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New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird (New Cthulhu #1)

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For more than 80 years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history - written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread - remain not only viable motifs, but are more relevant th ...more
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Published November 23rd 2011 by Prime Books (first published October 24th 2011)
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Heidi Ward
New Cthulhu: the Recent Weird boasts a mostly stellar array of stories for fans of the Lovecraftian weird. Some require fluency in the master's work; for example "Pickman's Other Model (1929)," by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a sequel and picks up very shortly after the events of the original (one of my favorites, incidentally), and several others play explicitly in the fields of the Elder Gods, so some familiarity with the pantheon helps. (As does Paula Guran's skillful and cogent introduction, which ...more
Gentleman-and-scholar
Aug 18, 2012 Gentleman-and-scholar rated it it was ok
I was really excited when I ordered this book and as a Lovecraft fan I expected a lot from it. I didn't get my money's worth though. For me the most distinct problem was the inability of the stories to make me feel this uncertainty and fear of the unknown that make HPL's stories unique. Some stories were exactly the opposite and felt more like B-movies rather than Lovecraftian tales. The best examples are "Bad sushi" (a guy armed with knives conforting a tentacled monster) and "Lesser demons" (a ...more
Nancy Oakes
Jun 07, 2012 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird, lovecraftian
In the introduction to this book, the editor quotes a statement from China Miéville's intro to Lovecraft's The Mountains of Madness: The Definitive Edition, where he notes the following:

"Traditional genre horror is concerned with the irruption of dreadful forces into a comforting status quo -- one which the protagonist scrambles to preserve. By contrast, Lovecraft's horror is not one of intrusion, but of realization. The world has always been impeccably bleak; the horror lies in us acknowledgin
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Kevin O'Keeffe
Feb 14, 2012 Kevin O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing
As someone who's read scores (100+?) of Mythos fiction collections, this is one of the best ones I've ever come across. A few of the stories were rather weak (as is invariably the case), but the best stories were real stand-outs, including "Fair Exchange" by Michael Marshall Smith, "The Oram County Whoosit" by Steve Duffy, "The Disciple" by David Barr Kirtley, "Details" by China Mieville, "A Colder War" by Charles Stross, and certainly one of the very finest (possibly even THE finest) piece of n ...more
Slap Happy
May 05, 2011 Slap Happy marked it as to-read
Mieville doing Cthulhu? Sold.
Mags
May 14, 2014 Mags rated it liked it
H P Lovecraft fest. Don't know what the Ood is doing on the front though. I'm sure all will be revealed
Oh my. I don't think I'm ready for this much literary and sci-fi geekery.
This book of short stories were all "after" HP Lovecraft. And it is obvious that all the authors have a great affection for his writing. Unfortunately, I also now think that some of them need to get out more.
Depending on the story my rating ranged from 1 to 3 stars.
What I now know is that I don't want to read any Lovecraft
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Mouldy Squid
Sep 24, 2012 Mouldy Squid rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
A collection of recent Mythos fiction by divers hands. I will give an overall review when I am finished, but I will also add smaller reviews of each of the stories as I read them.


Too long didn't read review: All told, an average anthology that succeeds very well in one thing; collecting new lovecraftian and weird short stories. There have been several of these anthologies in the past two decades and editor Paula Guran has does a decent job of scouring them for the gems.

That said, the quality of
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Marco Vaca
I was looking forward to reading this collection, it proved to be mightier than I initially thought but overall I think it was deserving of 3.5 stars.It's good, but not great.As in every H.P.L. Collection, there are gems and there are duds, here is my quick description of all stories


Pickman's other model:So-so. Kind of a boring start for a collection.

Fair exchange:So-so. As a few other stories, seems out of place for me (not "Lovecraftian" enough?)

Mr. Gaunt:Very good. One of my favorites

The Vica
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Simo
Jul 29, 2014 Simo rated it liked it
New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird is a collection of almost 30 short stories of current authors take on Cthulhu mythos. My reason for reading it was interest in how the work of Lovecraft and his contemporaries can be used in modern storytelling. This collection was an excellent tool for this purpose, as the settings and themes used in the stories had great variation.

