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The Taint and Other Novellas (Best Mythos Tales) by [Brian Lumley]
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From Publishers Weekly

Lumley fans will welcome this collection of seven longer Cthulhu Mythos tales from the prolific British author (Necroscope), on whom H.P. Lovecraft was an important influence. One of the earlier selections, The Horror at Oakdeene, set in an insane asylum full of inmates familiar with the Mythos, amounts to apprentice work highly derivative of Lovecraft. Another early effort, Born of the Winds, shows more originality by mixing the usual Lovecraftian imagery (e.g., cyclopean submarine cities of mad angles and proportions) with the Wendigo and Ithaqua, wind-walkers who first appeared respectively in tales by Algernon Blackwood and August Derleth. Perhaps most memorable is the 2005 title story, which, despite being set in Lovecraft's haunted seaport of Innsmouth, avoids Mythos clichés and comes across as distinctly the author's own. (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Dedicated horror fans immediately recognize the Cthulhu Mythos, the monstrous cosmology invented by H. P. Lovecraft and expanded into a compendious mythology by many other genre hands. The Mythos encompasses a culture of ancient, malevolent beings, many of them submerged in Earth's oceans, that lure susceptible humans into hellish servitude via dreams and telepathy. With a series of mythos-driven novels on his résumé, Lumley is not only the subgenre's most prolific practitioner but also arguably its most imaginative. Collected here for the first time are all his Cthulhuian novellas, including one of his earliest mythos pieces, The Horror at Oakdeene, about a mental-asylum intern who becomes a little too familiar with the inmates' dark obsessions. Other tales describe an encounter with a deadly wind-walking spirit, the fate awaiting an anthropologist who discovers a small-town carnival's stash of Cthulhuian relics, and the tragedy befalling the heir to a cursed Scottish estate. Lumley's knack for nightmarish scenarios and chilling language puts his writings at the forefront of contemporary horror fiction. Hays, Carl --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File size : 720 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 484 pages
  • Publisher : Subterranean Press (March 30, 2011)
  • ASIN : B004VBH4QM
  • Publication date : March 30, 2011
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1844165922
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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