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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
—H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His
Hardcover, Golden Anniversary Anthology, 529 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Arkham House Publishers (first published 1969)
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Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!…but not forever:

If the Universal Church of the Congregation of His Most Cosmically Cyclopean and Magisterial Mightiness, the Impenitent, Indomitable and Indefatigable Cthulhu (aka He With Whom One Does Not Fuck) ever designates a single tome as its bible, then this collection will surely be the one chosen as its most revered scripture*. This is the Rolls Royce of mythos anthologies with nary so much as a single turd in the sacred punchbowl.

* I must qualify this statement
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Premetto che adoro Lovecraft e questa raccolta è fatta benissimo, un volume da centellinare titolo per titolo, così da gustarlo meglio. Contiene quasi tutti i suoi racconti migliori (almeno secondo me) che sono legati non ‘da un’ tema ma ‘dal’ tema per eccellenza del solitario di Providence, l’aspetto esteriore poi: tra copertina, pagine dal filo nero, illustrazioni grottesche… lo trovo particolarmente suggestivo. L’unica pecca, se così la si vuole chiamare, dell’opera è che essendo appunto comp ...more
Jul 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 the anth
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Ocjena 3 se odnosi na ovo ukupno izdanje. Glupo mi je što ima milion izdanja njegovih priča , pa se jedva i snadjoh. Ovdje se nalaze 2 završene priče od Lovecrafta i jedna nedovršena (The Bell in the Tower)koju je Lin Carter završio .
Call of Cthulhu mi se užasno svidio , Dagon je tak-tak , ali je čitko , a The Bell in the Tower je poprilično zanimljiva. Ove ostale , pa ne znam . Nisu me "dirnule" .

Ocjene pojedinih priča:

H. P. Lovecraft - Call of Cthulhu 4*
Robert E. Howard - The Black Stone 2*
Marsha Altman
I can't give it more than three stars because the other tales are derivative, but if you've read all of Lovecraft and you want to read stuff he inspired by mostly competent horror authors, this is a great book. The stories are hit-or-miss, but I should point out that a lot of them are from the 1930's and written by Lovecraft's friends, so they have some historical relevance to the general Lovecraftian mythos. Some of the later authors, like Farmer and King, are also good, but again, it's hard to ...more
Sam Valladolid

Ojalá los siguientes libros que lea en el año sean igual de buenos que este.
Sep 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovecraft
This is a good book to have to see some very important Mythos tales penned by HPL's friends and contemporaries, which add a lot to the Mythos. There are also some Lovecraft-inspired stories that were written later, after HPL's death. Some of the stories are what I'd consider "required reading" for HPL fans just as much as the original HPL stories. Not all of these stories are winners, however. For example: I understand August Derleth's importance in getting HPL widely recognized, but that doesn' ...more
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 ...more
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 how Lovecra
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a collection of stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and other greats, as well as genre authors who are not traditionally Cthulhuians (Fritz Leiber, Biran Lumley, Stephen King, et.c.). The stories vary in their quality and style from the excellent, classic, Victorianesque prose of the greats, to more free-form styles of contemporary authors. I tend to prefer the former style, but some of my favorite stories also come from the more current authors. Some of my favorites were: "T ...more
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, horror, cthulhu
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Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Era da un po' che mi ero proposto di leggere qualcosa di Lovecraft, e quando ho trovato questo tomo, con una copertina bellissima e il bordo delle pagine nero, non ho potuto resistere. Al di là dell'aspetto estetico di questa edizione, sono rimasto molto soddisfatto dalla lettura di questo libro, che contiene diversi racconti e romanzi brevi appartenenti al "ciclo di Cthulhu". Come accade sempre quando si legge una raccolta come questa, alcuni dei racconti mi sono piaciuti più di altri. I miei t ...more
Edward A. Taylor
Here we have just the right mix of modern authors as well as Lovecraft's "Mythos" peers collected into one solid volume. The Hounds of Tindalos, The Black Stone, The Return of the Sorcerer, and Jerusalem's Lot are all stand out stories and give a great primer to people that not only want to see what is out there (without Lovecraft's fingers in their pies) in regard to the Mythos, but what can easily be seen as stand-alone stories in their own right.
John Frasene
This book as a whole was a bit disappointing because so few of the stories contribute to or even draw on the Cthulhu Mythos. “Raising with Surtsey”, “The Shadow from the Steeple”, and “The Hounds of Tindalos” are notable exceptions. As are the two Lovecraft stories, obviously. But many of the stories seem more like homages to HP Lovecraft by admiring authors— which is fine— but don’t result in great cosmic horror. But, the book is worthwhile for gathering the above stories as well as “Sticks”, a ...more
Jeff Stockett
I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent introduction to the mythos. There were several stories that were truly chilling. Some of the best stories were:

The Call of Cthulhu - The story that started it all. I love exploring things through the point of view of an investigator as he uncovers layer upon layer, finding out about the cult of Cthulhu and ultimately discovering the truth behind it all. The description of Cthulhu was awesome and terrifying.

