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Cold Print

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  713 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A collection of Ramsey campbell's horror stories, including The Church in the High Street, The Room in the Castle, The Horrors from the Bridge, The Insects from Shaggai, The Render of the Veils, The Inhabitant of the Lake, The Will of Stanley Brooke, The Moon-Lens, Before the Storm, Cold Print, Among These Pictures Are, The Tugging, The Faces at Pine Dunes, Blacked Out, an ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 15th 1987 by Tor Books (first published 1985)
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mark monday

this connection-collection includes hunky bachelor AZATHOTH and hot-to-trot bachelorette SHUB-NIGGURATH, as featured respectively within the stories "The Insects of Shaggai" and "The Horror from the Bridge".


Nickname: the mad nuclear chaos at the center of the universe
Likes: staring at the stars, dreaming, music - especially the pan-flute
Dislikes: judgmental and close-minded people :(
Favorite Craft: as Mr. Azathoth is roughly the size of a star,
Kevin Lucia
What's interesting about this collection is that you can see the progression - not necessarily chronologically - from straight Lovecraftian pastiches, to more original Lovecraftian pastiches, to very original pieces of cosmic horror propelled the fear of the unknown and alien, without relying on any forbidden texts or strange sounding gods or ancient cults. Regardless, every story in this collection works on the mind in terrible, fierce ways...
Brian Sammons
No one does the Cthulhu Mythos like Campbell. He's my second favorite author of cold, cosmic horror right after H.P. Lovecraft. Yeah, he's that good.
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I read this book back in Oct/Nov of 2012 and as someone who loves Lovecraftian tales, this was a real treat. Of the 21 stories here, I only disliked two, and quite a few were downright amazing. There's many Lovecraftian story collections, August Derleth wrote one, but his stories all follow the same formula: a man uncovers evidence of occult activity in an isolated house, perhaps his ancestors' house, then bad stuff happens. But we find a lot of variety in this collection, especially toward the ...more
K.T. Katzmann
Nov 10, 2015 K.T. Katzmann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: British Horror Fans, Cthulhu Fanatics, Nervous Joggers in London
Wonderfully British mythos fiction with a caveat.

Ramsey Campbell's creations haved wormed their way into the Cthulhu canon. Who can forget the awesome cosmic wonder of Fat Naked Headless Man with Mouth Hands?
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I kid. He's much more alien in the story. But still, there are nifty monsters here, and Campbell writes with a definite style.

There's one problem, and that is the question of which style you're getting.

A lot of these stories come from Campbell's early career, before he himself admits he fou
Peter Davis-Parker
This is an awesome book for any fans of horror anthologies and also for fans of Lovecraft fiction.
I picked it up from a charity shop for next to nothing but believe me when I say without hyperbole, you can buy brand new & full price & you'd be getting a bargain.
Can't recommend highly enough
David Peak
After reading Houellebecq's Against the World, Against Life and Graham Harman's Weird Realism, and subsequently gaining an appreciation for what Lovecraft was doing with his prose, it's difficult to read Campbell's stories here as being anything other than shallow stylistic imitations. All of the monsters and dread and primordial jelly are present, but none of the nuance.

That being said, there are a handful of excellent horror stories to be found in this collection, particularly "The Inhabitant
G.R. Yeates
This collection of Ramsey Campbell's Lovecraftian fiction is interesting for a couple of reasons. One, it shows us where the master began, weaving tales of the Cthulhu Mythos in the fictive towns of Brichester and Goatswood. The reason I have not given the collection more stars is because, for this reason, it's maybe not so satisfying as a whole as his later work. Some of the stories are fantastic, such as The Inhabitant of the Lake, Cold Print and The Church in High Street, whilst others follow ...more
Though I did enjoy the book, I can't give it many stars. Cold Print is a collection of short horror stories. Nothing wrong with that, though once you've read a couple of them, you'll start to think "haven't I read this before?".

The book gets quite repetitive, mainly every story goes: someone reads the Necromonicon, finds a macabre place which almost has a neon sign reading "place of death, don't go in, you idiot", goes in anyway, and either dies or survives with mental trauma.

The book isn't bad,
Marie Robinson
Wanted to like it a lot more as I love a lot of Campbell's work.
Ken Ringwald
This book collects a lot of the H.P. Lovecraft inspired fiction by Ramsey Campbell. It's extremely interesting to see the original stories for several of Campbell's creations and the myths of the Severn valley.

It's also fascinating to watch Campbell grow more polished as a writer over the course of the book; the final few stories are excellent cosmic horror that stand on their own.

I'd recommend it if you have any interest in cosmic horror stories, especially ones set in England.
"Ramsey Campbell writes scarier horror stories than any other living author." - THE WASHINGTON POST. So goes the cover blurb on my battered paperback copy I purchased in a thrift shop not too long ago. It's true.
A collection of Ramsey Campbell's Lovecraftian tales. This is the Campbell I like. He takes the Cthulhu Mythos and gives them his own introverted British touch. You can almost choke on the atmosphere. Some say Cmmpbell is often too vague or esoteric for his own good and they would be right. However there is something quite impressive about his early Lovecraft influenced fiction.
Ronald Wilcox
Very good collection of short stories written by Campbell, most of which are tied into the Lovecraftian universe. Stories are nicely eerie but begin to feel repetitive after several are read. Would appeal very much to admirers of Lovecraft's works but if not already familiar with his work, readers may not be able to understand these stories as well.
Some of the stories got a little too vague for my tastes, but the overall atmosphere and senses of dread and wonder are masterfully rendered. A definitive collection of mythos-esque stories by a single author.
Campbell's most Lovecraftian collection, this was the first book of his I ever read, and still one of my favorites of his.
Ian Towey
Not my fave Ramsey Campbell but I was in a strange mood at the time. Should read again.
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