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The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century's most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how Mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Neil Gaiman is the author of the best-selling Trigger Warnings, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, The Sandman series, and many other works. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. His novel American Gods is being made into a TV miniseries to air in 2017. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.

Laird Barron is the author of several books, including?The Croning, Occultation, ?and?The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in Upstate New York.

Cherie Priest debuted to great acclaim with "Four and Twenty Blackbirds", "Wings to the Kingdom", and "Not Flesh Nor Feathers", a trilogy of Southern Gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore. She is also the author of "Fathom", "Dreadnought", and "Boneshaker", which was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award and won the PNBA Award and the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel. She is an associate editor at Subterranean Press. Born in Tampa, Florida, Priest went to college at Southern Adventist University and earned her master s in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. After spending most of her life in the southern United States, she recently moved to Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.

Charles Stross is the author of the bestselling Merchant Princes series, the Laundry series, and several stand-alone novels including "Glasshouse", "Accelerando", and "Saturn's Children". Born in Leeds, England, in 1964, Stross studied in London and Bradford, earning degrees in pharmacy and computer science. Over the next decade and a half he worked as a pharmacist, a technical writer, a software engineer, and eventually as a prolific journalist covering the IT industry. His short fiction began attracting wide attention in the late 1990s; his first novel, "Singularity Sky", appeared in 2003. He has subsequently won the Hugo Award twice. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland, in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.

CAITLIN R KIERNAN is the author of science fiction and dark fantasy works, including ten novels; many comic books; and more than two hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes. She is also the author of scientific papers in the field of paleontology.

Award wins:

Kiernan has won the International Horror Guild Award (4 times)
The Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award
The James Tiptree Jr Award
The Bram Stoker Award (twice)
The Locus Award
World Fantasy Award (twice both in 2014)


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Eons ago the great HPL Himself taught us the gospel. Since then many a books in the tradition of the Great Old One have been published. Some really fine, some quite acceptable, and some purest eldritch madness from the deepest howling abbys of creative writing classes. Lets be honest folks: Quite a lot of stories written in the tradition of HPL is the sort of stuff which you would like to burn at the stake together with its authors.There is indeed a lot of junk out there in the literary multiverse HPL has bequeathed us. But sometimes you can still find gems.Or a whole collection of gems. This book for example. It contains a selection of some of the finest authors in the field and definitely some of the best stories of contemporary Lovecraftian Horror. Lockharts selection is not highly entertaining but also offers a fresh perspective on cosmic horror. He did indeed a fine job as editor, as the collection shows a very high level of quality and variety. It offers storytelling and imagination without boring artsy mumbo jumbo. My personal favs are:

Charles Stross A Colder War.
Kaitlin A. Kiernan: Andromeda among the Stones
David Drake: Then curse the Darkness
Kage Baker: Calamari Curls
Laird Barron: The Men from Porlock

Especially Barrons story demonstrates the vitality and power a Lovecraftian story of today is able to show. The Wild Bunch vs. The Great Old Ones. Just pure fun! HPL would have loved it..Every anthology calls itself a "Must Read". Well, this one is indeed not-to-be-missed. You ever enjoyed one of HPLs stories and wished for more? Fine, then buy this book.You will just love it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a GREAT collection. Along with the favorites listed above 18. Mai 2017
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I am about 85% of the way through this book. I keep finding classic stories in here! Michael Shea's "Fat Face." T.E.D. Klein's "Black Man With a Horn." Then I was a bit surprised to see the bitter and heartbreaking "Than Curse the Darkness" by David Drake. "Great," I think, "but no one ever thinks to include the hugely talented Brian McNaughton"--and lo, there it is, McNaughton's "The Doom that Came to Innsmouth"!
This is a GREAT collection. Along with the favorites listed above, and others, I've found new favorites here--the best so far is "Jihad Over Innsmouth" by Edward Morris; but I have not run across a single "dud" story in this whole collection, which is a miracle. If you like the Mythos you should own this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a fine collection of Lovecraft-inspired short stories 7. Dezember 2015
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This is a fine collection of Lovecraft-inspired short stories, with a diverse offering of writers. I enjoyed all of the stories to a greater or lesser degree, with "Fat Face" being one of the best of the offering along with "The Crawling Sky", The Oram County Whoosit", and "Andromeda Among the Stones" as other fine tales. There are many more, however, and I would recommend this book to any fan of Lovecraft or the tentacle-laden terrors of the outer darkness....Cthulhu fthnln rylyeh!
4.0 von 5 Sternen good read 26. Februar 2016
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I'm pretty big on reading. I find it hard to put down a good book that really engages me and end up reading an entire novel in half a day. I love anything paranormal, fantasy, erotic, sci-fi, thriller or paranormal romance, (most anything really), but it has to have good writing and a good story. This was not a disappointment, it delivered a very interesting story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful state of the art mythos anthology 24. Oktober 2011
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The popularity of all things Cthulhu seems to know no bounds these days and book publishers are taking advantage of that fact. Night Shade Books began planning this book about two years ago. There was a brief delay while they underwent a change in editorial duties but then Ross Lockhart, one of the head honchos at Night Shade took the project over and was able to rapidly bring it to fruition. Publication date was earlier this year. It is a lovely and generous trade paperback with 522 pages of stories. We also get some extra pages with a rather generic introduction and a useful copyright history in the back. We don't get any authors' notes, alas. Production qualities are fine; I may have noted a rare typographical error. Cover art is a dramatic Cthulhu attacking a ship, provided by Obrotowy (The only Obrotowy I know invented a tank periscope in WWII; my work internet blocks access to the artist's website.). It should be noted that the anthology is almost entirely reprints, except for Laird Barron's The Men from Porlock and John Honor Jacobs' The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife. On the other hand just because I happen to have all of the anthologies mentioned doesn't mean anyone else will! I think most buyers will receive a very generous selection of stories by some of the finest prose artists writing mythos fiction these days. I think this point bears emphasis. In the 1970s and 80s much of the mythos fiction published was dreary pastiche, a reiteration of HPL`s (or worse, August Derleth's) tired tropes and storylines. Now, however, my favorite genre attracts top quality writers. Even such artists as Neil Gaiman have written a few mythos stories. If you are new to Cthulhu mythos fiction and all you do is pick up a Robert Price edited book in the Cycle series from Chaosium, you will be sorely disappointed. Mr. Lockhart isn't really attempting to create a greatest hits type book but he certainly did have an eye for producing a volume of good reads. It is not really competing directly with anthologies of all new original fiction; the main competition comes from the still to be published New Cthulhu, due out from Prime Books. Mostly, Mr. Lockhart succeeds in creating a fine volume that will reward just about any reader, from a Cthulhu novice to an old tentacle hand like me. As an aside, I'll note I suggested a few stories for this book and I think he took me up on one or two. I'll give a brief thought or two on each story so there may be minor spoilers involved. My bottom line is this is a terrific book. Here are the contents:

