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H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" is an integral part of what has become known as "The Cthulhu Mythos" and, at some 26,000 words, is one of the author's longest works.

Many diverse hands have explored and enhanced Lovecraft's original concepts -- at his encouragement -- and although a number of these authors have written of the Deep Ones and their marvel-shadowed
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Hardcover, First Trade Edition, 339 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Fedogan & Bremer (first published 1994)
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Jonathan Briggs
Apr 19, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it did not like it
For an ostensible expert on the horror genre, Stephen Jones can pick some real duds for his anthologies, and this is one of his dudliest. The inclusion of some of these clunkers -- lousy even by the low standards of Mythos imitations -- reeks of cronyism. D.F. Lewis contributes his standard nonsense. The guy might as well just string random sentences together, and perhaps that is his style. At least he writes short. Basil Copper goes to excruciating lengths in "Beyond the Reef," a novella that h ...more
Mark
Sep 28, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Titan Books are re-releasing this series of books, originally from 1994 by Fedogan and Bremer. The first,Shadows over Innsmouth, would make a terrific Halloween read, if you were looking for something this year.

The book starts big. After an introduction by Stephen, we’re off and running with the inspiration for this collection, one of HP Lovecraft’s longest tales (about 64 000 words), The Shadow over Innsmouth. If you haven’t read it before, it’s an impressive read, showing all the strengths (an
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George
Oct 18, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Πολύ ωραία και χορταστική ανθολογία διηγημάτων, που αναφέρονται άμεσα ή έμμεσα στο τρομερό Ίννσμουθ της Μασαχουσέτης, ένα ψαροχώρι που δημιούργησε ο Λάβκραφτ για να μας κάνει να βλέπουμε εφιάλτες τα βράδια. Ειλικρινά, τόσο με το εξαιρετικό διήγημα του Λάβκραφτ όσο και με τα υπόλοιπα, χώθηκα σ'ένα σύμπαν φρίκης και παράνοιας, το οποίο ευτυχώς αποτελεί φαντασία. Ελπίζω δηλαδή, γιατί αλλιώς χαθήκαμε...

Λοιπόν, το βιβλίο περιέχει την κλασική και εξαιρετική ιστορία "Η σκιά πάνω από το Ίννσμουθ" του Λά
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Roger
Apr 25, 2016 Roger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had found a real gem when I found Shadows Over Innsmouth. Not only did it feature the original HP Lovecraft tale but apparently used it as a springboard for a series of all new stories regarding that haunted city. Let's break this review up into two parts: First let's talk about the original story and then we'll chat about the new stories in this collection.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth is a favorite story of mine. I first finished reading it when I was fourteen. Having reread it thirty
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Andy
Jan 23, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get through this collection. I would say this is not something you'd read cover-to-cover and I can't imagine tackling the other collections "Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth" or "Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth" anytime soon. Three collections on this theme, are you kidding me?

These stories can be quite creepy, a few are even scary, But what struck me about some of them was the emotional, somber nature of them. Characters which people love are changing into fish, leaving their l
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AJ
Apr 23, 2009 AJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic collection of short stories for those who enjoy horror. Oddly enough, I was not that impressed by the Shadows over Innsmouth. The remaining tales, however, took on an interesting twist and great reflections of imagination and creativity. Each short story kept the basic monster and added time and characters. They took the basic sea monsters out of the ocean and created a history and other dangerous, malevolent tales of garnering control over the human race. I think the eeriest ...more
Lyndon Perry
Jul 26, 2015 Lyndon Perry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the intellectual horror crowd
If you aren't familiar with the word "furtive", you will be by the time you finish this anthology.

What can I say about Shadows over Innsmouth. It's a compilation of authors and as such there were parts I enjoyed more than others. It was my first time reading Lovecraft and the same can be said for every other author here, save Gaiman.

And well, I gotta say, I struggled with Lovecraft a bit in the same way I tend to struggle with most literature that can't really be classified as contemporary. So
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Sabella Daiabczenko
Great book - the Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories (and Dagon is one of my favorite movies), and this is a lovely little collection from others who were also as inspired as I was by the ruin of a sleepy little seaside town. Love the cover art, also (By Michael Whelan, of all people!)
Bogdan
Nov 01, 2014 Bogdan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O antologie Lovecraftiana foarte buna cu povestiri la inaltimea originalului.

Surprinzator Neil Gaiman a contribuit cu o povestire destul de dezamagitoare.

Restul au fost numai de la bine in sus.

Buna ideea, reusit rezultatul!



Patrick Kiernan
Love these stories, they all really had that H.P Lovecraft feel.
Vicky
Nov 14, 2016 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It scared the living daylights out of me. My God.
Victoria Hooper

I’ve read so many Lovecraftian stories now, enjoyed Cthulu mythos based books, movies and games, and am very familiar with the ideas and iconic elements of Lovecraft’s creation, but oddly, until this collection, I’d never actually read one of the original Lovecraft stories. This collection begins with The Shadow Over Innsmouth, which was pretty much exactly what I expected. The story is a slow starter, perhaps a little rambling in places, but with a great sense of atmosphere and, of course, a fa
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Graham Downs
Dec 22, 2014 Graham Downs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I've never read Lovecraft before, but I've been meaning to for quite some time, based on his reputation as a father of modern supernatural horror, and my passing experience of the Cthulu role playing game. I listened to an audio version story of The Dunwich HorrorThe Dunwich Horror several weeks ago, though (Which I enjoyed), so I was quite looking forward to reading this anthology, which I felt would be a good introduction to the mythos, and the author's work.

The first story in this anthology i
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Bryan Worra
Sep 25, 2011 Bryan Worra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadows Over Innsmouth is one of the leading anthologies to date examining the work that has been produced in response since Lovecraft's 1942 classic, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth."

Its most significant competition would be The Innsmouth Cycle, which provides 13 stories, as well as a trio of poems. The Innsmouth Cycle's stories are placed into historical context, with readers being able to read several of the stories that directly influenced "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." Robert M. Price provided ex
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Stephen Miletus
Mar 05, 2013 Stephen Miletus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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There are a few good collections of Cthulhu Mythos stories, but this isn't one of them. I'm not as harsh as Jonathan Brigg below about this collection -- which consists oddly enough of British writers with one obvious exception -- but not by much: there is a discouraging amount of dross here. Ramsey Campbell's story is one of his early stories, from 1962. Kim Newman's (writing as Jack Yeovil) "The Big Fish" is more of a fun Philip Marlowe pastiche than a moment of cosmic horror. Neil Gaiman's "O ...more
Eulipion
Jul 11, 2013 Eulipion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I'm an up/down reviewer. I say read this book.

I give this book a "read" simply for H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow over Innsmouth" alone. It's a ground-breaking classic. I read in a Goodreads review that said the story was cliche, which boggles my mind. Prior to H.P. Lovecraft, no one had really written anything like what's in this story -- the village full or weird people, the dark secret they all hide, let alone the nature of that dark secret. This story really is the "go" space on the Monopoly
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Tarl
Nov 06, 2013 Tarl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraftian, horror
An anthology centered around Innsmouth, authored by British writers?
Sounds interesting, and that's what initially drew me to this collection.

'Shadows over Innsmouth' collects together some pretty well known writers, and each of their personal takes on the whole Innsmouth setting are all interesting and unique. (the last story containing a werewolf of all things!) Combined with the unique writing styles and personal voice of each of the authors, the reader is sure to find something to tickle the
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Randolph Carter
Excellent collection of Lovecraftian horror all somehow related to Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The problem with all non-Lovecraft related "Lovecraft" stories and novels is that they are either pastiches or they just don't measure up to the Master. Even Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth, and Robert Bloch etc. never quite got it. The sad truth is there will never be another Lovecraft story as good or as ground-breaking as what Lovecraft wrote. In this I have to agree with Kenneth Hite. ...more
Sarah Eagle
I actually liked this a tad more than At the Mountains of Madness, because the pacing is better. However, it's reminiscent of Lovecraft's earlier work of "degenerate sub-human species speak of untold horrors lying underneath it all", which borderlines racism. He makes sure in this one to ally the blood-mixing with a race that isn't even human - that's fish-like, actually - instead of writing the sub-human species as Mongoloid or Negroid (wasn't even trying not to be racist then), but still...it ...more
Daniel Cloutier
Lovecraft Fans nennen häufig "Mountains of madness" oder "The colour from out of space ", wenn man sie nach ihrer favorisierten Erzählung des Autors fragt. Für mich war das aber immer "Shadow over Innsmouth", der Erzählung über Verfall und Identität, die wie die meisten Geschichten Lovecrafts von seinem Rassismus und Angst vor Fremdem durchsetzt ist, was aber für den modernen Leser durch die sehr fremdartige Darstellung der verhassten Rasse leichter verdaulich ist. Keine seiner Geschichten baute ...more
Diem Shepard
Jan 07, 2014 Diem Shepard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting collection. It starts out with Lovecraft's story. All the other (British, male) authors take off from there. Most stick pretty closely to the original in terms of tone and style, but there are a couple more daring takes. Jack Yeovil(a.k.a. Kim Newman) contributes an amusing Raymond Chandler/Lovecraft cross ("The Big Fish")and as Newman provides a short ("A Quarter to Three") with a rewarding if goofy punchline. David Langford's "Deepnet" moves us into cyberspace. The most ...more
The Artificer
Jul 11, 2012 The Artificer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compiled and edited by Stephen Jones, Shadows Over Innsmouth is one of the most solid selections of modern Lovecraftian works I've read to-date. Robert M Price (another Lovecraftian compiler/editor who did many of the Chaosium "Cycle" books) could learn a thing or twelve from Jones.

Each story is on-topic with not a clunker to be found. The selections are very balanced with a nice mix of BIG names in Lovecraftian horror (Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, Neil Gaiman) as well as some newer (to me, at
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Emmett Hoops
This is a book you'll enjoy if you love to read. That is to say, if you put all your eggs in one basket -- such as, "I'll read this book and if it's good, I'll read others" -- nope, this is not that book. Some of the stories are mediocre, some are excellent; this makes for a very uneven collection. One of the stories is an extended pun, and not at all amusing. However, there is one story, To See the Sea, which is worth the price of the book.

So, for Lovecraft fans, this is indispensable. Of cour
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Josie Adams
Mar 03, 2015 Josie Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of only four Lovecraft stories I've sought out to read again. I even read it aloud to my boyfriend, because he thought the cake I made for his birthday was bad and I wanted him to know what true terror was. Our relationship is better than ever.

As is normal for Lovecraft, it starts out with some information-dumping, a mysterious familial background, and a protagonist who shouldn't do the thing but he does the thing for very little reason.

It gets better, though, and from about a third of the w
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Rachel Brune
An interesting concept for an anthology, and some solid short stories by well-known authors. Still, there were only two that I found particularly interesting, namely The Big Fish (a nice meld of pulp noir and Lovecraftian horror), and The Homecoming, which draws an analogy between the Romanian dictatorship of Ceauscescu and the Deep Ones. Those two stories were enough that I didn't regret buying and reading the anthology, but if they were available on their own, I wouldn't have read the whole th ...more
C McDaniel
Nov 22, 2013 C McDaniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythos-lovecraft
Everyone has their own tastes, of course, but I purchased this not expecting the collection to meet Lovecraftian standards (and certainly not literary standards) but to provide a fun read--brain candy. The nostalgia that gets stirred for HPL in a couple of the better stories is simply a bonus.
There are some pretty good little tales in it. Sure, there are some clunkers, too, (*the Gaiman story was woefully disappointing to me) but it's worth the read. I suppose my suggestion is to make certain t
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Dan  Ray
I know that HPL is a tough act to follow, especially in an anthology dedicated to his work. That being said, the first short tale in this collection was so bad I was really worried about the quality of the rest. Luckily, most of the other stories were solid and enjoyable. The Neil Gaiman entry would have suited a graphic novel better, it fell a bit flat by relying too much on visual imagery without taking the time to really frame that imagery.
Gaby
Aug 31, 2015 Gaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene bastantes diálogos internos y una sombra que siempre esta sobre él, que es lo que le carga la parte terrorifíca de la novela, es breve pero intensa, claro además de el afamado horror cósmico que siempre deja más dudas que respuestas. Lee la reseña completa aquí: https://thevelvetbooks.wordpress.com/...
Isidore
A tepid collection of pastiches by well-known writers of whom more might reasonably have been expected. Kim Newman/Jack Yeovil is always amusing, and Stableford's story has an interesting premise, but only Michael Marshall Smith gets anywhere near evoking the eeriness and dread of Lovecraft's original tale.
Gabrielle
Jul 16, 2014 Gabrielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of short stories based around the Innsmouth novella by HP Lovecraft. They were mostly enjoyable and creepy, though an overwhelming number focused on storyline a where an unknowing descendent of the deep ones returns to the ocean. I particularly enjoyed "Beyond the Reef", which is based at Miskatonic University.
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