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The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft (Starry Wisdom #1)

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23 contemporary visions of cosmic transformation, mutation and madness - many inspired directly by the thoughts and writings of H P Lovecraft, others reflecting his strangely presentient themes, perhaps unwittingly, in their own bizarre sub-texts. Here the primal beings of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stalk a post-modern landscape of social collapse, ethnic cleansing, geneti ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published 1996 by Creation Books
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James Bowman
Sep 04, 2015 James Bowman rated it did not like it
This anthology, overall, is IMHO quite horrible. There are so many disgusting sexual references and appearances of excrement that one wonders if it was a requirement for the stories' acceptance for the book... In particular, "Walpurgisnachtmusik" brings to mind the ludicrous over-use of the F-bomb in the first 10 minutes of Tarantino's "From Dusk Till Dawn."

The only reason I don't condemn it entirely is that there are a few good things in here. Most notable is Coulthart's graphical adaptation of
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K. Valisumbra
Dec 18, 2015 K. Valisumbra rated it really liked it
I bought this book in the mid-90's when I saw it in Forbidden Planet in London, primarily because it had a Lovecraft-inspired short story by Alan Moore and I was a fan of both of them.
That story, 'The Courtyard', is by far the best in the collection and more than justifies buying the whole anthology. It is the most ingenious and Intriguing 'new' take on Lovecraftian themes and certainly better written than anything the old man himself ever did.
The highly bigotted main character that other revi
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Dave Sticher
Apr 25, 2014 Dave Sticher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, this book is one of the most 90s things I've ever read. In a good way. Does a great job of steering away from the usual Lovecraftian cliches. The Michael Gira section was probably my favorite.
Philip
Oct 31, 2007 Philip rated it it was amazing
Freaky book, cool and bizarre artwork- some of the stories not th ebest, but gets top stars for atmosphere and execution.
Morgana Blackrose
Apr 05, 2015 Morgana Blackrose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very mixed bag, from pretentious garbage to the sublime. The graphic novel version of the 'Call of Cthulhu', the book's centrepiece, is worth the cover price alone, though.
Michelle Wu
Jan 17, 2016 Michelle Wu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
couple of good ones but mostly r/NoSleep
Dan
Jun 15, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not many comments on here. Thats because whats in this one really is indescribable.
If you hold this book in your hands... BURN THIS AT ONCE!

No, not really. What a waste of a well-written if oddly and transgressively occult collection of works.
Its something akin to Aleister Crowley meets The Old Ones.
Wouldn't want this landing up in a mental hospital. Think of what might happen...
J K
Nov 03, 2012 J K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brain-expanding, if over pretentious in many cases. But the good stories are worth a look, and the imagery is impressive and often gloriously repellant throughout. If you can find it, this is a worthwhile read for any Lovecraft fan after something more challenging to get their claws into.
Quentin
Nov 12, 2015 Quentin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stories by Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, William S. Burroughs, Michael Gira of the Swans, and many many others. It's probably the sickest collection of Lovecraft-inspired stories I've read, and it's great.
Federiken Masters
Mar 09, 2010 Federiken Masters marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Federiken by: Autor, supongo
Libro que evidentemente puse como to-read porque sale Moore en la lista de autores. Después habrá que ver qué tiene y si alguna vez se editó en castellano, que es lo que suelo hacer.
Bill
Jul 15, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A varied assortment of recent (not new) Lovecraftian fiction and essays. When its good its very good. Some of the creepiest wordsmithing I've read. Almost Poe-etic with its cosmic horrifiicness. Some stories didn't do it for me though. Overall the wheat is worth the chaff. Nice illustrations throughout.
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