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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
--H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Supernatural Horror in Literature"

Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His
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Published October 12th 2011 by Del Rey (first published 1969)
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Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!…but not forever:

If the Universal Church of the Congregation of His Most Cosmically Cyclopean and Magisterial Mightiness, the Impenitent, Indomitable and Indefatigable Cthulhu (aka He With Whom One Does Not Fuck) ever designates a single tome as its bible, then this collection will surely be the one chosen as its most revered scripture*. This is the Rolls Royce of mythos anthologies with nary so much as a single turd in the sacred punchbowl.

* I must qualify this statement
July 18, 2009
The description above lists all of the 16 authors represented in this collection (editor Turner, Derleth's successor as editor-in-chief at Arkham House, was the "contributor" only of the short but adequate introduction), along with the titles and dates of the 22 roughly chronologically-arranged stories, so I won't need to reproduce all of that information here. Except for the two well-chosen selections by the master himself, all of these tales are new to me, so I approached the anth
Ocjena 3 se odnosi na ovo ukupno izdanje. Glupo mi je što ima milion izdanja njegovih priča , pa se jedva i snadjoh. Ovdje se nalaze 2 završene priče od Lovecrafta i jedna nedovršena (The Bell in the Tower)koju je Lin Carter završio .
Call of Cthulhu mi se užasno svidio , Dagon je tak-tak , ali je čitko , a The Bell in the Tower je poprilično zanimljiva. Ove ostale , pa ne znam . Nisu me "dirnule" .

Ocjene pojedinih priča:

H. P. Lovecraft - Call of Cthulhu 4*
Robert E. Howard - The Black Stone 2*
Marsha Altman
I can't give it more than three stars because the other tales are derivative, but if you've read all of Lovecraft and you want to read stuff he inspired by mostly competent horror authors, this is a great book. The stories are hit-or-miss, but I should point out that a lot of them are from the 1930's and written by Lovecraft's friends, so they have some historical relevance to the general Lovecraftian mythos. Some of the later authors, like Farmer and King, are also good, but again, it's hard to ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Marissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft
This is a good book to have to see some very important Mythos tales penned by HPL's friends and contemporaries, which add a lot to the Mythos. There are also some Lovecraft-inspired stories that were written later, after HPL's death. Some of the stories are what I'd consider "required reading" for HPL fans just as much as the original HPL stories. Not all of these stories are winners, however. For example: I understand August Derleth's importance in getting HPL widely recognized, but that doesn' ...more
Nov 22, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun stories, but they have the pace and subtlety of pulp. The two Lovecraft stories, on the other hand, are masterful, and the stark contrast between HP and his imitators shows why Lovecraft, in his sweeping imagination and incredible technical skill, has become the cultural touchstone that he is.

If you're interested in Lovecraft's influence beyond simple engrossing entertainment value, you may find this collection more interesting. It's a worthy case study for understanding how Lovecra
I felt bad after reading The Best of H.P. Lovecraft and struggling massively to get through it. I said to myself, where, exactly, is all of the horrifying horrible horror-stuff that is so closely associated with Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos? I honestly don't think it's because I grew up in an era where horror and violence are pretty freely shown in movies and on TV, and therefore Lovecraft's stories don't have as much of an impact. I'm not a horror movie watcher by any means. I simply didn't ...more
Mar 18, 2008 Myridian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a collection of stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and other greats, as well as genre authors who are not traditionally Cthulhuians (Fritz Leiber, Biran Lumley, Stephen King, et.c.). The stories vary in their quality and style from the excellent, classic, Victorianesque prose of the greats, to more free-form styles of contemporary authors. I tend to prefer the former style, but some of my favorite stories also come from the more current authors. Some of my favorites were: "T ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
There are some very interesting stories in this collection, and some less interesting ones. Some take Lovecraft’s ideas and run with them to new concepts, while others attempt mere homage; both of these takes have their hits ("My Boat," "The Hounds of Tindalos") and misses ("Discovery of the Ghooric Zone," "Beyond the Threshold"), but most are in between. Arranged in rough chronological order from the late 1920s to the late 1970s, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos includes a pair of Lovecraft’s storie ...more
Jeff Stockett
I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent introduction to the mythos. There were several stories that were truly chilling. Some of the best stories were:

The Call of Cthulhu - The story that started it all. I love exploring things through the point of view of an investigator as he uncovers layer upon layer, finding out about the cult of Cthulhu and ultimately discovering the truth behind it all. The description of Cthulhu was awesome and terrifying.

