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A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  455 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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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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
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

This is copy 126 of 500 signed numbered slip cased copies.
Arun Divakar
The relationship that I share with the Cthulhu mythos is not a very robust one. There are some stories that hold me in thrall, some that unsettle me, some that draw me in but a lot many of them bore me to tears. There are imaginative retellings which use Lovecraft’s alien entities in the most terrifying ways possible but a lot many of the mediocre retellings have the authors perambulating the same beaten paths with dismal results. The name of S.T. Joshi, one of the foremost scholars of Lovecraft ...more
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,
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
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it ironic and hypocritical that in his introduction Joshi claims the stories in this collection are all original in nature with just the influence of Lovecraft while he berates the works of August Derleth and Brian Lumley as "unimaginitve mimicry". Yet, in the first half of the book nearly every single tale is nothing but the same old pastiche and blatant rip-off pilfering of Lovecraft's works, even by some of the more famous authors. In the second half there are more examples of stories ...more
Sebastien LaQroix
This is a massive book. At over 600 pages long, be prepared to have your thirst for Yog-Sothothery thoroughly quenched. I'm happy to say this anthology is a winner. Sure there are duds (what anthology doesn't have them?), but they're overshadowed by some of the most entertaining Mythos stories I've read in some time.

Here's the breakdown by story.

(1) The House of the Worm by Merle Prout: 4/5

This was a fine introductory story that really set the tone for the anthology. Two hikers/outdoorsmen find
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection put together by Joshi, so many good tales, so many Mythos examples. Hungry....Rats and Where Yidhra Walks, and so much more. Well worth the time and a good add to your library, some more authors to read. Check it out.
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
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
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent anthology. Buy it for Stanley C. Sargent's "The Black Brat of Dunwich" alone. I know people like scary monsters but "The Dunwich Horror" was just begging for a deconstruction or perspective flip. Is Wilbur Whateley really an irredeemable abomination or just the product of being born into a household of poverty, squalor, dysfunction, untreated mental illness, and social isolation and having to deal with what are basically severe congenital deformities on top of that? A Mountain Walked a ...more
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!
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.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid collection of Lovecraft inspired tales. There were no TERRIBLE stories. With that being said there were only a few that I would rank a superior. I read the e-reader version and only ranked it 3 stars. The hardcover version from Centipede I gave a 4- both for the couple of extra stories, but mostly for the format and art work- this is a gorgeous book! For what its worth:
- The House of the Worm; 2 Stars. Fun but dated and not really creepy
- Far Below- 3 Stars; I always liked this dopey cla
Edmund de 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
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eclectic but Fascinating

This collection of short stories varies wildly in time - from slow investigations with sinister implications, to first-person examinations of the strangeness of alien minds. Every story in this collection holds some element of interest, but a few are a little too light of content to be entirely satisfying.

The two stories, "House of the Worm" and "Black Man with a Horn", are truly exceptional, and exactly fit my taste in Lovecraftian fiction - it's worth reading for those
I love how these stories take Lovecraft's mythos and produce stories better than Lovecraft himself. The tales here embrace diversity as opposed to using it as a horrific element or plot device.

Favorite stories from this collection were:
- "Spawn of the Green Abyss" by C. Hall Thompson
- "The Deep Ones" by James Wade
- "The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti
- "Only the End of the World Again" by Neil Gaiman
- "The Black Brat of Dunwich" by Stanley C. Sargento
- "In the Shadow of Swords" by Cod
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So-so read

A series of stories based on the Cthulhu Mythos. The quality of the stories varied greatly. Neil Gaiman was the name that drew me in but his was not the best. His story about a werewolf in Innsmouth didn't really work for me. There was more horror in reading about something that was slowly decimating the land and learning more about what caused it.

I think Lovecraft is hard to write and these stories are generally average.
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.
Matt Turner
Some good stuff. Some not so much.

As is often the case with anthologies, there was an uneven three-way split. There were a few great stories, some fair to good stories, and then there were some that were there and got read along the way. I do recommend the book, for those fair to good to great stories.
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
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. ...more
Joe McMahon
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended

An excellent collection of stories, from gritty to surreal. Some of the best neo-Mythos stories I’ve read; a few I’d read before, but mostly new and highly entertaining.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine collection with S T Joshi's "stamp of approval"

Every anthology is bound to have its hits and misses, but this one has more of the former.
A warmly recommended read for every Lovecraftian out there.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. A few good stories, but mostly mediocre.
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!!!
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. ...more
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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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