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Los mitos de Cthulhu

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,618 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Anticipada por notables precedentes (Lord Dunsany, Ambrose Bierce, R. W. Chambers, A. Machen, Algernon Blackwood) y enriquecida posteriormente por otros escritores, corresponde sin embargo a HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT (1890-1937) el papel más importante en la invención de LOS MITOS DE CTHULHU, ciclo de narraciones de horror cósmico ambientadas en mundos primigenios de caos ...more
Paperback, 639 pages
Published February 1st 1969 by Alianza Editorial
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The Nameless City
The Hound
The Festival
The Call of Cthulhu
The Nameless City
The Hound
The Festival
The Call of Cthulhu
The Colour out of Space
History of the Necronomicon
The Curse of Yig
The Dunwith Horror
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Mound
At the Mountains in Darkness
The Shadow over Innsmouth
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Man of Stone
The Horror in the Museum
The Thing on the Doorstep
Out of Aeons
The Tree on the Hill
The Shadow out of Time
The Haunter of the Dark

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☙ percy ❧
not to be disgustingly soppy but i had this on my xmas list and my boyfriend, despite not seeing the list at all, got me this. he knows me so well and i adore him. thats all
Horace Derwent
heavy like a loam brick in my "office stool"

expensive like my ass

treasured like my heart and soul

July 18, 2009
The description above lists all of the 16 authors represented in this collection (editor Turner, Derleth's successor as editor-in-chief at Arkham House, was the "contributor" only of the short but adequate introduction), along with the titles and dates of the 22 roughly chronologically-arranged stories, so I won't need to reproduce all of that information here. Except for the two well-chosen selections by the master himself, all of these tales are new to me, so I approached th
Wilum Pugmire
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea that this book previously existed as 2013 trade paperback, which is ye edition that has been review'd here. This new hardcover edition is in ye Barnes & Noble leatherbound series, and it is half the size (594 pages) of the previous edition from B&N, THE COMPLETE FICTION (1098 pages). This is one of ye loveliest editions of H. P. Lovecraft's weird fiction that I have seen, beautifully design'd and with great art by John Coulthart (including a 16 x 20 inches poster, "Cthulhu ...more
Rick Davis
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
I have read some of Lovecraft's stories in the past on the internet, but it was much more fun to read this collection of his stories related to his Cthulhu mythos. I want to take a moment to talk about the Barnes and Noble edition of this book that I read. It's nice and hefty, it has a great smell (am I the only one who loves the smell of certain new books?), and it's gilt edged pages are a nice touch. Above all, I love the leather binding which made me feel at times like I was actually reading ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, classics
Completing Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos is a nice accomplishment for me this year. I had never read much of his work in the past, and made a goal to try and get through something large in 2016; never an easy task with two little ones running around. After a slow start with shorter tales like Dagon, Azathoth and The Festival, Lovecraft seemed to find a good stride beginning with The Call of Cthulhu and using that story as a way to begin the creation of his larger universe. I appreciated that story ...more
Neo Marshkga
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
This is the first time i have read anything from Lovecraft, which is kinda weird, since i'm surrounded by Lovecraft fans... But anyway, this month, in the bookclub i'm in, we decided to read Lovecraft's "The Colour out of Space", and "Call of Cthulhu" because Halloween, and Horror seemed like an obvious great choice for this month's book.
I really liked the style and the themes that Lovecraft uses, bad thing is that i read this in Spanish, and
I felt bad after reading The Best of H.P. Lovecraft and struggling massively to get through it. I said to myself, where, exactly, is all of the horrifying horrible horror-stuff that is so closely associated with Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos? I honestly don't think it's because I grew up in an era where horror and violence are pretty freely shown in movies and on TV, and therefore Lovecraft's stories don't have as much of an impact. I'm not a horror movie watcher by any means. I simply didn't *get* Lo ...more
Probably as good a collection as you're going to get from the Cthulhu mythos. The quality varies wildly, with some of it being truly awesome and creepy -- "The Events at Poroth Farm," pretty much all of the Clark Ashton Smith, and, of course, all of the HP Lovecraft -- while some of it basically reads like mediocre fanfic. The only one I couldn't get through was "Dark Destroyer," which had way too many characters and way too little of interest going on: it read to me like a not-so-great middle i ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure there's a whole lot to say about this collection--if you're a fan of Lovecraft's work, you're going to love it. If you're not, you probably won't. It's definitely worth the $0.99 price tag--it's a massive book!

There are too many stories in this collection to give an in-depth review, but I can say that none of them really disappointed me. They're all solid entries, though some are definitely better than others. "Toadface," "Pickman's Modem," "The Eater of Hours," "The Wor
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun stories, but they have the pace and subtlety of pulp. The two Lovecraft stories, on the other hand, are masterful, and the stark contrast between HP and his imitators shows why Lovecraft, in his sweeping imagination and incredible technical skill, has become the cultural touchstone that he is.

If you're interested in Lovecraft's influence beyond simple engrossing entertainment value, you may find this collection more interesting. It's a worthy case study for understanding
If nothing else, this represents a fantastic bargain for ebook folks, although I'm sure some of the tales will seem familiar to at least a few (there's the expected number of entries from H.P. Lovecraft.) There's also room for a second volume, too, and possibly more. Missing from this anthology -- August Derleth and Brian Lumley (and possibly others, but I'm not that up on the Mythos at the moment.) The stories range from the somewhat turgid to the blackly hilarious (the closing tale is short, s ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, horror, cthulhu
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Louis Letitre
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fantasy and the mind of Howard Philips were and still are way beyond his time. As well as the universe he built up in the early 1900s, the detail and depth of that takes it even further. I can dwell off of is stories for hours just thinking about how and why. All his stories and mythos are connected in the most subtle ways. It makes the universe he describes even richer and broader. Oh how I can go on and on about these stories. Must read for all philosophical fantasy lovers who like a darke ...more
Hannah Edmonds
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read Lovecraft before and these stories were a brilliant introduction to his work. The book itself is beautiful, leatherbound with gold edged pages.

