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  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    Iä Iä Cthulhu Fhtagnbut not forever If the Universal Church of the Congregation of His Most Cosmically Cyclopean and Magisterial Mightiness the Impenitent Indomitable and Indefatigable Cthulhu aka He With Whom One Does Not Fuck ever designates a single tome as its bible then this collection will surely be the one chosen as its most revered scripture This is the Rolls Royce of mythos anthologies with nary so much as a single turd in the sacred punchbowl I must ualify this statement by pointing out that I have not yet read Cthulhurotica hubba hubba and if ever a book was going to challenge based on title and cover art alone then this would be it Still it seems unlikely that any work has a shoggoth's shot in Hell of unseating this ensemble of excellence In addition to magical sermons by H P Lovecraft himself the First Prophet of Cthulhu all of the upper echelon inner circle preachers of Eldrtich Doctrine are represented here Clark Ashton Smith Robert E Howard Frank Belkanp Long Robert Bloch and August Derleth Yes they are all here Plus a veritable who's who of the best talent to ever scratch pen across parchment in the name of The Mountain That Walks including Henry Kuttner Fritz Leiber Stephen King Karl Edward Wagner Philip Jose Farmer Colin Wilson Ramsey Campbell Joanna Russ Richard A Lupoff and Brian Lumley Are you starting to see just how inspired this work is? THE STORIES While I’m not going to summarize each of the stories I want to share the complete list of delectable nom nom nomminess included within The selections include “The Call of Cthulhu” by HP Lovecraft“The Return of the Sorcerer” by Clark Ashton Smith“Ubbo Sathla” by Clark Ashton Smith“The Black Stone” by Robert E Howard“The Hounds of Tindalos” by Frank Belknap LongThe Space Eaters by Frank Belknap LongThe Dweller in Darkness by August DerlethBeyond the Threshold by August DerlethThe Shambler from the Stars by Robert Bloch“The Haunter of the Dark” by HP LovecraftThe Shadow from the Steeple by Robert Bloch“Notebook Found in a Deserted House” by Robert BlochThe Salem Horror by Henry Kuttner“The Terror from the Depths” by Fritz Leiber“Rising with Surtsey” by Brian Lumley“Cold Print” by J Ramsey CampbellThe Return of the Lloigor by Colin Wilson“My Boat” by Joanna Russ“Sticks” by Karl Edward Wagner“The Freshman” by Philip Jose Farmer“Jerusalem’s Lot” by Stephen King“Discovery of the Ghooric Zone” by Richard A LupoffHis Dread Dreaminess is most pleased Amen amen and Tekeli li Tekeli li Now each of the above stories are gold and should be pondered analyzed and meditated upon in order to bring you closer to His Surly Tentacleness However I do want to call out a few pieces that I found particularly full of awesome1 The Call of Cthulhu The best of the best I previously gave this story a big fat hug so rather than regurgitate it I will simply link you to my bout of gushy right here Steve’s Gushing Praise of The Call of Cthulhu However I do feel the need to plop down again the best opening line of any mythos story ever and the one that encapsulates the essence of the whole shebang The most merciful thing in the world I think is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity and it was not meant that we should voyage far The sciences each straining in its own direction have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality and of our frightful position therein that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age 2 The Hounds of TindalosFrank Long's brilliant mythos installment featuring funky math non euclidean geometry some mondo powerful psychotropic drugs and a mind warping phildickian plot that comes together and works beautifully This story could have escaped Long's control several times and become a bravely intentioned mess However this never happens and Long produced one of the most uniuely outstanding lore stories I’ve read They are lean and athirstall the evil in the universe was concentrated in their lean hungry bodies? Or had they bodies? I saw them only for a moment I cannot be certain Tis truly a religious experience for the faithful 3 Notebook Found in a Deserted House Nothing uniuely mythos related happens here but I mention it only because of how much fun I had reading it Robert Bloch tells stories that just pull you into them and this diary of a young boy experiencing all kinds of jitter causing spookiness is a great time 4 The Terror from the Depths Fritz Leiber's singular contribution would only rate good if I was judging purely from a plot perspective However this one makes the honor role because it is a masterful homage and gushing love letter to all of the great mythos stories that came before it During the course of the story fragments of a dozen different mythos tales are called in to contribute From The Call of Cthulhu to “The Mountains of Madness” to The Dunwich Horror to Dagon to The Shadow Over Innsmouthto handful of non Lovecraft stories several of which are in this collection This was a Cthulu Mythos version of Where's Waldo as well as a stroll down memory lane I loved it 5 Rising with SurtseyBrian Lumley absolutely knocks the ball out of the park with this terrific haunting tale that uses the mythos as a launching pad for a tale that is both cosmically vast and a deeply personal tragedy One of the best Cthulhu tales I've read 6 Sticks I am so bummed that there is not considerably Karl Edward Wagner material to read I snap up everything of his I can find and have loved all of it This story exudes creepy and touches only tangentially on the mythosbut it is enough As a horror story this is lights out I would have felt remiss had I not paid it homage here 7 The Freshman A bizarre tale of inverted morality and sick choices as a new student arrives to learn the dark arts at Miskatonic University You can forget about the playful magics of Hogwarts this place and the professors will have you shitting Shaggoths in your skivvies For fans and followers of the mythos this is as good as it gets So it is writtenso it shall be read Here endeth the lesson All hail His Lordship Cthulhu50 stars

