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The New Lovecraft Circle Paperback – March 30, 2004
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The basic idea of a Mythos tale . . . is an interior skeleton like a mammal's, a frame on which to grow . . . It forms the baseline against which the new variations may be measured. It is not a denial of flexibility; it is something to be flexible with.Preface by Ramsey Campbell, fascinating introduction by Price, beautiful cover art by Gahan Wilson, and 26 tales by Campbell, Lumley, Sutton, Wagner, Tierney, Lupoff, Ligotti, Burleson, Rainey and others. No overlap with previous anthologies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's a creepy thought, and the best tales in this collection are those that filter this paranoia in new and unexpected ways: "The Horror on the Beach," by Alan Dean Foster, for example, transplants the monster to the sunny California coast. "The Stone on the Island" by Ramsey Campbell is a masterpiece of understatement, all the more terrifying for its low-key, economical prose. "The Kiss of Bugg-Shash" by Brian Lumley is more in the classic Lovecraftian vein of the disgusting, slimy, implacable enemy, but chilling for all of that. Less successful are entries that ape Lovecraft's over-the-top and frankly dated writing style, or that stick too closely to his original concepts and geographical settings. Nevertheless, as a whole this collection offers plenty of skin-crawling reading. Don't read it when you're alone, or during a power outage.
But that's not the only real Lovecraft era, as these talented writers prove. Although some of these stories were published as early as 1958 ("The Slitherer from the Slime" by Lin Carter and Dave Foley) and 1964 ("The Plain of Sound" by Ramsey Campbell; "The Stone on the Island" by August Derleth), most of the stories are from the 1970's and 1980's. The collection was published in 1996 and includes material from as late as 1996 ("The Keeper of the Flame" by Gary Myers, "The Keeper of Dark Point" and "The Black Mirror" by John Glasby, "I've Come to Talk with You Again" by Karl Edward Wagner).
For those that like more straight vampire and werewolf stuff, this isn't going to do it for you. But if you like incomprehensible weirdness, this is a pretty fine place to look.
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Now unlike the majority of the Lovecraft fan world, I think R.M. Price is hugely over-rated. Yes he knows Lovecraft, and literature but he is pompous, self-absorbed and a turgid writer. As editor of by far the worst of the Lovecraft anthologies, The Tsatoggua Cycle, he made me know fear; fear of Lovecraft pastiche and his overblown literary criticism. But I loved his reading of The Dunwich Horror, and based on positive reviews of this book I tried it, and am deeply sorry I've wasted my time on it.
While at least it stays away from the Clarke Ashton Smith type of fantastical imitations, I ploughed through exactly half the book before I came on something good in The Keeper of Dark Point, by John Glasby. By good, unfortunately I mean in comparison to the drivel before it. So many of the stories here finish with the dreaded <last line of horror in italics> that you realize just how poor Price's editorial skills are. (Not to mention his writing in his own story). There are average stories, bad stories, awful stories, attempts to do something different that completely fail ( Richard Lupoff's Lights! Camera! Shub-Niggurath! great title, unbelievingly long and unfunny lead-in)and by my count 2 out of 25 very good stories, Thomas Ligotti's Vastarien and David Kaufman's The Church at Garlock's Bend.
Skip this, save your money. "Cthulhu 2000" is the best of the Lovecraftian anthologies with "The New Mythos Circle", "Shadows Over Baker Street" * "Shadows Over Innsmouth" seems ok so far but I've read little of it yet.
Go back and buy the new Penguin releases of Lovecraft with editorial by ST Joshi, a better editor and writer.
Not to worry, though. His mantle has been taken up by a wide variety of authors, through the years, authors who borrow from, build on or even satirize the chaotic universe in which Lovecraft's macabre stories occur. And, many of the best of these authors are represented in this tome of Lovecraftian stories. I was pleased with my purchase and, if you like the original source, these tales will, no doubt, please you, as well.
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Most of the stories were pretty good. One was down-right horrible and boring (Lights! Camera! Shub-Niggurah!) and one was so vile and creepy I actually was sickened. I loved it! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark Bigelow
My relationship with the Cthulhu Mythos has been on-going for many decades. There was a time I no longer wanted to de identify'd as a Mythos writer, and (as Bob Price mentions in... Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.
i think this book is great for the Lovecraft fan.it's hard to find good stories containg Cthulhu himself but it's not a problem in this book! Read morePublished on August 25, 2009 by Lovecraft Girl