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Decades, centuries and even thousands of years in the future: The horrors inspired by Lovecraft do not know the limits of time...or space.Journey through this anthology of science fiction stories and poems inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.Listen to the stars that whisper and drive a crew mad. Worship the Tloque Nahuaque as he overtakes Mexico City. Slip into the ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Innsmouth Free Press (first published November 19th 2011)
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Michel Weatherall







Future Lovecraft is a collection of numerous (38 to be exact) various authors' work based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.















I think this book is quite the challenge to successfully and accurately rate. For starters, the very premise of book reviews on Goodreads, I question.



There is a difference between one's likes, biases, and opinions and actually critiquing a book. A true (book) critic is looking for certain criteria to be met. Although there is always a degree of subjective opinion in any tr
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J K
Mar 28, 2012 J K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles

The Cthulhu Mythos gets flung far ahead in space and in time, and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth from this vast collection of stories that explore Lovecraftian monsters invading humanity’s future, as well as aliens, other worlds and very trippy dimensions. Exploring both inner and outer space, it’s likely that more than one story that will stay with you. There are more than a couple involving insane astronauts and doomed spaceships, but
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Olivia
Apr 15, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it
"Future Lovecraft" was definitely an interesting and worthwhile read. While the overall rating is at 4 stars, there were several stories which I would emphatically give 5 stars to, such as "Harmony Amid The Stars" by Ada Hoffmann, "This Son Is Not For You" by A.D. Cahill, and "The Labyrinth of Sleep" by Orrin Grey. The editors made some fantastic selections, ranging from die-hard Lovecraft tributes to imaginative explorations of the future and our psyche. There were a few short-stories and poems ...more
Nick
Jul 13, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
Lovecrafty stuff in scifi contexts. That means different things for different stories. The "lovecraft" part of this book stands out differently depending on the story, including such elements as: the verbose writing style, the supernatural monsters, gothic or macabre elements, even a couple poems/Dunsanian fantasy influenced bits as well. The "future" depends on the story, but a lot of them are in space. Rarely however are the "Gods" reduced to some scientifically comprehensible beings. Their ...more
J.w. Schnarr
Aug 04, 2012 J.w. Schnarr rated it really liked it
This book is a great example of what's possible for Indie publishers. The book looks great, was pretty clean, and the stories were solid. I can definitely see what it's been picked up for larger distribution.

I had just a couple personal sticky points when it came to this anthology. From the cover, I was expecting more hard sci fi/mythos stories, and there was a lot more soft SF/Fantasy than I usually like with my tentacles. Obviously that's a very subjsctive statement; your mileage will vary.

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C McDaniel
Jun 01, 2015 C McDaniel rated it liked it
Shelves: mythos-lovecraft
I debated over the 2/3 stars and settled with 3 because I suspect my biases concerning the theme played a role in how I felt reading this collection. I really enjoy the anthologies that Innsmouth Free Press puts together. I discovered that I'd overlooked this one somewhere along the way. I would blame at least one missing star from this rating on my generally picky disposition when it comes to this stuff. I have a low tolerance for two types of Mythos fiction--the Dunsanian sort (think ...more
D.M. Dutcher
An anthology of Lovecraft-inspired SF that doesn't feel much like Lovecraft.

There's a fair amount of stories and poetry here, and some of them aren't bad, but none of them really grabbed me. I think it's because the writers don't seem to get what makes a good Lovecraft story, or if they do, they aren't given the length to do it right.

Lovecraft starts out slow and normal, and lets the horrors mount. Most of the stories here don't have enough length to do so, and without that slow build up its har
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Colleen
Oct 06, 2012 Colleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, horror, sci-fi
I didn't like these stories much. And I think it's because the authors simply took Lovecraftian names and plugged them in to sci-fi stories. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with that in theory, but the reason I read Lovecraft is for the STYLE of writing. This book featured pretty standard-issue sci-fi stories featuring Cthulu; they weren't stories about Cthulu set in the future, if you see my meaning. And I also read Lovecraft because it's primarily horror with some sci-fi thrown in. These ...more
Cale
Jan 24, 2013 Cale rated it it was ok
I picked this up solely due to the title - the idea of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos in futuristic environments seemed like a can't miss idea. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a can't hit. That's not to say the stories are bad (and I don't consider myself a fair judge of the poetry), but none are stellar. Only one, The Labyrinth of Sleep (a mashup of Cthulhu and Inception) sparked at all, and while I've got fragments of some of the other stories still in mind, my overall impression of the book is ...more
Malcolm Ross
Feb 27, 2014 Malcolm Ross rated it did not like it
This book is terrible!

