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New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird [Kindle Edition]

Neil Gaiman , China Mieville , Caitlin R. Kiernan , Sarah Monette , Kim Newman , Cherie Priest , Michael Marshall Smith , Charles Stross , Paula Guran
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Book Description

For more than eighty years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history — written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread — remain not only viable motifs, but are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it.

In the first decade of the twenty-first century the best supernatural writers no longer imitate Lovecraft, but they are profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos he created. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird presents some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction — bizarre, subtle, atmospheric, metaphysical, psychological, filled with strange creatures and stranger characters — eldritch, unsettling, evocative, and darkly appealing.

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  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prime Books (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZJAP7O
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nameless Eldritch Deliciousness November 15, 2011
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I spent an entire hour writing an initial review in which I typed out the entire Contents page and remarked on my favorite of the stories; but for some reason (perhaps because I quoted text from one of the stories), Amazon has banned that initial review. Annoy'd, I claimed that I would no longer write reviews for Amazon. But this book is so good, and I am one of its writers, and I feel impelled to support my editor and publisher with some sort of review.

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.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reprints, reprints, reprints. November 23, 2011
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This anthology is chock full of fairly recent (in most cases) Mythos stories. The only problem is that almost every one of these stories has appeared in some other similar anthology within the last few years. If you don't collect Mythos stories then you will probably be happy with what is, to you, new material. If you are another collector as I am you will find little, if anything, new here.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, many familiar October 6, 2012
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I labor under a geas that compels me to buy pretty much every new Lovecraftian anthology or pastiche that comes down the Aylesbury pike. The upside is that sooner or later I read a lot of stories that have, or claim to have, that good old HPL-tinged cosmic horror and weirdness. The downside is that many new anthologies contain a fair number of stories I've already encountered, sometimes more than once. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird is no exception. It's a very good array of tales, and I'm happy to have it in my library. It would be an even greater treat for a reader to whom more of the stories would be new.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Spooky Stories December 11, 2012
I used to love Lovecraftian horror when I was younger. I read Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth. I have by no means read all of the old masters, or even most of them. There's just too much out there. But I've always loved the genre. Something about the combination of ancient indifferent gods, black magic, confused and highly imperfect heroes, and especially the overwhelming creepiness of the stories, fascinates me.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong set of stories
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 more
Published 19 days ago by Peter Olafson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Lovecraft homage - 3.5 stars
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Marco Vaca Salvador
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, nice to see modern authors working very ...
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 1 month ago by J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Some really good stories in here.
Published 4 months ago by Todd Maternowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fun new look at the Cthulhu mythos
Published 5 months ago by CRAIG ENGLER
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth your time !
Excellent set of short stories,very much LOVECRAFT ..........BUY IT!
Published 6 months ago by ramulchin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A touching homage to our loveable racist space crazy, with some really decent stories.
Published 7 months ago by benjamin boyd
2.0 out of 5 stars uneven
anyone can get in i or two quite well done.
Published 9 months ago by B. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Great treasure of new spins on the old ones
I admit I purchased this primarily for Gaiman and Newman...whose writing never fails to entertain me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Natalia Corres
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mythos Stories!
This is one of the better, more modern collections of Mythos tales. It is a must read for any fan, period.
Published 15 months ago by M, Eric Lewis
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