Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
—H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His c...more
Hardcover, Golden Anniversary Anthology, 529 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Arkham House Publishers (first published 1969)
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Stephen
Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!…but not forever:
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If the Universal Church of the Congregation of His Most Cosmically Cyclopean and Magisterial Mightiness, the Impenitent, Indomitable and Indefatigable Cthulhu (aka He With Whom One Does Not Fuck) ever designates a single tome as its bible, then this collection will surely be the one chosen as its most revered scripture*. This is the Rolls Royce of mythos anthologies with nary so much as a single turd in the sacred punchbowl.

* I must qualify this statement...more
Werner
July 18, 2009
The description above lists all of the 16 authors represented in this collection (editor Turner, Derleth's successor as editor-in-chief at Arkham House, was the "contributor" only of the short but adequate introduction), along with the titles and dates of the 22 roughly chronologically-arranged stories, so I won't need to reproduce all of that information here. Except for the two well-chosen selections by the master himself, all of these tales are new to me, so I approached the anth...more
Marsha Altman
I can't give it more than three stars because the other tales are derivative, but if you've read all of Lovecraft and you want to read stuff he inspired by mostly competent horror authors, this is a great book. The stories are hit-or-miss, but I should point out that a lot of them are from the 1930's and written by Lovecraft's friends, so they have some historical relevance to the general Lovecraftian mythos. Some of the later authors, like Farmer and King, are also good, but again, it's hard to...more
Oscar
Mis primeros recuerdos sobre los Mitos de Cthulhu provienen de mi adolescencia, y desde entonces sigo fascinado por este mundo, unas veces onírico y otras blasfemo, cuyo mayor artífice fue el gran H.P. Lovecraft. ’Los Mitos de Cthulhu’ es una antología que recoge algunos de los mejores ejemplos de esta mitología de Primordiales y Dioses Arquetípicos.

El volumen está dividido en tres partes: Precursores, Mitos propiamente dichos y Mitos póstumos; además de una introducción por parte de Rafael Llop...more
Myridian
This is a collection of stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and other greats, as well as genre authors who are not traditionally Cthulhuians (Fritz Leiber, Biran Lumley, Stephen King, et.c.). The stories vary in their quality and style from the excellent, classic, Victorianesque prose of the greats, to more free-form styles of contemporary authors. I tend to prefer the former style, but some of my favorite stories also come from the more current authors. Some of my favorites were: "T...more
Arthur
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
Marsten
Aug 13, 2011 Marsten rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SOS
Shelves: terror
Es una recopilación que, como suele pasar, tiene grandes relatos pero a la vez algunos muy flojos. Aceptando que el terror cósmico (o como se quiera etiquetar) puede verse desfasado y a ratos pueril lo valoraría como una selección interesante.

Con todo, personalmente se me ha hecho pesado leerlo seguido y he tenido que irlo dejando de vez en cuando interponiendo algún que otro libro para reponer fuerzas.
Algunos relatos son bastantes similares en temática y esto tampoco ayuda… También el estilo...more
Jesse
A lot of fun stories, but they have the pace and subtlety of pulp. The two Lovecraft stories, on the other hand, are masterful, and the stark contrast between HP and his imitators shows why Lovecraft, in his sweeping imagination and incredible technical skill, has become the cultural touchstone that he is.

If you're interested in Lovecraft's influence beyond simple engrossing entertainment value, you may find this collection more interesting. It's a worthy case study for understanding how Lovecra...more
Xan
¿Se puede decir que te gustó un libro cuando te produjo pesadillas? ¿De algo que pobló tus noches de mounstruos habitando las sombras? Que despues de más de dos décadas aún consigue erizarme los pelos del cogote y preguntarme si habrá algo más allá de nuestros sentidos, reptando desde el mar frío, oscuro y resbaladizo...(y no se trata de un pulpo camino de la olla)
Si es así, me gustó. Horrores. Pero no me pidas que lo lea de nuevo, me gusta dormir sin pesadillas :)
Marissa Wilk
This is a good book to have to see some very important Mythos tales penned by HPL's friends and contemporaries, which add a lot to the Mythos. There are also some Lovecraft-inspired stories that were written later, after HPL's death. Some of the stories are what I'd consider "required reading" for HPL fans just as much as the original HPL stories. Not all of these stories are winners, however. For example: I understand August Derleth's importance in getting HPL widely recognized, but that doesn'...more
Hunter Duesing
A perfect primer to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos as expanded by his contemporaries and disciples, as well as Lovecraft himself. This book is full of Lovecraft-inspired wierd fiction of highest quality, with entries by authors such as Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Philip Jose Farmer, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, and Lovecraft himself. This is the perfect launching pad for those looking to discover short genre fiction in the vein of Lovecraft's twisted and frighteningly unique...more
Severine Chat-cal
Depuis le temps que je lis des adaptations de l'Appel de Cthulhu, il était temps que je lise le texte originel, celui qui est à l'origine de bien des œuvres plus ou moins magnifiques...

