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The Children of Cthulhu

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Descend to the depths of primal horror with this chilling collection of original stories drawn from H. P. Lovecraft’s shocking, terrifying, and eerily prescient Cthulhu Mythos. In twenty-one dark visions, a host of outstanding contemporary writers tap into our innermost fears, with tales set in a misbegotten new world that could have been spawned only by the master of the ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published January 16th 2009 by Del Rey (first published April 29th 2003)
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Perry Lake
Some of these stories are just great and they unquestioningly deserve five stories. Sadly, several of them do not. In fact it's overly obvious that the authors of several stories were only familiar with the CoC RPGs, and had possibly never read anything by Lovecraft!

Amongst the very best are "Details" by China Mieville and "Principles and Parameters" by Meredith L. Patterson. And most of the stories aren't bad.
Padraig MacIain
A collection of short stories set in the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. All the stories are powerful, intense and explore the entire possibilities of the Mythos without returning to areas already explored by Lovecraft himself.

Well worth having for the Lovecraft fan. May not fare well for other readers that don't enjoy the Mythos though.
Nancy Oakes
the goal of the book was to follow in Lovecraft's original direction: "the true horror in Lovecraft’s fiction lies in the unknowable, the mystery of a vast and infinitely strange cosmos." They did not want pastiches, they did not want copycat writing or the rehashing of Cthulhu stories based largely on the mythos of August Derleth. This is a concept that I am myself just beginning to understand. Anyway, the stories that appear in this volume, as in any anthology, are a mixed bag -- but most of t ...more
I have a confession to make. I am not a huge H.P. Lovecraft fan. I've read his stories (and the stories of innumerable pastiche-ists and pretenders), and I understand his importance and influence on other writers. He's just not my cuppa tea, is all. So when the time came around to review this collection, I was a little apprehensive. As it turns out, I needn't have worried. The Children of Cthulhu is a stellar collection, well worth the time and effort of reading it.

At it's best, in stories like
The Miéville & Cardin entries are worth the cost of the entire anthology, & represent the best extension of Lovecraft's influence.
Very uneven mix of stories using the mythos of Lovecraft. Knowledge of at least some of Lovecraft's stories is a must for total understanding of anhy one of the stories. A great deal of the point of the stories is the "wink, wink" allusions to Lovecraftian stories, meaning that comedy comes to the forefront a lot of the time. When good writers tackle Lovecraft this usually happens, because Lovecraft was so unintentionally comical in his own stuff.
Marsha Altman
I think this is the best Lovecraftian fanfiction anthology by far. A lot of them are hit-or-miss and this one is overwhelmingly hits. I don't know why - good editor, I guess.
Riju Ganguly
A solid collection of horror stories, but some of the authors have tried too hard and too unconvincingly to make the stories mythos-oriented. Good, but not great.
A slightly uneven collection of modern Lovecraftian stories, “Children of Cthulhu” has some interesting takes on Cthulhu Mythos tales set in the modern world. There are a few really good, atmospheric stories here, tales that react to Lovecraft’s concepts of cosmic horror through a modern lens, that challenge and explore how this particular blend of horror is still relevant (after all, Lovecraft wrote through the lens of his own contemporary time). The majority, on the other hand, do not go too f ...more
I had to quit after the first seven stories. I haven't read any Lovecraft, but this book has not convinced me that I'm missing out. Because that was the common thread that I felt turned me off -- even when the content of the stories was interesting, the prose and structure turned me off. Of course, at least two of the stories I read were just outright bad.
Robert Bogdon
There were a few good stories in here, but not enough. On top of that, I like when horror and science overlap a bit, which didn't seem to be happening in this book. If you're just looking for horror, and you're a big fan of Lovecraft, I'm sure this is a fine book.
Tyler Anderson
There are some good stories here, including one by China Mieville, which also shows up in his Looking for Jake short story collection. People that are fiddling around in the post-Lovecraft world will enjoy this book, even if it doesn't change many lives.
Frederick Hemker
A very decent effort. Some of the stories are more atmospheric than plot driven efforts, but otherwise good short stories that follow and expand on the Lovecraftian tradition.
Michele Garber
If you love the Cthulu mythos, you're gonna love this. Very good stuff!
Samuel Richards-hastings
Ugh. The few decent stories in here are better read in better collections.
Outstanding compilation of new Lovecraftian stories.
A couple of really good stories, a couple of GREAT stories, one story that I didn't understand why it was in here (but then again, I don't really enjoy Poppy Z. Brite under most circumstances), AND I know one of the eidtors, in an internet kind of way.
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I'm a writer with over 30 professional short story sales, plus was co-editor of the Bram Stoker award finalist anthology THE CHILDREN OF CTHULHU for Del Rey Books; most recently I've done some Doctor Who work for Big Finish Productions. I've managed vinyl record shops, video game stores and apartment complexes. I live in Phoenix, Arizona, where I enjoy a good and happy life with my wife and stepda ...more
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