Edited by Ross E. Lockhart
Night Shade Books, $15.99
From the publisher:
First described by visionary author H. P. Lovecraft, the Cthulhu mythos encompass a pantheon of truly existential cosmic horror: Eldritch, uncaring, alien god-things, beyond mankind's deepest imaginings, drawing ever nearer, insatiably hungry, until one day, when the stars are right....
As that dread day, hinted at within the moldering pages of the fabled Necronomicon, draws nigh, tales of the Great Old Ones: Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Hastur, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, and the weird cults that worship them have cross-pollinated, drawing authors and other dreamers to imagine the strange dark aeons ahead, when the dead-but-dreaming gods return.
Now, intrepid anthologist Ross E. Lockhart has delved deep into the Cthulhu canon, selecting from myriad mind-wracking tomes the best sanity-shattering stories of cosmic terror. Featuring fiction by many of today's masters of the menacing, macabre, and monstrous, The Book of Cthulhu goes where no collection of Cthulhu mythos tales has before: to the very edge of madness... and beyond!
Do you dare open The Book of Cthulhu? Do you dare heed the call?
My thoughts on The Book of Cthulhu: I'm really new to Cthulhu and H.P. Lovecraft. But I know what I love and I loved The Book of Cthulhu!! A friend introduced me to Lovecraft earlier this year and I started hunting for his books in used bookstores and at the library, so when I got the chance to read The Book of Cthulhu I couldn't wait to get started. And I was not disappointed on bit.
There are twenty seven stories in this anthology and there's something here for everyone! Being so new to Lovecraft, I did some research and from what I've learned, Night Shade Books and editor Ross E. Lockhart have assembled some of the finest Lovecraftian stories out there. I learned that many are quite rare and have been around for a long time. I wish I was more of an expert on Lovecraft. But maybe this newbie can offer a fair review because I have no preference towards one author or another.
I really enjoyed most all of the stories, they were well crafted with enough weirdness and off-kilter vestiges that I stayed pretty creeped out by them. A couple of the stories that really got to me were Gene Wolfe's Lord of the Land, with his truly icky alien possession and Ann K. Schwader's tale that brings in what I think of as Egyptian mythos. I love most all things Egyptian.
I don't want to try to pretend to know the histories and the legends behind these entertaining authors. What I can say is that I enjoyed the read, each author brought something different and very entertaining to the anthology. I say try something new. If you like to be weirded out, made to question your regular reading material, then for goodness sake...read The Book of Cthulhu, step out of your comfort zone and enjoy coloring outside the lines in these short stories. Who knows? You may find yourself on a search engine looking up Lovecraft!
4 out of 5 stars!
Table of Contents:
Caitlin R. Kiernan - Andromeda among the Stones
Ramsey Campbell - The Tugging
Charles Stross - A Colder War
Bruce Sterling - The Unthinkable
Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Flash Frame
W. H. Pugmire - Some Buried Memory
Molly Tanzer - The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins
Michael Shea - Fat Face
Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom
T. E. D. Klien - Black Man With A Horn
David Drake - Than Curse the Darkness
Charles Saunders - Jeroboam Henley''s Debt
Thomas Ligotti - Nethescurial
Kage Baker - Calamari Curls
Edward Morris - Jihad over Innsmouth
Cherie Priest - Bad Sushi
John Hornor Jacobs - The Dream of the Fisherman''s Wife
Brian McNaughton - The Doom that Came to Innsmouth
Ann K. Schwader - Lost Stars
Steve Duffy - The Oram County Whoosit
Joe R. Lansdale - The Crawling Sky
Brian Lumley - The Fairground Horror
Tim Pratt - Cinderlands
Gene Wolfe - Lord of the Land
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. - To Live and Die in Arkham
John Langan - The Shallows
Laird Barron - The Men from Porlock
This e-galley was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley, and in no way affected my review.