The Book of Cthulhu 2 (The Book of Cthulhu #2)
For nearly a century, H. P. Lovecraft's tales of m ...more
My rating isn't based on that fact, however, but on the rich diversity of this new box of Arkham chocolates. There's something here for every Lovecraftian, & some of the items are rather difficult to find elsewhere. Michael Chabon's story, for example, first appeared in The New Yorker back in 2001. I don't recall seeing Karl Edward Wagner's chilling "Sticks" anywhere else lately, either.
The variety of this anthology can't be overstated. Fan ...more
The collection takes off with the lighter, more whimsical Shoggoth's Old Peculiar by Neil Gaiman and you'll feel whiplash at the end with jaw-dropping, tough-as-nails, Hand of Glory by Laird Barron. The middle of this anthology is packed with most--or maybe, arguably, all the best names from past to present currently dominating the Lovecraftian literary l ...more
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Lovecraft
Trigger Warnings: Murder, violence, death, black magic, etc.
My Thoughts: I have, below my disclosure, listed the names of the stories and given a hint as to what each is about. I have done my best to avoid major spoilers. It is very difficult to review an anthology, because each story is separate and requires a separate analysis if one wishes to do things properly, yet with s ...more
Some, like Neil Gaiman's addition "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar," make direct reference to Lovecraft and his mythos. Others, such as "Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea" by Caitlin R. Kiernan allude to the mysteries of the master with just as much ski ...more
This, especially when combined with its predecessor, is an indispensable collection of some of the best fiction ever inspired by Lovecraft. This volume seems to have a slightly higher preponderance of tongue-in-cheek stories than the last, but both are sharp and exhaustive and full of great stories new and old. My story in this volume is sandwiched between tale ...more
Full review to come at Amara's Eden. A copy of this book was provided free via Netgalley for the purpose of review.
This is going to be a long one so hang on for a bit and I'll let you know all about this book. I've been looking forward to this book for a long time. It's amazing that this book is nearly as good as the first one. This is a fun read, especially for the Halloween season. Fans of horror will wet themselves (for joy, not fear...well...maybe a little from fear) reading this collection.
One of the few problems I have (not with the book, per se) is that I've read so much Lovecraftian fiction, that a l...more
Trust me you will NOT read this entire thing in one sitting, it's enormous - much like dread Cthulhu.
The stories are set in varied eras, have different approaches but all are consistently true to the mythos and the feel created by Lovecraft. There are a lot of different authors so there is no one consist ...more
In the first one, there were only three stories I didn't like. In this one, there were only four stories I thought were amazing. The rest of them were meh. Some tried to hard, some fell into the problems I have with Lovecraft in general (his creeping horror, fate and an uncaring universe are brilliant, but his characters generally are empty vessels through which you are just watching events unfold) and several of the ...more
I knew right ...more
It's always interesting, and hopefully fun, to see how another writer takes a famous character, idea, or style from another writer long dead. I do it myself, deconstructing fairy tales, fusing them into real life stories. And they can be good, make you see the story in a new light, make you understand something that the original writer would have never imagined. But they can also go horribly, horribly wrong.
And that's what happens, mostly, in this collection. Overblown, trying to hard to w ...more
That's not to say there weren't some fantastic stories, there were. The problem I had was that they weren't consistent. One of the things about Lovecraft was that the ideas were amazing, but the stories themselves weren't that great. The characters were usually one dimensional and were sort of an empty vessel relating the events to the reader. What I've found is that, generally speaking, modern authors take the ideas and build really good stories around them.
In this p ...more
I found The Book of Cthulhu II to be an enjoyable read of 24 short stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Most of the stories, most notably "Nor The Demons Down Under The Sea" by Caitlin R Kiernan, "Once More From The Top" by A. Scott Glancy, "The Terror From the Depths" by Fritz Leiber, to be quite captivating. I certainly enjoyed reading them and delving into their weird, macabre worlds.
The only reason I did not give the book either a 4 or 5 star review was d ...more
There are ...more
This is a book of Cthulhu Mythos stories, not Lovecraft-style stories. All of the stories hinge on the Old Gods or their servants, but they aren't all gothic horr ...more
The first collection of Lovecraft inspired works edited by Ross E. Lockhart was amazing: Packed with punches both of the laughter and horror variety; magnificently edited with just enough stories grouped to give a flavor of different veins of gold other authors had struck in the Lovecraft Universe without overdoing it; balanced between the experimental, in terms of genre, and traditional; and all around good stuff. Does he do it again?
Well, yes and no.
The biggest and most obvious ...more
Take Your Daughters to Work by Livia Llewellyn
The Big Fish by Kim Newman
Boojum by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
The Black Brat of Dunwich by Stanley C. Sargent
Highlights (for me) were:
"Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" by Neil Gaiman
"This is how the world ends" by John R. Fultz
"Rapture of the Deep" by Cody Goodfellow
"A Gentleman from Mex ...more
The Drowning at Lake Henpin by Paul Tobin
This Is How The World Ends by John R. Fultz
Once More From The Top by A. Scott Glancy
The Hour of the Tortoise by Molly Tanzer
A Gentelman From Mexico by Mark Samuels
I Only Am Escaped Alone To Tell Thee by Chris Reynaga
I really should stop picking up anthologies altogether. Takes me forever to finish them.
Some weird interesting tales in here. Others were just weird for the sake of weird and were not thrilling.