The Book of Cthulhu II
For nearly a century, H. P. Lovecraft's tales of mal ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Full review to come at Amara's Eden. A copy of this book was provided free via Netgalley for the purpose of review.
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more