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Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His chilling mythology established a gateway between the known universe and an ancient dimension of otherworldly terror, whose unspeakable denizens and monstrous landscapes -dre ...more
Published 2003 by Bastei Lübbe (first published 1969)
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Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!…but not forever:

If the Universal Church of the Congregation of His Most Cosmically Cyclopean and Magisterial Mightiness, the Impenitent, Indomitable and Indefatigable Cthulhu (aka He With Whom One Does Not Fuck) ever designates a single tome as its bible, then this collection will surely be the one chosen as its most revered scripture*. This is the Rolls Royce of mythos anthologies with nary so much as a single turd in the sacred punchbowl.

* I must qualify this statement
July 18, 2009
The description above lists all of the 16 authors represented in this collection (editor Turner, Derleth's successor as editor-in-chief at Arkham House, was the "contributor" only of the short but adequate introduction), along with the titles and dates of the 22 roughly chronologically-arranged stories, so I won't need to reproduce all of that information here. Except for the two well-chosen selections by the master himself, all of these tales are new to me, so I approached the anth
Ocjena 3 se odnosi na ovo ukupno izdanje. Glupo mi je što ima milion izdanja njegovih priča , pa se jedva i snadjoh. Ovdje se nalaze 2 završene priče od Lovecrafta i jedna nedovršena (The Bell in the Tower)koju je Lin Carter završio .
Call of Cthulhu mi se užasno svidio , Dagon je tak-tak , ali je čitko , a The Bell in the Tower je poprilično zanimljiva. Ove ostale , pa ne znam . Nisu me "dirnule" .

Ocjene pojedinih priča:

H. P. Lovecraft - Call of Cthulhu 4*
Robert E. Howard - The Black Stone 2*
Marsha Altman
I can't give it more than three stars because the other tales are derivative, but if you've read all of Lovecraft and you want to read stuff he inspired by mostly competent horror authors, this is a great book. The stories are hit-or-miss, but I should point out that a lot of them are from the 1930's and written by Lovecraft's friends, so they have some historical relevance to the general Lovecraftian mythos. Some of the later authors, like Farmer and King, are also good, but again, it's hard to ...more
Sam Valladolid

Ojalá los siguientes libros que lea en el año sean igual de buenos que este.
Sep 21, 2012 Marissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft
This is a good book to have to see some very important Mythos tales penned by HPL's friends and contemporaries, which add a lot to the Mythos. There are also some Lovecraft-inspired stories that were written later, after HPL's death. Some of the stories are what I'd consider "required reading" for HPL fans just as much as the original HPL stories. Not all of these stories are winners, however. For example: I understand August Derleth's importance in getting HPL widely recognized, but that doesn' ...more
I felt bad after reading The Best of H.P. Lovecraft and struggling massively to get through it. I said to myself, where, exactly, is all of the horrifying horrible horror-stuff that is so closely associated with Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos? I honestly don't think it's because I grew up in an era where horror and violence are pretty freely shown in movies and on TV, and therefore Lovecraft's stories don't have as much of an impact. I'm not a horror movie watcher by any means. I simply didn't ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun stories, but they have the pace and subtlety of pulp. The two Lovecraft stories, on the other hand, are masterful, and the stark contrast between HP and his imitators shows why Lovecraft, in his sweeping imagination and incredible technical skill, has become the cultural touchstone that he is.

If you're interested in Lovecraft's influence beyond simple engrossing entertainment value, you may find this collection more interesting. It's a worthy case study for understanding how Lovecra
Mar 18, 2008 Myridian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a collection of stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and other greats, as well as genre authors who are not traditionally Cthulhuians (Fritz Leiber, Biran Lumley, Stephen King, et.c.). The stories vary in their quality and style from the excellent, classic, Victorianesque prose of the greats, to more free-form styles of contemporary authors. I tend to prefer the former style, but some of my favorite stories also come from the more current authors. Some of my favorites were: "T ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
Feb 13, 2017 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, anthology, cthulhu
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Jeff Stockett
I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent introduction to the mythos. There were several stories that were truly chilling. Some of the best stories were:

The Call of Cthulhu - The story that started it all. I love exploring things through the point of view of an investigator as he uncovers layer upon layer, finding out about the cult of Cthulhu and ultimately discovering the truth behind it all. The description of Cthulhu was awesome and terrifying.

Notebook Found in a Deserted House - This
There are some very interesting stories in this collection, and some less interesting ones. Some take Lovecraft’s ideas and run with them to new concepts, while others attempt mere homage; both of these takes have their hits ("My Boat," "The Hounds of Tindalos") and misses ("Discovery of the Ghooric Zone," "Beyond the Threshold"), but most are in between. Arranged in rough chronological order from the late 1920s to the late 1970s, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos includes a pair of Lovecraft’s storie ...more
León Reyes
Jun 10, 2014 León Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La palabra que mas aprendí en este libro fue "omnioso" y es así como concluyen esta selección de la etapa de Mitos de Cthulhu de Lovecraft. Todo queda en historias aisladas de humanos que se enfrentan a lo indescriptible.

Podría creer que hace casi un siglo esto daría miedo, hoy con tanta capa de raciocinio en el mundo estos mitos parecen estar cubiertos por una niebla de incredulidad, y es por ello que son tan geniales y auténticos, abogan a los miedos primigenios del ser humano y es lo que les
Took me weeks to finish this book. And I really wanted to read it. Cthulhu is fundamental, and every time I read Call of Cthulhu I want to read Terry Pratchett's Jingo. And I think about Buffy. And Hellboy. And Ozzy. And Girl Genius. And Sandman. And Merciful Fate. And Darkover. And The Eternals. And Metallica. [And I could go on]. But all of the overt and unconscious racism and sexism makes it tough going.

