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A Mountain Walked is an oversize anthology with almost 700 pages. S.T. Joshi has selected the best of the reprinted Cthulhu Mythos stories and combined them with over a dozen new works written just for this anthology. This book has over 25 stories, including new stories by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Donald Tyson, Cody Goodfellow, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Jonathan Thomas, Laird Barr ...more
Hardcover, 692 pages
Published September 2014 by Centipede Press
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Randolph Carter
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have both the Centipede and Dark Regions editions and while the Centipede is the much more comprehensive edition, it does not have the excellent Jason V. Brock story "The Man with the Horn," which is only in the Dark Regions edition.

The Dark Regions edition excludes the T.C Boyle story while adding the Brock story. It excludes the art galleries, comics, and the Lovecraft stories themselves. It does include a number of the illustrations. In a somewhat bizarre editorial oversight the author biog
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Heidi Ward
One of the most consistently good neo-Lovecraftian anthologies I've read, which is not surprising, given Joshi's stature in the field. Under his deft editorial hand the reader is treated to a fine selection of tales spanning close to a century (from 1933 to the present), each of which engages with Lovecraft and his legacy of cosmic horror in a markedly different way, yet as a whole flow and ring tonally true throughout. Not a single story bored me, and I tore through all 600+ pages of A Mountain ...more
Karl
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This is copy 126 of 500 signed numbered slip cased copies.
Paul  Perry
4.5 stars

A generally high-quality collection of Mythos tales edited by master Lovecraft scholar Joshi, giving an overview of Lovecraftian fiction from outside the main circle of authors, from the 1930s to the present day.


Stand out stories: "[Anasazi]" Gemma Files, "John Four" Caitlan R. Kiernan, "A Gentleman form Mexico" Mark Samuels, "...Hungry...Rats..." Jospeph S. Pulver, "Far Below" , "The Deep Ones" James Wade, "In The Shadow of Swords" Cody Goodfellow, "Sigma Octantis" by and, of course,
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David
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, lovecraftia
3.5? 3.75? This was a hard one to rate. I've given it a lot of thought and am still unsure where it falls.

Anthologies, as I (and countless others on Goodreads) have noted before, are by their very nature a mixed bag, and A Mountain Walked is no exception. I'm reminded of the old nursery rhyme:

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
And when she was good,
She was very, very good.
And when she was bad she was horrid.

For the most part AMW succeeds admirably: m
...more
Amy Mills
Enjoyable collection, overall. A few duds, but none that I actively loathed. By and large, the more whimsical ones were not to my taste. I included the years for each story because I was surprised to find several older works at the beginning. Note that there are at least two different editions of the collection. My Kindle edition is missing the art portfolios, any art-based stories, as well as some of the text stories, and has, oddly, added one story not in the original. There is some artwork, a ...more
Jim Dooley
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About three years ago, I began reading THE CTHULHU MYTHOS by the self-appointed successor to H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth. As I look back over this dust-covered tome, I find that I'm not quite halfway through it in all of that time. While there are good moments in it, it suffers from the worst writing traits of Lovecraft ... that is numbingly long blocks of narrative and a pretentious aura of self-importance. Unlike the best of Lovecraft, it's not original.

That is why this collection of short
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David Davis
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-weird
Absolutely stunning collection by Joshi. I've been sort of disenfranchised with Lovecraftian fiction as I've explored other areas of weird this past year but this reinvigorated my love for the Cthulhu mythology. The artwork here is amazing--they even got one of my favorite genre artists John Kenn Mortensen (see "Sticky Monsters") to contribute to this amazing book (or should I call it a work of art?). The book starts with three amazing stories from authors that I hadn't heard of before (some of ...more
Bogdan
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some very good stories in here but I really didn`t like anything from the big names ...

This is quite a trend lately. And it`s like a small paradox.

Because the editor is hoping to sell more books because of the names on the cover but in fact their stories aren`t quite satisfactory.

But in the end this is a must for a fan of Lovecraft Mythos or of good old horror stories.

