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Lovecraft's Monsters

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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
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Tachyon Publications (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dan Schwent
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
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Jon Recluse
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.
Marvin
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
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
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Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
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
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Althea Ann
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
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Baal Of
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
Tom Reed
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
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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
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Shannon Flowers
'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
Zach
I have a soft spot for Ellen Datlow-- I've been reading any of her compilations I could get my hands on since I found a copy of "Snow White, Blood Red" in the early 90s. On the other hand, while I want to like the Cthulu and other attendant mythos in theory, I generally dislike Lovecraft and the people who write homages to him. I tend to find it overly verbose, aggressively unscary, with a shiny patina of racism. But if anyone could put together a book of stories that would bring out the horrify ...more
Maxine
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
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Bruce Baugh
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
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Matthew Baker
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
Bryce
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
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Jaymi
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
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Tania Paxia
(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
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Johann Thorsson
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.

Recommended.
Mrs. Kenyon
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
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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Jenn S.
Each of the stories within are well written and edited. Some will appeal more to some readers while others will appeal to the rest, but all the stories are enjoyable reads making this a great collection. I believe even those who have not read much, or any, Lovecraft will find this to be well worthwhile to spend the time reading. There is just the right amount of creepy in each segment. I liked the intro very much as it gives perspective and enlightenment for all ranks of readers. A free copy was ...more
Mindy Reads
I enjoyed this book especially the story, The Same Deep Waters as You by Brian Hodge. I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan and when I saw his name amongst the writers in this collection, I was excited. Unfortunately his story was a bit underwhelming. Not his best work.

I haven't read many of Lovecraft's original works, but loved the ones I have read so far. His writing style is so unique and almost poetic. Although I didn't have the same sensation from any of the stories in this collection, I would still r
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Margaryta
Firstly, I would like to thank Tachyon Publications for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of the novel. Sadly my verdict on this book is not a good one: it was not my cup of tea, nor my cup of coffee.

The time it takes me to finish a book is usually an indicator of whether I’m engaged in the writing and interested in the world/characters or not. It took over a month to finish this book and every time I would have to tell myself to sit down and keep reading in order to get through it (it
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Roberto Czumbil
Bei diesem Werk handelt es sich um eine Anthologie zu Kurzgeschichten, die von Werken des bereits 1937 verstorbenen Autor H.P. Lovecraft inspiriert sind. Seine zahlreichen Werke aus dem Genre Horror haben auch nach seinem Ableben und bis heute eine formidable Anhängerschaft. Insbesondere mit seinem Chtullu-Mythos, welcher Werk für Werk immer weiter ausgebaut wurde, ist er bis heute bekannt.

Mit Lovecraft’s Monsters stellt Ellen Datlow eine bunte Zusammenstellung an Kurzgeschichten von Autoren zur
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Scarlett Sims
As with any anthology of short stories, there were some I liked better and some I liked less, but this is a great collection. There are a few poems, which were less my thing, and the stories varied from humorous set-ups for a punchline to straight pastiche of Lovecraft. There is a variety of monsters/gods from the mythos represented; in some of the stories they aren't necessarily named but a reader with knowledge of the mythos will be able to recognize them. I read this straight through, but obv ...more
Edwin L.
Excellent collection of Lovecraftian tales. The longer stories in this collection tended to be the best ones. If I had to pick only one as the standout in this collection, it would probably be John Langan’s “Children of the Fang” about a brother and sister who learn secrets about their grandfather and a discovery from his past. This story unfolds expertly and keeps you guessing ’til the end.

Luckily I don’t have to pick only one, so I’ll name a few more favorites:
“Bulldozer” by Laird Barron is a
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Tarl
A collection geared towards Lovecraft's monsters, each story carrying an illustration before it. The editor of this anthology stated that they tried to vary out the stories so that there wouldn't be a lot of repeats from other anthologies currently out. (to which there are a lot right now) I would have to say Datlow succeeded, as there was only a small handful of stories that I have read before in other currant Lovecraftian anthologies, which was a nice touch all in all.

This anthology was enjoya
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Jon
Here’s one of those books that uses its title to explicitly tell you what you’re getting - a collection of stories featuring all things squamous, cyclopean and antediluvian: Lovecraft’s Monsters.

Filled with a variety of tales that revolve around amphibious people, trans-dimensional head-fuckery and things that go Tekeli-li in the night, this is a solid (if perhaps not particularly exceptional) anthology that will mainly appeal to readers already well-versed in Lovecraft’s originals. There’s a ve
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David K
A fun romp through different paths in the Cthulhu mythos, this collection of short stories does what Ellen Datlow set out to do. The stories are not the usual Lovecraft fare for the most part. "Remnants," "Black as the Pit," and "The Dappled Thing" do a fantastic job of referencing the mythos in a scifi, classic horror (Frankenstein's Creature), and steampunk setting respectively. Innsmouth and The Deep Ones are on prominent display in quite a few of the short stories, but for every Innsmouth re ...more
Pamela D
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lovecraft's Monsters is an anthology of 16 short stories and 2 poems that are inspired by HP Lovecraft's mythos. These stories and poems have been published previously in different magazines and collections.

I must be honest and say that I have not read any of HP Lovecraft's work. The reason that I really wanted to read this collection was that
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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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