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The Ithaqua Cycle

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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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Christopher Sutch
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

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
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
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
Excellent introduction and story notes for each story.
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