Reading the collection took long time and it is impossible for me to review each story. The strongest ones were Pickman's Other Model b
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Joe
Oct 31, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This dire tome avoids the pitfalls of being squamous, rugose and antediluvian. That is because the anthologist succeeds brilliantly at reaching her announced goal of presenting a collection of stories that capture essential Lovecraftian themes in modern language and idiom. Absent are tired efforts to immitate Lovecraft's purple prose (though memorable it was), or to perpetuate outdated hints of bigotry. What is kept are Lovecraft's fictional New England, his eldrich beings and forbidden tomes, a ...more
Donovan
Dec 01, 2012 Donovan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, horror
What a hoot! Being a fan of Lovecraft, I can easily submerge myself in the murky depths of his stories. But there comes a time when you have read it all to death. I have read a few works that are based in the Cthulhu Mythos but it is great when you get a collection like this, written by some of the best authors of the modern weird-horror genre.
New Cthulhu is a collection of short stories all based in the Lovecraftian Mythos. Some are a-typical horror inspired directly. Some are modern socio-poli
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Shannon
May 24, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reports
No one can deny that HP Lovecraft is one of the most influential horror authors of all time. In his works he created a new view of the universe, one filled with the unnerving and the strange, a view of the universe where humanity is insignificant in the face of vast incomprehensible forces, a universe which many many horror authors base their works from to this day. This latest short story collection, New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird is a collection containing 26 works written after the year 2000, ...more
Mallory Heart Reviews [Year of Cthulhu-#Vote Cthulhu]
This is an incredibly extensive anthology, raging from the good, to the really good, to the just excellent. Some of the stories I read once; others have stuck post-it notes in my mind to be rereaders. One such is Caitlin Kiernan’s incredible knock-out offering, “Pickman’s Other Model (1929).” Wow! In my mind, essence of Lovecraftian. But don’t stop with that, even if it is the first offering in the anthology. There are many: “The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft” is both in the spirit of the Master, ...more
H. Anne Stoj
In truth, I probably would've given this collection a two save that it had stories from some favorite authors and China Mieville's Details which is no doubt my favorite Lovecraft-influenced tale. However, that said, I didn't find many of the story memorable. Or I did remember them from other collections and hadn't felt particularly drawn to them then. I'm not sure if that's because some of the authors tried to stay too much to Lovecraft rather than branching out to influence rather than mimicry. ...more
Colleen
Jun 20, 2012 Colleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
It's no secret that I love reading horror. But I really gravitate toward weird happenings, rather than just blood-n-guts. This collection is great.
- Neil Gaiman offers up a Sherlock Holmes story in an alternate Cthulu universe. How awesome is THAT?
- Cherie Priest gives us a Cthulu myth starting in your local sushi bar. It took a couple months for me to work up to eat sushi again, frankly.
- Elizabeth Bear treats Cthulu like it's already here and just in need of further research.

The collect
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Robin Edman
Apr 04, 2012 Robin Edman rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of stories in it, and every single one of them was at least good. You'll know what I mean when I tell you that the Caitlin Kiernan story was probably the worst of them. There was more copying of the Lovecraft style than I expected, given that he is noted for being a very bad writer. That takes away some of the glory from this book. But still, there isn't a terrible story in the entire collection, and I couldn't even say that about the anthology collecting short works of my fa ...more
Todd
Jun 22, 2014 Todd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cthulhu-mythos
A very solid collection of weird tales and modern Mythos stories. Details,The Oram County Whoosit,Tsathoggua,A Study in Emerald are standouts. I think this volume, more than other recent entries in the Lovecraftian/Mythos genre I've read, points out how the current resurgence of Lovecraftian fiction has risen through the veil of 'new weird fiction'. Controversial as that pseudo-genre label is, it fits perfectly with the modern pursuits of what began as, and helped define, pulp-era weird fiction. ...more
Jendi
Nov 07, 2014 Jendi rated it it was amazing
All of the stories were beautifully written and took the Cthulhu mythos into a creative variety of settings, including the Iran-Contra scandal and the Manson Family murders. Several of the best stories, such as Elizabeth Hand's gorgeous "Shoggoths in Bloom", used Lovecraftian themes to confront the racism that sullied his own work.
Peter
Feb 23, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
It's not fair to have to rate a book of short stories. Some of them sucked, a couple were wonderful. Pretty much every collection of stories is going to fetch 3 stars: the average of its contents. It's not fair.

Two stories should be called out for cake and medals: Neil Gaiman's 'A Study in Emerald' and William Browning Spencer's 'The Essayist in the Wilderness'. The former I've read before but can read a hundred times without tiring of it, and the latter was new to me and just smashing. I immedi
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Michelle
Jul 26, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
Some fine writers have been gathered in this collection but I found it a bit disappointing. I didn't enjoy any of the stories that tried to be mimics of Lovecraft's prose, making them dull and slow. There were some excellent gems buried between: Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald, although I'd already come across this in Shadows over Baker Street (eds: Michael Reaves & John Pelan), Mongoose by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette, Another Fish Story by Kim Newman (Bristol will never be the same! ...more
Heather J.
Oct 09, 2015 Heather J. rated it really liked it
I’ve read some H.P. Lovecraft, but I don’t like his Cthulhu stories much. I don’t see the universe as inherently frightening and overwhelming.

It took me a long time to get through this book as it was too much of the same thing. A lot of the stories in this were about people stumbling on or discovering the Lovecraftian monsters. My favorites were the ones where the monsters were known to some people but not to others, or the monsters were known to everyone.