  2. Werner Werner says:

    Note May 3 2020 When I read short story collections intermittently over a long period of time my reactions are similarly written piecemeal while they're fresh in my mind That gives the reviews a choppy and often repetitive uality Recently I had to condense and rearrange one of these into a unified whole because of Goodreads' length limit; and I was so pleased with the result that I decided to give every one of these a similar edit Accordingly I've now edited this one16 authors are represented in this collection inspired by H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos contributing 22 roughly chronologically arranged stories between them Editor Turner August Derleth's successor as editor in chief at Arkham House provided a short but adeuate introduction Except for the two well chosen selections by the master himself all of these tales were new to me so I approached the anthology with considerable anticipation pretty much justified I did not re read either of the two Lovecraft stories but both are included in The Best Supernatural Stories of H P Lovecraft One of the selections written in Lovecraft's own lifetime or soon after it Clark Ashton Smith's The Return of the Sorcerer is really supernatural fiction and an excellent example of the genre than science fiction; its only Lovecraftian touch is that the magical information is said to come from the Necronomicon but the author could have substituted any invented title In most of the other stories in this group however the Lovecraft connection and influence is much obvious the reclusive New Englander is even mentioned by name or used as a character in several of them Smith and Robert E Howard can even match him in the uality of their purple prose style Of these tales though only Smith's Ubbo Sathla really fully suggests HPL's own existential pessimism; and Derleth's The Dweller in Darkness reflects his own modification well known to Lovecraft fans of Lovecraft's cosmology to include a pantheon of benevolent Old Ones opposed to the nastier specimens Some Lovecraft purists won't like this S T Joshi leaps to mind but it's no problem for me; I don't hold any brief for existentially pessimistic horror anyway and I see the Lovecraft heritage as something that's open for subseuent writers to shape and use in their own ways in accordance with their own styles and attitudes Lovecraft himself probably wouldn't have been offended by this; by his own admission even his own writings don't drip with existential despair in every story My favorites of the Lovecraft imitations are The Dweller in Darkness and Derleth's Beyond the Threshold; Kuttner's The Salem Horror; and Howard's The Black Stone though one passage there isn't for the sueamish I knew that Howard wrote some Cthulhu Mythos pastiches but this was the first one I've read and a ripping good introduction Only the two stories by Frank Belknap Long didn't work for me I felt that the characters being able to intuitively explain the supposedly unexplainable events robbed the latter of a lot of their force and was such a logical stretch that the rubber band snapped Of the newer stories two by Robert Bloch were written in 1950 51 his older The Shambler From the Stars is also included and the next oldest stories in the book were published in 1969 So most of the stories in this group except Leiber's represent the work of a second generation of Lovecraft fans Most of these don't imitate Lovecraft's distinctive style but most definitely have the flavor and ethos of his work Not surprisingly they tend to have grim plots and happy endings are rare and usually ualified often the best you can hope for is that humanity might have another chance in round 2Richard Lupoff's Discovery of the Ghooric Zone set mostly in the far future is despite Turner's praise for it IMO the least effective story here; the combination of essentially post human cyborg characters and digressive historical sections covering 1937 2337 in reverse chronological order are obviously intended to make the reader feel that our world and frame of reference are vanishingly insignificant but they impede identification with or interest in the characters The sexual references appear to simply be inserted gratuitously in order to shock or gross out the reader something Lovecraft didn't do Philip Jose Farmer's The Freshman has to offer with a look at a very unhealthy mother son relationship and a warning about the unwisdom of morally compromising one's self for unworthy ends But these are set in the pervasive context of a wildly over the top vision of Miskatonic Univ M U which doesn't reflect Lovecraft's own realistic depiction and which fatally detracts from the story's credibility This story also has somewhat bad language than any of the others which either follow Lovecraft in having none or have very little though even Farmer's selection doesn't have muchDespite a passing reference to the Necronomicon Joanna Russ' My Boat is actually not a Cthulhu Mythos story as such; it's Lovecraftian but its inspiration comes from the fantasy side of his work The Dream uest of Unknown Kadath is also mentioned and plays a role in the plot Like some of Lovecraft's own work it has a surreal uality from the juxtaposition of different planes of reality or modes of consciousness but it isn't horrific It's a fine story with a very worthwhile message wrapped up in its surrealism and happily free of the rabid misandry that animates Russ' When it Changed; but comparing it to the the rest of the collection is like comparing apples and orangesThe other six stories are definitely horrific and do an excellent job of being so Sticks and Rising With Surtsey were my first introductions respectively to the work of Karl Edward Wagner and Brian Lumley and neither of them disappointed One of the Bloch stories The Shadow From the Steeple is a seuel to Lovecraft's own The Haunter of the Dark the protagonist of which Robert Blake was modeled directly on Bloch himself and illustrates the theme of nuclear fear that was so common in the SF of that period Another outstanding work here is Stephen King's Jerusalem's Lot set in 1850 which shares a geographical setting with his novel Salem's Lot; I haven't read the latter and the story raises intriguing uestions about how the two works relate to each other since here the village is deserted whereas I know that in the novel it starts out as populated by normal people Ramsey Campbell's Cold Print is also an effective well written work

