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The Ithaqua Cycle (Call of Cthulhu Fiction)

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Ithaqua, the Cold Walker in the Waste, has roots deep in the folklore of the frozen north. He is Sasquatch, the Wendigo, the Wind-Walker. Here, gathered together in one place, is an entire cycle of stories about Ithaqua, from Algernon Blackwood's seminal "The Wendigo," to the brand new "Wrath of the Wind-Walker."
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Chaosium
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K.T. Katzmann
Let's discuss the dick-punching Frankenstein in the room.

This is a book of stories about the monster god Ithaqua, the Wendigo, the Thing That Walked on the Wind. My wife's favorite picture of him is this one from the first edition of S. Petersen's Field Guide to Cthulhu Monsters . . .

. . . although the second edition one has a nice, Wayne Barlowe feel.

So, enough art. On to the dick-punching Frankenstein.

Imagine you love a monster. Let's say Frankenstein's monster, who I'll just call Frankenstein
Christopher Sutch
Jun 08, 2015 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it
For a number of reasons, Ithaqua is (imho) a secondary supernatural figure in the Lovecraft mythos. The main reason is that it was created by August Derleth, who was often a better friend and champion of HPL than a writer. As a consequence, editor Price had little to choose from when making up the contents of this anthology other than fan fiction, which of course is marred by great variance in quality and innovation. However, Price does well with the limited materials he has to work with (as usu ...more
Alan Bligh
Mar 28, 2015 Alan Bligh rated it liked it

One of the minor keys in Chaosium's largely excellent collection series on various aspects of the Cthulhu Mythos, focusing as its title would suggest on Ithaqua, the wind walker, an entity originating not with Lovecraft but with August Derleth by way of Algernon Blackwood, and expanded on via Lumley and Comptois et al in forteen short stories. This is mythos enity the hungry thing born of the wind and the cold skies writ large, and as elemental predator/dark traveler rather than cosmic indiffere
The Artificer
Mar 13, 2015 The Artificer rated it liked it
This really deserves a 3.5, but the rating system doesn't allow for fractional stars.

Like all the books in the Chaosium series The Ithaqua Cycle suffers from some unevenness in story quality. Most notable as weak entries are those by August Derleth (who, in my opinion, should be both lauded for saving the works of Lovecraft from utter obscurity as well as damned for making such a hash of 'the mythos').

These same weak entries are also collected in the collection of Derleth's Lovecraftian works "T
Nancy Oakes
Mar 13, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
No matter how many of these Call of Cthulhu collections I read, there are always some stories that are much better than others, the case in any anthology. In this collection there are a total of 14 stories (plus an introduction by the editor and comments by the editor prior to every story).

Overall, it was an okay book, and by far, the best story in the entire collection was the first one, "The Wendigo," by Algernon Blackwood. After that, readers of Cthulhu mythos stories in their various forms
Jun 28, 2015 Pfong rated it liked it
Excellent introduction and story notes for each story.
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Robert McNair Price is an American theologian and writer. He teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus, asserting the Christ myth theory.

A former Baptist minister, he was the editor of the Journal of Higher Criticism
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