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There is a rad new trend, it seems, among publishers: the use of "Cthulhu" as a selling tool. More and more books with the Great Old One's name as title are evident: CTHULHU'S REIGN, THE BOOK OF CTHULHU; even S. T. Joshi's BLACK WINGS will undergo a title change when it is reprinted by Titan Books in March of 2012, it will nigh be know as BLACK WINGS OF CTHULHU. S. T. is rather annoy'd at ye alteration. But I see all of this as a good thing, because the writing of Lovecraftian weird fiction is my obsession.
NEW CTHULHU: THE RECENT WEIRD is one of ye finest new titles to use R'lyeh's Lord as title portion, and its brilliance comes from the professionalism of its authors and editor. If we are going to write tales that pay homage to H. P. Lovecraft, it behooves us to do our very best with such work. Some of that very best is in this book.
Paula's Introduction is quite good. She discusses the growing genre of the Mythos, relates biographical information concerning H. P. Lovecraft, and devotes space to the question of "What is Lovecraftian?" The brilliant thing about modern Lovecraftian fiction, penned by professionals of the genre, is that people have their own very personal and unique ideas about what makes up a Lovecraftian story.Read more ›
China Mieville's "Details," Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald," and Charles Stross's "A Colder War" are among the stories likely to be familiar to most fans of Lovecraftian fiction. Deservedly so--they're great stories. I also especially liked Caitlin Kiernan's "Pickman's Other Model (1929)," Marc Laidlaw's "The Vicar of R'lyeh," Michael Marshall Smith's "Fair Exchange," and Norman Partridge's "Lesser Demons."
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird is a well-chosen and smartly edited anthology; one nice touch is the use of quotations from HPL as epigraphs. The anthology's main shortcoming is that it is but one entry in the increasingly crowded field of Cthulhu-themed or Lovecraftian anthos, and treads a somewhat well-trodden path. But better a little repetition than the unthinkable: a dearth of cosmic horror. That would be a real nightmare.
I was in the mood for something thought-provoking and scary, and so of course Lovecraft was the first thing that came to mind. I found this collection of stories and was completely satisfied. I only found one story in this book that I had already seen, by China Mieville, but it was a pretty good one and I didn't really mind reading it a second time. 90% of the rest of the book is fantastic.
There were some misses. One of the stories, "Another Fish Story," reminds me of some kind of 60s or 70s hippy book. Pretty irritating, mostly because I'm too young to have lived through those times. Thus the mannerisms and dialogue just annoy me as opposed to bringing up a sense of nostalgia for the time, which is what I'm assuming she was going for. I stuck with the story and it turned out to be a pretty interesting origin tale of one of the more infamous characters from that era. But still I rolled my eyes a lot while reading it.
Other than that one mediocre story, all of the selections in this book were wonderful. Three that stand out for me are: "A Colder War," which is basically a sci-fi story imagining what the Cold War would be like using knowledge of and access to the Old Ones; "Bad Sushi," a completely awesome story about a sushi chef facing eldritch horrors; and my personal favorite, "Lesser Demons.Read more ›
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While I found the opener kind of a snooze, the next eight stories are uniformly engaging and I was 190 pages into the collection before I hit another that didn't grab me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peter Olafson
I was looking forward to reading this collection, it proved to be mightier than I initially thought but overall I think it was deserving of 3.5 stars. It's good, but not great. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marco Vaca Salvador
Great collection, nice to see modern authors working very well with the Lovecraft mythos! Intro by Neil Gaiman very well written, informative about H. P.Published 9 months ago by J.
Excellent set of short stories,very much LOVECRAFT ..........BUY IT!Published 14 months ago by ramulchin
A touching homage to our loveable racist space crazy, with some really decent stories.Published 15 months ago by benjamin boyd
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