 327 with stories starting on page 9, very generous for this genre! There were a few unnumbered pages of useful minibios of the authors at the back of the book. All of these stories are newly published with this anthology except "Ensnared," which was in an obscure story collection in 2003. Most of the authors were new to me. The attractive cover art by Steven Gilberts shows a Cthulhu-like thing attacking a ship; it could have been based on a number of the stories herein. I liked it but my favorite ESP covers are the shoggoth in Hive and the noir cover for Hard Boiled Cthulhu. There were a few nautical terms bandied about that I did not know; I've posted a list of these words and their definitions on alt.horror.cthulhu to save you the trouble. I wish William Jones had written an editor's/publisher's note to explain how he conceived of this book and let us know a little about the story selection process.Read more ›
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Potter on October 14, 2007
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These stories are actually pretty good, for the most part. Given the overall theme, you expect Cthulhu, Dagon, and Deep Ones, and that's what you get with some exceptions. I really enjoyed the set-ups of the stories, the characters involved, and the writing styles.

So why the two stars? Because there were no surprises. Everything was put forward in plain, simple descriptions and plot lines. No "barely glimpsed" horrors, no hanging mysteries; just straight linear stories. Nothing to match or even reach for the chills that HPL's prose is capable of creating. It's a bit like reading descriptions of events in a "Call of Cthulhu" RPG campaign. Prosaic is a good word. These are more fantasy stories than lovecraftian horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wildbillybones on June 18, 2012
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BIG hit for all of the traditional Lovecraft mythos fans. Loved EVERY story! I'm not very happy with the direction modern mythos writers ( Black Wings of Cthulhu ) are going. Stick with Howie's original atmosphere and cosmic terror. William Jones, Robert Price, Stephen Jones and those guys have it right.
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