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The Book of Cthulhu: Tales Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft | [Ross E. Lockhart (editor)]

The Book of Cthulhu: Tales Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft

The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century's most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Fans of H. P. Lovecraft's famously malevolent tentacle monster, Cthulu, will love this collection of 27 stories inspired by the influential fantasy creature. Weird, modern, and alien, these tales are among the best examples of the Cthulu Mythos story cycle. Meticulously compiled by Ross E. Lockhart, stories in this volume include contributions from Kage Baker, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Ramsey Campbell, and many more. Somber and menacing performances from Teresa DeBerry and screen and voice actor Fleet Cooper add to the air of mystery and foreboding.

Publisher's Summary

The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century's most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called "Lovecraft Circle"), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales. From weird fiction masters to enigmatic rising stars, The Book of Cthulhu demonstrates how mythos fiction has been a major cultural meme throughout the 20th century, and how this type of story is still salient, and terribly powerful today.

©2011 Ross E. Lockhart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Andrew 10-24-14
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    "Interesting Stories & Well Read"

    Copper is amazing, his choppy tone and diction, along with his vocal characterization gives these stories a sense of realism. DeBerry is less driving, but her soft tones provide her readings with a "bedtime story" feel which lends a real sense of creepiness to them. Overall totally worth it, interesting ideas and good narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bookgurl 04-29-14
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    "Improves on Lovecraft, believe it or not"
    Any additional comments?

    Lovecraft was great. These authors have had their own successes and take his ideas even higher. I was expecting a tribute book. I wasn't expecting Lovecraft's ideas amped up into overdrive. Well done!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    TawnyM Hillsboro, Oregon 10-18-14
    TawnyM Hillsboro, Oregon 10-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Stories, Almost Ruined by Narrator"

    I am a huge fan of Lovecraft, and have been for the past 22 years. These stories do a pretty good job of capturing the creepiness of the Elder Gods, and if you are a Lovecraft fan I recommend a physical copy. Teresa DeBerry does a fine job of the few stories she gets to narrate.
    The majority of the stories are narrated by Fleet Cooper. Let's list a few of his wonderful tics, shall we?
    1. Pronouncing "a" and "the" as if the following word begins with a consonant, even if it doesn't.
    2. Sounding annoyed all the time.
    3. Performing various "accents" which at best are inadequate, at worst, slightly racist.
    4. Mispronouncing the following words: liaison, talisman, intestine, oblong...
    There are more. They're not even Lovecraftian mouthfuls like "batrachian" or "gibbous!"
    Buy the hard copy.

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    Eric Madison, WI, United States 05-09-15
    Eric Madison, WI, United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good stuff"

    Great collection of stories. Grim, enticing, mysterious. Some were brutal others more subtle. Overall a fun experience. I'm downloading the second one right now.

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    "If You Lived in a World from HP Lovecraft."

    There are many mysteries that are unknown, what if the missing the haunted the eerie had a secret reason for being? These stories tell our history in ways through Lovecraft's eyes. You can feel the depth, the influence, the humor and the Horror of these welcome additions to his vision and fears. Where sorceror's, hidden doors, forbidden knowledge and ancient lineages of monsters are right next door, and always have been. You only have to know where to look.

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    Amit Mahadik San Jose, CA, USA 02-06-15
    Amit Mahadik San Jose, CA, USA 02-06-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic performance!"

    The last story, "The men of Porlock" was my favorite! The performance by the reader was flawless. Must hear. Spooky!

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    Terry Huud Hollywood 01-12-15
    Terry Huud Hollywood 01-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Simply awesome"

    These stories (most) were awesome and Fleet's reading was so creative and powerful I honestly would recommend this to friends as an audio vs hard copy printed/kindle, etc. another review blasted Fleets performance and I couldn't disagree more. In fact I felt Teresa's performance to be the weak link. It felt overly sensual and forced where it didn't need to be.

    The best part of this collection however is the collection itself. 90% (imho) of these stories were great and THAT in a collection of shirts is (in my experience) rare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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