There’s a lot of good writing here. Not just Lovecraft, but Fritz Leiber! Stephen King!
An mixed bag of short stories, two by H.P Lovecraft (including the classic, The Call Of The Cthulhu), and the others are by authors who have been influenced by him. All of the tales are set in the Cthulhu world of weirdness or reference certain characters or books that Lovecraft created. Whilst some of my closest friends are huge HPL fans, I approached this anthology as more of a horror and short story lover.

Some of the stories are really weird and creepy, a couple were just painfully dull to g
Meh... Some of the authors / stories were alright, others - not so much. I'm happy that I finally had a chance to read the original Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu. I'm not sure how I felt about how self-referential the ancillary authors were to the writing of others perpetuating the Cthulhu mythos as though it were a real, academic, historical field. It was kind of annoying to me. The stories that were stand alones (King's Jerusalem's Lot, for example - referenced a book that came up multiple times i ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patrick by: Chuck Lingberg
Shelves: did-not-finish
If nothing else, this book taught me that I am apparently not a fan of Lovcraftian fiction. Sure, "The Call of Cthulhu" is a fun read, and certainly a classic in the sci-fi pantheon, but the slew of imitations that this book collects from Lovecraft's contemporaries and correspondents were cookie-cutter boring. Scientist/writer/philosopher discovers occult object, researches it against the advice of others, goes crazy and/or dies. The end. Of the stories I did read, Joanna Russ's "Our Boat" and S ...more
Hunter Duesing
Jul 09, 2008 Hunter Duesing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D_Davis
A perfect primer to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos as expanded by his contemporaries and disciples, as well as Lovecraft himself. This book is full of Lovecraft-inspired wierd fiction of highest quality, with entries by authors such as Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Philip Jose Farmer, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, and Lovecraft himself. This is the perfect launching pad for those looking to discover short genre fiction in the vein of Lovecraft's twisted and frighteningly unique ...more
Mar 18, 2011 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The verbose gentleman with bean-reeking breath slithered heinously off the pages.
Richard Houchin
Apr 23, 2008 Richard Houchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, horror
The greatest fear is fear of the unknown," said HP Lovecraft. I have never met a soul who did not...appreciate...the genius of Lovecraft's historical works. Cthulhu ftaghn!
Jun 09, 2012 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
In my opinion, the best single collection of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. There's only one story from Lovecraft but a magnificent sampling of all the major writers who dabbled in the Mythos.
Juan Nonay Gimeno
Good stories, but their not atemporal, and the stories little repeated
Otto Hahaa
Oct 26, 2015 Otto Hahaa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of rather essential Mythos tales by Lovecraft and friends. If you are busy or lazy, read this and you understand most stuff what the real aficionados are rambling about. Stories get a new homophobic twist, when you realize that everything “queer” is bad [insert a smiley here]. New stories manage to be lovecrafty without depressing racism of the old stories. A good thing.

Tässä on Lovecraftin itse kirjoittamat Cthulhu-mytologiatarinat ja joukko kavereiden tarinoita. Osa näistä kaverei
BJ Haun
Jul 20, 2014 BJ Haun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
As happens with all anthologies, there were stories I liked, ones I thought were okay, ones I didn't like, and ones I gave up on just a few pages in.

The ones I liked:
Return of the Sorcerer by Clark Asthon Smith
The Black Stone by Robert E Howard.
The Dweller in Darkness and Beyond the Threshold by August Derleth
Jerusalem's Lot by Stephen King

I thought I thought were okay:
Ubbo-Sathla by Clark Ashton Smith
The Hounds of Tindalos and The Space-Eaters by Frank Belknap Long
The Shambler from the Stars,Th
Ryn Miller
Mountains of Madness is one awesome story. And it's cool to see how the Chuthula stories went back and forth building from author to author. But after a few stories I started to get distracted by something. It seemed that every time we got to see some evil creature or even its handy work its description was always the same. It was the most horrible thing ever, mind-bendingly awful, to see it was to enter the world of madness. But then latter (sometimes in the same story) we'd get to see "The Big ...more
King Ævil
I never dreamed I'd give anything as fundamentally awesome as Cthulhu a mere two stars—but as I discovered, there is a vast gulf between the concept and its realization in print. Perhaps the greatest disappointment of this collection of short stories is that only two of the 22 are by Lovecraft himself: The Call of Cthulhu and one other whose name eludes me. I had no way to tell whether the other stories adhered to the Cthulhu canon. Second, while the device of distancing the reader from the cent ...more
Mmhudgins101 Hudgins
This books contains A variety of short stories from a variety of authors,

It's Hard one to explain its sort of dark fantasy and Myths ranging of the Cthullhu Dream Cult
{exert from the short story "The Horror In Clay" by H.P.Lovecraft}

--The most merciful Thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. we live in a placid island of ignorance the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each strainin
Damien Zehnder
Apr 22, 2016 Damien Zehnder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are plenty of great compilations of Lovecraftian fiction available and a lot of them feature the same or reoccurring authors, edited by reoccurring editors; choosing the right one can be hard.

This book I actually got at random in a bookstore in Manila so I didn't get to choose between this and some others but I'm glad this was the one I managed to get. The biggest feature is that it features stories from some of the biggest names in Lovecraftian fiction and even a good portion of these com
Dec 21, 2014 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I bought this book just for the Karl Edward Wagner story "Sticks," and that alone was worth the price. On top of that however, almost all the other stories were super fucking badass, too. The stories go in almost chronological order, starting with Lovecraft and going up to the late 70s. I never realized how self-referential a lot of these guys were, mentioning Lovecraft the writer in the stories based on googly gods Lovecraft invented, sometimes going as far as having Lovecraft be an actual char ...more
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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