Not so great Lovecraftian fiction

A Listmania! list by Matthew T. Carpenter (Peoria, IL, USA)
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The list author says: "I am creating this list from a sense of obligation to completists. I didn't much like these books but some readers have to have it all. Some books, like The Eden Retrieval, go in and out of availability so fast that they can't be maintained on a Listmania List."
Other Nations
1.  Other Nations by T & P Marsh
The list author says:
  "Great concept, interminably tedious prose and an excessive amount of lecturing."
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The H.P. Lovecraft Institute
2.  The H.P. Lovecraft Institute by David Bischoff
The list author says:
  "Just for fun, try to count all the typographical errors."
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NIGHTMARE'S DISCIPLE - A CTHULHU MYTHOS NOVEL
3.  NIGHTMARE'S DISCIPLE - A CTHULHU MYTHOS NOVEL by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.
The list author says:
  "I really got stuck on this one when I first tried to read it but I very much like Mr. Pulver's other work and WH Pugmire is insisting I try it again - so I may end up moving it off this list."
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A Darkness Inbred
4.  A Darkness Inbred by Victor Heck
The list author says:
  "I could have lived without the scene where the evil father sodomized his retarded daughter...oh, yeah, they also mention Nyarlathotep"
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Horror Between the Sheets
5.  Horror Between the Sheets by Jeremy Russell
The list author says:
  "This book may receive the dubious distiction of being the worst read on this list."
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Dagon (Voices of the South)
6.  Dagon (Voices of the South) by Fred Chappell
The list author says:
  "Highly crafted prose in the service of a disappointing slog"
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Island Life
7.  Island Life by William Meikle
The list author says:
  "I find this author's books uneven.  His Midnight Eye Files so far have been terrific reads.  Island Life was not so hot."
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The Riddle of Cthulhu
8.  The Riddle of Cthulhu by Ray Emerson
The list author says:
  "Let me know if you can make sense of this dreadfully poor effort.  The dialogue is a joke, the sex is puerile, the biology is questionable and the physics is delivered in tedious lectures.  Cthulhu and Yahweh are brothers.  No, I am not kidding.  Like some other real dogs here, this is a self published book from a vanity press."
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ultimate WMD
9.  ultimate WMD by Ray Emerson
The list author says:
  "Although not as lame as The Riddle of Cthulhu (which is scarcely possibly anyway), there is not much to enjoy in this mediocre self published novel."
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Gretchen's Wood: and Other Lovecraftian Tales of Terror in Columbiana County, Ohio
10.  Gretchen's Wood: and Other Lovecraftian Tales of Terror in Columbiana County, Ohio by Ran Cartwright
The list author says:
  "Stolid effort, probably more readable than other items on this list"
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The Dark Destroyer
11.  The Dark Destroyer by John S. Glasby
The list author says:
  "Great cover!  Too bad the rest of it isn't so good."
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Servants of Chaos (Leisure Horror)
12.  Servants of Chaos (Leisure Horror) by Don D'Ammassa
The list author says:
  "At least it's readable and used copies are dirt cheap."
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The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft
13.  The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute To H.P. Lovecraft by D. M. Mitchell
The list author says:
  "I guess it's really hip to use lots of different phrases for body orifices"
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Great White Space
14.  Great White Space by Basil Copper
The list author says:
  "Used copies are only pennies, and other fans like this book more than me.  I found it derivative with pretty weak prose."
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The Sand Dwellers
15.  The Sand Dwellers by Adam Niswander
The list author says:
  "Not offensive, not striking, not much of anything; the prose just did not move me at all."
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The Iron Maiden
16.  The Iron Maiden by Peter Lancett
The list author says:
  "I don't know if I found the numerous typographical errors more annoying than either the scattered plotting or unengaging prose."
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The Colour Out of Time
17.  The Colour Out of Time by Michael Shea
The list author says:
  "Written as a sequel to Lovecraft's classic story The Colour Out of Space, this highly derivative book is only of interest to completists"
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Eidolon
18.  Eidolon by Thom Ryng
The list author says:
  "Even after slogging through it I don't know if it is being presented as a work of fiction.  For the unreadable morass you get it is way too much money."
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The Coming Of T'Loal
19.  The Coming Of T'Loal by Jr., John O'Connor and James Layne
The list author says:
  "Amateurish prose, painfully old school mythos plot and the big action scene happens off stage.  Also it was way too expensive."
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Lair of the Dreamer: A Cthulhu Mythos Omnibus
20.  Lair of the Dreamer: A Cthulhu Mythos Omnibus by Franklyn Searight
The list author says:
  "I wish I liked this better.  Probably best for fans who like a heavy dose of "ia ia" with their mythos, and reiteration of HPL's plotlines with each story."
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THE BLACK SUTRA
21.  THE BLACK SUTRA by Walter C DeBill
The list author says:
  "Another book I wish I liked better.  Mostly I found it derivative and conventional.  I guess if you buy one book from this list, Black Sutra should be it."
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Correlated Contents: Six Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
22.  Correlated Contents: Six Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos by Robert M. Price
The list author says:
  "James Ambeuhl is the ultimate mythos fan and resource; I would not part with my signed copy.  Alas his prose is not so good here; check out his later stories as his writing has improved with time."