Notebook Found in a Deserted House - This
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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 storie ...more
León Reyes
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La palabra que mas aprendí en este libro fue "omnioso" y es así como concluyen esta selección de la etapa de Mitos de Cthulhu de Lovecraft. Todo queda en historias aisladas de humanos que se enfrentan a lo indescriptible.

Podría creer que hace casi un siglo esto daría miedo, hoy con tanta capa de raciocinio en el mundo estos mitos parecen estar cubiertos por una niebla de incredulidad, y es por ello que son tan geniales y auténticos, abogan a los miedos primigenios del ser humano y es lo que les
Took me weeks to finish this book. And I really wanted to read it. Cthulhu is fundamental, and every time I read Call of Cthulhu I want to read Terry Pratchett's Jingo. And I think about Buffy. And Hellboy. And Ozzy. And Girl Genius. And Sandman. And Merciful Fate. And Darkover. And The Eternals. And Metallica. [And I could go on]. But all of the overt and unconscious racism and sexism makes it tough going.

There’s a lot of good writing here. Not just Lovecraft, but Fritz Leiber! Stephen King!
An mixed bag of short stories, two by H.P Lovecraft (including the classic, The Call Of The Cthulhu), and the others are by authors who have been influenced by him. All of the tales are set in the Cthulhu world of weirdness or reference certain characters or books that Lovecraft created. Whilst some of my closest friends are huge HPL fans, I approached this anthology as more of a horror and short story lover.

Some of the stories are really weird and creepy, a couple were just painfully dull to g
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Patrick by: Chuck Lingberg
Shelves: did-not-finish
If nothing else, this book taught me that I am apparently not a fan of Lovcraftian fiction. Sure, "The Call of Cthulhu" is a fun read, and certainly a classic in the sci-fi pantheon, but the slew of imitations that this book collects from Lovecraft's contemporaries and correspondents were cookie-cutter boring. Scientist/writer/philosopher discovers occult object, researches it against the advice of others, goes crazy and/or dies. The end. Of the stories I did read, Joanna Russ's "Our Boat" and S ...more
Hunter Duesing
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: D_Davis
A perfect primer to Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos as expanded by his contemporaries and disciples, as well as Lovecraft himself. This book is full of Lovecraft-inspired wierd fiction of highest quality, with entries by authors such as Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Philip Jose Farmer, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, and Lovecraft himself. This is the perfect launching pad for those looking to discover short genre fiction in the vein of Lovecraft's twisted and frighteningly unique ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The verbose gentleman with bean-reeking breath slithered heinously off the pages.
Richard Houchin
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, history
The greatest fear is fear of the unknown," said HP Lovecraft. I have never met a soul who did not...appreciate...the genius of Lovecraft's historical works. Cthulhu ftaghn!
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.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Inte lika bra som Joshis "Black Wings..." serie, men den har ändå onekligen äran att vara först i vad som har blivit en spirande subgenre i sin egen rätt. August Derleth gav ut den första utgåvan av "Tales of the Cthulhu..." 1969 och sedan släpptes en nyutgåva 1989 (den jag läst), även den på Arkham House men i regi av en James Turner. Några historier tillkom och några drogs bort. Men jag kan absolut säga, även utan att ha läst den, att Turners utgåva är långt mycket bättre än Derleths. Karl Edw
Unauthorized Cinnamon McCann
This is a great anthology for anyone interested in both some damn fine entertainment and the historical development of Lovecraftian fiction. It kicks off with the famous "The Call of Cthulhu" by the man himself, and wends its way through Lovecraft collaborators and contemporaries, all the way to modern authors like Stephen King and Brian Lumley, finishing off with a hyper-futuristic tale, "Discovery of the Ghooric Zone."

Favorites for me were:
"Notebook Found in a Deserted House," by Robert Bloch
Or, White Men Are Dumbasses, The Anthology.

I picked this up (well, requested it through ILL) because I wanted to read Sticks, by Karl Edward Wagner, and I couldn't find it anywhere else. And Sticks was fine. Honestly, most of the anthology is fine. Lovecraft himself and a lot of his imitators are boring, repetitive, and racist (as fuck, my friends, and these aren't even the super racist stories), but the later stories, especially those by Joanna Russ and Stephen King, turned out to be much more
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