The Taint and Other Novellas (Best Mythos Tales #1)
A collection of thrilling tales from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos by one of horror's biggest legends. This volume contains the very best of Brian Lumley's Mythos novellas.
Where does it stand in the Lovecraftian canon? Well, it mostly stands as a worthy successor to Derleth, if you take the Mythos not to be the starting point for great literature but as a universe for pulp exploitation. In this volume at least, Lumley largely concentrates on tales of horrors associated with the ocean and, i...more
I would give this book a solid 3 1/2 though.If you can't get enough Mythos stuff this is right up your ally.
That being said, Lumley does write better than Lovecraft did, and the stories were in general entertaining, even if they weren't amazingly original. Lumley explores avenues of the mythos a little different than the norm, and the s...more
anyway along with his major works are a whole raft of shorter fiction from short stories to novellas. This book is a collection of the latter and great as they are (he has written some cracking Cthulhu mythos books) there is only so much ma...more
I've reviewed HP on here , & said that , although his ideas are good , he went on a bit.....well , these novellas are some of Brian Lumley's work in the mythos - & he has picked up the ball & ran with it . There isn't a duff tale in the collection , but the 2 standout stories for me were "Lord of the Worms" (an early tale of Titus Crow) , & "The House of the Temple" (dark deeds in the Pentland Hi...more