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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804356
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ross E. Lockhart is the managing editor of Night Shade Books. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, he holds degrees in English from Sonoma State University (BA) and San Francisco State University (MA). In 2011, he edited the acclaimed anthology The Book of Cthulhu. A follow-up, The Book of Cthulhu II was published October 2012 from Night Shade Books, and his rock-and-roll novel, Chick Bassist, is coming this November from Lazy Fascist Press. He lives in an old church in Petaluma, CA, with his wife Jennifer, hundreds of books, and Elinor, who is fitting in nicely.

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The story is delightfully perverse, funny, twisted and disturbing in only a way that she could pull off.
Justin Steele
I have read, elsewhere, the majority of the stories in this great anthology, but I will be overjoy'd to have them all in one book.
Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.
The Book of Cthulhu I and II will remain a staple in any Lovecraftian's book collections for years to come.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. on September 9, 2012
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I have read, elsewhere, the majority of the stories in this great anthology, but I will be overjoy'd to have them all in one book. I will wait until I have a copy of the book to write a critical review; for now I want to list the book's Contents for you who are curious as to what tales the book contains.

Introduction, Ross E. Lockhart
Shoggoth's Old Peculiar, by Neil Gaiman
Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
This Is How the World Ends, by John R. Fultz
The Drowning at Lake Henpin, by Paul Tobin
The Ocean and All Its Devices, by William Browning Spencer
Take Your Daughters to Work, by Livia Llewellyn
The Big Fish, by Kim Newman
Rapture of the Deep, by Cody Goodfellow
Once More from the Top, by A. Scott Glancy
Hour of the Tortoise, by Molly Tanzer
I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee, by Christopher Reynaga
Objects from the Gilman-Waite Collection, by Ann K. Schwader
Of Melei, of Ulthar, by Gord Sellar
A Gentleman from Mexico, by Mark Samuels
The Hands that Reek and Smoke, by W. H. Pugmire
Akropolis, by Matt Wallace
Boojum, by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
The Nyarlathotep Event, by Jonathan Wood
The Black Brat of Dunwich, by Stanley C. Sargent
The Terror from the Depths, by Fritz Leiber
Black Hill, by Orrin Grey
The God of Dark Laughter, by Michael Chabon
Sticks, by Karl Edward Wagner
Hand of Glory, by Laird Barron.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin Steele on December 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Review originally appeared on my blog, The Arkham Digest.

In 2011, Ross E. Lockhart, managing editor at Night Shade Books, put together an amazing anthology of Lovecraft inspired stories titled The Book of Cthulhu. Weighing in at five hundred pages, this tome managed to collect some of the best Lovecraftian stories to be found, and even included a couple original tales. I'll most likely be doing a review at some point, but if I may cut to the chase now it's safe to say that it's a brilliant anthology that should have a place in every Lovecraft fan's library.

The Book of Cthulhu met with enough success to warrant a sequel volume which was published in September, The Book of Cthulhu II. Lockhart has chosen more of the finest tales, as well as giving readers four original tales this time around. The book is a tad bit shorter, at four hundred and forty pages, but should easily satisfy any fan of the first.

The main problem with Lovecraft-inspired fiction is that there is so much of it out there. In a sense, for fanboys like me, this is also a good thing, although it means there is also a ton of not-so-good pastiches. Lockhart has found some of the standout stories over the years, some of which I was already very familiar with and others that I myself have not read.

The tales themselves vary in tone. Some of the stories are horrific, and others are light-hearted and even silly. Thematically, there are stories chosen that represent different aspects of Lovecraft's writing. The vast majority are Cthulhu-Mythos related, or play on those ideas, however there is a tale that explores Lovecraft's dream cycle. Overall, the vast majority of stories are great reads, and the book is a must have for any fan of the Gentleman of Providence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By diegosaville on April 4, 2013
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Lovecraft is a much-emulated, much-borrowed from writer and I often pause when I see "Lovecraft-inspired" or such similar phrases attached to a work. It too often means an overly heavy hand in "borrowing" and little in the way of creativity. The Book of Cthulhu 2 defies that stereotype in spades. This is a stunning collection of Lovecraft inspired tales all centered around the infamous Cthulhu myth. The stories in this collection vary greatly in theme, tone, and atmosphere, but all pay homage to the great master of storytelling and world-building without falling victim to that heavy hand.

Some, like Neil Gaiman's selection "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar," make direct reference to Lovecraft while at the same time resurrecting the Cthulhu mythos in a modern setting off the English coast. Others, such as "Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea" by Caitlin R. Kiernan, allude to the mysteries of the master with just as much skill and craft. William Browning Spencer's "The Ocean and All Its Devices" gives us the possible origins of such creatures in his heartbreaking tale of loss. Kim Newman even gives us Lovecraft noir in her excellent story "The Big Fish." There are two dozen stories here from some of the biggest names in horror. Laird Barron, Neil Gaiman, Jonathon Wood, W. H. Pugmire, and more serve up a fantastic selection of monsters.

The only catch- you must be a Lovecraft fan. Without that, many of the stories will be a little too odd as they rely on an understanding of the original story. I haven't read the grand original in some time and I took pause to dig it up. I then went back into the stories and they were far richer thematically and symbolically. There are very few weak moments in this one and worth every slithery scale!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2012
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Absolutely riveting, I can't put it down! I am not even the slightest bit familiar with H.P Lovecraft's work but this book of short stories has inspired me to read as much as I can by him. I'm pretty sure I will enjoy the original all the more now that I have so many brilliant stories to draw upon. I am also going to get the first book in the series. Every story has a flavor and style all it's own, each one as fascinating as the last. It's a great read and I want to stop writing this review so I can get back to reading it!!
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