Les nouvelles de Lovecraft étant courtes, elles sont regroupées dans plusieurs recueils, mais je ne peux que vous conseiller que de lire les recueils de la même maison d'édition. En effet, le regroupage des nouvelles est assez random, ce qui fait que d'un éditeur à l'autre, ce n'est pas les même. Cette présente éd...more
Juan Mayor
Cabe decir, primero que todo, que este NO es un libro de H.P. Lovecraft, sino más bien es una selección de cuentos que pertenecen a los mitos de Cthulhu, que fueron estudiados y luego publicados por el español Rafael Llopis. Pero siempre le atribuimos a la figura de Lovecraft la creación de estos mitos, que a grosso modo trata de criaturas llamadas Dioses Primordiales que supuestamente habitaron la tierra antes de la existencia del ser humano (por ejemplo, el mismo Cthulhu). Sí, puede que a Love...more
Miguel Angel Alonso Pulido
Aunque solo unos pocos de los relatos incluidos en este libro sean de Lovecraft, esta edición preparada y prologada por Rafael Llopis ha sido el tomo con el que miles y miles de hispanohablantes nos hemos iniciado en la obra del genio de Providence.

Para cualquier interesado en la obra de Lovecraft, los relatos incluidos en esta antología son una excelente forma de iniciarse en su obra y sus precedentes. Además de historias escritas por pioneros como Ambrose Bierce o Lord Dunsany, encontramos re...more
Kevin
There's a simplistic yet sinister element to Lovecraft's writing. It's not the kind of work that gets your heart pounding or your adrenaline rushing in vicarious fear. What this mythos does instead is build a slowly-creeping dread that impacts you hours, days, weeks, months, and years after reading.

One of Lovecraft's most-famous quotes is "Of all the emotions of mankind, none is more powerful or primal than fear. And of those fears, none is more powerful or primal than fear of the unknown."

The...more
Jennifer Harper
As someone who has never been immersed in the horror genre, this book captivated me. There was a wide array of all sorts of tales, and not all of them were the type of horror that many people think of today. It's got this good creep factor that at the end of each story makes you shiver and your skin crawl. If you're looming for a good read to keep you up at night, check out the tales in this book and you won't be disappointed. I took a class on horror fiction, as I am wanting to attempt to write...more
Richard Houchin
The greatest fear is fear of the unknown," said HP Lovecraft. I have never met a soul who did not...appreciate...the genius of Lovecraft's historical works. Cthulhu ftaghn!
Jediraven
It was a pretty sweet book. He's got that more modernized "Edgar Allen Poefied" touch to him where he can write about something and it does not become truly horrific until you put the book down and think about it awhile. This theory was proven when I had a cold and had to take some cough medicine. I had just read one of the stories in hear, and upon losing consciousness I was delirious and convinced that Cthulu and The Old Ones were present, but when I sat up I was called to reality immediately....more
Spoonbridge
There are some very interesting stories in this collection, and some less interesting ones. Some take Lovecraft’s ideas and run with them to new concepts, while others attempt mere homage; both of these takes have their hits ("My Boat," "The Hounds of Tindalos") and misses ("Discovery of the Ghooric Zone," "Beyond the Threshold"), but most are in between. Arranged in rough chronological order from the late 1920s to the late 1970s, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos includes a pair of Lovecraft’s storie...more
Jeff Stockett
I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent introduction to the mythos. There were several stories that were truly chilling. Some of the best stories were:

The Call of Cthulhu - The story that started it all. I love exploring things through the point of view of an investigator as he uncovers layer upon layer, finding out about the cult of Cthulhu and ultimately discovering the truth behind it all. The description of Cthulhu was awesome and terrifying.

