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Cthulhu 2000

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  3,744 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In Cthulhu 2000, a host of horror and fantasy's top authors captures the spirit of supreme supernatural storyteller H. P. Lovecraft--with eighteen chilling contemporary tales that would have made the master proud.

- The Barrens by F. Paul Wilson: In a tangled wilderness, unearthly lights lead the way to a world no human was meant to see.
- His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood by
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Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 25th 1999 by Del Rey (first published August 1st 1995)
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Nancy Oakes
Another anthology of short horror stories written by people who could be said to be under the influence of HP Lovecraft. There are 18 stories in this book, some very very good, some okay, some not so hot. You'll find this to be true in any anthology, actually -- it's not just this book!

Let me point out some of my favorites:
"The Barrens," by F. Paul Wilson (which I had already read, but loved it so much I re-read it here);
"His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood," by Poppy Z. Brite;
"The Big Fish," by Ki
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Jeff Raymond
Another Lovecraftian anthology, but this one better than most. The first story in particular, The Barrens, is probably one of my new favorite Mythos stories, and there are some good and some bad. Some striking things:

* The best stories, The Barrens excepted, were among the goofiest ones. There was one about a possessed modem that was quite amusing, and one where Cthulhu and friends are assisting with a romance writer's career that cracked me up.

* The stories that hit me the least, surprisingly,
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Jim
Riju's review makes me wonder if we read the same book. Although I do not care for all of the stories Turner selected for his two Arkham House anthologies, I sympathize with his attempt to select from as broad a range of approach and theme as possible, in order to identify innovative and literate approaches to the Lovecraftian milieu. One may dislike the sexual frankness of Poppy Z. Brite's "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" but many, including myself, think it is a brilliant reformulation of th ...more
Olethros
-Variado e irregular.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Homenaje a Lovecraft, sus creaciones, mundos, mitos, conceptos y criaturas, desde perspectivas más actuales que las que ofreció el autor en su momento (que no contemporáneas a nosotros en todos los casos) y que nos llevarán a descubrir algo increíble de la mano de una editora en jefe, a conocer a unos diletantes y experimentadores jóvenes, a saber más de la situación en una Guerra Fría bastante particular, a acompañar a un detective privad
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Baal Of
Outstanding collection of Lovecraftian tales. There's not a single dud in the whole book, and there are a wide variety of approaches. One of my favorites was the story by Joanna Russ, which was a classic Lovecraft style tale done simultaneously as a romance, and as the travails of a woman attempting to get her story published. This one had me laughing out loud, which is pretty rare.
VanHalen
Mar 01, 2015 VanHalen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovecraft, Cthulhu, Horror.
It is in my mind, astounding which writers are in this book, whose stories I loathed.

The bulk of the stories within this tome are fantastic, moving playfully amongst the mythos created by Lovecraft, or even stepping into that which followed him in Clarke Aston Smith and others.

However, there are a couple of stinkers. My largest beef being with Poppy Z. Brite, who decided that ripping off The Tomb The Hound (edited on 3/1/15) wouldn't be noticed by those of us reading... or deciding that ripping
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Reg Franklin
Cthulhu 2000 is a collection of modern Mythos tales inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft. Some of the stories act as almost sequels to some of Lovecraft's works (For example, "Fat Face" is a bit of an ersatz sequel to "At the Mountains of Madness"). Some of the works, like "Pickman's Modem" are downright funny, but many maintain the feel of cosmic horror that Lovecraft more or less invented. While not the best book for someone new to Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, it's an excellent read for ...more
George
I highly recommend this collection to all fans of H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. This is quality stuff -- some of the best Mythos stories I've ever read, and I've read many.

I have not yet read all of the stories in this collection, but standouts thus far are "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood," "Fat Face," "Black Man with a Horn," and "The Barrens." The latter tale has the nice feature of adding the New Jersey pine barrens and the Jersey Devil to the Cthulhu Mythos! This is a welcome bit
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Leothefox
3 stars in this case means more like 2 1/2. I love love love H.P. Lovecraft and his work and his writing and his adjectives... what I don't always love is other writers taking modern stabs at doing Lovecraft while bringing to it their own personal style. Also, I'm not the biggest fan of the title "Cthulhu 2000", not merely because it recalls that sad ring of the future aspirations we held in the silly old 90s, but because there's more to Lovecraft than the iconic Cthulhu.

