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The Shub-Niggurath Cycle: Tales of the Black Goat with a Thousand Young (Call of Cthulhu Fiction)

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Chaosium (first published June 1994)
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Felix
While the eponymous Shub-Niggurath is what binds these stories together, they nevertheless are rather disparate. No homogenous concept of the entity emerges and while this might be due to the fact that Shub-Niggurath is not elaborated in Lovecraft's original mythos tales (as editor Robert M. Price notes), there is also the problem that Shub-Niggurath is not very present in some of these stories except by name.

There is no text by Lovecraft included and most of the stories are written rather by th
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The Artificer
Overall a fairly solid collection of "Mythos" fiction.

There are a few weak selections (Lin Carter, I'm looking at you) and a few early entries that quite literally have nothing mythos-tinged about them (an evil goat has no inherently Lovecraftian elements).

The quality of stories is better than average for writers working in Lovecraft's shadow, and some of them step out onto their own with great success, "Harold's Blues" by Glen Singer was exceptionally good, and Robert Price's "A Thousand Young"
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Kewan
La maggior parte dei racconti è decisamente per appassionati, e si fa apprezzare soprattutto per il sapore un po' ruspante che li caratterizza. Il livello tende comunque ad alzarsi nella seconda metà del libro. Non mancano alcune gemme: "Harold's Blues", "The Moon Lens" e soprattutto "Grossie" nobilitano in qualche modo un'antologia che altrimenti sarebbe solo discreta.
Christopher Sutch
Price has collected some very good tales about one of the more obscure of Lovecraft's pantheon. Very entertaining, and very interesting to see the innovations in Lovecraftian fiction some writers began trying to produce at the end of the last century.
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