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Lovecraft's Monsters

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  709 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
This deliciously creepy and loving tribute to the master of modern horror features riveting illustrated stories of his wicked progeny.

In the century since the master of horror, H. P. Lovecraft, published his first story, the monstrosities that crawled out of his brain have become legend: the massive, tentacled Cthulhu, who lurks beneath the sea waiting for his moment to ri
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Tachyon Publications (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dan Schwent
Aug 01, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, lovecraftian
Lovecraft's Monsters is a short story anthology of tales featuring monsters created by H.P. Lovecraft.

First off, H.P. Lovecraft, along with Edgar Rice Burroughs and Arthur Conan Doyle, is a writer that I'm much more interested in the works they inspired rather than their own writings. I know it's akin to liking a remake better than the original but HPL's prose has always been hard to digest for me and his character read like they were written by someone who never leaves his house. However, his C
Jon Recluse
May 04, 2014 Jon Recluse rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, anthologies
This was an ARC from NetGalley.

This anthology is an excellent homage to the monsters of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Solid stories by some of the best authors in the business, past and present, each with a striking illustration make this a must for any fan of the Mythos.
Althea Ann
Feb 28, 2014 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
You can always count on Ellen Datlow to put together a good anthology! As with any collection, I personally like some stories more than others, but this is definitely recommended: not just for Lovecraft fans, but for any reader of horror and dark fantasy.

***** Only the End of the World Again by Neil Gaiman
A bad-ass werewolf visits Innsmouth, and gets mixed up in more than he bargained for. Reminded me a bit of 'The Wicker Man,' with extra paranormal elements. Humorous without being 'light,' Gaim
Apr 18, 2014 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Collections of short fiction based on the Cthulhu Mythos never get old but they can be predictable. Editor Ellen Datlow attempts to spice up the idea by featuring stories based on the monsters of H. P. Lovecraft's weird and twisted mind. Even the ardent Lovecraft fan may go mad trying to place some of the creatures, so Datlow added a neat Monster Index to keep you up on the creepies you will meet. The fiction itself tends to be uneven but there are enough gems to keep you reading. Neil Gaiman's ...more
Randolph Carter
Jan 30, 2015 Randolph Carter rated it really liked it
Above average anthology from the usually outstanding Datlow (the hardest working editor in horror). Avoids some traps by excluding some of the usual suspects you would expect in an anthology like this (I won't name them) and substituting others who I bet this was their first foray into Lovecraftiana. It mostly works. Some of the usuals are still here (Barron, Kiernan), but these are the ones that almost never deliver a substandard product.

There be monsters here. All these stories are themed arou
Feb 03, 2014 Shandra rated it did not like it
Shelves: unable-to-finish, arc
This is an anthology with a great list of authors included. They've taken H.P. Lovecraft's stories and put their own spin on them. I got through a few of them, but they were mostly unable to hold my interest. It's not because they were written poorly, or boring in nature. I firmly believe this is a case in which many people will enjoy this book, but it was definitely not for me.

DNFed after skimming through many stories and not being gripped and sucked in.

I will say that the story about the goa
Jun 24, 2015 Princessjay rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A very serviceable collection. Doesn't cleave as closely to Lovecraft's turgid prose as some I have read, which is a PLUS. Recommended.

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Joel Neff
Jun 18, 2015 Joel Neff rated it really liked it
Only the End of the World Again by Neil Gaiman
— As much of a Neil fan as I am, these story doesn’t do a lot for me. It’s clever and well-written, but just…not what I usually like. I’m afraid that’s going to be true for the entire book… 3/5

