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High Seas Cthulhu: Swashbuckling Adventure Meets the Mythos
by William Jones (Goodreads Author) , Alan Dean Foster , Stewart Sternberg (Goodreads Author) , Lee Clarke Zumpe , Chris Donahue , Linda L. Donahue , Ferrel D. Moore (Goodreads Author) , C.J. Henderson , more…Michael McBride (Goodreads Author) , Heather Hatch , John Shirley , Gerard Houarner (Goodreads Author) , Darrell Schweitzer , Stephen Mark Rainey (Goodreads Author) , Michael Penncavage , Paul Melniczek , John Shire (Goodreads Author) , William Meikle (Goodreads Author) , Tim Curran …less
Set during a time when tall ships roamed the oceans and creatures lurked in the dark depths, this collection of tales ranges from the reign of pirates to the Age of Napoleon to the present.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Elder Signs Press
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Of the later Cthulhu Mythos anthologies (third generation? fourth?), this is by far the best. The number of incompetent amateur authors is kept at a minimum, the style and quality of the works are pretty consistent throughout, and there are some truly good (and one great) Mythos stories. Highlights include the stories by professional writers Alan Dean Foster and John Shirley; John Shire's "The Tip of the Iceberg;" Stephen Mark Rainey's "Signals;" and "Ice" by Heather Hatch. The one outstanding c ...more
There's a fairly interesting mix of stories here, some quite good, and a few that really didn't work for me. The latter are mostly those that ignore what are, to me, fairly important aspects of Mythos stories. Two major examples of this are Passage to Oblivion and The Star of Istanbul. The former introduces a vaguely explained semi-immortal group working for the good of humanity, which felt far too inconsistent with the idea of humanity's general insignificance and lack of hope in the Mythos. Th ...more
For lovers of HP Lovecraft and the tales of mythos I would definitely recommend this book. A collection of 20 stories all from different authors including well-known authors such as Alan Dean Foster and John Shirley to relative unknowns, who going on their contributions to this book will not be in that category for long. All the stories are set in, around and under large bodies of water and vary from historical pirate tales to modern day explorers. Each one captures the essence of HP Lovecraft's ...more
William Jones has received Bram Stoker Award nominations, International Horror Guild Award and Origins Award nominations for his works. He is the editor of several anthologies, including The Anthology of Dark Wisdom: The Best of Dark Fiction, Frontier Cthulhu: Ancient Horrors in the New World, High Seas Cthulhu, and the Horrors Beyond Series. His book, The Strange Cases of Rudolph Pearson was sele ...moreMore about William Jones...