The contents are every bit as good as the cover. Some stories were a bit slower and harder to get into, but most of them were gripping. Lovecraft was a master at building tension without ever giving too much away. I felt a lot of the horror was left to my own imagination which I really enjoyed.

Some of the stand out stories for me were:<
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Excellent collection which you can probably get at a great price. This is an excellent introduction to the Cthulhu myths for the curious but uninitiated, but even a seasoned fan will find much delight in the stories from this massive collection. Contains all of the foundational Lovecraft stories (Call of Cthulhu, Shadow over Innsmouth, At the Mountains of Madness, the Dunwich Horror and many more) along with many stories from the 'Lovecraft circle' contemporaries like Clark Ashton Smith and Robe ...more
There are some very interesting stories in this collection, and some less interesting ones. Some take Lovecraft’s ideas and run with them to new concepts, while others attempt mere homage; both of these takes have their hits ("My Boat," "The Hounds of Tindalos") and misses ("Discovery of the Ghooric Zone," "Beyond the Threshold"), but most are in between. Arranged in rough chronological order from the late 1920s to the late 1970s, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos includes a pair of Lovecraft’s stories to “ ...more
Meh... Some of the authors / stories were alright, others - not so much. I'm happy that I finally had a chance to read the original Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu. I'm not sure how I felt about how self-referential the ancillary authors were to the writing of others perpetuating the Cthulhu mythos as though it were a real, academic, historical field. It was kind of annoying to me. The stories that were stand alones (King's Jerusalem's Lot, for example - referenced a book that came up multiple times i ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars solely for the Shadow over Innsmouth and Call of Cthulhu.

This might have been scary in the twenties of the previous century, yes. There are certainly some amazingly written passages ... they just happen to be buried beneath a mountain of needless description and info dumps. And the dialogue, what little there is of it, is just atrocious.

The only scary thing there is what a xenophobic, racist, misogynistic jerk Lovecraft apparently was. I try not to allow my know
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, after slogging through 592 pages of this anthology, it's safe to say that I have not become a Lovecraft fan.

I picked it up at B&N because there's so much science fiction, mystery, horror based on the Lovecraft universe (necronomicon, Cthulhu, etc., etc., etc.) I though I'd check out the stories that it's all based on.

I was just never able to sync-up with Lovecraft's pace or rhythm through any of these stories. So many of these stories have a big build-up and a l
Aug 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, anthologies
Strictly speaking I didn't finish this, but I'd read so much of it, spent so many hours on it, that there is no way I'm not counting it.
When reading a collection of just Lovecraft stories I very quickly get tired of the same style of story being used over and over again. It seems that every author in this anthology disagrees with me because they all used it too. The fact that I read 32 of the 40 stories is more telling that finishing this became a personal challenge rather than a pleasure
Tobias Dumbrăveanu
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-want
Before Tolkien created the fictional Middle-Earth and it's history, there were the Cthulhu Mythos, describing ancient alien races, the mysterious Arkham, the Necronomicon and other occult books. With the perfect mix of fantasy, science fiction and horror, Lovecraft thoroughly crafts a haunting mythology of ancient civilizations and mysterious cosmic entities that are truly alien to our understandings.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was great to revisit these stories. I had read them before, over the years, but Lovecraft's work is so rich that it should be reread from time to time. Even though I have these stories in other books, I had to buy this beautiful volume. The front and back cover and spine art, the end papers and the enclosed poster by artist John Coulthart are magnificent. A wonderful volume!
Jan 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dnf. my brain checked out halfway down the page for each story because of how needlessly wordy each description was. every paragraph communicated exactly nothing yet took up half the page, and after reading about how horribly racist and antisemetic hp lovecraft was i'm not compelled to continue

i have no idea how these stories have become so popular
Jorge Williams
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had already read all the Lovecraft, Ashton Smith and Howard stories but for the 99p or whatever it cost me to download this megapack was totally worth it for the stories by other authors I knew less of.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
In my opinion, the best single collection of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. There's only one story from Lovecraft but a magnificent sampling of all the major writers who dabbled in the Mythos.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of this I can this year. I'll pick up next year probably.
Important fact: this is fantastically cheap deal for the e-book Kindle edition.
If you can spare a buck or two buy this.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales of Giant Aliens
The Cthulhu Mythos is easily the most recognizable creation of American horror writer H.P Lovecraft. It offers an incredible collection of short stories that use vivid expressions to display the true horror of the creatures born of Lovecraft’s mind.
Short stories like “The Call of Cthulhu” or “The Shadow over Innsmouth” depict powerful alien beings that will outlive Death itself “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even Death ma
Troy Sehlinger
strange but good read. His writing style and creativity are unmatched. If you are looking for an eerie, interesting and novel read, start here. His created pantheon of other-worldly beings are incredible. If you like conspiracy cults that worship scary, phantasmal creatures or conspiracies theories in general, you will thoroughly enjoy this book
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulh