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Arkham Tales: Legends of the Haunted City

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Nestled along the Massachusetts coast, the small town of Arkham has existed for centuries. It is the source of countless rumors and legends. Those who have visited it each telling a different and remarkable account, whisper tales of Arkham. Reports of impossible occurrences, peculiar happenings and bizarre events, tales that test the sanity of the reader are to be found he ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Chaosium
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Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lovecraftian
As I always say, when you buy an anthology of stories, you know you're getting a mixed bag. That is the case here as well; while some of these stories had me riveted, some were average, and some weren't that good. The point is, though, that this is another Call of Cthulhu Fiction book and it's worth every second it takes to read it. I liked it immensely, although to be really truthful, it wasn't as excellent as some of Chaosium's books I've read in the past. Be that as it may, it's still very wo ...more
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
This little Lovecraft themed short story was pretty good---not nearly as good as the one I read right before, "Hardboiled Cthulhu"--obviously I adore the subject matter--but this one was just not up to par compared with the "Hardboiled", despite having several of the same authors. I really enjoyed "Burnt Tea" by Michael Dziesinski--really creative use of the theme and well written to boot. Also worth noting are "what sorrows may come" by Lee Clark Zumpe, "Arkham Pets by James Ambuehl and " The I ...more
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was a little hesitant when I started reading this as I have never read any Cthulhu-related anthologies before (except for Lovecraft's stories). I have to say I was very impressed with this book.

The book contains a number of short-stories which take place in Arkham, MA and are inspired by the Call of Cthulhu RPG. While some of the stories are a miss IMO, the majority of the book contains a number of excellent stories by incredibly talented authors. This book did not take me very long to read an
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Arkham Tales is perhaps the beginning of a new venture for Chaosium, all original fiction set in the world of their Role Playing Game, Call of Cthulhu. Back in the day, before the internet, I was unaware of the small and (semi) thriving of small press mythos magazines. The only access to modern Lovecraftian fiction I knew about was through the Cycle books, trade paperbacks by Chaosium. The most recent example of these was The Tsathoggia Cycle. Generally, these books featured reprinted stories gl ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
As an avid reader of the Chaosium/Call of Cthulhu series, I was very disappointed in this collection. The rest of the series is based on Lovecraft, and those who influenced or were influenced by his mythos. When I read that this was based on the RPG and that readers would be greeted by the geography and characters of the game. I am not a gamer, and if I wanted to read RPG based stories, I would buy Dungeons and Dragons. The characters in this collection were extremely two dimensional, stories pr ...more
Doug Kallies
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun bunch of Lovecraft pastiche.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice collection. As always, some brilliant, a few stinkers. But on the whole one of the better collections.
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