  3. Ashley Daviau Ashley Daviau says:

    Before I get surprised comments at me giving a book featuring King and Lovecraft such a low rating just hear me out The Lovecraft and King stories were the highlight of the collection for me and I’ll always read anything with them in it That being said the rest of the stories in this collection were just DREADFUL They were so lacklustre that I wanted to cry tears of boredom Now I’m all for authors being inspired by Lovecraft’s work and putting a Lovecraftian spin on their stories But when it’s just a poor imitation of his work with no originality whatsoever that’s where I draw the line

  4. S̶e̶a̶n̶ S̶e̶a̶n̶ says:

    Stories read'The Call of Cthulhu' H P Lovecraft 5 stars'The Shambler from the Stars' Robert Bloch 3 stars'The Haunter of the Dark' H P Lovecraft 5 stars'The Shadow from the Steeple' Robert Bloch 4 stars'Rising with Surtsey' Brian Lumley 3 stars'Cold Print' Ramsey Campbell 4 stars I definitely need to read Campbell'My Boat' Joanna Russ 2 stars finding a Russ story in here was unexpected and although it was the most original of those I read it didn't do much for me

  5. Marsha Altman Marsha Altman says:

    I can't give it than three stars because the other tales are derivative but if you've read all of Lovecraft and you want to read stuff he inspired by mostly competent horror authors this is a great book The stories are hit or miss but I should point out that a lot of them are from the 1930's and written by Lovecraft's friends so they have some historical relevance to the general Lovecraftian mythos Some of the later authors like Farmer and King are also good but again it's hard to hold it up to Lovecraft and expect the same sort of prose Only two or three stories are by Lovecraft If you want to read him go buy a Lovecraft only book and do it properly or listen to the radio plays

  6. Marissa Marissa says:

    This is a good book to have to see some very important Mythos tales penned by HPL's friends and contemporaries which add a lot to the Mythos There are also some Lovecraft inspired stories that were written later after HPL's death Some of the stories are what I'd consider reuired reading for HPL fans just as much as the original HPL stories Not all of these stories are winners however For example I understand August Derleth's importance in getting HPL widely recognized but that doesn't change the fact that his Mythos stories are punishingly awful