This book is terribly edited; spelling, punctuation and typesetting issues abound. Even the pagination is screwed up. Worse yet, most of the stories don't even have a passing resemblance to Lovecraft. The only really good one was Nick Mamatas, but that was expected after 'The Damned Highway".
Jay
Jun 28, 2012 Jay rated it it was ok
I just couldn't finish this book. I read through a good portion of it but I just found the majority of entries to be terribly boring or just plain uninteresting. I did enjoy a couple of the stories which is why I didn't rate the book a one star. Overall I was very disappointed. Perhaps some day I will try to finish but honestly I don't think I will.
Raven
May 11, 2012 Raven rated it liked it
I found a large number of the first few stories either uninteresting or poorly done, lacking that Lovecraftian feel despite obviously trying for it. The quality seemed to improve about half-way through, with the stories thereafter displaying a much better crafting as well as capturing more effectively the namesake feeling. I am afraid I was not a fan of any of the poetry, that I recall.
K.H. Vaughan
Nov 19, 2013 K.H. Vaughan rated it really liked it
What is the future of Lovecraft? Although they don’t express the intention explicitly, the editors of Future Lovecraft have not only produced a quality collection of Lovecraft-related science fiction, but have done a fantastic job of selecting stories that raise that very question. Interest in Lovecraft is flourishing, and may now be greater than at any prior point in history. The iconic elements of the Mythos have moved beyond cult status into popular awareness, becoming cultural touchstones ...more
Sarah T.
FINALLY FINISHED!!!

Lesson learned: I need to just stay away from Lovecraftian themed books. I tried. I gave it a shot. I stuck with it. I got no enjoyment from this book. I just can't handle the bleakness.
Hollowspine
When I told my brother about this book, his initial response (he was barely listening to me) was a derisive snort. I immediately vowed to read this book, just to show him that he shouldn't be so judgmental (he hadn't even seen the cover after all).

So it is with a sigh that I pass judgment on this book after having read it, every page, from cover to cover. Including all the poetry. Every line of every poem.

I had only ever heard of one of these authors and had not read a single piece by any of th
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David Conyers
May 29, 2013 David Conyers rated it liked it
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Tarl
Jun 25, 2013 Tarl rated it liked it
Science Fiction and Lovecraft, what more could one want?
I follow Silvia's blog and tweets. She does good work, and produces pretty good material. I saw her plea for honest reviews about this book and decided to purchase it and give it a go. She mentioned this was the highest pirated book out of all of the ones released by her, but also one of the lowest rated.
I think I know why now.

Like many, I picked this up because it was Lovecraftian themed. Anything with Lovecraft in the title will draw the
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Marie Michaels
Jun 26, 2014 Marie Michaels rated it really liked it
The happiest reader of this book is going to be a sci-fi fan as well as a Lovecraft fan, and I'd go so far as to say that being sci-fi fan is more important to a person's enjoyment than being a Lovecraft fan. Fortunately for me, I'm both, and I really loved this book! The stories are mostly sci-fi takes on the Cthulhu mythos, not necessarily Lovecraftian stories shot into the future, if that distinction makes sense. There's a thread of humor throughout several of the stories that is definitely ...more
Kate Arms
Apr 01, 2014 Kate Arms rated it really liked it
As anthologies go, this collection of Lovecraft-inspired stories set in the future is a particularly good one. Even the weaker stories are interesting. And the best stories are wonderful.

The standout stories combine fully-fledged future worlds, interesting characters, and a Lovecraftian twist. Rather than give too many spoilers about the individual stories, I will simply give you a taste of the worlds of my favourite stories.

