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The Trail of Cthulhu

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Nameless Horrors Lurk In The Shadows Of Everlasting Night For

A Young Scholar in The House On Curwen Street: The macabre, bat-winged servants of Hastur the Unspeakable become death-rivals of the Great Cthulhu's Deep Ones for two hapless human souls...

A Daring Divinity Student in The Watcher From The Sky: A dead man returns to uncover the insidious harbingers of evil from th
Mass Market Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 1976 by Ballantine Books (first published 1962)
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Continuo leyendo la obra de August Derleth, que sin llegar a la altura del genial H.P. Lovecraft, sí me parecen unos relatos bastante conseguidos. Unas historias que tratan sobre los Dioses Arquetípicos, los Primigenios o Primordiales, y toda esa amalgama de libros antiguos, malditos y blasfemos, como por ejemplo, el Necronomicón, no pueden ser malas.

Estos son los cinco relatos contenidos en ‘El rastro de Cthulhu’ (The Trail of Cthulhu), que aunque se pueden leer de manera independiente, es mejo
Hugo Negron
To start with, I really wanted to enjoy this tale – despite the fact that August Derleth had always written a lesser imitation of Lovecraft’s works and subverted HPL’s Cthulhu Mythos (a term Lovecraft didn’t invent himself) from alien creatures/a universe that were indifferent to mankind to a good guys vs. bad guys God/Satan overture that was as far away from Lovecraft’s concepts as one could go, the basis of this book seemed to promise quite the adventure – a mysterious wizard-like professor, p ...more
R.R. López
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mucho antes de conocer la polémica Derelthiana en referencia a su concepción de los Mitos de Cthlhu y el papel que jugó como gestor del patrimonio literario de Lovecrat leí esta novela que me cautivó por su tono pulp, en el que los aventureros se enfrentan a los Primigenios y viajan por diversos lugares para intentar frenar su llegada a la tierra.
Imprescindible para los amantes de los pastiches Lovecraftianos.
David Williams
Over-rated writer . . . basically "fan fiction"
Perry Lake
Derleth never really understood Lovecraft's mythos, with a cold, unfeeling universe and humanity as an afterthought. But Derleth did understand a derring-do adventure with good guys versus bad guys, and that's exactly what he wrote here. Laban Shrewsbury is probably the only real hero in the Mythos and in him we see the terrible costs of staring into the Void. This book is a treat for all fans of the Cthulhu Mythos.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, cthulhu, horror
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Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Οι πέντε νουβέλες που έγραψε ο Ντέρλεθ, με κοινό παρανομαστή τον καθηγητή Σριούσμπερυ (που αποδίδεται ως Σριούσμπιουρυ) και τη μάχη του για την αποτροπή του ξυπνήματος του Κθούλου. Είχα διαβάσει τις πρώτες τρεις (εκείνη με τον Άντριου Φέλαν, με τον Έιμπελ Κέιν [άλλη μια απόδοση που πήγε στραβά, ως Κιν] και εκείνη με τον Κλέρμπορν Μπόιντ) στα βιβλιαράκια της Ωρόρα και τώρα που τις πήρα με τη σειρά, μαζεμένες ανακάλυψα ότι ίσως ο Σφος Λευτέρης έχει κάποιο δίκιο όταν λέει ότι κάποια πράγματα πιθανό ...more
Wythe Marschall
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Derleth's pale, weird imitation of his hero's anti-epics (esp. the decades-ranging Shadow Out of Time) is curious for several reasons, a few of which being: All of the characters are essentially the same; they know about the Cthulhu mythos and yet do not go insane; they speak at length about Cthulhu and only have to escape Deep Ones, who are also easy to identify (frog-fish people? check) and timid. Anywho, still a fun, easy read, for all the other reasons, all typical of HPL's successors (of wh ...more
Matthew Rappe
This was a fun read for someone who has read a lot of Lovecraft and was looking for an expanded universe. Some die hard Lovecraft fans will be horrified to realize Derleth combines Dagon and Cthulhu. Others will feel a good-evil dynamic erases what made Lovecraft's work so weird and unique. On the other hand it has aspects of adventure that Lovecraft's stories lack. It's main pitfall is it's repetitiveness and a wealth of identical boring characters.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
An interesting book in that it can be considered either an episodic novel or a series of linked short stories, tells the typical Derlethian story of Great Old Ones trying to bust out of their confinement and the human beings who struggle to defeat them. Although the theme is heroic, the stories could use a little more action and less exposition. It's also hard not to compare Derleth's fictions to those of Lovecraft he so closely models on, and Derleth's suffer in the process.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ο Μπόρχες είχε πει ότι ο Λάβκραφτ παρωδούσε εν αγνοία του τον Πόε.Δεν συμφωνώ.Ο Ντερλέθ, που στην ουσία έγραφε fan fiction, όντως παρωδούσε εν αγνοία του τον Λάβκραφτ.Στο μονοπάτι του Κθουλου ουσιαστικά επαναλαμβάνει ξανά και ξανά το ίδιο μοτίβο σε σημείο που καταντάει αστείο.Εγώ τώρα γιατί θέλω να διαβάσω κι άλλο Ντερλέθ?Ένας Κθουλου ξέρει!
Alexander Draganov
Good adventure stories collection, based on the classic tale "The Shadow over Innsmouth". Derleth develops his Cthulhu fanfiction nicely, although it grows further apart from the original Lovecraft than his previos anthology, "The Mask of Cthulhu". Still, it was enjoyable and entertaining, although not particularly scary.
Barry Hayes
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Derleth embraced Lovecraft's work well and this novel stays true to the Cthulhu mythos.
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Θα ήταν υπερβολή να ξαναγράψουμε για το ποιος είναι ο Ηοward Phillips Lovecraft και ποια η συμβολή του στην λογοτεχνία (τρόμου αλλά και γενικά). Περιττό θα ήταν επίσης το να αναφερθεί και το γεγονός ότι το έργο του δεν θα είχε φτάσει ως εμάς εάν δεν υπήρχαν οι πιστοί φίλοι και μαθητές του «ερημίτη» του Providence, τόσο οι επιστολικοί όσο και οι κοινωνικοί. Eξ αυτών ίσως ο πιο παραγωγικός ήταν ο August Derleth, φίλος του Lovecraft α
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I've generally avoided August Derleth's Cthulhu work, since what little I'd heard about it indicates that it's not as good as Lovecraft's, and that Derleth is more notable for keeping Lovecraft's works alive than for what he added. When Ken Hite mentioned he liked this book, I figured I'd check it out, especially since the Gumshoe Cthulhu game was named after it. It does definitely have some fun points, and this volume, at least, was lacking much of Lovecraft's crazypants level of racism. Howeve ...more
Ricardo Torres
Es Derleth; no Lovecraft: se nota la bajada a lo terreno y humano en las pasiones generadas por la tensión entre arquetípicos y primordiales.
A pesar de empezar bastante flojo —y de pecar en exceso de evidente— se vuelve atractivo con el paso de las páginas.

En sí misma, es una historia interesante.
Lawrence Salani
The best thing about this book is the cover by Bruce Pennington. The stories were a disappointment.
Most of the stories are appropriated from the original Lovecraft. I expected something original and new with some of the Lovecraft mythology as a background, but I was mistaken.
Taneli Repo
Arvioin kirjan yhdessä suomennoksensa kanssa Kuiskaus pimeässä -lehdessä.
Lorna Keach
Maybe we should talk about how this book was super hard to find and that might be because it was kinda crappy.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some don't like Derleth's stuff but to me he's OK. For one thing he doesn't use all the dense prose and colloquialisms like Lovecraft and that makes it much easier to read.
That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange eons even death may die

August Derleth is Lovecraftian, but he doesn't do Lovecraftian horror. His is more an action-adventure tale, with good guys versus evil beings. In the same vein, Derleth writes a direct narrative with a sense of immediacy that doesn't give you the creepy, foreboding sense of doom that Lovecraft can do so well. Does that make him less of a writer? No, that makes him different.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One reads HP Lovecraft and struggles to imagine what kind of person would attempt to reach the same horrifying peaks of literature. With a name that seems to have jumped straight out of one of Lovecraft's novellas, August Derleth takes Lovecraft's wickedly weird beasties out of the box, makes some tweaks and repackages them in a whole new series. This is generally an entertaining read, envisioning a Magnificent 7 scenario wherein various experts on the strange and peculiar team up to stop the fo ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cthulhu-mythos
I actually don’t have too much to say about this one.
I found this book a much stronger offering than Mask of Cthulhu, where Derleth wrote some of his less ambitious stories that were heavily inspired by specific Lovecraft pieces. I enjoyed the interconnected nature of the stories and the recurring characters, though only a few of the protagonists had any really distinct personalities. Professor Shrewsbury is the one with that honor (really cool character design btw).
It’s advised to not read the
Jul 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
"Las cinco partes en que se divide el libro (...) parecen la repetición de un único relato, el primero, que, bien sea porque el lector se enfrenta a él aún fresco y no hastiado o bien porque tiene su punto interesante, es el único con algún viso de originalidad. Los cuatro restantes apenas aportan nada, y eso que suceden cosas (...). Derleth ha estado más centrado en el proselitismo que en la acción, gracias al azar o a los convenientes deus ex mac
Pam Baddeley
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, suspense
A series of five linked novellas with characters in common, in the usual Derleth style of extending Lovecraft. So we have updates here including nuclear weapons. The trouble is, Derleth has an obsession with the Deep Ones and Cthulhu so we don't see any other aspect of the mythos apart from the hero professor's ability to use minions of Hastur, an enemy of Cthulhu, to let him and his latest helper escape at the end of each. Each story is a journal left by the latest helper but they are all rathe ...more
Brian Turner
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A collection of interconnected short stories, building on some of Lovecrafts earlier ones, as a group is collected to try and stop the rise of Cthulhu.

Derleth and Lovecraft corresponded, to the extent that Lovecraft created the character the Comte d'Erlette (author of the fictional "Cultes des Goules") in his stories.

Mostly building on the Innsmouth tales, although one also references the story Lovecraft wrote for Harry Houdini as the team head into the desert looking for clues.

The stories all m
Scott Schmidt
As other reviews have said, oh what a story this could have been. This was my first reading of Derleth's and while I thoroughly enjoyed a few characters and some minor contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos, it's clear from the chronic repetition of "Lovecraftian" words and phrases alone that his fascination with the fiction was greater than his ability to write it.

However, for Lovecraft and Cthulhu enthusiasts, the book is worth a read for the character of Dr. Shrewsbury, who fits well into the un
Geoff Gander
Derleth is criticised by many for having held himself up as Lovecraft's successor, yet failing to achieve the same level of cosmic horror in his works that his friend had. I agree to some extent, as Derleth's stories do not move me as much. However, love him or hate him, I believe Derleth is to be credited for his role in keeping the Cthulhu Mythos alive.
Ekel Adolf
Jun 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Joe Kilmartin
Not much better than Derleth's usual fare, but, at least, this time there is a kind of a narrative rather than his customary laundry list of Lovecraftian deities ending in an italicised paragraph that apes HPLs style without any new ideas at all.
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August William Derleth was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos and the Cosmic Horror genre, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House (which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in hardcover in the US that had only been readily availabl ...more