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The Cthulhu Mythos

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A prot g of H.P. Lovecraft, August Derleth patterned his own eerie fiction after images and themes taken from the horror stories written by Lovecraft for the pulp magazine Weird Tales. It was Derleth who formally named the myth pattern permeating his mentor's works after a fearsome alien being called Cthulhu who made but a single appearance in Lovecraft's ouevre. Derleth c ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 6th 1997 by Barnes & Noble Books (first published 1997)
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Christopher Conlon
I’m a longtime H.P. Lovecraft fan. I’ve taught his work, too; in fact, as I write this, an adorable green Cthulhu plush toy, a gift from a former student, studies me from a nearby shelf.

But one night a few years ago I asked my wife, who was studying her Kindle particularly intently, what she was reading. When she answered “The Watcher in the Window and Other Stories” by H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth, I—according to her—“sneered.”

I honestly have no memory of this incident, but I’m sure it’s
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Netanella
August Derleth was a student of Lovecraft's work, and although critics of work would call him highly derivative, I would call it some really nice examples of fan fic. Lovecraft died an obscure author, and it was Derleth, who promoted Lovecraft's work through the creation of the publishing company Arkham House, who is responsible for Lovecraft's notoriety. Reading this anthology is my first foray into Derleth's works, and I am excited to read more. So far, in my reading of "The Dweller in Darknes ...more
The Artificer
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
After several decades of only reading Lovecraft's original works and ignoring the secondary mythos writers I decided to revisit Derleth's 'contributions'.

When I finally chewed my way through all of August Derleth's additions to Lovecraft's Mythos I came to a conclusion:

While his Good vs Evil thing is annoying, and his "elemental" classification utter nonsense, the WORST thing, in my opinion, is his inability to stop name dropping.

No matter the setting, or Great Old One involved, he manages to dr
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Kacey
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I discovered this book in a library book sale, not knowing much of anything about Lovecraft's works. It was an old edition without a slipcover, and the letters on the spine had weathered to read "CTHULHU MYTHOS DEPLETH." Since I'm always on the lookout for weird stuff, I picked it up and read it through, and not until I was fairly far into it did I learn that this was by someone named Derleth who was supposed to be derivative of Lovecraft. Not knowing that context, I did enjoy the weird stuff I ...more
Kevin
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who absolutley needs to read 'original' mythos stories
Huh, I thought I had written a review for this. In any case, it will be brief. Each of these stories are the same. That is really all. The last five stories (The Trail of Cthulu) was pretty interesting. The Derleth take on the Mythos is also interesting (the 'good vs. evil' vibe is not too distracting except for one case in one story where Derleth masterfully built up to a cosmic boxing match between Hastur and Cthulhu only to have them thrown to their respective realms by a giant being of light ...more
Kirsten
August Derleth was one of the writers who most wholeheartedly took up the tentacly reins upon H.P. Lovecraft's death, and indeed, he is responsible (or perhaps to blame?) for much of the actual mythos that makes up what we think of as "the Cthulhu Mythos." Really, the man started his horror career writing what amounts to Lovecraftian fan fic, and he never really stopped.

That's not to say this isn't good, pulpy horror of the most fun kind. "The Whipporwills in the Hills" is truly shivery. Derleth
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Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
This book is very interesting, and August seemed to do a good job of capturing the Lovecraft nightmare. My only complaint is that I think he occasionally didn't follow the way Lovecraft used and described things. Overall, it's a really, really good book full phantasmagoria, necromancy, hallucinations, and all that other good stuff.
David Elkin
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I actually gave up a little more than half way. The stories are not bad, but extremely repetitive. I may pick up in a later date
Andrew Black
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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I'm not a huge fan of Derleth's "good vs evil" take on the mythos, but this anthology of his work is a good representation of his talent. I may disagree with his ideas, but the man can write.
Larry
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are some well-known problems with the Cthulhu Mythos writings of August Derleth.
He tries to impose a system of good and evil, and of earth, air, fire and water elemental deities that are alien to Lovecraft's vision of a chaotic universe where man is insignificant and his values are meaningless.
Having said all that, Derleth does write a pretty decent Lovecraft pastiche. I wound up enjoying these stories more than I expected to.
David
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this some time ago, and I forgot I had it. I should probably re-read it to see if it holds up. Some of the reviews I see here poke at my faded memories of this work. I'm thinking that it might've been more of a 3 to 3 1/2-star work. Why? The criticisms mentioned by others hold water. If/when I return to this book, I'll elaborate further.
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August William Derleth was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror, Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biog ...more
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