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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
Hardcover, First Trade Edition, 339 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Fedogan & Bremer (first published 1994)
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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
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
Jonathan Briggs
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
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
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!)
Graham Downs
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
Josie Adams
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
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
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
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
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
Stephen Miletus
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
Bryan Worra
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
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
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
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.
Peter Johnston
Good collection of stories inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's The Shadow over Insmouth. The cleverest by far is one by Nicolas Royce, where he uses the Ceacescu regime in Romania as a metaphor for ancient horror. There are the usual fairly slow stories, but most are worth the time you invest in them.
Timothy Covel
It's an anthology, so as one might expect there are a mix of stories which are going to appeal to you and those which will not. I really enjoyed about half of this collection, some of the stories were excellent, and others were difficult to get through. As a whole, if you're a fan of Lovecraft, then it's totally worth the read.
Emmett J.
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
Klavdiya Kitanova
The most genius story of horror ever!!!!!!!!!
C McDaniel
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
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
As usual very disturbing and completely original. Great twist at the end!
Trevor Woodhouse
Great anthology of short stories based around Lovecraft's excellent Shadow Over Innsmouth. Some of the stories are similar to the original and others take it in a whole different direction. I really liked all the stories except for maybe 2 which is awesome for a big collection like this. If you're a H. P. fan I recommend it for sure.
Bogdan Lascu
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 Challis
Up now a review of the latest Lovecraft anthology 'Shadows Over Innsmouth' featuring authors such as Kim Newman and Neil Gaiman as well as the original by H.P. H. P. Lovecraft but is it worth picking up?

Isaac Cheah
A brilliant writer of his time, Lovecraft has a depth of imagination for the macabre that is simply astounding. Dabbling in the human psyche, sanity (or lack thereof) plays a major role in the development of his plots.
A story that serves to leave one chillngly unsettled.
Martin Mcgoey
Most of the stories in this collection were mediocre and paled in comparison to the original. Still, it was fascinating to see such varied interpretations and offshoots from the classic Lovecraft tale.
Nan Silvernail
Ack! I meant to mark only The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P.L., which is a fantastic story.
Oh well. This will make up for many of the HPL short stories I am reading that aren't stand-alone books.
Overall very hit or miss, but there are a few stories in this anthology that I really liked; "Beyond the Reef" being my favorite.
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