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Cthulhu Unbound 3

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“Epic adventures, twisty plots, and surreal nightmares all get their Cthulhuoid due in these gripping tales of horror and mystery.”--John Scott Tynes, author of DELTA GREEN: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

The third volume of the CTHULHU UNBOUND series plunges deeper than ever into daring new visions of H.P. Lovecraft’s universe in four all-new novellas by five masters of the new w
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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published 2012 by Permuted Press
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Mike
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cthulhu Unbound 3 is a collection of four stories involving the Cthulhu mythos that take place outside the typical canon era (the early 20th Century typically) and involve unusual or different takes on the genre.


UNSEEN EMPIRE: Cody Goodfellow delivers a part-mythos, part-Western that finds a half-Native American bounty hunter (evidently a character first starring in the author's “Black Wind”) who finds himself on a collision course with an evil entity while investigating disappearances at an Ind
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Tarl
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lovecraftian, spy
First off, let me state that at the time of writing this, the epub version sold by the Kobo bookstore (and most likely Smashwords as well), is buggy when it comes to the internal artwork. In Mirrorrorrim, the artwork actually overlaps the first page of a couple of the chapters, thus preventing anyone from reading those pages. I have seen this happen with another book, and after talking to that writer, it seems as if it is an easy fix. I am surprised that Permuted Press did not catch this when th ...more
Patrick D'Orazio
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cthulhu Unbound 3 consists of four novellas, each with their own slant on Lovecraft’s mythos. Overall, the writing and storytelling is solid and the stories are what you both desire and expect of tales told about the realm of dark gods and menacing monsters.
Unseen Empire by Cody Goodfellow is a western that takes place primarily on and beneath an abandoned Indian reservation in Oklahoma, where a half-Indian tracker must go beneath the earth to find out what happened to the people who suddenly d
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Bruce
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I was mixed on this book. The first story, Unseen Empire, takes place in the old West. Overall it was good, though the frequent jumps between time periods proved distracting. The next two stories, Mirrorrorrim and Nemesis Theory, just didn't grab my attention. However, the final story, The R'Yleh Singularity, knocks it out of the park with an engrossing tale of spies, quantum physics, the military and, of course, Mythos.
Brian Sammons
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-stories
Yes I co-edited it and have a novella in it (also co-written with my partner in crime, David Conyers) but as I have read this book cover to cover, many times, I do give it a score of 5 out of 5. Biased? Maybe. :)
John
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, monster, short, spooky, 2013
So this is a collection of Lovecraftesque short stories. I went with three stars because it was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The first story was probably the one that captured the tone of the originals the most closely, while I enjoyed the final story the most. I don't have my Kindle handy, and I'm blanking on the names of the stories right now, except for the one I didn't like, which was called Mirrorrorrim. I found that one just weird, so much so, I just didn't care enough to even finish it.
Nathan Shumate
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
One terrific novelette, one fair one, one pretty good one, and one so poorly edited that I had to stop reading.
David
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cthulhu Unbound 3 , edited by David Conyers & Brian Sammons, is a collection of four stories set in the Cthulhu Mythos playground, each by a different author or authors.

"Unseen Empire", by Cody Goodfellow, is a successful melding of the Cthulhu Mythos with the Old West tradition of stories. This story is driven by its characters, and I particularly liked Goodfellow's characterizations: the highly prejudiced Major Cawthorne of the Union Army, all too certain that the "goddamned savages" are
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Bandit
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This collection just didn't wow me. Didn't know what to expect, haven't read the previous two in this series. Basically, there were four novellas inspired by the same mythos, written by different authors. Different styles as well. The first one was a western, second one more psychological, third was a story set in prison, it's by Tim Curran and (no surprise there) the best in the book and the last one is the longest and the lightest in the bunch, in vein of the uber popular supernatural detectiv ...more
Matt T
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
In my opinion, only the last story is good. The other 3 were ok. While all authors wrote in very Lovecraftian style, only the last one took a chance and brought it into a familiar context so that the reader could feel immersed instead of as an external observer. That's the tough thing about writing horror in this vein. So much of this mythos is alien that the reader can't get to the proper emotional and imaginative state unless first having a strong connection point to draw them in.
Fatman
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Four Cthulhu Mythos novelettes with an apocalyptic bent.

Two of the stories were both interesting and well-written, although one of them suffered from too many adjectives (probably an homage to HPL's own writing style, so I didn't mind). Of the other two, one was nicely written but nebulous, the other had a promising premise but the execution left a lot to be desired, and the text desperately needed editorial attention. Overall, a decent read from five talented authors.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. This review is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

To be safe, I won't be recording my review here until after the AA are over.
Jeff Barr
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The Cody Goodfellow story is fantastic. The second story is good as well. The third story is so rife with typos, misused words and cliche I had to struggle to finish reading.
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David Conyers is science fiction author and editor from Adelaide, South Australia. He has a degree in engineering from the University of Melbourne, and today works in marketing communications. David’s fiction has appeared in magazines such as Albedo One, Ticon4, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Book of Dark Wisdom, Lovecraft eZine and Jupiter, as well as more than twenty anthologies. His pre ...more