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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161696121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616961213
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Some of the best Lovecraftian short fiction of the past 30 years.”
Washington Post

“If you like Lovecraft even a little bit, this collection is a must.”
Book Riot

“Ellen Datlow's second editorial outing into the realm of Lovecraft proves even more fruitful than the first. Focusing on Lovecraftian monsters, Datlow offers readers sixteen stories and two poems of a variety that should please any fans of the genre.”
The Arkham Digest

“There’s no need to have previously read Lovecraft’s work to enjoy Lovecraft’s Monsters, but the collection will surely leave you with the desire to acquaint or reacquaint you with HPL canon.”
Rue Morgue

“In the case of Lovecraft's Monsters, edited by the great Ellen Datlow, the quality of the stories is both a celebration of HPL's legacy and a reminder of the wealth of talent the genre has to offer.... It's simple: if you like Lovecraftian fiction, you need to get this.”
Horror Talk

“...amazing and creative tales each with a striking illustration by John Coulthart…I fully recommend adding this nice anthology for all fans of Lovecraft.”
Dark Corner

“[T]he queen of anthologies, Ellen Datlow, has brought together the usual outstanding group of writers. . . . This is a must-have anthology for fans of things that go squick in the night.”
Lit/Rant

“The result is a delightful array of little pieces that range in mood and subject. Unholy sacrifice, forbidden love, a private dick on the trail of a murderer—there’s something there for everyone.”
The Jaded Consumer

“Editor Ellen Datlow has put together an anthology that will rock your liquid fantasies. Tachyon Publications has produced an excellent themed anthology. Lovecraft enthusiasts will plunge into the volume and be happily immersed in the content.”
Diabolique Magazine

“Where else, in one anthology, can a reader jump from roman noir werewolves to steampunk tanks in the Amazon to tales of forbidden love on the Innsmouth shore to Pinkerton agents in the Wild West?... Fortunately, we have Ellen Datlow to lead the way.”
Hellnotes

“Each story is a dark wonder and the volume itself is absolutely gorgeous, sumptuously illustrated throughout with steampunky-baroque original art by World Fantasy Award-winning artist John Coulthart. Lovecraft’s Monsters is a must-have for every fan of dark speculative fiction, so click on the cover graphic and grab it!”
The Tomb of Dark Delights

“With Ellen Datlow at the helm, there was never really any doubt about the quality of the selections on hand . . . .>i>Lovecraft’s Monsters is certainly a worthy addition to any horror library.”
Innsmouth Free Press

Lovecraft’s Monsters is a must-read for any fans of the Cthulhu Mythos.”
Geek Smash

“[A] delightful array of little pieces that range in mood and subject.... Unholy sacrifice, forbidden love, a private dick on the trail of a murderer—there's something there for everyone.”
The Jaded Consumer

"So I am telling you now, in the name of Yog-Sothoth, get this book, and prepare to lose some sleep."
The Bookend Family

Lovecraft's Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by Tachyon Publications, is a reprint anthology of some carefully chosen and mighty fine Lovecraftian short stories, novellas and poems.... All in all it is a terrific selection of works, and one that any fan of Lovecratian works should add to their collection.”
Fear.net

“...an entirely enjoyable read... for Mythos devotees I would highly recommend picking it up”
Seattle Geekly

“There’s a lot to love in Lovecraft’s Monsters, an anthology which is both faithful and inventive at the same time. Unafraid to take risks and snazzily illustrated, this collection is proof that the Cthulhu cult remains as strong as ever.”
Starburst

“Datlow brings together some of the top SF/F and horror writers working today and has them play in Lovecraft’s bizarre world. And that’s a delight.”
January Magazine

“For Lovecraft’s Monsters, each writer had the same agenda: come up with a fresh take on one of the legendary author’s otherworldly creatures, like Cthulhu, the Shoggoths, the Elder Things and Yog-Sothoth. (Trust, they’re scarier than those tongue-twisting names suggest.) Adding to the book's excellence, illustrator John Coulthart provided gorgeous new black-and-white artwork for each story.”
Complex

Lovecraft’s Monsters will appeal to fans of Lovecraft’s work, particularly his Mythos stories, and to readers of dark fiction everywhere. Datlow is an experienced and keen editor of dark fiction and has assembled a truly impressive list of stories.”
LitReactor

