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Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Comments: I’m relatively new to Lovecraft, but I’ve read and enjoyed this one several times. I’ve always loved the way HPL has narrators who are about to die for their knowledge, or whose knowledge is hidden away for someone to find. In this way the world is warned of the Great Old Ones.
Comments: This was the first story of Clark Ashton Smith’s I have read, and I enjoyed it. His tale of revenge from beyond the grave has a few twists involved, and the infamous Necronomicon makes an appearance.
Comments: I liked parts of the story and wasn’t as thrilled with others. I liked the idea of going back in time and eventually forgetting what it was you were going back for, but the part about a human turning into a pterodactyl threw me!
Comments: This was an interesting story about an ancient Hungarian legend which proves to be less a legend and more of a mind-breaking true horror story.
Comments: This was a pretty good story involving time travel, but not with the means we usually imagine, and definitely not with the results!
Comments: If you survive an encounter with the unexplainable, do nothing to attract further attention to yourself.
Comments: Fight fire with fire! Or in this case, fight an interstellar traveler bent on your destruction with another interstellar traveler bent on IT’S destruction!
Comments: August Derleth is known as a not particularly good writer, but I enjoyed both the previous story and this one. I was left wondering at the end if Tony's Grandfather, an adventurer by trade, was more satisfied with his ending than if he had met his fate in bed.
Comments: Bloch, well-known as the author of Psycho, also was a part of Lovecraft’s circle of friends. This story was dedicated to HPL, and was decent. But I prefer some of Bloch’s later work to this.
Comments: I enjoyed this one almost as much as The Call of Cthulhu. This was Lovecraft's response to Robert Bloch's story above. I find it amusing that the two friends managed to kill off the other's likeness in their "tribute" stories.
Comments: Bloch, writing years later in the 1950’s, continued the story of The Shambler from the Stars and the Haunter of the Dark. This one ties together neatly the question marks contained at the end of Lovecraft’s story.
Comments: This is the best Bloch Mythos story I’ve read yet. I had heard people mention this story several times in my investigations on the internet as I became interested in Lovecraft and all things Lovecraftian, and the hype is well-deserved.
Comments: This was an interesting story which combines the story of the Salem witch trials with something undeniably more horrible.
Comments: Georg Reuter Fischer has a special gift, passed on to him by his father. It unfortunately leads to his doom.
Comments: I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lumley, and this story only confirms those reports. If your brother learns to inexplicably to write in some odd form of hieroglyphics, you have cause to be worried!
Comments: I think I might stick to shopping at chain bookstores after reading this one…
Comments: I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and liked the tie-ins with Charles Fort and Fortean phenomena.
Comments: This one was not up to par with most of the earlier stories. It was an interesting idea and told from an interesting point of view, but it just didn’t do it for me.
Comments: If you find an old house in the woods and you get the heebie-jeebies, DON’T go down into the cellar. You might find more than you bargained for.
Comments: This was a fun little tale about the strange ways of Miskatonic University.
Comments: When I first read this story, I knew nothing of Lovecraft. Obviously, it makes more sense now that I know of the Cthulhu Mythos. I liked it back then and I like it even more now.
Comments: I liked the idea, but straight sci-fi has never been my cup of tea.
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