[BOOKS] ⚡ Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos ✯ H.P. Lovecraft – Uroturk.info
July 18, 2009The 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 anthology with considerable anticipation pretty much justified so far So far, I ve read these mostly in order, with exceptions occasioned only by the vagaries of trying to fit whole ones into my allotted reading time without a long hiatus in the middle I did not re read either of the two Lovecraft stories, but both are included in The Best of H 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 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.By now, I ve read most of the selections written in Lovecraft s own lifetime, or soon after it Smith s The Return of the Sorcerer is really supernatural fiction and an excellent example of the genre than science fiction its only Lovecraftian touch is that the magical information is said to come from the Necronomicon, but the author could have substituted any invented title In most of the other stories in this group, however, the Lovecraft connection and influence is much obvious the reclusive New Englander is even mentioned by name or used as a character in several of them Smith and Howard can even match him in the quality of their purple prose style 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 benevolent Old Ones opposed to the nastier specimens Some Lovecraft purists won t like this S T Joshi leaps to mind but it s no problem for me I don t hold any brief for existentially pessimistic horror anyway, and I see the Lovecraft heritage as something that s open for subsequent writers to shape and use in their own ways, in accordance with their own styles and attitudes 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 More next month Aug 16, 2009By now, I ve read all the remaining stories in this collection except for Colin Wilson s The Return of the Lloigor 1969 , which my schedule forced me to leave in the middle I ll have to wait until next summer to finish it The oldest stories in this batch were two by Robert Bloch written in 1950 51 his older The Shambler From the Stars, which is also included, was one that I read earlier the next oldest stories in the book were published in 1969 So most of the stories in this group except Leiber s represent the work of a second generation of Lovecraft fans Most of these don t imitate Lovecraft s distinctive style, but most definitely have the flavor and ethos of his work Not surprisingly, they tend to have grim plots, and happy endings are rare and usually qualified often the best you can hope for is that humanity might have another chance in round 2 Lupoff s Discovery of the Ghooric Zone, set mostly in the far future, is despite Turner s praise for it , IMO, the least effective story here the combination of essentially post human cyborg characters and digressive historical sections covering 1937 2337 in reverse chronological order are obviously intended to make the reader feel that our world and frame of reference are vanishingly insignificant, but they impede identification with or interest in the characters The sexual references appear to simply be inserted gratuitously in order to shock or gross out the reader something Lovecraft didn t do Farmer s The Freshman has to offer, with a look at a very unhealthy mother son relationship and a warning about the unwisdom of morally compromising one s self for unworthy ends But these are set in the pervasive context of a wildly over the top vision of Miskatonic Univ M U , which doesn t reflect Lovecraft s own realistic depiction and which fatally detracts from the story s credibility This story also has somewhat 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 Like some of Lovecraft s own work, it has a surreal quality from the juxtaposition of different planes of reality or modes of consciousness, but it isn t horrific It s a fine story with a very worthwhile message wrapped up in its surrealism and happily free of the rabid misandry that animates Russ When it Changed but comparing it to the the rest of the collection is like comparing apples and oranges.The other six stories I read in this go around are definitely horrific, and do an excellent job of being so Sticks and Rising With Surtsey were my first introductions, respectively, to the work of Karl Edward Wagner and Brian Lumley and neither of them disappointed One of the Bloch stories, The Shadow From the Steeple, is a sequel to Lovecraft s own The Haunter of the Dark, the protagonist of which, Robert Blake, was modeled directly on Bloch himself , and illustrates the theme of nuclear fear that was so common in the SF of that period Another outstanding work here is King s Jerusalem s Lot, set in 1850, which shares a geographical setting with his novel Salem s Lot I haven t read the latter, and the story raises intriguing questions about how the two works relate to each other since here the village is deserted, whereas I know that, in the novel, it starts out as populated by normal people. I can t give it 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 hold it up to Lovecraft and expect the same sort of prose Only two or three stories are by Lovecraft If you want to read him, go buy a Lovecraft only book and do it properly, or listen to the radio plays Premetto che adoro Lovecraft e questa raccolta fatta benissimo, un volume da centellinare titolo per titolo, cos 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 cos la si vuole chiamare, dell opera che essendo appunto composta da svariati lavori non tutti sono al top ecco perch il mio voto finale stato di 4 stelle e non 5 Quando questo scrittore d vita ad un avventura strutturata spesso tramite bocca diari di qualcuno che se l vista davvero brutta e ora o schiattato