- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Innsmouth Free Press (November 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986686468
- ISBN-13: 978-0986686467
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,852,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
I follow Silvia's blog and tweets. She does good work, and produces pretty good material. I saw her plea for honest reviews about this book and decided to purchase it and give it a go. She mentioned this was the highest pirated book out of all of the ones released by her, but also one of the lowest rated.
I think I know why now.
Like many, I picked this up because it was Lovecraftian themed. Anything with Lovecraft in the title will draw the masses of fans, read to get their tentacles onto another collection of fiction that will entice them and make them dream forbidden dreams. Hence the high level of piracy in regards to this book. You tap into something so popular as Lovecraft, and people will come and snap it up as fast as possible. I was excited to read this anthology, especially after having read Space Eldritch (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16118770-space-eldritch) which in itself was a sci-fi Lovecraftian themed anthology.
Reading this anthology was like riding a roller coaster with huge peaks and very low valleys. There are some really, really good stories in this collection. "In The Hall Of The Yellow King", "The Labyrinth of Sleep", "Deep Blue Dreams", "The Comet Called Ithaqua", and "The Door From Earth" were some of the stories that I enjoyed the most. Wonderfully written, they contained Lovecraftian themes, even the ones that didn't contain his monsters. They were entertaining, understandable, and were a good mix of sci-fi and horror. I will probably go back and read these on a future date if I want to brave the bad stories of this anthology.
And that's where we run into the issue with this anthology.Read more ›
The trouble with anthologies, however, is that unless you are familiar with the Editor(s) or writers, then your enjoyment of the book is a crapshoot. None of the authors were familiar to me, neither were the editors. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot, and for the most part I was satisfied.
Containing a solid mix of poetry and short stories there is some really good stuff in here. And there is some really, really bad stuff in here. The worst one, in my opinion, was “The Library Twins and the Nekrobees” by Martha Hubbard which read like some silly “Cthulhu for Kids” nonsense that just did not cut it for me. Especially when stacked against dark, mesmerizing works like “Do Not Imagine” by Mari Ness and “The Comet Called Ithaqua” by Dan Webb which were true Lovecraftian works of cosmic horror.
A.C. Wise submitted a truly Weird, beautiful piece called “Venice is Burning” which fits the mythos nicely, even if the story itself takes more than one reading to fully digest.Read more ›
Most Lovecraftian stories deal with the horrifying elements being hidden (either by nature or design), or their bursting out into the mundane world with rending, apocalyptic consequences. "In The Hall of the Yellow King" and "Tri-TV" show something I've never seen before in a story involving Lovecraft's nightmares. They show humanity adapting, evolving. Coping. Lovecraft predicted that the oncoming singularity of science in the face of universe's vastness would shatter our feeble minds, but Bobby Cranestone (Tri-TV) and Peter Rawlik (In The Hall of the Yellow King) offer a different hypothesis: that humanity's a tough and at times just-as-insane species as anything else lurking out there in the elder dark. Couldn't recommend the collection enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A collection of SF stories set in the future and inspired by the works of HPL.
Above average in quality for anthologies.
I really hated this book. Some might like it. I prefer a story with a beginning a middle and an end. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Patrick McMahon
Like any anthology of stories, everyone finds stories that are hits, and stories that are misses. For me, there were several good hits, but on the whole I felt something lacking. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lucy Furr
May not be original HPL, but just as good with some new eerie twists!Published on July 21, 2014 by S. Atkinson
Good book, I felt the middle sagged somewhat, but the grand sum of stories were strong. The "Jelly" story and the engineers of Tsaggoutha were both great, showcasing human... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by lightbringer34
This collection of short stories and poems is an excellent showing of the Lovecraft genre. Some of the stories are a little tongue-in-cheek , but they all present the eerie,... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Brian Scott Hauge