Plus a veritable who's who of the best talent to ever scratch pen across parchment in the name of "The Mountain That Walks," including Henry Kuttner, Fritz Leiber, Stephen King, Karl Edward Wagner, Philip Jose Farmer, Colin Wilson, Ramsey Campbell, Joanna Russ, Richard A Lupoff and Brian Lumley. The selections include: The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft The Return of the Sorcerer by Clark Ashton Smith Ubbo-Sathla by Clark Ashton Smith The Black Stone by Robert E. Howard The Hounds of Tindalos by Frank Belknap Long "The Space-Eaters" by Frank Belknap Long "The Dweller in Darkness" by August Derleth "Beyond the Threshold" by August Derleth "The Shambler from the Stars" by Robert Bloch The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft "The Shadow from the Steeple" by Robert Bloch Notebook Found in a Deserted House by Robert Bloch "The Salem Horror" by Henry Kuttner The Terror from the Depths by Fritz Leiber Rising with Surtsey by Brian Lumley Cold Print by J. Ramsey Campbell "The Return of the Lloigor" by Colin Wilson My Boat by Joanna Russ Sticks by Karl Edward Wagner The Freshman by Philip Jose Farmer Jerusalems Lot by Stephen King Discovery of the Ghooric Zone by Richard A. However, this never happens and Long produced one of the most uniquely outstanding lore stories Ive read. 3. Notebook Found in a Deserted House: Nothing uniquely mythos-related happens here but I mention it only because of how much fun I had reading it. However, this one makes the honor role because it is a masterful homage and gushing love letter to all of the great mythos stories that came before it. During the course of the story, fragments of a dozen different mythos tales are called in to contribute. From "The Call of Cthulhu" to The Mountains of Madness to "The Dunwich Horror" to "Dagon" to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"...to handful of non-Lovecraft stories (several of which are in this collection). One of the best Cthulhu tales I've read.
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. P. Lovecraft, which I'm pretty sure I've already reviewed here on Goodreads --if not, I'll remedy that.) So the only one of the more recent stories I've read yet is Campbell's "Cold Print." To avoid any "spoilers," of that one I'll say only that it's an effective, well- written work --and that the description of it in the above Goodreads entry for this edition is slightly misleading. Of these tales, though, only Smith's "Ubbo-Sathla" really fully suggests HPL's own existential pessimism; and Derleth's "The Dweller in Darkness" reflects his own modification (well-known to Lovecraft fans) of Lovecraft's cosmology to include a pantheon of more benevolent Old Ones opposed to the nastier specimens. (Lovecraft himself probably wouldn't have been offended by this; by his own admission, even his own writings don't drip with existential despair in every story.) My favorites of the Lovecraft imitations so far are "The Dweller in Darkness" and Derleth's "Beyond the Threshold;" Kuttner's "The Salem Horror;" and Howard's "The Black Stone" --though one passage there isn't for the squeamish. (I knew that Howard wrote some Cthulhu Mythos pastiches, but this was the first one I've read --and a ripping good introduction!) Only the two stories by Frank Belknap Long didn't work for me --I felt that the characters being able to intuitively explain the supposedly unexplainable events robbed the latter of a lot of their force, and was such a logical stretch that the rubber band snapped. (This story also has somewhat more bad language than any of the others, which either follow Lovecraft in having none or have very little -- though even Farmer's selection doesn't have much.) Despite a passing reference to the Necronomicon, Russ' "My Boat" is actually not a Cthulhu Mythos story as such; it's Lovecraftian, but its inspiration comes from the fantasy side of his work (The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath is also mentioned, and plays a role in the plot).
Lunica pecca, se così la si vuole chiamare, dellopera è che essendo appunto composta da svariati lavori non tutti sono al top (ecco perché il mio voto finale è stato di 4 stelle e non 5).
Call of Cthulhu mi se uasno svidio , Dagon je tak-tak , ali je itko , a The Bell in the Tower je poprilino zanimljiva. P. Lovecraft,Lin Carter - The Bell in the Tower 3.5* D.
(Only two or three stories are by Lovecraft.
For example: I understand August Derleth's importance in getting HPL widely recognized, but that doesn't change the fact that his Mythos stories are punishingly awful.
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. This anthology started out brilliantly, with the iconic Call of Cthulhu, and other stories by writer's in Lovecraft's circle.
From serious to twisted to amusing, they're stories worth reading, but it's Lovecraft's singular talent that really holds the circle together.
Some of my favorites were: "The Return of the Sorcerer" by Clark Ashton Smith, "The Shambler From the Stars" by Robert Bloch, and "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner, but none of the stories were too horrible to read (exept in the way intended).
Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien.