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Arkham Tales: Stories of the Legend Haunted City Paperback – July 7, 2006
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Well, that explains the rather dodgy quality of most of these stories. Rarely have I read a collection of Mythos tales that was - on average - so poorly written both stylistically as well as plot-wise, so full of typos, so enormously predicatble, downright silly (a Mythos entity called Hasad the Horrible?!) and in some cases so incredibly forcefully inserted in the Arkham surroundings. I mean, come on ... a Japanese deligation holding a weird tea ritual at the Miskatonic University? Can things get any sillier?
Most of the writers seem to be rather inexperienced, using quite a few pages for character and athmosphere building only to find out that they haven't got enough words left for a decent plot development and interesting twists.Read more ›
That's what this collection reminded me of. A bunch of works left at the grave of H.P.L. with very little to encourage them. There is a certain amount of promise in this work, but it is quickly buried under stories that never seem to go anywhere. The writing is cliched in most of the tales, and sometimes the mythos seems to be an afterthought to what's going on.
Poor editing contributed to the poor effect, but really, the quality of the stories does not match most of the "fan work" that has come before. It reads like a bunch of adventure intros for the "Call of Cthulhu" RPG, and not like a series of genre stories.
First, there were unintentional bad syntax and misspellings throughout...which was both irritating and distracting. Did anyone even proofread or edit this collection before it went to press? I really wonder!
Second, most of the stories...with (if I remember correctly!) only two notable exceptions...were simply poor. The plots and writing "styles" reminded me of something straight out of a high-school campus magazine...and most were too predictable and not at all frightening. The rich imagery of Lovecraft and his best inheritors was totally absent. The results were, mostly, dull and unimaginative.
Third, too many of the stories dealt with different private detectives dealing with Arkham horrors...and these were written in a very corny, dated style that read like bad Mickey Spillane. I think that the Old Master, Lovecraft, would have cringed at some crap!
If you are a true Lovecraft Mythos fan who has enjoyed some of the really good spinoffs from some of the first generation of Lovecraft's inheritors, I would recommend that you bypass this book altogether.
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