...anyhow, the collectio
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Nick
I would recommend pacing yourself and reading this collection one or two stories a day. That way, the very few similarities between the stories will drift into the distance and not impinge on your enjoyment of the stories you read after.
While technically all related in some way to H.P. Lovecraft or the Cthulhu mythos, these stories are remarkably different in many ways. Zelazny's contribution, for example, is an exploration of Japanese art and philosophy, while Esther Friesner's is a hilarious r
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Glenn Peters
Some quite good stories (although I don't remember all, some didn't hold up as well). Bonus points for Zelazny's 24 View of Mt. Fuji, By Hokusai, and Gene Wolfe's Lord of the Land, the ending of which has lodged itself naggingly in my brain.
Paul Hamilton
During the course of a discussion with a friend who recommended this book to me, I confessed that while I love fiction and settings that harken to H.P. Lovecraft's body of work, especially the Cthulhu Mythos, I haven't read very much of Lovecraft's work itself, due in large part to the fact that every time I try the style glares at me from the page. Thus, in a way, Cthulhu 2000 might have been exactly up my alley, as it ostensibly contains an assortment of stories told more or less within the My ...more
Hunter Duesing
Jul 14, 2008 Hunter Duesing rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Completists, Lovecraft die-hards
This compilation contains no work by Lovecraft, instead consisting only of short stories that are directly influenced by his work, much like another collection in this same series entitled 'Tales From the Cthulhu Mythos', the difference being that this collection features a crop of more modern authors. A gooey chunk of the stories in this book feel more like half-cocked Lovecraft fan fiction than something truly worthy of being included in a collection that bears his name, however there are a fe ...more
Stephen
Almost all the stories in CTHULHU 2000 are widely available in other publications, but to have them put in one package is very convenient and makes for a strong overall collection. Especially welcome are tales like Paul Wilson's "The Barrens," TED Klein's "Black Man With a Horn," Michael Shea's "Fat Face," and Fred Chappell's "The Adder" (which I had the honor of first publishing in DEATHREALM #9 quite a few years ago). For someone first delving into the post-HPL Cthulhu mythos, this is a great ...more
Riju Ganguly
Except for the Kim Newman story (which you can find in several other anthologies, as well as the Diogenes Club compilations), and a sharp futuristic piece from Basil Copper (most unlikely writer of Mythos tales, one has to admit), the rest is mostly gory & pessimistic (especially the semi-erotic Poppy Z Brite piece). However, the collection has another additional jewel: T.E.D Klein's outstanding "Black Man In a Horn". More importantly, according to my humble opinion it can be recommended sol ...more
Lsmft23
Aa a Lovecraft fan, I'm willing to buy pretty much anything that dares to put his name on it, because even when it's bad, it's fun. This is a collection that I go back to every couple of years when I want a travel read- something to pull out at rest stops, and when it's someone else's shift to drive, because every story in it is fun and freaky. Turner assembled a collection of stories with the understanding that humor, as well as creepiness and awe, are part of the fandom.
Tim Weakley
Nice collection of works in the Cthulu vein. I think my favourite was the Sam Spade story. It was so well done. The best work in it as far as the writing goes was the Zelazny novella at the end of the book. It's worth reading some of the lesser stories in the collection just to get to "Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai". There were a few dogs in the collection though which brought the overall book down a bit.
Ah
Remarkably good anthology but I took off a star for the shitty Poppy "Who let her in" Z Brite story which wasn't even Lovecraftian.Neither was Roger Zelzazny's 24 views of Mount Fuji but I liked that one.Also the Michael Shea story Fat Face was truly terrifying and I wish I had never read it but really what do I expect if I keep reading this kind of thing which I keep doing.
Doug Mcnair
Nov 18, 2011 Doug Mcnair rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Phythyon
Shelves: horror
One of my favorite horror anthologies. Standout stories were "The Barrens" by F. Paul Wilson, the cyberpunk classic "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai," the comedies "H.P.L." and "Love's Eldritch Ichor," and the all-time-creepiest-ever story "The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti.
Dave Moore
I've been a fan of Lovecraft for years, and I've read a lot of stories inspired by his eldritch, surreal mythos. A few of the stories in this collection demonstrated excellent writing craft, but the endings fell way short. Bottom line...the stories just aren't that good.
MaryAnn
Great anthology of Lovecraftian stories. A couple were excellent, quite a few were good, and at least two were so slow I skipped, (pretty normal for me in an anthology, if I can't get into it in the first few pages I will skip).
Mark Singer
Eighteen stories inspired by H P Lovecraft. Some of them are quite haunting, especially "The Barrens" by F. Paul Wilson, "Fat Face" by Michael Shea, and "Black Man with a Horn" by T.E.D. Klein.
Rusty
It's really hard to do "creepy" in the modern world. These are 18 short stories that range from good to great in a Poe/Lovecraft kind of macabre way.
Kimk
Oct 18, 2011 Kimk marked it as to-read
Some of these were good, but I didn't finish the anthology because some of the longest, most pointless and barely Lovecraftian stories bored me too much.
Jessie B.
An excellent collection of lovecraftian fiction. While I did not like every story in this book, there were a very large number of stories I really enjoyed.
Tom
Great! Some of these stories were hilarious. The only story I didn't read was the last one, by Roger Zelazny, 24 Views of Mount Fuji.
Ray
Jul 21, 2007 Ray rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: H.P. Lovecraft & horror fans
Shelves: horror
A good read, some great stories here...including one by my childhood doctor, F. Paul Wilson, that takes place in the N.J. Pine Barrens!
Quentin
WAAAAAAY better than it has any right or need to be. My fave pieces are by Zelazny, Copper, and the humorous piece by Friesner.
Matthew
Not bad but not great either. Stories vacillate wildly in their quality. An okay read overall.
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