Best of the Cthulhu Mythos

American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft created a sub genre of horror and fantasy when he first wrote his story "The Call of Cthulhu" in the 1920's. Since then hundreds of other writers have added to his version of a hostile and/or indifferent universe ruled by alien monstrosities. Writers as varied as Stephen King, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, and others have contributed stories, poems, and novels to Lovecraft's "shared universe".
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message 1: by Randolph (new)

Randolph Brian Lumley's Mythos stories are to be avoided at all costs unless you want to see just how bad things can be. He is only equaled in awfulness of Mythos stories by August Derleth, but Titus Crow by Lumley, almost unbelievably, out-Derleth's Derleth.

Derleth and Lumley have written some decent things, but their Mythos stories are not among them.


message 2: by Coeruleo (new)

Coeruleo Luna really? i think lumley is perhaps the best of the bunch. he's a very good writer, very creative,and he's one of the few that i think understand the lovecraftian way of composing a story and understands the mythology thoroughly. most writers seem to toss out a cthulhu story just to be in a lovecraft book, whereas brian lumley seems to have lots of these concepts in his head. his stories are not quicky rewrites to make the anthology. he's picked a slice of lovecraft's mythos and created his own pantheon of the mythology from it. he's come up with his own locales, deities, heroes, books, artifacts, cults and alien races. i think he has added a great deal to the genre. in fact there are even tribute books written by other authors using his own creations... really how many people have accomplished more?


Randolph wrote: "Brian Lumley's Mythos stories are to be avoided at all costs unless you want to see just how bad things can be. He is only equaled in awfulness of Mythos stories by August Derleth, but Titus Crow ..."


message 3: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Agreed. Titus Crow is a ridiculous Marty Stu. And Cthulhu has a good brother who wants to help humanity? Pretty sure that would horrify even Derleth.


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