Bulldozer by Laird Barron
— This is more like it. A Pinkerton agent heads west on the trail of a man who has become something more, or maybe something less than human. All the tropes of a good Oater with all the unspeakable horror of the nameless elder ones. 4/5
Shannon Flowers
Sep 18, 2014 Shannon Flowers rated it it was amazing
'I encountered the writings of H.P. Lovecraft when I was right on the line between childhood and young adolescence, at a time when I knew I should at least pretend that I wasn’t scared of the dark and things that go bump in the night but, if I was being totally honest about it, really I still was. The first story I read was “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and the impact it had on me was amplified by the fact that almost immediately after reading it I was more or less obligated to go swimming in very ...more
Baal Of
Jan 07, 2015 Baal Of rated it it was amazing
Damn, I liked this book. A collection of stories based in the Lovecraft universe by a bunch of good authors, most of whom are better writers. Yes, please. For me, this collection contained a high ratio of great stories, with only a few that I thought were merely ok. The Lansdale story was probably my favorite, because it captured the inevitable failure to be able to hold back the madness that is characteristic of many of Lovecraft's stories. This story also appealed to me because of the use of m ...more
Gaiman, once again, shows that he can really write creepy; crossroads deals get even creepier, and oh god, we did what with the folks from Innsmouth? We're gonna pay for that.

Definitely easier on the eyes than actual Lovecraft.
Sep 03, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it
Ellen Datlow does it again. The quality of the stories is a little uneven, but none of them are badly written.
tom reed
May 04, 2014 tom reed rated it it was amazing
ok. obviously - i have not yet read this. but (for now) it gets 5 stars simply because ellen datlow. more to come once i buy. oh - and believe you me - i will buy!

*update* have bought, as required. as expected, sheer excellence. whilst i have read some of the stories within previously, they are superior stories, as are the ones i had not read before. every single piece in the book was wonderful, as were the introduction illustrations to each piece. genius. it remains, of course, 5 stars, only be
Lamski Kikita
May 22, 2016 Lamski Kikita rated it it was amazing
If you love Lovecraft, read this and thank me later.
Brian Guthrie
Sep 07, 2015 Brian Guthrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of Lovecraft's stories, and I wasn't actually expecting much from this collection from other authors based on his work. I only bought it because it was a Kindle Daily Deal, and I started reading it because I felt like reading short stories during a flight I was taking. I was happy to find myself immersed in the worlds these authors created. The tone is often quite different from Lovecraft's, and not all the stories in the collection succeed, but the variation is one of the strengt ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Ellen Datlow has collected a weird and wonderful anthology of Lovecraft-inspired stories. Some of them have not been seen too often, which was one of the main reasons I decided to pick this book up - along with the fact the Lovecraft played a massive role in my love for horror and all things mythological and beastly. I was really looking forward to digging into this book.

There were a number of stand-out storie
Jul 25, 2014 Maxine rated it really liked it
Lovecraft’s Monsters is an anthology of short stories, poems, and novellas inspired by that early master of horror, HP Lovecraft, edited by Ellen Datlow and written by some of the best in the genre including Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas. As in any group of stories, there are stories I liked a lot and some not quite as much but, putting aside personal preference, I have to say they’re all pretty damn good.

I will admit as a huge Gaiman fan, my favourite story was ‘Only the End of
Bruce Baugh
May 17, 2014 Bruce Baugh rated it it was amazing
This is the best Lovecraft-related anthology I've read in years. Ellen Datlow has a long history of outstanding editing, of course; this volume shows her at the top of her form. If you like messing around with tales of the Cthulhu mythos, you'll want to read this.

It's a reprint anthology. There's one new story, "Children of the Fang", by John Langan. Langan finds some very fresh thing to do with serpent people, and does them, to great effect. With most reprint anthologies, I expect to spend a lo
Matthew Baker
May 15, 2014 Matthew Baker rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you take some of genre fiction’s biggest names and ask them to write original fiction based on H.P. Lovecraft’s works? The answer is simple: you get an amazing and diverse treasure trove of stories. As an avid fan of Lovecraft’s monstrous creations, THIS is the anthology I’ve been waiting for. And it certainly does not disappoint. The stories here are unique and wonderful, showcasing the best of Lovecraft’s wicked imagination and the endless talents of several of today’s fin ...more
Demian Katz
Nov 11, 2015 Demian Katz rated it really liked it
Like most anthologies, this is somewhat hit or miss, with quite a few stories that did very little for me. I was also a bit disappointed that the contribution by Kim Newman, which was the main reason I read the book, was not one of his more substantial works. However, there were nonetheless a few gems here that made the book worth the effort to read. "The Same Deep Waters as You" by Brian Hodge is an engaging (and surprisingly dark) contemporary follow-up to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth." "Black a ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Bryce rated it liked it
A collection that, unfortunately, had more missed than hits. Lovecraft created a compelling mythos, but may not translate well to modern short stories, the kind with angsty feelings and ambiguous endings.