Caitlin R. Kiernan - Andromeda among the Stones - Ms. Kiernan is one of the current marvel's of Lovecraftian publishing. Her short stories routinely are masterpieces and Threshold is one of the very best Lovecraftian (not Cthulhu mythos) novels ever written. In a characteristic ambiguous and layered story of the struggle to protect humanity from unthinkable horror Ms. Kiernan again delivers a remarkable story, with brilliant descriptive prose and deftly drawn characters.

Ramsey Campbell - The Tugging - Unlike most of the stories here, The Tugging is rather dated, originally published in 1976. This is closer to when Mr. Campbell was more imitative of Lovecraft and was just developing his own voice. The setting is the author's own Brichester in the Severn Valley, a location he has used so effectively in so many stories. Even back then Mr. Campbell's gifts with prose were evident. Derived from HPL, yes, but still very original, and very well written, I found it be fresh now as when I originally read it.

Charles Stross - A Colder War - For me A Colder War is one of the very best Cthulhu mythos stories of the last 20 years. Mr. Stross brilliantly weaves together cold war political themes and Lovecraftian horror. It presages his series of novels about Bob Howard and the Laundry.

Bruce Sterling - The Unthinkable - This story also considers the use of Lovecraftian supernatural horrors as strategic weapons in the Cold War. It was a decent read but suffers in comparison to A Colder War.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Flash Frame - Ms. Moreno-Garcia deserves wider recognition for her efforts with the independent publishers and online forum, Innsmouth Free Press. Flash Frame is brilliant, not overtly Cthulhu mythos but definitely Lovecraftian in feel. It also has heavy echoes of Robert Chambers. A reporter investigates a classic film. Wonderful stuff.

W. H. Pugmire - Some Buried Memory - Mr. Pugmire often writes of death and transfiguration. His dreamy stories about transitioning between states of being is constantly absorbing. Here he explores Lovecraftian ghouls. The events in the story are not so important as the mood they invoke; sometimes I think he is striving for anoesis in prose.

Molly Tanzer - The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins - Ms. Tanzer's work was originally published in Historical Lovecraft. It creates a somber mood from late 1700s England in the mansion of a decaying aristocratic family. For me it was pretty good, nothing more, particularly flanked by such impressive work.

Michael Shea - Fat Face - Fat Face may be the best story about shoggoths ever written, although Charlie Stross and Elizabeth Bear in this book may have something to say about that! Mr. Shea beautifully evokes a decadent San Francisco and the hapless life of a prostitute while spinning a horrific yarn. Fat Face is one of the top five stories in this book.

Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom - Ms. Bear was awarded the Hugo Award for Shoggoths in Bloom, a meditation on what it means to be a slave from the perspective of a descendent of slaves in Jim Crow America.

T. E. D. Klein - Black Man with a Horn - Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Black Man with a Horn is one of the best Cthulhu mythos stories ever written, one of the best stories ever about the Tcho Tcho people.

David Drake - Than Curse the Darkness - Here's another story that I found OK, but not much more, as an English noblewoman goes into the heart of darkness to thwart Nyarlathotep.

