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Cthulhu Unbound, Volume 1 by Thomas Brannan
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it

An impressive collection of Lovecraftian tales intended to transcend what have become the familiar tropes of the genre, and I think it's safe at this point to consider the Cthulhu mythos a genre unto itself. Considering the vast bulk and variety of mythos stories out there, it's hard to imagine anyone covering new territory but 'Cthulhu Unbound' makes an admirable try. The stories are all over the place; crossover genres include gangsters ("Turf"), superheroics ("In Our Darkest Hour"), gumshoe detective ("Noir-Lathotep"), and even a not so oblique Hunter S. Thompson reference ("The Shadow Over Las Vegas"). Like any Lovecraftian anthology, the quality of writing and degree of connection to the Cthulhu mythos vary. However, this a strong collection with consistently good writing. Recommended.

James Pratt, author of 'When Dead Gods Dream: A Collection of Lovecraftian Short Stories'

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