Only the End of the World Again - Neil Gaiman and werewolves and an apocalyptic cult. While not the most compelling Gaiman short work I've read, it's an interesting start to this collection.

Bulldozer - Even now, I don't really know what this story was about but I know that it has poetry and sty
Leah Bayer
Mar 28, 2016 Leah Bayer rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of Lovecraft-inspired works. The theme really drew it all together, though I thought there was too much focus on his more popular monsters (about half the stories involve Deep Ones or shoggoths), I'd have liked to see Night Gaunts or Nyarlathotep make an appearance. Oh well!

Only The End of The World Again: Didn't grab me. I'm not a huge fan of Gaiman's writing (I know, I know!) so not really a surprise.

Bulldozer: A re-read. When I first read this it was far from one of my
May 01, 2014 Jaymi rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2014
Disclaimer: I received a eARC of this anthology from netgalley.

Lovecraft and his works hold a special place in my heart. So when I got a chance to review one of Datlow's latest anthologies I took it. This is the 2nd Lovecraftian anthology Datlow has edited. Datlow says in the introduction, "I had three goals in choosing stories: the first, as usual, was to avoid pastiches; the second was to use stories that have not been overly reprinted in the many recent mythos anthologies; third, I wanted to
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
I’ve only ever been a casual fan of Lovecraft, having never delved much into his work or Mythos, but I love his monsters – their intense otherness, the fear of the unknowable they strike in the heart of readers. An anthology paying homage to these monsters, kicked off with the work of Neil Gaiman, was a perfect fit for me.

First off, this is a monster of a collection (pun not intended, but I like it so it stays ;) ) with 16 full stories and 2 poems (all with some fantastically done original artwo
Marie Michaels
May 04, 2015 Marie Michaels rated it really liked it
Great Lovecraftian collection featuring some of the lesser anthologized creatures of the Mythos and unusual twists on the more commonly invoked ones. This was a really well-curated collection that jumped from style to style and even genre to genre to create a satisfying, thoughtful collection. I really enjoyed all the creative explorations of a mythos that you might think had been done to death at this point. Some of the stories had unique styles too that are very unlike the usual prolix, purple ...more
Tania Paxia
Feb 28, 2014 Tania Paxia rated it liked it
(review in italian) http://nicholasedevelyneildiamantegua...

(Would be 3 stars and half)
I do not often read anthologies containing a series of short stories. As soon as I saw on the website of Netgalley I could not resist the temptation to ask for it ! And I was right ... Because it contains small stories truly remarkable.
After a brief presentation that explains the content of the book and why it was written, there is now the story written by Neil Gaiman. I do not agree with the choice of putting
Johann Thorsson
Jun 16, 2014 Johann Thorsson rated it really liked it
Great selection of short stories for lovers of Lovecraft specifically, or horror in general.

There's a story in thereby Brian Hodge, called The Same Deep Waters as You and it is hands down the best horror story I've read in years.

Mrs. Kenyon
Apr 13, 2014 Mrs. Kenyon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-audiobooks
Lovecraft’s Monsters is not for the faint of heart. This short story anthology includes stories that are directly related to the monsters created by H. P. Lovecraft and some that skirt around them. Readers will enjoy the new tales of the horrific creatures and must take the time to look at each illustration. Datlow selected many intriguing tales to include in this anthology, but like any short story collection, not all will be enjoyed by every reader. This is not an anthology of well-known autho ...more
Annie Chanse
Mar 27, 2014 Annie Chanse rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I received an ARC copy of this anthology in exchange for my honest opinion, and regrettably, I wasn't overly impressed with it. I made notes as I read, and those notes are what I will be posting here now:

Well, I'm about to start the third story, but I thought I'd keep a running commentary on each story so that when it came time to review it, I wouldn't forget how I felt about each individual one.

"Only the End of the World Again" by Neil Gaiman was good. Probably 4 stars. It wasn't the typical gr
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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