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The Book of Cthulhu II

(The Book of Cthulhu #2)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  66 reviews
When Night Shade Books unleashed The Book of Cthulhu onto an unsuspecting world, it was critically acclaimed as "the ultimate Cthulhu anthology" and "a 'must read' for fans of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos," The Book of Cthulhu went where no collection of mythos tales had gone before: to the very edge of madness… and beyond.

For nearly a century, H. P. Lovecraft's tales of mal
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Paperback, 426 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Night Shade
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Justin Steele
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In 2011, Ross E. Lockhart, former editor at Night Shade Books, put together an amazing anthology of Lovecraft inspired stories titled The Book of Cthulhu. Weighing in at five hundred pages, this tome managed to collect some of the best Lovecraftian stories to be found, and even included a couple original tales. I’ll most likely be doing a review at some point, but if I may cut to the chase now it’s safe to say that it’s a brilliant anthology that should have a place in every Lovecraft fan’s libr ...more
Doug
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, cthulhu
Somewhere early in the reading of this book, I became convinced I was going to end it with maybe a generous 2-star rating, but at no point could I point to the specific germ that grew into this conviction. There are, as is true of any mythos-centric anthology, stories that sat poorly with me. I wasn't particularly thrilled with "This Is How the World ends". "Hour of the Tortoise" felt like a good story that went too long while "The Hands that Reek and Smoke" read like abridged version of an exce ...more
Ann Schwader
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: horror, books-i-m-in
Disclaimer: I have a story in The Book of Cthulhu 2.

My rating isn't based on that fact, however, but on the rich diversity of this new box of Arkham chocolates. There's something here for every Lovecraftian, & some of the items are rather difficult to find elsewhere. Michael Chabon's story, for example, first appeared in The New Yorker back in 2001. I don't recall seeing Karl Edward Wagner's chilling "Sticks" anywhere else lately, either.

The variety of this anthology can't be overstated. Fan
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Jason Allen
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ross E. Lockhart has dove through the depths of R'lyeh and collected some of the best treasures the ocean of Lovecraftian fiction has to offer.
The collection takes off with the lighter, more whimsical Shoggoth's Old Peculiar by Neil Gaiman and you'll feel whiplash at the end with jaw-dropping, tough-as-nails, Hand of Glory by Laird Barron. The middle of this anthology is packed with most--or maybe, arguably, all the best names from past to present currently dominating the Lovecraftian literary l
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Katy
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Lovecraft, Cthulhu, monster mash-ups
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Lovecraftian Anthology/Dark Fantasy short stories
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Lovecraft
Trigger Warnings: Murder, violence, death, black magic, etc.

My Thoughts: I have, below my disclosure, listed the names of the stories and given a hint as to what each is about. I have done my best to avoid major spoilers. It is very difficult to review an anthology, because each story is separate and requires a separate analysis if one wishes to do things properly, yet with s
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Drake Llywelyn
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a stunning collection of Lovecraft inspired tales all centered around the infamous Cthulhu myth. The stories in this collection vary greatly in theme, tone, and atmosphere, but all pay homage to the great master of storytelling and world-building.

Some, like Neil Gaiman's addition "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar," make direct reference to Lovecraft and his mythos. Others, such as "Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea" by Caitlin R. Kiernan allude to the mysteries of the master with just as much ski
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Orrin Grey
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: with-me
I'm only one of a pile of stories in this anthology, and most of the rest of them are classics, so I don't feel bad giving it five stars.

This, especially when combined with its predecessor, is an indispensable collection of some of the best fiction ever inspired by Lovecraft. This volume seems to have a slightly higher preponderance of tongue-in-cheek stories than the last, but both are sharp and exhaustive and full of great stories new and old. My story in this volume is sandwiched between tale
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Margaret
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book of Lovecraftian based stories.

None really captured the chilling madness and horror of HPL, but Neil Gaiman turned in a beautifully funny story that delighted me no end. That and Kim Newman's offering are what raise this book from 3 stars to 4.

There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than reading this.
Amara Tanith
While there were a few stories in The Book of Cthulhu II that didn't appeal to me (Molly Tanzer's The Hour of the Tortoise and Laird Barron's Hand of Glory in particular), it also had some delights (Christopher Reynaga's I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette's Boojum, etc.). I definitely look forward to checking out The Book of Cthulhu next.

Full review to come at Amara's Eden. A copy of this book was provided free via Netgalley for the purpose of review.
Logan
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A rare 5 star anthology! BravFuckingVo. Looking forward to the 3rd installment, but keep it original, please, editor. No reprints, all interesting, and we'll be cool.
Gavin
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Another great colletion, sadly not as strong as Book I as the lows are lower while the highs aren't quite as high. Still recommended without hesitation to anyone who enjoys horror, Lovecraft or short stories.

Shoggoth's Old Peculiar, by Neil Gaiman - Classic, completely non-scary story of an American tourist meeting two English chaps whilst on a tour of blighty and realising he isn't in the best company. You can almost hear Pratchett's voice so I assume this was written around or during the peak
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Stephanie  H
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythos-or-weird
Not many stories stood out in this one.
Mike
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Horror or H. P. Lovecraft

This is going to be a long one so hang on for a bit and I'll let you know all about this book. I've been looking forward to this book for a long time. It's amazing that this book is nearly as good as the first one. This is a fun read, especially for the Halloween season. Fans of horror will wet themselves (for joy, not fear...well...maybe a little from fear) reading this collection.