  7. Harris Harris says:

    There are some very interesting stories in this collection and some less interesting ones Some take Lovecraft’s ideas and run with them to new concepts while others attempt mere homage; both of these takes have their hits My Boat The Hounds of Tindalos and misses Discovery of the Ghooric Zone Beyond the Threshold but most are in between Arranged in rough chronological order from the late 1920s to the late 1970s Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos includes a pair of Lovecraft’s stories to “set the scene” including my favorite tale The Call of Cthulhu itself The rest of the stories can be fun but none with the possible exceptions of Joanna Russ’ My Boat and Karl Wagner’s Sticks really stand alone outside of Mythos tales Only Derleth’s tales were actually boring though It is interesting to see the progression of Lovecraft’s concepts and creations the “Cthulhu Mythos” as coined by Derleth into the horrorfantasysci fi genres through the 20th century Still these stories have the most to offer for Mythos devotees who wish to know in which story did the dread tome Unaussprechlichen Kulten first appear in or where was Y’Golonoc first mentioned? Answers The Black Stone Robert E Howard 1931 Cold Print Ramsey Campbell 1969

  8. Myridian Myridian says:

    This is a collection of stories by H P Lovecraft Clark Ashton Smith and other greats as well as genre authors who are not traditionally Cthulhuians Fritz Leiber Biran Lumley Stephen King etc The stories vary in their uality and style from the excellent classic Victorianesue prose of the greats to free form styles of contemporary authors I tend to prefer the former style but some of my favorite stories also come from the current authors Some of my favorites were The Return of the Sorcerer by Clark Ashton Smith The Shambler From the Stars by Robert Bloch and Sticks by Karl Edward Wagner but none of the stories were too horrible to read exept in the way intended

  9. Edward Taylor Edward Taylor says:

    Here we have just the right mix of modern authors as well as Lovecraft's Mythos peers collected into one solid volume The Hounds of Tindalos The Black Stone The Return of the Sorcerer and Jerusalem's Lot are all stand out stories and give a great primer to people that not only want to see what is out there without Lovecraft's fingers in their pies in regard to the Mythos but what can easily be seen as stand alone stories in their own right

  10. Félix D& Félix D& says:

    Sticks by Karl Edward Wagner 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos ➧ [Ebook] ➢ Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos By Jim Turner ➲ – Thomashillier.co.uk Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror fantasy and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe Tolkien and Edgar Rice Burroughs His chi Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of the Cthulhu MOBI ô horror fantasy and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe Tolkien and Edgar Rice Burroughs His chilling mythology established a gateway between the known universe and an ancient dimension of otherworldly terror whose unspeakable denizens and monstrous landscapes dread Cthulhu Yog Sothoth the Plateau of Leng the Mountains of Madness have earned him a Tales of Epub / permanent place in the history of the macabreIn Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos a pantheon of horror and fantasy's finest authors pay tribute to the master of the macabre with a collection of original stories set in the fearsome Lovecraft traditionContents Iä Iä Cthulhu Fhtagn by Jim Turner as by James Turner The Call of Cthulhu by HP Lovecraft The Return of the Sorcerer by Clark Ashton Smith of the Cthulhu ePUB ´ Ubbo Sathla by Clark Ashton Smith The Black Stone by Robert E Howard The Hounds of Tindalos by Frank Belknap Long The Space Eaters by Frank Belknap Long The Dweller in Darkness by August Derleth Beyond the Threshold by August Derleth The Shambler from the Stars by Robert Bloch The Haunter of the Dark by HP Lovecraft The Shadow from the Steeple by Robert Bloch Notebook Found in a Deserted House by Robert Bloch The Salem Horror by Henry Kuttner The Terror from the Depths by Fritz Leiber Rising with Surtsey by Brian Lumley Cold Print by Ramsey Campbell The Return of the Lloigor by Colin Wilson My Boat by Joanna Russ Sticks by Karl Edward Wagner The Freshman by Philip José Farmer Jerusalem's Lot by Stephen King Discovery of the Ghooric Zone by Richard A LupoffCover illustration by John Jude Palencar.

  • Paperback
  • 462 pages
  • Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
  • Jim Turner
  • English
  • 19 June 2014
  • 9780345422040