malamente o ridotto al terrore sul baratro della follia il suo stile riesce a caricare la storia di una tale inquietudine ed angoscia e lo dico in senso positivo che il risultato una perla di rara bellezza del mystery nel campo dell insolito Quando invece fondamentalmente una storia di base vera e propria non c e tutto viene costruito ad uso e consumo degli ambienti o delle creature inventate da H.P., quelle stesse articolate descrizioni che nel giusto contesto mi fanno entusiasmare, paradossalmente, fini a s stesse si trasmutano in verbose litanie che non vedo l ora di finire.Non fraintendetemi per , forse sono io ad essere un po pretenzioso, che da lui mi aspetterei sempre e soltanto il massimo essendo uno degli autori che maggiormente apprezzo Personalmente lo ritengo il migliore nel suo campo e sono abbastanza convinto che altri la pensino come me, molti altri. Ocjena 3 se odnosi na ovo ukupno izdanje Glupo mi je to ima milion izdanja njegovih pri a , pa se jedva i snadjoh Ovdje se nalaze 2 zavr ene pri e od Lovecrafta i jedna nedovr ena The Bell in the Tower koju je Lin Carter zavr io Call of Cthulhu mi se u asno svidio , Dagon je tak tak , ali je itko , a The Bell in the Tower je poprili no zanimljiva Ove ostale , pa ne znam Nisu me dirnule.Ocjene pojedinih pri a H P Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu 4 Robert E Howard The Black Stone 2 H P Lovecraft,Lin Carter The Bell in the Tower 3.5 D R Smith Why Abdul Al Hazred became insane 2 H P Lovecraft Dagon 3 Christian von Aster A portrait of Torquemada 1 zaspao sam koliko je dobra bila 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 t change the fact that his Mythos stories are punishingly awful. 4.3 5Ojal los siguientes libros que lea en el a o sean igual de buenos que este. 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 get Lovecraft when I read the earlier compilation Now I m starting to change my mind This anthology started out brilliantly, with the iconic Call of Cthulhu, and other stories by writer s in Lovecraft s circle The literary conceit is kind of cool, because they include or reference each other s characters, and even each other, in their stories, creating this alternate universe where the Old Ones really do have power, where the Necronomicon is an actual book, and where these events actually occurred Even Lovecraft himself becomes a figure in the stories, as an author, as an explorer of the supernatural and horrific, and even as a prophet I think that Bloch s The Shadow from the Steeple, a continuation of Lovecraft s Haunter of the Dark, was my favorite story.However, I found some of the newer entries in this Mythos to be a bit out of step with the original feel of Lovecraft s writings For, I found, Lovecraft s stories were as much about his setting as the actual menace from gigantic, multi dimensional space beings Arkham, Innsmouth, Miskatonic University these places are rendered so carefully, so menacingly, that they play as great a role in the stories as Cthulhu, Yog Soggoth, and other horrors The newer stories pulled a bit too far away, ran with it a bit too much The last story in the collection, particularly, with its weird cyborgs from Neptune having sexytime opening, totally incomprehensible conception of world history in the future in reverse, and bionic blah dee blah left me cold Indeed, many of these stories felt as though the Lovecraftian connection was forced, as if the author said, Hey If I toss in a couple of these heavy on the consonants names, my stories can be part of the Cthulhu stories Hm.I did like Stephen King s story, although it s only the second thing I ve ever read by him, because he has a sneaky sort of wit about his writing that charms me The not very good and downright weak stories here made me appreciate the original much than I did the first time around, so I ll probably seek out of Lovecraft The weakness of some of the included stories dropped this down to three stars. 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 interesting It s a worthy case study for understanding how Lovecraft fits into his own world in the imaginations of his fans and imitators in these stories, he is represented as an ill understood horror author a fair imitation of his real world persona , but then he s elevated into a sort of scholar mystic prophet, whose horror stories become a sort of clandestine bible of the cosmic apocalypse and humanity s ill fated destiny.From serious to twisted to amusing, they re stories worth reading, but it s Lovecraft s singular talent that really holds the circle together. 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 Chilling Mythology Established A Gateway Between The Known Universe And An Ancient Dimension Of Otherworldly Terror, Whose Unspeakable Denizens And Monstrous Landscapes Dread Cthulhu, Yog Sothoth, The Plateau Of Leng, The Mountains Of Madness Have Earned Him A Permanent Place In The History Of The MacabreIn Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos, A Pantheon Of Horror And Fantasy S Finest Authors Pay Tribute To The Master Of The Macabre With A Collection Of Original Stories Set In The Fearsome Lovecraft TraditionContents The Call Of Cthulhu By HP 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 HP 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 Ramsey Campbell The Return Of The Lloigor By Colin Wilson My Boat By Joanna Russ Sticks By Karl Edward Wagner The Freshman By Philip Jos Farmer Jerusalem S Lot By Stephen King Discovery Of The Ghooric Zone By Richard A Lupoff 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 free form styles of contemporary authors I tend to prefer the former style, but some of my favorite stories also come from the current authors 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.