One of the few problems I have (not with the book, per se) is that I've read so much Lovecraftian fiction, that a l

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Bogdan
Ok...
So 24 stories in the Anthology...some big names, but big only of their background because like it happens, usually, I didn`t like their stories. Gaiman, Kiernan, Chabon, Laird Barron, etc. had weak stories, too long, or very uninteresting tings happen in them.

From all the stories I enjoyed only a number of seven of them :

JOHN R. FULTZ : This Is How the World End -A Chtulhu Apocalypse happens very fast.

LIVIA LLEWELLYN : Take Your Daughters to Work - Very short story with a interesting ideea
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Paul
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Usually anthologies have one or two good offerings and the rest are poor. This was just the opposite with a lot of quality work. I particularly liked the work by Jonathan Wood and I'm definitely reading more of him.
Sam
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another home run from editor Ross E. Lockhart and his phenomenal line-up of authors. Nary a dud in the bunch, and some real eye-openers for me. I read Orrin Grey and Michael Chabon for the first time, as well as certain stories by familiar authors that were new to me (Neil Gaiman's "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" and Fritz Leiber's "The Terror from the Depths"). Hard to pick my favorite, but I'd go with (unsurprisingly for me) Laird Barron's "Hand of Glory," the amazing noirish tale that closes out th ...more
Edmund de Wight
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a collection of a LOT of short stories based on the Cthulhu mythos. It's good reading for those times when you want something a bit eerie but don't have a lot of time to read a long tale.

Trust me you will NOT read this entire thing in one sitting, it's enormous - much like dread Cthulhu.
The stories are set in varied eras, have different approaches but all are consistently true to the mythos and the feel created by Lovecraft. There are a lot of different authors so there is no one consist
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Ruth
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first collection, I think. Not all winners, but a good portion are an excellent mix of Weird/Horror/Lovecraftian.
Gertie
Feb 09, 2016 marked it as reference  ·  review of another edition
This ebook is usually 16$ but is $1.99 right now, as of February 9th, 2016.
Tobias Cooper
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very varied (but generally good) stories. Especial mention should go to Neil Gaiman's Shoggoth's Old Peculiar!
Jordan
I’ve been on a bit of a Lovecraft kick lately, first reading the man himself, then Alan Moore’s disturbing homage. And it all got its impetus from The Book Of Cthulhu II, which I won via the Goodreads FirstReads program. I figured I should read the real thing before picking up either of the derivatives. Sad to say, I haven’t had any luck finding a copy of The Book Of Cthulhu I, but oh well. Most of these are authors I’d not heard of before, and all save a couple are ones I’d yet to sample. Kim N ...more
Gabriel
The collection:

The first collection of Lovecraft inspired works edited by Ross E. Lockhart was amazing: Packed with punches both of the laughter and horror variety; magnificently edited with just enough stories grouped to give a flavor of different veins of gold other authors had struck in the Lovecraft Universe without overdoing it; balanced between the experimental, in terms of genre, and traditional; and all around good stuff. Does he do it again?

Well, yes and no.

The biggest and most obvious
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Jan Chlapowski Söderlund
* * * - this book was far worse than its predecessor, but still enjoyable if you are a hardcore Lovecraftian fan.

Let me first explain why I read Weird and New Weird stories. I consider myself an avid Lovecraftian fan because of the intelligent horror-angle which shines through in his stories. Firstly, Lovecraft's philosophy of cosmicism, which portrays some heavy-weight existential angst with the ant- or mosquito-like quality of humans vs the supernatural. And secondly, the fact that the horrors
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Brian Surratt
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology, weird, horror
There are some real doozies in this collection, across a wide variety of genres: noir, military adventure, suspense, procedural crime, horror, spacefaring science fiction and even a laugh or two. The stores are full of heroes, scoundrels, unreliable narrators and totally loonies.

The referenced material from HPL definitely favors the Mythos and other-worldly invasion stories over visits to the Dream Lands . There are several homages to Innsmouth and Dunwich. The Black Brat of Dunwich alone is wor
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Robert
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whoa. Whoooa.

Although not written by Lovecraft, the selected authors and editing capture the feeling exactly. That feeling is somehow much worse than that evoked by a Stephen King novel. Nothing is quirky, humorous, or escapable. The reader is hoping nothing so sneaky ever happens to them, lest they be sucked into the traps.

There are bad things in some horror books. This, though, taps into some combination of history, the Earth being a water planet, the supernatural, and the interstellar. This
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Charles Chlipala
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
I had a lot of problems reading this book, which was an E-book. It kept resetting to page 1. every time I stopped. I finally had to note the page I stopped in order to finish it. I have no idea if the problem was just my copy or the overall copies.
Lars Panzerbjrn
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cthulhu
Overall enjoyable... Well, duh...
Some of the stories are really really good, and a couple are...easily forgettable...

I would, and have, recommend this to anyone who enjoy Mythos stories.
T.S. S. Fulk
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise. There were several outstanding stories and the rest were at least good. A great collection of contemporary Cthulhu Mythos tales.
Tabitha
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Weak writing, overblown cliches, and racism abounds. Hard pass.
Emmett Hoops
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These stories offer evidence that the Cthulhu Mythos supplies some of the most fertile ground for extraordinarily good horror writers to show off their talent.
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