Notebook Found in a Deserted House - This
Took me weeks to finish this book. And I really wanted to read it. Cthulhu is fundamental, and every time I read Call of Cthulhu I want to read Terry Pratchett's Jingo. And I think about Buffy. And Hellboy. And Ozzy. And Girl Genius. And Sandman. And Merciful Fate. And Darkover. And The Eternals. And Metallica. [And I could go on]. But all of the overt and unconscious racism and sexism makes it tough going.

There’s a lot of good writing here. Not just Lovecraft, but Fritz Leiber! Stephen King!
León Reyes
Jan 03, 2015 León Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La palabra que mas aprendí en este libro fue "omnioso" y es así como concluyen esta selección de la etapa de Mitos de Cthulhu de Lovecraft. Todo queda en historias aisladas de humanos que se enfrentan a lo indescriptible.

Podría creer que hace casi un siglo esto daría miedo, hoy con tanta capa de raciocinio en el mundo estos mitos parecen estar cubiertos por una niebla de incredulidad, y es por ello que son tan geniales y auténticos, abogan a los miedos primigenios del ser humano y es lo que les
An mixed bag of short stories, two by H.P Lovecraft (including the classic, The Call Of The Cthulhu), and the others are by authors who have been influenced by him. All of the tales are set in the Cthulhu world of weirdness or reference certain characters or books that Lovecraft created. Whilst some of my closest friends are huge HPL fans, I approached this anthology as more of a horror and short story lover.

Some of the stories are really weird and creepy, a couple were just painfully dull to g
Meh... Some of the authors / stories were alright, others - not so much. I'm happy that I finally had a chance to read the original Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu. I'm not sure how I felt about how self-referential the ancillary authors were to the writing of others perpetuating the Cthulhu mythos as though it were a real, academic, historical field. It was kind of annoying to me. The stories that were stand alones (King's Jerusalem's Lot, for example - referenced a book that came up multiple times i ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patrick by: Chuck Lingberg
Shelves: did-not-finish
If nothing else, this book taught me that I am apparently not a fan of Lovcraftian fiction. Sure, "The Call of Cthulhu" is a fun read, and certainly a classic in the sci-fi pantheon, but the slew of imitations that this book collects from Lovecraft's contemporaries and correspondents were cookie-cutter boring. Scientist/writer/philosopher discovers occult object, researches it against the advice of others, goes crazy and/or dies. The end. Of the stories I did read, Joanna Russ's "Our Boat" and S ...more
Hunter Duesing
Jul 09, 2008 Hunter Duesing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D_Davis
A perfect primer to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos as expanded by his contemporaries and disciples, as well as Lovecraft himself. This book is full of Lovecraft-inspired wierd fiction of highest quality, with entries by authors such as Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Philip Jose Farmer, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, and Lovecraft himself. This is the perfect launching pad for those looking to discover short genre fiction in the vein of Lovecraft's twisted and frighteningly unique ...more
May 30, 2016 Dollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The more H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu stories I read, the more I want to read. In college I didn't appreciate his work, but I find I really enjoy his work and other writers of this genre. I love the creepy suspense in all of the stories. I have six more volumns of short stories by Brian Lumley, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell and others that are all new to me. Very good reading.
Dec 21, 2014 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I bought this book just for the Karl Edward Wagner story "Sticks," and that alone was worth the price. On top of that however, almost all the other stories were super fucking badass, too. The stories go in almost chronological order, starting with Lovecraft and going up to the late 70s. I never realized how self-referential a lot of these guys were, mentioning Lovecraft the writer in the stories based on googly gods Lovecraft invented, sometimes going as far as having Lovecraft be an actual char ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a simplistic yet sinister element to Lovecraft's writing. It's not the kind of work that gets your heart pounding or your adrenaline rushing in vicarious fear. What this mythos does instead is build a slowly-creeping dread that impacts you hours, days, weeks, months, and years after reading.