Notebook Found in a Deserted House - This...more
Julio
Los cuentos de terror de Lovecraft son únicos y geniales. Los cuentos que giran alrededor de Cthulhu (vaya a saber cómo se pronuncia eso) son particularmente atractivos. El ambiente ominoso (qué bien cuadra ese adjetivo), el enlace de lo sobrenatural con la realidad, el horror más allá de toda comprensión, el lenguaje que confunde los sentidos, todo conspira para hilvanar pequeñas obras maestras imperdurables.

El encanto (macabro pero profundo) de este universo, impulsó además a cantidad de otros...more
Mmhudgins101 Hudgins
This books contains A variety of short stories from a variety of authors,

It's Hard one to explain its sort of dark fantasy and Myths ranging of the Cthullhu Dream Cult
{exert from the short story "The Horror In Clay" by H.P.Lovecraft}

--The most merciful Thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. we live in a placid island of ignorance the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each strainin...more
Ryn Miller
Mountains of Madness is one awesome story. And it's cool to see how the Chuthula stories went back and forth building from author to author. But after a few stories I started to get distracted by something. It seemed that every time we got to see some evil creature or even its handy work its description was always the same. It was the most horrible thing ever, mind-bendingly awful, to see it was to enter the world of madness. But then latter (sometimes in the same story) we'd get to see "The Big...more
Rob
I never dreamed I'd give anything as fundamentally awesome as Cthulhu a mere two stars—but as I discovered, there is a vast gulf between the concept and its realization in print. Perhaps the greatest disappointment of this collection of short stories is that only two of the 22 are by Lovecraft himself: The Call of Cthulhu and one other whose name eludes me. I had no way to tell whether the other stories adhered to the Cthulhu canon. Second, while the device of distancing the reader from the cent...more
Pamela
I felt bad after reading The Best of H.P. Lovecraft and struggling massively to get through it. I said to myself, where, exactly, is all of the horrifying horrible horror-stuff that is so closely associated with Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos? I honestly don't think it's because I grew up in an era where horror and violence are pretty freely shown in movies and on TV, and therefore Lovecraft's stories don't have as much of an impact. I'm not a horror movie watcher by any means. I simply didn't...more
Laura
Took me weeks to finish this book. And I really wanted to read it. Cthulhu is fundamental, and every time I read Call of Cthulhu I want to read Terry Pratchett's Jingo. And I think about Buffy. And Hellboy. And Ozzy. And Girl Genius. And Sandman. And Merciful Fate. And Darkover. And The Eternals. And Metallica. [And I could go on]. But all of the overt and unconscious racism and sexism makes it tough going.

There’s a lot of good writing here. Not just Lovecraft, but Fritz Leiber! Stephen King!...more
Mathieu
Ce recueil rassemble plusieurs textes de H. P. Lovecraft autour du mythe de Cthulhu (mais pas tous). Il s'agit pour la plupart de ces textes d'une nouvelle traduction, le tout accomppagné d'une biographie de l'auteur et d'une présentation de ses successeurs et amis ayant également écrit des récits inscrits dans le mythe de Cthulhu.

Rien à dire sur ces textes, c'est du très très bon. L'écriture est certes datée et le style très caractéristique, mais ça marche ! On y croit, on sent monter l'angoiss...more
Evelyn
An mixed bag of short stories, two by H.P Lovecraft (including the classic, The Call Of The Cthulhu), and the others are by authors who have been influenced by him. All of the tales are set in the Cthulhu world of weirdness or reference certain characters or books that Lovecraft created. Whilst some of my closest friends are huge HPL fans, I approached this anthology as more of a horror and short story lover.

Some of the stories are really weird and creepy, a couple were just painfully dull to g...more
Raúl
Esta antología reúne una amplia variedad de realtos de Lovecraft y de su círculo, y en ellos podemos introducirnos de forma ordenada y clara en lo que son los mitos de Chtuhlu, esa mitología y religión siniestra, creada por Lovecraft y que acaba de definirse en los relatos de sus acólitos.
Lo cierto, es que éstos no llegan a alcanzar el nivel literario de Lovecraft, y entre sus antecesores, reunidos en este libro, destaca ampliamente Ambrose Bierce. El niveld e la prosa oscura de Lovecraft, de la...more
josh
Meh... Some of the authors / stories were alright, others - not so much. I'm happy that I finally had a chance to read the original Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu. I'm not sure how I felt about how self-referential the ancillary authors were to the writing of others perpetuating the Cthulhu mythos as though it were a real, academic, historical field. It was kind of annoying to me. The stories that were stand alones (King's Jerusalem's Lot, for example - referenced a book that came up multiple times i...more
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