Love it!
...more
Victoria
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This collection is both huge and exceptional. Too bad HPL did not write as well as these authors inspired by his works.
Riina Ojanen
Fyysisenä tämä kirja on yli 700 sivun paksuinen, ja sisältää Lovecraft-novelleja yli 25 kirjoittajalta. Aloitin lukemisen näköjään pari vuotta sitten, innoissani, mutta rempseästi edenneen alun jälkeen jumahdin jotenkin Neil Gaimanin novellin jälkeen. Se ei tainnut olla mitenkään erityinen. Hyviä novelleja tässä kokoelmassa on paljon, ja uskallan suositella kirjaa kaikille Lovecraft-mythoksen ystäville. Valitettavasti joukossa on niitä heikompiakin teoksia, mutta niinhän näissä novellikokoelmiss ...more
Edmund Wight
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a large collection of stories either directly related to the Cthulhu mythos or related closely enough to not really have any true difference.
Like most collections there are ones I really liked and others which I quickly flipped through because they just weren't my cup of ichor.
It's overall a good collection. I utterly LOVED the Neil Gaiman story. The actual story was a bit disjointed but the description and evocative prose he used shows why Neil is a master storyteller.
Another one, Hungr
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Amber
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neil Gaiman story was worth it

I liked some of these stories better than others, the mood varies from mystical to cynical and the genre from noir to thriller to Lovecraft-pastiche - interesting mix, worth it for the Gaiman story alone, but also one with a sympathetic portrayal of Wilbur Whateley.
Nkechi
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anthology of the cosmic gorrors

Some anthologies try to keep one theme going throughout.
This one brought fear, comedy, action, and obviously exestential dread to the pages.
A great, albeit long read
Daniel Cloutier
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Starke, voluminöse Sammlung von Geschichten aus dem Cthulhu Mythos, ausgewählt von J.T. Joshi. Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen aktuelle Anthologien nicht nur aktuelle Werke, sondern quer von den ersten Lovecraft Verbindungen bis heute.
Bill Ramsell
Some of the best Cthulhu Mythos stories I've read. Much better than the usual pastiche treatment; these authors have made this shared universe their own. As usual, I especially liked Neil Gaiman's contribution.
Johann
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Lovecraftian Tales

Usually you will only find maybe one or two gems but not this anthology.
I have my favorites as i am sure you will too.
Pick this up!!!
Ines
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. A few good stories, but mostly mediocre.
Alan
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Above average, but a bit of a mixed bag, as such anthologies always are. The excellent Gemma Files contribution, [Anasazi], is the standout piece and worth the entry fee on its own.
Dan Johnson
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful selection of stories, though a couple left me somewhat disappointed. The "mythos" continues to expand.
Brian Beatty
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I'll edit this Table of Contents with reviews of each story as I go:

"The House of the Worm," by Mearle Prout
3/5 - Very much in line with Mythos, though the sense of completion at the end lacked the lingering sinister nature of my favorite Cthulhu stories.

"Far Below," by Robert Barbour Johnson
4/5 - a great approach to urbanizing some classic ideas in the mythos

"Spawn of the Green Abyss," by C. Hall Thompson
5/5 - amazing tale

"The Deep Ones," by James Wade
5/5 - amazing blend of Innsmouth tales and
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Simon
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One or two of the short stories were average. One I found so dull I just gave up on it. But the vast majority were terrific.
John R. Dailey Jr.
A GROCERY BAG OF TALES OF THE OLD ONES IT IS...

Hello, there are some really good stories in here and some that should have never seen the light of day. I could have done without the queer paramedic story. Had to skip the thing. Thanks.
Heather
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very decent.

I have to write twenty words here to post my stars...like being back in junior high. If you're an H.P. Lovecraft fan you will likely enjoy these stories.
Þorsteinn Mar
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Mjög misjafnar sögur. Sumar framúrskarandi góðar, aðrar virka næstum eins og fremur döpur endurskrif eftir sögum Lovecraft.
Stefanie
A ramshackle collection of Lovecraftian stories. Mostly forgettable with a few good moments.
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Sunand Tryambak Joshi (b. 22 June 1958 in Pune, India) is an Indian American literary scholar, and a leading figure in the study of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other authors. Besides what some critics consider to be the definitive biography of Lovecraft (H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, 1996), Joshi has written about Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, Lord Dunsany, and M.R. James, and has edited collections ...more
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