One of Lovecraft's most-famous quotes is "Of all the emotions of mankind, none is more powerful or primal than fear. And of those fears, none is more powerful or primal than fear of the unknown."

Jennifer Harper
Aug 08, 2014 Jennifer Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has never been immersed in the horror genre, this book captivated me. There was a wide array of all sorts of tales, and not all of them were the type of horror that many people think of today. It's got this good creep factor that at the end of each story makes you shiver and your skin crawl. If you're looming for a good read to keep you up at night, check out the tales in this book and you won't be disappointed. I took a class on horror fiction, as I am wanting to attempt to write ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
In my opinion, the best single collection of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. There's only one story from Lovecraft but a magnificent sampling of all the major writers who dabbled in the Mythos.
Richard Houchin
Apr 23, 2008 Richard Houchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, horror
The greatest fear is fear of the unknown," said HP Lovecraft. I have never met a soul who did not...appreciate...the genius of Lovecraft's historical works. Cthulhu ftaghn!
Jul 29, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The verbose gentleman with bean-reeking breath slithered heinously off the pages.
Otto Hahaa
Jul 18, 2016 Otto Hahaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of rather essential Mythos tales by Lovecraft and friends. If you are busy or lazy, read this and you understand most stuff what the real aficionados are rambling about. Stories get a new homophobic twist, when you realize that everything “queer” is bad [insert a smiley here]. New stories manage to be lovecrafty without depressing racism of the old stories. A good thing.

Tässä on Lovecraftin itse kirjoittamat Cthulhu-mytologiatarinat ja joukko kavereiden tarinoita. Osa näistä kaverei
BJ Haun
As happens with all anthologies, there were stories I liked, ones I thought were okay, ones I didn't like, and ones I gave up on just a few pages in.

The ones I liked:
Return of the Sorcerer by Clark Asthon Smith
The Black Stone by Robert E Howard.
The Dweller in Darkness and Beyond the Threshold by August Derleth
Jerusalem's Lot by Stephen King

I thought I thought were okay:
Ubbo-Sathla by Clark Ashton Smith
The Hounds of Tindalos and The Space-Eaters by Frank Belknap Long
The Shambler from the Stars,Th
Mmhudgins101 Hudgins
This books contains A variety of short stories from a variety of authors,

It's Hard one to explain its sort of dark fantasy and Myths ranging of the Cthullhu Dream Cult
{exert from the short story "The Horror In Clay" by H.P.Lovecraft}

--The most merciful Thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. we live in a placid island of ignorance the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each strainin
Ryn Miller
Mountains of Madness is one awesome story. And it's cool to see how the Chuthula stories went back and forth building from author to author. But after a few stories I started to get distracted by something. It seemed that every time we got to see some evil creature or even its handy work its description was always the same. It was the most horrible thing ever, mind-bendingly awful, to see it was to enter the world of madness. But then latter (sometimes in the same story) we'd get to see "The Big ...more
King Ævil
I never dreamed I'd give anything as fundamentally awesome as Cthulhu a mere two stars—but as I discovered, there is a vast gulf between the concept and its realization in print. Perhaps the greatest disappointment of this collection of short stories is that only two of the 22 are by Lovecraft himself: The Call of Cthulhu and one other whose name eludes me. I had no way to tell whether the other stories adhered to the Cthulhu canon. Second, while the device of distancing the reader from the cent ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Sohail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mediocre collection of Lovecraftian fiction. Some are very good, some are mediocre, and there is one story that is utter garbage.

My ratings for some of the stories in this collection:

The shambler from the stars, 4
The Shadow from the Steeple, 3
Notebook found in a deserted house, 4
The Salem horror, 4
The Terror from the Depths, 1
Rising with Surtsey, 3
Cold Print, 2
The Return of the Lloigor, 3
My Boat, 1
Sticks, 4
The freshman, 1
Jerusalem's Lot, 4
Discovery of the Ghooric Zone, 1
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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