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The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  94 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
An outstanding anthology of original stories inspired by H. P. Lovecraft from authors who do not merely imitate, but reimagine, re-energize, and renew his concepts in ways relevant to today's readers. Fresh new fiction that explores our modern fears and nightmares. From the depths of R'lyeh to the heights of the Mountains of Madness, some of today's best weird fiction writ ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Running Press Adult
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Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tipisks stāstu krājums pāris stāstu ļoti labi, lielākā daļa vidēji un daži iemesti vienkārši tāpat apjomam.
B.  Barron
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
“In Syllables of Elder Seas” by Lisa L. Hannett - ***

“The Peddler’s Tale, or, Isobel’s Revenge” by Caitlín R. Kiernan - ****

“It’s All the Same Road in the End” by Brian Hodge - ****1/2

“Caro in Carno” by Helen Marshall - ***

“The Cthulhu Navy Wife” by Sandra McDonald - **1/2 (Meh!)

“Those Who Watch” by Ruthanna Emrys - ****

“A Clutch” by Laird Barron - ****

“Just Beyond the Trailer Park” by John Shirley - ***

“The Sea Inside” by Amanda Downum - ***

“Outside the House, Watching for the Crows” by John La
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
Nice short story collection, set from a variety of perspectives and types. There were a few five stars for me in here (especially I Believe That We Will Win--fantastic short story, my favorite out of all of them, should be a book). And as one author (Veronica Schanoes) puts it: " The true threat is never external - it's not the dreadful non-Aryan immigrants flooding into the Unites States; it's not the inhuman alien beings, worshiped as gods, who would barely notice humanity as they crushed it. ...more
Mike Brooks
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
As with any anthology, some entries will be more to taste than others, but I found this volume to be particularly uneven. Standouts, though, include ‘It’s All the Same Road,’ ‘I Do Not Count the Hours,’ ‘Deep Eden,’ and the essential final selection, an essay entitled ‘Variations on Lovecraftian Themes,’ which examines frankly Lovecraft’s abhorrent racism and anti-Semitism. The author does well to remind us (and the editor by including the piece) that while we may enjoy the strange fictions that ...more
Why it was such an amazing and fulfilling read!?!

Because almost all of the stories were original to this Anthology.

Because I liked a lot of them and even for those that I didn`t enjoy as much I could see the point of them been here.

Because of Laird Barron. [Usually it has some long and intricate stories and here isn`t so far from his style, but in a few pages it`s imagining a brand new dark fantasy world that let me wanting for more.]

Because of John Lanagan that usually doesn`t impress me, oh we
Chris Eells
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this book free for an unbiased review.

So, I think that I have mentioned before that horror really isn't my thing. Having said that, I have seen numerous recent releases and many authors referencing the Cthulhu mythos and Lovecraft's amazing talent, and was interested in seeing what it was all about. Now that I'm done, I'm pretty much as confused as I was before. I was looking for some sort of over arching theme in these stories... but with these novice eyes... I was not able to discer
Elliot Cooper
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
Really good collection. I had to skip some stories because they didn't hold my interest or the titles/intros promised things that aren't for me, but that's the great thing about a big anthology like this -- different things for different readers.

Favorite stories:

It's All the Same Road in the End by Brian Hodge

Caro in Carno by Helen Marshall

I Believe That We Will Win by Nadia Bulkin

Outside the House, Watching for the Crows by John Langan

I Dress My Lover in Yellow by A. C. Wise

Backbite by Norma
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a nice read for a rainy day. But the editor has failed to realize that just because its a weird fiction it doesn't mean it belongs in the Lovecraft universe. Half of the short stories here I found are just weird, not Lovecraft weird.
Jaffa Kintigh
As a follow-up to 2015's New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird , Prime Books and editor Paula Guran released this latest Lovecraftian anthology of new short stories. This is a very even collection with few outshining the rest and none spoiling the bunch.

The best tales each earned 4 of 5 stars:
--"In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro" by Usman T. Malik weaves an elaborate tale of terrorism, religion, sexism and urban legend in the modern world.
--"Caro in Carno" by Helen Marshall images a fantastical landscap
Alex Budris
“The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu” is indeed mammoth, but bigger is not always better, as they say. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by S.T. Joshi’s amazing “Black Wings” series, or maybe I’ve just read too much Lovecraftian fiction. Either way, most of these stories come off as being pretty bland.

There are notable exceptions. “The Peddler’s Tale…” by the always wonderful Caitlin R. Kiernan; “An Open Letter to Mr. Edgar Allan Poe…” by the late Michael Shea, just to give two examples. But overall the stories s
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I have never read anything by H.P. Lovecraft (this book sure didn't make me want to).

I thought that a lot of the stories in this book were honestly boring and unimpressive. The Peddler's Tale/Isobel's Revenge by Caitlín R. Kiernan (seeing her name on the cover, and it being $3, were the reasons I even got this book) and Caro in Carno by Helen Marshall were both very good, and exceptions. A Shadow of Thine Own Design by W.H. Pugmire and An Open Letter to Mister Edgar Allan Poe, from a
Kasey Cocoa
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Collections of stories by a variety of authors typically only have one or two that stick out for me. This is a good thing though, as different readers look for different things in their reads. Collections can provide a bit of exposure for a new author. I love the fantasy genre and I've enjoyed a few of Lovecrafts stories so I had a good idea what to expect with this collection. Some stories stood out as better crafted and developed than others and a few I just couldn't finish. It's my personal o ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trashy
Sub-par Cthulu Detrius

So I bought this as an intended guilty pleasure - but there was little pleasure for me in this lazy knock-off of Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror. Can't say I read them all; can't even say that I read the ones I started fully - it is that kind of book.
Larry Ivkovich
Great, great, scary stories by contemporary writers inspired by Lovecraft. They turn his racist, misogynist, anti-Semitic views on their heads but keep all the truly terrifying bits.
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
very interesting book that kept me on hold for the creature that lives under the sea
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, hp-lovecraft
If you're spending this much time telling me how horrible HPL was maybe you shouldn't have written a story for a collection based off him.

PROSE - 4/5
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the strongest Lovecraftian anthology I've read (especially wrapping it up after Lovecraft Country), but there were some gems in here.
Michelle Olms
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book
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Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. She is also senior editor of Prime's soon-to-launch digital imprint Masque Books. Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced we ...more
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