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The Trail of Cthulhu

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  353 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Cover Illustration: Murray Tinkelman
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 1976 by Ballantine Books (first published 1962)
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Continuo leyendo la obra de August Derleth, que sin llegar a la altura del genial H.P. Lovecraft, sí me parecen unos relatos bastante conseguidos. Unas historias que tratan sobre los Dioses Arquetípicos, los Primigenios o Primordiales, y toda esa amalgama de libros antiguos, malditos y blasfemos, como por ejemplo, el Necronomicón, no pueden ser malas.

Estos son los cinco relatos contenidos en ‘El rastro de Cthulhu’ (The Trail of Cthulhu), que aunque se pueden leer de manera independiente, es mejo
R.R. López
Feb 26, 2015 R.R. López rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mucho antes de conocer la polémica Derelthiana en referencia a su concepción de los Mitos de Cthlhu y el papel que jugó como gestor del patrimonio literario de Lovecrat leí esta novela que me cautivó por su tono pulp, en el que los aventureros se enfrentan a los Primigenios y viajan por diversos lugares para intentar frenar su llegada a la tierra.
Imprescindible para los amantes de los pastiches Lovecraftianos.
David Williams
Over-rated writer . . . basically "fan fiction"
Hugo Negron
To start with, I really wanted to enjoy this tale – despite the fact that August Derleth had always written a lesser imitation of Lovecraft’s works and subverted HPL’s Cthulhu Mythos (a term Lovecraft didn’t invent himself) from alien creatures/a universe that were indifferent to mankind to a good guys vs. bad guys God/Satan overture that was as far away from Lovecraft’s concepts as one could go, the basis of this book seemed to promise quite the adventure – a mysterious wizard-like professor, p ...more
Alexander Draganov
Good adventure stories collection, based on the classic tale "The Shadow over Innsmouth". Derleth develops his Cthulhu fanfiction nicely, although it grows further apart from the original Lovecraft than his previos anthology, "The Mask of Cthulhu". Still, it was enjoyable and entertaining, although not particularly scary.
Wythe Marschall
Derleth's pale, weird imitation of his hero's anti-epics (esp. the decades-ranging Shadow Out of Time) is curious for several reasons, a few of which being: All of the characters are essentially the same; they know about the Cthulhu mythos and yet do not go insane; they speak at length about Cthulhu and only have to escape Deep Ones, who are also easy to identify (frog-fish people? check) and timid. Anywho, still a fun, easy read, for all the other reasons, all typical of HPL's successors (of wh ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Fabulantes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
"Las cinco partes en que se divide el libro (...) parecen la repetición de un único relato, el primero, que, bien sea porque el lector se enfrenta a él aún fresco y no hastiado o bien porque tiene su punto interesante, es el único con algún viso de originalidad. Los cuatro restantes apenas aportan nada, y eso que suceden cosas (...). Derleth ha estado más centrado en el proselitismo que en la acción, gracias al azar o a los convenientes deus ex mac
Aug 08, 2011 Carlos rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
An interesting book in that it can be considered either an episodic novel or a series of linked short stories, tells the typical Derlethian story of Great Old Ones trying to bust out of their confinement and the human beings who struggle to defeat them. Although the theme is heroic, the stories could use a little more action and less exposition. It's also hard not to compare Derleth's fictions to those of Lovecraft he so closely models on, and Derleth's suffer in the process.
Perry Lake
Jun 08, 2015 Perry Lake rated it really liked it
Derleth never really understood Lovecraft's mythos, with a cold, unfeeling universe and humanity as an afterthought. But Derleth did understand a derring-do adventure with good guys versus bad guys, and that's exactly what he wrote here. Laban Shrewsbury is probably the only real hero in the Mythos and in him we see the terrible costs of staring into the Void. This book is a treat for all fans of the Cthulhu Mythos.
Brian Turner
Nov 23, 2014 Brian Turner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A collection of interconnected short stories, building on some of Lovecrafts earlier ones, as a group is collected to try and stop the rise of Cthulhu.

Derleth and Lovecraft corresponded, to the extent that Lovecraft created the character the Comte d'Erlette (author of the fictional "Cultes des Goules") in his stories.

Mostly building on the Innsmouth tales, although one also references the story Lovecraft wrote for Harry Houdini as the team head into the desert looking for clues.

The stories all m
Pam Baddeley
Aug 10, 2015 Pam Baddeley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, suspense
A series of five linked novellas with characters in common, in the usual Derleth style of extending Lovecraft. So we have updates here including nuclear weapons. The trouble is, Derleth has an obsession with the Deep Ones and Cthulhu so we don't see any other aspect of the mythos apart from the hero professor's ability to use minions of Hastur, an enemy of Cthulhu, to let him and his latest helper escape at the end of each. Each story is a journal left by the latest helper but they are all rathe ...more
Barry Hayes
Apr 08, 2014 Barry Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Derleth embraced Lovecraft's work well and this novel stays true to the Cthulhu mythos.
Scott Schmidt
As other reviews have said, oh what a story this could have been. This was my first reading of Derleth's and while I thoroughly enjoyed a few characters and some minor contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos, it's clear from the chronic repetition of "Lovecraftian" words and phrases alone that his fascination with the fiction was greater than his ability to write it.

However, for Lovecraft and Cthulhu enthusiasts, the book is worth a read for the character of Dr. Shrewsbury, who fits well into the un
Ekel Adolf
Jun 18, 2015 Ekel Adolf rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Geoff Gander
Derleth is criticised by many for having held himself up as Lovecraft's successor, yet failing to achieve the same level of cosmic horror in his works that his friend had. I agree to some extent, as Derleth's stories do not move me as much. However, love him or hate him, I believe Derleth is to be credited for his role in keeping the Cthulhu Mythos alive.
Joe Kilmartin
Not much better than Derleth's usual fare, but, at least, this time there is a kind of a narrative rather than his customary laundry list of Lovecraftian deities ending in an italicised paragraph that apes HPLs style without any new ideas at all.
Sean Hoade
Gack. For Mythos completists only. I read it out of a sense of gratitude to Derleth for publishing and popularizing the work of Lovecraft, but wow... it's not good.
Jan 31, 2014 Dru rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Because "The Trail of Cthulhu" is just the 2nd half of the book "The Quest for Cthulhu", I have put my review of it here, under the auspices of that larger book:
I have the Panther version, not to be found here on GoodReads. (I will try and remedy that one of these days.)
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August William Derleth was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror, Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biog ...more
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