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The Book of Cthulhu Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"There are no weak stories here -- every single one of the 27 entries is a potential standout reading experience. The Book of Cthulhu is nothing short of pure Lovecraftian gold. If fans of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos don't seek out and read this anthology, they're not really fans - it's that simple." -- Paul Goat Allen
"...thanks to the wide variety of contributing authors, as well as Lockhart's keen understanding of horror fiction and Lovecraft in particular, [The Book of Cthulhu] is the best of such anthologies out there." --Alan Cranis, Bookgasm.com
"The Book of Cthulhu is one hell of a tome." -- Brian Sammons, HorrorWorld.org
"...an impressive tribute to the enduring fascination writers have with Lovecraft's creation. [...] Editor Ross E. Lockhart has done an excellent job of ferreting out estimable stories from a variety of professional, semi-professional, and fan venues [...] to establish a sense of continuity and tradition." --Stefan Dziemianowicz, Locus
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First described by visionary author H. P. Lovecraft, the Cthulhu mythos encompass a pantheon of truly existential cosmic horror: Eldritch, uncaring, alien god-things, beyond mankind's deepest imaginings, drawing ever nearer, insatiably hungry, until one day, when the stars are right....
As that dread day, hinted at within the moldering pages of the fabled Necronomicon, draws nigh, tales of the Great Old Ones: Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Hastur, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, and the weird cults that worship them have cross-pollinated, drawing authors and other dreamers to imagine the strange dark aeons ahead, when the dead-but-dreaming gods return.
Now, intrepid anthologist Ross E. Lockhart has delved deep into the Cthulhu canon, selecting from myriad mind-wracking tomes the best sanity-shattering stories of cosmic terror. Featuring fiction by many of today's masters of the menacing, macabre, and monstrous, monstrous, including Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Thomas Ligotti, The Book of Cthulhu goes where no collection of Cthulhu mythos tales has before: to the very edge of madness... and beyond!
Do you dare open The Book of Cthulhu? Do you dare heed the call?
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Top Customer Reviews
27 stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, the author who created the Cthulhu mythos many years ago. If you haven't read Lovecraft, or don't know who he is, think of him this way: he's the J.R.R. Tolkien of horror. His fiction is impressive and very readable today, and I've thoroughly enjoyed his short stories. If you haven't read Lovecraft, find a collection of his short stories that features "The Call of Cthulhu" and dive in, then buy this book to see the evolution of the world he created.
The Book of Cthulhu is an anthology of short stories featuring authors who have written tales that carry on the Cthulhu tradition, as Lovecraft wanted. The editor, Ross Lockhart compiled most of these largely literary stories from other sources, packaging them up nicely, and also presents a few new ones. It's hard to review so many stories, but I'll give each one a line or more, and all of the stories had good qualities, but I connected with some more than others. Everyone has different tastes, and if you're looking for lots of gore or crazy action this isn't for you, but if you like to read some of the best authors writing today, check this out.
Caitlin R. Kiernan: Andromeda Among the Stones--five stars, (new story). This is arguably the best story in the anthology. It evokes everything that Lovecraft created and more. The alien horror of the otherside and the sacrifices that must be made to keep the evil at bay are real and palpable in this brilliantly written and menacingly beautiful story set (mostly) in the early 1900's just before World War I.Read more ›
This book has many things going for it, including amazing stories and sheer girth. This book is meaty, the kind of meaty that would fill up the ravenous gullet of even the hungriest Deep One. But as we often hear size is not an indicator of success. Lockheart has shown just how much he truly he loves the Cthulhu Mythos with this anthology. I was amazed at all of the collected author's abilities to re-capture the weighty and elaborate writing style that made Lovecraft so amazing. While some of the stories reflect the time period they were written, all of the horrible goodness they contain is timeless.
I enjoyed not only the way the stories were placed in the book, but the veritey of time periods that the stories occurred in. From the Gold Rush to the Cold War and periods on either side of those, this collection covered so many ages it showed just how timeless horror can be.
For me this is the best Cthulhu anthology out there hands down! If you like Horror, you'll love this. I would honestly give this six stars if I could. Buy this it is worth every cent!
So, based on this I'm looking forward to seventy years of Cthulhu scoured from the depths of rare fanzines ad hard to find paperbacks, topped off with some of the more interesting things published in the last decade.
Sadly not so. This is stuff, good stuff, but not a deep delve into the canon. In fact lets analyze that concept because frankly I claim false advertising. Of the 27 stories 16 are from 2000 or later, 2 are brand new, so more than half of this anthology is less than twelve years old. In fact, the earliest stories are from 1976 both from Disciples of Cthulhu: Lumley's Fairground Horror and Campbell's The Tugging, so the whole thing only spans thirty five years. Two stories from the seventies, three from the 80s, four from the 90s. Wow talk about a slanted pick. What exactly does post-Lovecraft mean? Oh and be clear there is no Derleth, no Carter, no Myers, no King, no Chabon, no Wagner, no Brennan. I mean really, you couldn't include Price's Wilbur Whateley Waiting?
Please don't misunderstand me, these stories are good, most of them, but I don't think its the book that was described. The deep delve was limited to the last 35 years and drew mostly from very mainstream magazines or other Cthulhu themed anthologies.Read more ›
Each story here is not a repetition of the one before, which keeps it fresh. A good example (and my favorite story of the collection), is The Unthinkable, by Bruce Sterling. It's a story that sets itself within a Lovecraftian realm, but instead of merely being a variation of a theme, serves as almost a sequel or continuation of Lovecrafts ideas. "What if the truth got out, and we were able to harness this power as a species?" Instead of being a retread of the same type of story, it builds faithfully on the already establish world that Lovecraft created.
Instead of being just another stale reminder of why we read Lovecraft's work, this collection is a compliment to all the brilliant madness we love to delve into. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading these takes on the Lovecraft mythos. This was well worth the read, and I recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a fine collection of Lovecraft-inspired short stories, with a diverse offering of writers. I enjoyed all of the stories to a greater or lesser degree, with "Fat... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dawn Ray
I really loved this book. H.P. Lovecraft could be difficult to read, especially for the modern day horror fan. I'm actually not too fond of Lovecraft or his writing style. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wayne Worthy
I have had this book laying around for almost 10 years and have only read some of the storiesPublished 5 months ago by Fredrick W Paget
A good collection of mythos based short story horrors well in the vein of HPL. A good read.Published 5 months ago by Zhakathoom
An excellent neo-mythos tome. The stories are varied and ingenious, conveying the unsettling atmospheres without the all too usual cheap imitations of Lovecraft's prose.Published 6 months ago by Andrew Garrison
A mediocre collection -- unified as much by a not-quite-there quality in the stories as by allegiance to Lovecraft.
Some stories are overwritten. Some are pretentious. Read more
Most of the stories in the collection are on the 'tongue-in-cheek' level and a couple of those were okay. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dead Mule, John
Really liked the book. The stories were interesting but not all of them were great. Was a great way to burn time though.Published 12 months ago by Justin C.