Charles R. Saunders - Jeroboam Henley's Debt - I've always meant to read Mr. Saunders' Imaro stories, probably fine reading for a Conan fan like me. Jeroboam Henley's Debt is more about African mysticism and only has one throw away reference to Shub Niggurath. While a decent read I think of all the stories here it's the one that doesn't really belong in terms of content.

Thomas Ligotti - Nethescurial - The anthology continues from strength to strength with the wonderful Nethescurial from Thomas Ligotti. More Lovecraftian than Cthulhu mythos, an antiquarian or anthropologist loses himself in a manuscript.

Kage Baker - Calamari Curls - Somewhat played for humor and somewhat a story of supernatural horror, Calamari Curls depicts the vicissitudes of having the wrong address in a fading California town. OK for me but not much more.

Edward Morris - Jihad over Innsmouth - What a great story! It's spies vs Cthulhu in the air, in the backdrop of the paranoia since 9/11.

Cherie Priest - Bad Sushi - Bad Sushi was OK for me but not much more, as an aging sushi chef an ex-soldier from Japan has to figure out what is in the new fish that is having such a terrible effect on his customers.

John Hornor Jacobs - The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife - Moody, evocative and a little bit sad, a lonely woman abandoned in someway by her husband is pursued, and alas, caught, by a customer at her restaurant.

Brian McNaughton - The Doom that Came to Innsmouth - Another absolutely brilliant story. Mr. McNaughton died in 2004 at the unreasonably young age of 69. Only now do we realize what we lost. The story hooks the reader by way of the American soft spot for those who are persecuted for their religion, and then turns everything upside down. This is one of the best Cthulhu mythos stories ever.

Ann K. Schwader - Lost Stars - Ms. Schwader isn't nearly as prolific with mythos fiction as I think she should be. Here Egyptian and mythos themes are woven together in a story of resurrection and its cost.

Steve Duffy - The Oram County Whoosit - This is the first time I've read Mr. Duffy's wonderful Lovecraftian tale. Deep time and alien physiology are strong themes used to frame the characters' difficulty comprehending the horror they are facing.

Joe R. Lansdale - The Crawling Sky - OK, the prose of the initial section of The Crawling Sky is magnificent, alone worth the price of the book. My goodness Mr. Lansdale spins an entertaining yarn of transdimensional evil.

Brian Lumley - The Fairground Horror - Of all the stories in this book, this is the one I think is a lame read. It dates from 1976 when Mr. Lumley was heavily influenced by Derleth while writing mythos pastiches. Tired tropes are evoked and no tension developed in a tale of a carnie side show operator trying to cash in on his brother's occult doings.

Tim Pratt - Cinderlands - I've never read anything by Mr. Pratt before. I'll remedy that when I see his story coming out in New Cthulhu. I thought this was another gem, very evocative and quite Lovecraftian about a man who decides to refurbish the wrong house.

Gene Wolfe - Lord of the Land - I am not the biggest Gene Wolfe fan; mostly I find him over-rated. That said, Lord of the Land is quite well written and has a very nice creepy feel of ancient horrors and alien possession, using the Lovecraftian dev ice of a folklore expert poking around where he shouldn't.

Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. - To Live and Die in Arkham - One day Mr. Pulver will be recognized as a giant in the field of mythos fiction. His prose is like poetry, his imagery is acute. A hit man in Arkham rethinks his options.

John Langan - The Shallows - The Shallows originally saw print in the marvelous anthology Cthulhu's Reign. My second read of it was as good as the first. It is post apocalyptic mythos fiction of the best sort. The Shallows is horrifying and indescribably melancholy. Mr. Langan is another wonderful prose stylist.

Laird Barron - The Men from Porlock - I became a lifelong fan of Mr. Barron with the first story I ever read by him, Old Virginia, a brilliant mythos story. The Men from Porlock showcases all of his strengths. He brilliantly uses the geography of Washington and the northwest, like HPL used topography from New England. His unhurried prose allows us to get inside the skin of his characters. Tension is gradually developed before it is ratcheted up to unbearable levels. What a marvelous way to end a wonderful anthology.

In summary, The Book of Cthulhu showcases many of my favorite modern Cthulhu mythos authors and has a selection which includes some of the very best such stories ever written. If you have read any Lovecraft or are wondering why all the fuss about fiction influenced by or based on his creations, The Book of Cthulhu is a great place to start. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommended. At Amazon's discounted pricing it's practically a steal.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book of short stories! 18. November 2015
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I really loved this book. H.P. Lovecraft could be difficult to read, especially for the modern day horror fan. I'm actually not too fond of Lovecraft or his writing style. However, these authors of these short stories take his mythos, and expands it in a way that I found enjoyable and satisfying to read. A lot of these stories reminds me of the twilight zone; Fat Face was one of the more creepy and awesome stories among the many here.

If you want to get into the Cthulhu mythos without trudging through the slow pace of Lovecraft's original work; this book of short stories is for you.
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