“[A]n amazing and diverse treasure trove of stories. As an avid fan of Lovecraft’s monstrous creations, THIS is the anthology I’ve been waiting for.”
Shattered Ravings

Praise for Ellen Datlow

“The field’s leading anthologist.”
Washington Post on The Best Horror of The Year, Volume 6


On Hauntings

"This diverse 25-story anthology is a superb sampling of some of the most significant short horror works published between 1985 and 2005. Editor extraordinaire Datlow (Poe) includes classic stories from horror icons."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"With her keen eye for craftsmanship, prolific anthologist Datlow always delivers first-class entertainment, whether her genre-at-hand is sf, fantasy, or, in this case, horror."
Booklist

"Anytime you sample a collection edited by veteran anthologist Ellen Datlow (Snow White, Blood Red; Teeth; Supernatural Noir), you know that you are in for a treat."
Shroud Magazine

"Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor.... Highly recommended."
Arkham Digest

On Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror

"Make sure you are in a safe place before you open it up."
New York Journal of Books

"An anthology to be cherished and an invaluable reference for horror aficionados."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Darkness promises to please both longtime fans and readers who have no clue what 'splatterpunk' was supposed to mean."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Eclectic...a complete overview of some of the best horror stories published in the last twenty years."
SF Site

On The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

"As the line between fantasy and horror blurs, this combined presentation of their exemplars will give readers of both genres much to enjoy, and may even broaden a few horizons."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Bring out the bone china—a critically acclaimed fantasy/horror annual celebrates its 20th anniversary in grand style.... Worth a space on any bookshelf."
Kirkus

“...an excellent anthology of horror stories.... I highly recommend it!”
Black Gate

From the Author

Interest in H. P. Lovecraft's fiction never seems to wane. His influence on his contemporaries and on so many writers since he died is a testament to the power of
his imagination. Why might this be? Possibly it's the richness of the mythos he created. The monsters, the unseen world behind the screen of normality in our world.
My initial exposure to the mythos was during my early teens, when I was reading lots of science fiction, so my experience with Lovecraft strongly contrasted with the sense of wonder and embrace of the unknown in science fiction. H. P. Lovecraft's hidden worlds and the mythos he created seemed inspired by and in turn promoted a sense of  fear and dread of the unknown.
Over time, I've read numerous pastiches of Lovecraft, but most --for me, at least--are too obvious, and bring little new to the table. I'm far more impressed and often surprised by writers who use the mythos in ways that its creator never dreamed of (and might indeed have him spinning in his grave).
            This is the second time I've edited a Lovecraftian anthology. My first was Lovecraft Unbound, containing mostly new stories inspired by Lovecraft. As readers familiar with my theme anthologies, I always attempt to push thematic boundaries to the breaking point: that is, if I can justify to myself that a story I encounter (by commissioning originals, or by researching and listening to suggestions for reprints) fits within the theme of my book, and I love that story I'll acquire and publish it.
For Lovecraft's Monsters, I had three goals in choosing stories: the first, as usual, was to avoid pastiches; the second was to use stories that have not been overly reprinted in the many recent mythos anthologies; third, I wanted to showcase Lovecraftian influenced stories by at least some authors not known for that kind of story. So in this case there are stories by Gemma Files, Steve Rasnic Tem, Karl Edward Wagner, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Hodge, Nadia Bulkin, and a collaboration by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley.
I believe I've succeeded in all three goals and hope that you enjoy reading Lovecraft's Monsters as much as I did working on it.

More About the Author

I've been an editor for over thirty years, first in book publishing, but mostly editing short stories for OMNI Magazine and webzine, EVENT HORIZON, a webzine, and SCIFICTION, the fiction area of SCIFI.COM. I currently acquire and edit short fiction for Tor.com and I edit original and reprint anthologies. Born and bred New Yorker, although I travel a lot.