Orrin Grey's The Labyrinth of Sleep alone is worth the price of admiss
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Mike
Nov 27, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it

Once again I've been drawn into a book by my love of anthologies, all the gems hiding between the strata. This is a fun collection of Lovecraftian fiction, and poetry. Lovecraft himself wrote poetry in the same vein as his fiction, and this is one of the few collections that makes a point of including poetry as more than one or two selections to begin or end the collection. This collection includes a number of poems interspersed between the story selections.


Much like its companion volume, Histor

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Lucy Furr
Mar 28, 2012 Lucy Furr rated it liked it
Like any anthology of stories, everyone finds stories that are hits, and stories that are misses. For me, there were several good hits, but on the whole I felt something lacking. Maybe it was the sci-fi settings, which are a bit of a stray from the usual Lovecraft feel (and not a genre I read much of), or maybe it was that some of the stories seemed to try a little too hard to be Lovecraftian. I'm a huge Lovecraft fan though, so I'll take whatever I can, and there really are some great, ...more
Matt
Jan 18, 2013 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a collection of very short stories and poems, and it's a real mix of quality. I'd say roughly 1/3 sucked, 1/2 were okay filler, and 1/6 were really very excellent. While all the stories had mythos elements, very few were what I'd call Lovecraftian. I would have given it 2 stars, but the stories that I really liked (the one about the jellyfish, the one about the dream maze, the one about the guy in Venice looking for the senator's son, etc.) were good enough to raise the rating. ...more
John Orman
May 19, 2013 John Orman rated it liked it
Enjoyed my journey into this anthology of stories and poems inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Here, the stars drive a spaceship crew mad. A very weird version of Venice appears here. Space travel comes through a hungry, malicious comet. Swim in the drug-induced haze of a jellyfish. A Martian gulag. Fear the future, indeed!

I like the story "Tri-TV", about the new TV of the galaxy, beyond 3-D. Scary stuff from around the Solar System and beyond. Then comes the next generation of communication--printed p
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Eileen
May 13, 2016 Eileen rated it liked it
I have enjoyed the other anthologies from the Innsmouth Free Press which I've read, so my "meh" reaction to this one was a surprise. I suspect it was my apathy to the science fiction genre in general (other than some Star Trek), and this collection seemed to lean more towards classic sci-fi than Lovecraftian horror.
Paul Blankenship
Apr 14, 2014 Paul Blankenship rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some intriguing tales

For a fan of the genres of sci-fi and Lovecraftian horror some stories will be very enjoyable. Others may make little sense or seem out of place in this collection. Those unfamiliar with the Lovecraft mythos should start with his original works as the references made in these tales will not be understood.
Maya
Jul 10, 2016 Maya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tcf-2016, wobble
I think I would have enjoyed this one a whole lot more if I had read any of Lovecraft's works. As it stood, without knowing any Lovecraft, there were definitely a few stories that I truly enjoyed. On a whole, though, I found it enormously confusing and hard to follow. I'm also not a huge fan of anthologies, but I received this one as a present - so of course, I had to read it.
Redsteve
Disappointing. Not one story or poem in this collection really grabbed me. A few were OK or had interesting premises, but nothing that I really enjoyed. I was really expecting more from this even though I wasn't familiar with any of the authors. Also, be aware that the stories are all very short - 38 stories and poems in a 280 page book.
Lori
This collection is a mix of poetry and short stories; I preferred the stories. Some of my favorites include: In the Hall of the Yellow King, Tri-TV, People Are Reading What You Are Writing, Harmony Amid the Stars, Venice Burning, and The Labyrinth of Sleep.
Alis
I impulse-bought this from the local comic store and liked it a lot more than I thought I would, in no small part because I have a huge soft spot for Lovecraftian sci-fi.
Simon
Dec 05, 2012 Simon rated it liked it
Some of the short stories were great, some were absolutely awful. Very little in between. Strange old book.
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Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia Moreno-Garcia's debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, magic and Mexico City, won a Copper Cylinder Award and was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Aurora and Sunburst awards. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, will be out October 2016. She co-edited the anthology She Walks in Shadows (finalist for World Fantasy Award) and is an ...more
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