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Historical Lovecraft

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  241 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Historical Lovecraft, a unique anthology blending historical fiction with horror, features 26 tales spanning centuries and continents. This eclectic volume takes the readers through places as varied as Laos, Greenland, Peru, and the Congo, and from antiquity until the 20th century, pushing the envelope of Lovecraftian lore. William Meikle’s inquisitor tries to unravel the ...more
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Published March 27th 2011 by Innsmouth Free Press
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Jun 14, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding anthology of Lovecraftian fiction. The historical fiction theme piqued my interest. Lots of authors were previously unknown to me, so I was hesitant to pick this one up - but, I'm glad I did. I will be seeking out more work by many of the authors. Highlights for me were 'Shadows of the Darkest Jade' by Sarah Hans, 'The Saga of Hilde Ansgardotti' by Jesse Bullington, 'The Far Deep' by Joshua Reynolds, 'The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins' by Molly Tanzer, and 'Black Hill' by O ...more
Tristan Tarwater
Where history's mysteries lay gaping open, there 'Historical Lovecraft' goes, seeing to fill in the holes in time and human knowledge with eldritch horror and terrors from beyond the stars. At least that's what a good portion of the short stories contained within the book admit to using as their inspiration, which is fine by me. As someone who enjoys history and the unexplained, as well as someone who digs H.P. Lovecraft I was very happy with the answers the stories in this anthology had to offe ...more
Dec 20, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a spectaular mix of historical fiction and Lovecraft lore. If you're Lovecraft fan, you won't be disappointed. I found the pieces set in ancient history the most appealing, but the tales span a broad range of time and many unique takes on Lovecraft's mythology. A must read for Lovecraft fans.
An excellent collection of Lovecraftian tales from the folks at Innsmouth Free Press. The stories, set throughout history and around the globe, work the mythos into settings from Paleolithic Mesopotamia to the U.S. oil rush. Excellent, scary stuff.
Aug 18, 2011 Tarl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraftian
Ok, should be an interesting theme, right? Stories featuring Lovecraft's stuff or at least a general feeling of it. You know what? There are stories in here that deserve a flat out 5/5 rating, and this book would and should have gotten higher. The problem is, there were stories in this book that I finished and was left wondering just what, if anything, was Lovecraftian in it. I mean, there were stories that didn't even have a Lovecraftian feel to it.

If it was just one, I could let it go. But it
David Agranoff
I love the concept of this collection. Ever since Lovecraft encouraged others to play with his mythos, that open door has lead almost everyone to crash the party. Stories set in the mythos throughout history is a valid idea, I am little underwhelmed with the execution. Certainly different periods of history are all there, but I found the stories to be a little ho-hum. A great indication of that was that by the time I finished the collection I had to thumb back through the book to even remember t ...more
Orrin Grey
May 06, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-me
Full disclosure: I'm in this book. And while it might be poor form to review a book you're in, and while I certainly wouldn't do it for any kind of pro site or anything, my goal with Goodreads is to record everything I read, which includes stuff I'm in, and besides, there's a lot of other good stuff in here that's worth talking about.

First off, Historical Lovecraft is a different kind of Lovecraft anthology than usual, in my opinion. It's at least as focused on the history part of the title as i
Dec 29, 2012 L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical Lovecraft is a clever gathering of stories of good and evil, magic and reality from the dawn of time to present day. It is organized by era--antiquity, Middle Ages, etc. therefore the reader can, like me, pick first to read their era of interest. I did--antiquity. As it is with all collections of stories such as this, there are favorites, and the pick of a favorite is purely subjective. My favorite, because of its well formed character, the imaginative use of the historical setting an ...more
James Pratt
Mar 24, 2012 James Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of (ostensibly) Lovecraft-influenced stories set throughout the ages. Ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern world, it is divided into three sections: Ancient History, Middle Ages, and the Modern Era. The stories often incorprate the hisotry of legends of the time periods and cultures in question, something Lovecraft himself was fond of doing. With some of the stories, the connetion to the Cthulhu mythos is fairly blatant, with others marginal at best (more in s ...more
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads. Let me start out by stating that I have never read anything by Lovecraft which might be why I just couldn't get into the book. Some of the stories were pretty good and I'd rate 3 or more stars, but some I didn't like at all. The writing was bad and the storylines were confusing in some stories. They just weren't very fleshed out. Others were good and read like mythology from various cultures. These were enjoyable. I think if I was a fan o ...more
Kimmo Makinen
Historical Lovecraft

"The addition of tentacles does not a Lovecraftian story make", would Yoda say if he ever would read this collection of short stories that
should encompass tales of Lovecraftian-influenced mystery and horror set in different periods of Terra's history. The concept - while intriguing in itself - barely holds water here as the vast majority of stories included in this collection have absolutely nothing to do with Lovecraftian fiction in neither verse, themes nor style. What's mo
Apr 11, 2012 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The promise of this anthology is great; perhaps that is why I judge so strongly. Some of the stories are great - Sarah Hans' tale of wandering monks is easily my favorite in this anthology - but others seem stuck in a Lovecraftian pastiche.