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A nice modern interpretation of H.P. Lovecraft's mythos.
M. Stephens
I expected to like the stories from my favorite authors and but really, all of them were very good.
Christine
If you are a Lovecraft fan you will enjoy the variety of these stories.
Rena Mason

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cape Rust on May 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Lovecraft’s monster’s was exactly like NFL All Star game. Some absolutely amazing players showed up, however like their NFL brethren, it seemed like they were writing to not get hurt and there to enjoy the setting more than for the game itself. I can’t for one single second argue with the skill and quality of this selection of authors, some of my all time favorites are included, but even with that all start cast this felt like a collection of sometimes interesting stories that had a Lovecraft label stuck on them awkwardly and included just enough hints of Lovecraft to justify their inclusion into this collection.
The original art was amazing and the guide to Lovecraftian creatures at the end should be required reading for anyone not familiar with the genre. I would however have liked to have seen better references to that guide at the end or actually see it placed at the front of the book so that those who don’t know about the elder evils could get a feel for them before they started delving into a universe that is much more vast than their feeble little minds could have imagined. I understand wanting to give people a chance to picture those creatures for themselves, but it was good enough that I think newcomers to Lovecraft would like to know that it is there much earlier. This isn’t a bad book, but it is one of my least favorite books inspired by Lovecraft that I have read in the last few years. Who knows maybe it is just me…
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Scott Baker on May 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
What do you get when you take some of genre fiction’s biggest names and ask them to write original fiction based on H.P. Lovecraft’s works? The answer is simple: you get an amazing and diverse treasure trove of stories. As an avid fan of Lovecraft’s monstrous creations, THIS is the anthology I’ve been waiting for. And it certainly does not disappoint. The stories here are unique and wonderful, showcasing the best of Lovecraft’s wicked imagination and the endless talents of several of today’s finest authors.

I never seem to get tired of Lovecraft-inspired stories and books. Every year, they seem to get better and better as new (and veteran) authors add their creations to the canon. I would daresay Lovecraft is even more popular now than he was when he was alive. And hopefully, this is a trend that will continue for many, many years.

Each story in LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS is written well, and there is a very nice diversity of prose between the various authors. I particularly like how each storyteller highlights a unique take on these already-published creatures; the ability to bring forth something new from something that already exists is a true testament to each writer’s talents.

In addition to the writing, each story is painstakingly illustrated by noted artist John Coulthart. Reading Lovecraft is one thing…but seeing the man’s creations in ink is something on a whole different level. I love this aspect of the book, as it gives an even more heightened appreciation of the monsters within the stories.

My favorite story in LOVECRAFT’S MONSTERS is “Only the End of the World Again” by Neil Gaiman. In this tale, a werewolf has a run-in with an avatar of the Deep Ones, sea-dwelling gods that are older than time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maxine McLister on July 25, 2014
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Lovecraft's Monsters is an anthology of short stories, poems, and novellas inspired by that early master of horror, HP Lovecraft, edited by Ellen Datlow and written by some of the best in the genre including Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas. As in any group of stories, there are stories I liked a lot and some not quite as much but, putting aside personal preference, I have to say they're all pretty damn good.

I will admit as a huge Gaiman fan, my favourite story was `Only the End of the World Again' where a man with a problem meets someone or perhaps `thing' with a solution. But there were lots of others that kept me up and reading into the wee hours. There's the terrifying `Red Goat Black Goat' by Nadia Bulkin, the creepy `The Same Water as You' by Brian Hodges and the oddly sweet `Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl' by Caitlin R Kieran. There's plenty more, in fact too many to name, that run the gamut from a little creepy to full-on hide-under-the-covers-with-all-the-lights-on horror. In other words, a little something something for every Lovecraft or just all-round horror fan. And, if that's not enough to entice your inner monster lover, each story is beautifully illustrated by artist John Coulthart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis Thompson on August 7, 2014
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I absolutely loved that stories were written in the style of various genres, using only the Lovecraftian universe and not Lovecraft's overwritten prose-style. Some stories felt like they were written in the voice of Cormac McCarthy, H.G.Wells, and Dashiell Hammet, to name a few. Other stories, like Gaiman's, blended in elements of other horror subgenres. This is definitely a book for anyone interested in genre fiction--not just Lovecraftian fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren Ockrassa on July 20, 2014
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There's a little of Lovecraftian joy for everyone in this collection. Mercifully, Cthulhu isn't the most prominent entity, and several of the stories are really too lyrical to be classified as horror, so much as evocative. There's also precious little gibbering madness or eldritch reference, which on the whole makes for a supremely readable collection.
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