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The Nyarlathotep Cycle (Call of Cthulhu Fiction)

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Cover Art By H.E. Fassl; Interior Art By Dave Carson
The Mighty Messenger of the Outer Gods, Nyarlathotep has also been known to deliver tidings from the Great Old Ones. He is the only Outer God who chooses to personify his presence on our planet. This volume of stories and poems illustrates the ubiquitous presence of Nyarlathotep and shows him in several different guises.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 14th 1997 by Chaosium
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Like the other Chaosium Cycle-Books this one focuses on one entity from H.P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos - in this case Nyarlathotep - and collects stories and poems in which it features prominently. As some of the other Cycle-Books this one does very well in the first half or so and then seems to run out of suitable texts, thus starting off on a tangent and collecting stories whose connection with the featured entity is rather fragile and thin.

In this case the second half concentrates not so much
Timothy Boyd
A collection of stories based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. These are, to me, only slightly better than the original Lovecraft stories. Just not a fan of his writings. Not recommended
Christopher Sutch
Dec 24, 2012 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection starts well with several of my favorites from HPL himself, as well as the best Derleth Mythos story, and one of the best by Robert Bloch. The Lin Carter story is too long (and only tangentially related to the Mythos anyway), and the other tales are of minor interest. What is most striking to me, however, is editor Price's erudition. Not only does he make strong theological arguments about HPL's mythos stories, but he is also quite well-read on literary theory and criticism. Price ...more
Dec 29, 2012 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the average collection, with works by major names like Robert Bloch and Lord Dunsany as well as HPL, natch, The Nyarlathotep Cycle offers a bevvy of stories about our favorite faceless pharaoh without a dud in the bunch, though some are obviously better than others. A few stories are a bit slight (toward the end there are a couple that barely break two pages) but it makes me want to read more of Chaosium's Cycle series.
May 24, 2013 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft-mythos
A flawed anthology in my opinion. I always considerd Nyarlathotep -as a member of the cosmic triumvirate Nyarlathothep/Yog-Sothoth/Azathoth a.k.a The Cosmic Atom- to be the most fascinating entity of the pantheon. When featuring 'The Mad man's Hermes' the possible themes,narrative variations, etc... should be neigh endless. Which is not at all the case in this hit & miss affair.
Sep 15, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could have done with more Nyarlathotep, but I'm sure that's not from lack of trying on the collecting editor's part. The ones that were about Nyarlathotep or at least creepy mummies were awesome.
The Artificer
Less "Nyarlathotep" and more "Creepy Mummy/Pharaoh" without direct reference to the big guy himself, but a quality collection of weird fiction and a decent addition to the Cycle series.

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Robert McNair Price is an American theologian and writer. He teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus, asserting the Christ myth theory.

A former Baptist minister, he was the editor of the Journal of Higher Criticism
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