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Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos Paperback – October 1, 2002
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The majority of these offerings are in the "freebooting adventurer meets his doom in forbidden archaeology" vein, a la Conan creator Robert E. Howard - two of whose stories (and only one really a Mythos tale) are duly reprinted, "The Thing on the Roof" and "The Fire of Assurbanipal." Robert Bloch's "Fane of the Black Pharaoh," not one of his best but still not bad, has a British explorer running afoul of an ancient Brotherhood protecting the secrets of a mad Egyptian prophet-king. Clark Ashton Smith's "The Seven Geases" concerns the hypnotic magic of a long-forgotten serpent race, who sacrifice men to their unspeakable dark god. August Derleth - you didn't expect he'd miss out on the act, did you? - collaborates with Mark Schorer on "Lair of the Star-Spawn," detailing a missing archaeologist's plan to stop those same serpent-people from releasing their demon-gods upon mankind. (Derleth is also represented by his own virtual plagiarism of Algernon Blackwood, in "Ithaqua" and "The Thing That Walked On the Wind.") E. Hoffman Price's "The Lord of Illusion" and Henry Hasse's "The Guardian of the Book" tell stories of extraterrestrial wayfarers through the gates of time and space, uncovering ancient and extra-dimensional secrets.
Other offerings include more straightforward horror stories, such as Henry Kuttner's "Bells of Horror" and "The Invaders," C.Read more ›
"Many readers of the present volume will recognize a more than coincidental similarity between it and August Derleth's TALES OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS anthology that appeared more than two decades ago, in 1969. Derleth had compiled a prime collection of tales written by various authors under the influence of H. P. Lovecraft and employing the props of his system of 'artificial mythology' which Derleth (but not Lovecraft) called 'the Cthulhu Mythos.' To this collection Derleth prefixed a brief exposition of the Mythos as he understood it, so as to provide a context to help the reader better understand the stories that were to follow. It seems appropriate, therefore, in the present case to provide an analogous exposition, especially since the scholarship of the last decades has seen a major reinterpretation of Lovecraft's Mythos.
"As the title of this volume implies, there has even been a shift in nomenclature in regards to the Mythos. Especially in reference to the body of fictitious lore as it appears in the stories of Lovecraft himself, it seems better to refer to it as 'the Lovecraft Mythos' after its creator, rather than 'the Cthulhu Mythos' after one of the dread entities mentioned in it. As with most things, we must understand the origin and development of the Mythos before we can venture to say we know what it is. The definition of a thing includes its history. Hence, the following sketch of the Lovecraft Mythos and its evolution into the Cthulhu Mythos."
Price has thought long and hard about all of this, and his views are extremely interesting.Read more ›
As you'd expect with any anthology, this collection is a bit of a mixed bag, but worthwhile for its inclusion of some of the more hard-to-find tales, which are often neglected in anthologies of the genre. Also of note is Price's lively discussion of the "Cthuthlu\Lovecraft Mythos."
In the end, this is a fine addition to the cannon of anthologies which attempt to demonstrate Lovecrafts's influence over the "weird fiction" genre and the group of writers who contributed to Lovecraft's "universe."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an anthology; some of the stories are excellent, some are not. I only found one that I wish I had not bothered to read. All-in-all, a good book and a good read.Published 3 months ago by Carl Bradley
It's not often that you find a book that you can say I enjoyed every story wriiren. However this book is the one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Neil or Sharon Ullman
Like most Mythos-collections, this is a mixed batch. Some are pretty good, some are mediocre and a few are rather pointless. No truly awful ones.
Is it worth it? Depends. Read more
The "Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos" collection compiles a series of stories that blend in well with the world that H. P. Lovecraft created.Published on December 26, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Freaking EXCELLENT! One of the VERY BEST Mythos anthologies out there. Whenever I get discouraged and bored of the NEW and IMPROVED (yeah right) spin on the Master's tales I just... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Wildbillybones
I felt that most (though by no means all) of the stories in this anthology were inferior to both "H. P. Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Joel E. Mitchell
I finished Tales Of The Lovecraft Mythos about a month ago and wanted to write a quick review.
I think this is one of the better horror anthologies out there. Read more