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Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos

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When H. P. Lovecraft first introduced his macabre universe in the pages of Weird Tales magazine, the response was electrifying. Gifted writers—among them his closest peers—added sinister new elements to the fear-drenched landscape. Here are some of the most famous original stories from the pulp era that played a pivotal role in reflecting the master’s dark vision.

ebook, 400 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Del Rey (first published 1992)
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Randolph Carter
This book presents some of the better pulp era H.P. Lovecraft influenced writers. There are no stories by Lovecraft in the book, as such I would not recommend this book to anyone who had not read at least some Lovecraft first.

It is good to remember that this is stuff written for the pulps so the writing is all over the place. Price does pick some of the better stories, although there is inexplicably two stories by August Derleth, who despite being the single person who preserved Lovecraft's nam
Nancy Oakes
In the introduction to this book, Robert M. Price notes that he (as editor) put together this book to "assemble the stories in which certain important Mythos names or items are either first mentioned or most fully explained by the author who created them." (xx) The authors of these stories are part of the first wave of Lovecraft-influenced writers, and some of these stories have never found their way into modern anthologies.

The contents list (with a * denoting my favorites):

1. "The Thing on the
Gautam Moharil
I haven't read much Lovecraft. But as I understand Lovecraftian tales are about the Ancient Ones or Old Gods who ruled this world before civilisation and are cosmic creatures. They are worshipped by certain secret cults.

The various stories in this collection were written in the middle part of the twentieth century when such literature was popular. They have stood the test of time and are quite entertaining and scary. Just reading stuff on the same theme story after story is a bit tedious but if
Great stories that show the influence of the original group of writers that Lovecraft corresponded with, who helped develop what we now call the Cthulhu Mythos. Good read for fans.
Trish Graboske
The editor's plan, which he explains in his Introduction, was to include stories with the first mention of ancient books and creatures that were added to the Lovecraft Mythos, or the stories where they were most fully explained. This made for an uneven read--some early, weak pulp stories, but some outstanding stories. I read it because I wanted to read Fritz Leiber's "To Arkham and the Stars", which made a satisfying ending to the book.
John Bruni
Not a bad collection. I'm kind of tired of Lovecraft homages, but this one had enough classics to keep me interested. Robert E. Howard is the MVP of this volume, with Robert Bloch a close second. (Although that's not really all that surprising.)
Riju Ganguly
A much stronger collection of mythos-tales than those flooding the markets, perhaps because it draws its strength from the works of the old masters more than the new pretenders. Recommended.
Leigh Kimmel
Classic short stories of Lovecraft's contemporaries and the first generation of his imitators, ranging from the seriously horrific to straight-up parody.
The more I read of H.P. Lovecraft, the more I love it. This book features many of the other authors who expanded the mythos, and has some really, REALLY good stories.
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