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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
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
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
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
Mouldy Squid
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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Slap Happy
May 05, 2011 Slap Happy marked it as to-read
Mieville doing Cthulhu? Sold.
Simo
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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Mags
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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Joe
Oct 31, 2012 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Tom
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
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
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
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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Mark
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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Stephen
Of course, in such a large collection of Lovecraft-inspired short stories, the quality is hit or miss. Sadly, a lot of these stories seem to fall short and feel like generic horror stories that had last minute Cthulhu Mythos characters shoe-horned in to make the book.

But not all of them are all bad! Neil Gaiman comes out of nowhere for a story that's basically "Sherlock Holmes VS Cthulhu" and there are a few interesting stories to peg my interests.

FINAL RATING: 3 out of 5 unfathomable cosmic t
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Jay
I went into reading this book with an open mind having done some previous research before I bought it. Most of the reviews I read were mixed, with people complaining about it NOT being a book actually about Cthulhu. I'm glad I read that beforehand.

Once I started reading this book however I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a bunch of mediocre short stories from not so well known authors. I was wrong. The stories selected for this book were quite good in my opinion. I enjoyed the vast maj
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Lester Spence
I haven't read Lovecraft's work in decades--I haven't read the word "squamous" in years and years and years! But I'm glad I decided to pick this volume up as it brings him into the 21st Century (and beyond). Sometimes kicking and screaming, as in the case of two short stories that respond to Lovecraft's racial politics (to say "Lovecraft was a racist" is kind of like saying "Duke Ellington was a musician"). If you've been recently introduced to the Chtulu mythos, or if like me it's been a long t ...more
Alan Ziebarth
This is one of the best Cthulhu Mythos anthologies that I've read in the last few years. There are some fantastic modern classics reprinted in this book. Highly Recommended.
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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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