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Editorial 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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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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Improves on Lovecraft, believe it or not

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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!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not for Everyone

Fans of Lovecraft will be for the most part pleased. Expect canon typical gore/ violence/sanity bending/sexism and racism. The last two, for those familiar with the original stories, are actually very mild and underplayed.

The performances were Good to Excellent with only one chapter being ultimately unsatisfactory ( it dragged. I skipped it).

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  • Eric
  • Madison, WI, United States
  • 05-09-15

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great stories & excellent readings!

I had previously spent my "Cthulhu reading time" rereading Lovecraft stories but this collection shows how modern authors compliment the original stories.

The performances really add to the richness of the stories. The two readers were excellent.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • TawnyM
  • Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 10-18-14

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.

15 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Hard to tell with one story stopped and the next one started.

I don't know if this is more a comment about the Audible playing software, the production itself, or the performances. With two narrators there was some nice variety between a female protagonist and a male protagonist from story to story. What I did notice however, was that one story would roll right into the next, and if they were both done by the same narrator it was hard to tell the story had even stopped and the new one had started. I don't know if that's a result of how the Audible playing software goes from track to track or chapter to chapter, or if say an MP3 CD would've yielded the same result, or even an audio cd. But clearly, as a track ended a story, there was no breath or ending space before the next element began. One might also say that a lot of the time a story didn't end with a certain amount of aural finality for lack of a better term, or a new title to a new story was read with any different emphasis. That sounds like a lot to describe something insignificant, but multiple times I was wondering where characters had disappeared to, when in fact a while new story had started. I do know that while I enjoyed The collection, I had to give it 100% of my focus and not simply have it on in the background.

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  • Shannon
  • LAWRENCEBURG, IN, United States
  • 10-15-17

All Lovely, if Cthulhu is love

I thought ALL these stories in this audiobook were really, really good. The voice acting was on point too."""This book has it all, it is timeless AND ahead of it's time! (But how)? It even has a transgender (in a story) before "being a transgender" was trendy. I jest ..kinda :P I 9