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Ghoul
23.  Ghoul by Michael Slade
The list author says:
  "Some of the characters read HPL's stories and named their rock band based on his fiction.  Otherwise there is nothing at all Lovecraftian here.  Besides that, the book stunk."
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Deeper
24.  Deeper by James Moore
The list author says:
  "Decent if not particularly compelling sequel to the Innsmouth story.  Mixing ghosts and Deep Ones did not work at all for me.  For a better mythos read, try the novels of Brian McNaughton.  For a worse read, well check out the other books on this list."
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The House of the Toad
25.  The House of the Toad by Richard L. Tierney
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  "Workman-like effort by an author capable of better."
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Satan's Love Child
26.  Satan's Love Child by Brian McNaughton
The list author says:
  "Of passing interest to mythos fans due to it's take on the supernatural twins plot device from The Dunwich Horror and references to Yog Sothoth.  Be prepared for a heavy dose of pornographic sex.  I guess a true devotee will get the preferred text, Gemini Rising, in the Wildside Press edition."
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Satan's Mistress (A Star book)
27.  Satan's Mistress (A Star book) by Brian McNaughton
The list author says:
  "To be fair, I only ever skimmed this book after reading the author's preferred (and more expensive) version, Downward to Darkness.  This is not pornographic, like Satan's Love CHild and may serve as a budget alternative to fans interested in McNaughton."
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Satan"s Seductress
28.  Satan"s Seductress by Brian McNaughton
The list author says:
  "You get the idea.  Those of you taking the high road will get Worse Things Waiting from Wildside Press.  Others can score a used copy of this.  As above, I did not read Satan's Seductress but only skimmed it.  In the cursory look I did not think it was pornographic, like Satan's Love Child."
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Satan's Surrogate (#4)
29.  Satan's Surrogate (#4) by Brian McNaughton
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  "The House Across the Way is the author's preferred text.  Too bad it's so expensive."
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New Mythos Legends
30.  New Mythos Legends by C. J. Henderson
The list author says:
  "Only dedicated collectors need apply.  About half the stories are neither Cthulhu mythos nor Lovecraftian.  Dominion by D'Ammassa and The Psychopomp of Irem by Pugmire, however, as far as I know are unavailable elsewhere."
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Coach's Midnight Diner: The Jesus Vs. Cthulhu Edition
31.  Coach's Midnight Diner: The Jesus Vs. Cthulhu Edition by Caroline Misner
The list author says:
  "This is not a Cthulhu mythos book in any sense.  These are stories for readers who want feel good Christian literature; Cthulhu is mostly just another aspect of Satan.  This misses the whole point of Lovecraft's fiction.  Well written and engaging but completely off topic."
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The Returner: Book of Planes
32.  The Returner: Book of Planes by C. Landri
The list author says:
  "Pretty weak.  Mr. Landri uses the names Cthulhu and R'lyeh, and some of HPL's imagery, but that's about it for anything approaching Cthulhu mythos horror.  Cthulhu makes a pitiful appearance as a villian with completely anthropomorphized motivations in what amounts to a comic book without the diverson of pictures."
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The Fertile Crescent
33.  The Fertile Crescent by Christopher McLairn
The list author says:
  "Atrocious self published drivel.  I found nothing here to be Cthulhu mythos or Lovecraftian, and most of it was barely readable."
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An Evil Guest
34.  An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe
The list author says:
  "I am sorry to include a book by an author of Mr. Wolfe's stature on this list, but I found An Evil Guest to be a disjointed mess without coherent plot or theme.  Too bad, it could have been so much more."
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Resume With Monsters
35.  Resume With Monsters by William Browning Spencer
The list author says:
  "This is not a bad book; in fact, Mr. Spencer's prose is quite good.  However, I do not want the unwitting to think this is a Cthulhu mythos story per se.  Instead HPL's creations are used as manifestations of the main character's psychic distress.  More for students of HPL's influence on popular culture instead of horror fans looking for a Cthulhu fix."
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Cthulhu's Chosen
36.  Cthulhu's Chosen by Elizabeth Loiler
The list author says:
  "Completely dreadful in every respect, and not really about Cthulhu either."
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Dear Cthulhu: Have a Dark Day
37.  Dear Cthulhu: Have a Dark Day by Patrick Thomas
The list author says:
  "I know some fans actually like this but I was pretty bored and a little exasperated by the time I got to the end of each volume.  More palatable in very small doses."
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Dear Cthulhu: Good Advice for Bad People
38.  Dear Cthulhu: Good Advice for Bad People by Patrick Thomas
The list author says:
  "If you want to see a similar concept but done better, check out Calls for Cthulhu on Youtube.  Epsiode #6 is highly recommended."
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The Haunter of the Threshold
39.  The Haunter of the Threshold by Edward Lee
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  "Go ahead and try it if you like rape pornography."
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Pages Torn From a Travel Journal
40.  Pages Torn From a Travel Journal by Edward Lee
The list author says:
  "Using HPL as the narrative voice does not disguise that this book is tedious scholcky pornography not worth the paper it is printed on.  After reading this I am embarrassed to even mention I read it."
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