If it was just one, I could let it go. But it ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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.
Though admittedly, the world is b ...more
The book is divided into sections -- "Ancient History," "Middle Ages" and "Modern Era" -- and I felt the stories generally improved as they got ...more
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 ...more
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...more
So, in summary, unless you are a Lovecraftian freak, lo ...more