Perhaps that was the point, but I was hoping for more stories where both the setting and storytelling style changed more from HPL's own work. Worth picking up, mind you, but not a must-buy.
David Elkin
Dec 10, 2011 David Elkin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Haven't started yet, but it looks like an interesting collection.
Jun 21, 2016 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Innsmouth Free Press is a Canadian micro-publisher of dark/supernatural fiction and horror, with a focus (as their name implies) on the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. The submissions page for this particular anthology called for "Historical fiction with a Lovecraftian twist" (up to 1937, the year of Lovecraft's death) with an emphasis on multiculturalism. That last part especially caught my interest. His ideas may have been original, but Lovecraft was mired in deep racism that was excessi ...more
What does "Lovecraftian" mean, anyway? It's often taken as just the addition of tentacles and creepy fishmen, or maybe just throwing a few Great Old Ones names in with real world occultism the way the Simon Necronomicon does, or maybe using "cyclopean" and "rugose" every chapter. It's true that all that does occur in Lovecraft, but rarely does anything described as Lovecraftian ever seem to draw from Through the Gates of the Silver Key or The Mound or The Street.

Though admittedly, the world is b
Heidi Ward
Historical Lovecraft is a collection of mostly pretty good weird stories, albeit one in which the editors seem to be using the term "Lovecraftian" pretty loosely. (No, you don't have to use the words "Cthulhu" or "fhtagn"; but a story about people fleeing a volcanic eruption isn't necessarily "Lovecraftian." Especially if it ends with happy resettlement.)

The book is divided into sections -- "Ancient History," "Middle Ages" and "Modern Era" -- and I felt the stories generally improved as they got
Lianne Burwell
I always find anthologies difficult to review, since there are going to be stories that work for each reader and stories that didn't. There's also the question of theme anthologies, since you if you read multiple anthologies on a theme, you're going to see stories repeated. In the case of this anthology, only one story was one I had previously read.

Historical Lovecraft takes on the Lovecraft mythos (although there was one story that I still don't see as being very Lovecraftian at all), and sets
Aug 08, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There are two things I love: Lovecraftian fiction and anthologies. These stories are some very good example of the first, but a few of the stories show that this isn't the best example of the latter. There are some stories here that aren't really Lovecraftian, one of which isn't even a horror story. However, the bulk of these short stories are good, scary, tentacular tales of terror.

The juxtaposition of a dark supernatural influence in some of history's darkest moments is a chilling reminder tha

Jeff Powers
Despite ending with the worst story of the collection, this series of historical tales were quite enjoyable. Lovecraft often wove historical facts into his stories to give them a sense of past and drawing a more epic scope. Many of these tales succeed in doing the same. Whether they are directly referencing HPL or his creations, or just capturing the style of cosmic horror that he was so well known for. I have read a number of Lovecraftian short story collections. This is far from the best. But ...more
Paul Blankenship
Mar 15, 2014 Paul Blankenship rated it really liked it
Many good tales, some meh

Many good tales, some meh

This mixed bag of short stories is, overall, enjoyable. Some of the stories fail to conclude and just stop without resolving whatever plot was hinted at in the tale.
Charles K. MacKay
Feb 04, 2015 Charles K. MacKay rated it it was amazing
Great stuff from the Cthulhu Mythos

Another very enjoyable collection of Cthulhu stuff, this time spread across human history and beyond. Highly recommended. R'lyeh Rises again!

May 18, 2014 Mario rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me more than TWO years to read this. So that should give you an indication. Being it a compilation of all several authors Lovecraft-related stories, the quality is uneven. We have some solid ones, some that are just OK if just because they are as Lovecraftian as an Adam Sandler movie, and finally those at the beginning, that I had to read over and over, and that made me put the book away until I got the resolve to finish it for once.

So, in summary, unless you are a Lovecraftian freak, lo
Some are decent enough but they're few and far between (in fact, I'm not entirely sure that should be in the plural), some are abstract to the point of self-indulgence, many are truly dull. Bonus points to all for working a degree of historical authenticity into proceedings but for the most part the introduction of Mythos elements seems overly forced.
Not bad, not great. It actually feels like many of the chosen stories are playing it too safe with the Lovecraftian style.
May 31, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are in general quite good. There's a wide range of stories in here and none of them fall back on worn out HPL tropes.
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