My favorite stories were:

“Fair Exchan
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Josh
May 22, 2015 Josh rated it liked it
Most of the short stories in this collection are an average read, but a few stand out for excellence: "The Crevasse", "Shoggoths in Bloom", "The Great White Bed", and "The Disciple". If you don't want to read the entire collection, at least check these ones out.

A few of the short stories have no business being in print, as they are unrepentant in their attempts to confuse the reader. If I get five pages in a story and I still can't tell if the characters are human or not or whether they're on a
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Tom
Jan 03, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of anthologies devoted to Lovecraft's style and mythology floating around out there; some of these are put on the market by major publishers while others sprout from smaller houses. I've read a lot of them and have to say that aside from some of Cthulhu 2000 and most of Cthulhu's Reign they are pretty equally disappointing in many ways. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird does emphatically not fall into the category of disappointment. There are so many gems within this anthology, tha ...more
Chris Cangiano
Anthology collections like this one always tend to be a mixed bag. This one is no exception to that rule. There were a few particularly exceptional stories but by and large in my opinion the collection as a whole had more misses than hits (though the quality of the best stories was such that I gave the anthology as a whole a passing grade). Given that whether a story works or not is subjective your mileage may vary. AS to the particular stories, for me the most successful ones were Neil Gaiman's ...more
Tarl
May 08, 2013 Tarl rated it really liked it
Shelves: lovecraftian, horror
There are simply too many stories for me to go into each and every one to review, so I am going to review this anthology as a whole.

Guran had set out to put together a collection of some of the best new Lovecraftian stories that have been published in the last while. There are a fair bit in this collection, and many you may have read in books like 'Lovecraft Unbound'. Guran has done a really good job in selecting the best of the best for this anthology. I saw more than one of my favorites from
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Mrs Giggles
Dec 13, 2013 Mrs Giggles rated it really liked it
Despite the presence of the word "New" in the title, the stories in the anthology New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird aren't new. Editor Paula Guran had picked and compiled stories that were originally published in various magazines and anthologies from the last few years. Not that I'm complaining, as I sort of expected this after reading the blurb at the back cover, but I'm just letting you guys know. If you have read anthologies of similar nature that came out in the last ten years, however, do take ...more
Melissa
Oct 07, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Not every story was a winner, and not every one even felt like weird fiction, but overall a pretty solid collection. There were, of course, some stand-outs.

In the category of Scared Me Silly, prizes go to The Crevasse, Old Virgina, Cold Water Survival, and A Colder War. Each one was haunting and had a sense of inevitability; it's tough to scare me with a surprise ending, but creeping dread can do it.

Bad Sushi was a delight, triumphant and touching when it could have been schlock. Head Music, Tsa
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figura4
Aug 16, 2015 figura4 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not, started
A study in emerald - by Neil Gaiman (5/5)
Rivisitazione dell'opera di Conan Doyle in un mondo dominato dai Grandi Antichi lovecraftiani. Idea geniale, esecuzione perfetta, Gaiman in grande spolvero.
Unica nota, io ho comprato l'edizione per kindle che ahimè non contiene i finti "inserti pubblicitari" presenti invece nel pdf originale scaricabile dalla rete (http://www.neilgaiman.com/mediafiles/...). Peccato perchè sono eccezionali, la ciliegina sulla torta di un racconto già di per sè memorabile
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Mark
Jul 16, 2013 Mark rated it it was ok
Hm. Can't say I loved this collection -- although I wanted to. And I have to admit H.P. Lovecraft, who inspires so many -- including the authors in this Cthulhu collection -- is a bit too purple for my taste.

Don't get me wrong: Archaic language doesn't particular bother me (I'm a confirmed fan of much that Poe wrote). But the current collection seemed to relish the florid and the archaic without touching on much that's *new* in the "recent weird".

I picked up this set of largely reprinted short
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Bruce Baugh
Aug 03, 2015 Bruce Baugh rated it really liked it
I'm getting very fond of Paula Guran as an editor. This is a really solid collection of stories that take the material of the Cthulhu Mythos in all kinds of interesting directions. Not every story worked for me - in particular I found some of the efforts at gonzo humor less than successful - but most did, and several were downright excellent. My reading time was well spent.
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  • Historical Lovecraft
  • Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror
  • The Children of Cthulhu: Chilling New Tales Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Mysteries of the Worm: Twenty Cthulhu Mythos Tales by Robert Bloch (Call of Cthulhu Fiction)
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  • The Taint and Other Novellas (Cthulhu Collection)
  • The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana: A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror
  • Cthulhu's Reign
  • Lovecraft Unbound
  • A Season in Carcosa
  • New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
  • Cthulhu 2000
  • Nameless Cults: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Fiction of Robert E. Howard
  • The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories
  • Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume One
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we ...more
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