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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ghostwoods Books; 1 edition (26 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957627149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957627147
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An impure celebration of the new mythology." --Warren Ellis, bestselling author of Gun Machine

"In a genre awash with cheap imitations and hollow homages, Salome Jones has assembled a tribute anthology that is both subtle and wondrous. Cthulhu Lives! is full of dark stars that shed wicked light on to new terrors that will delight fans of Lovecraftian horror and weird fiction." --Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators

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Editor Salome Jones has been a reader and writer of weird fiction for as long as she can remember. Her previous anthology, Red Phone Box, features interwoven stories by 28 authors. She and her partner live in London with a number of plush Cthulhus, and await the return of the real thing.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Cat's Mother on 27 Aug. 2014
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Perhaps the Great Old Ones were subtly exerting their influence upon me, as once I started this book I genuinely couldn’t put it down. As each story ended, I hungered for the next and the next, the twists and turns of an unravelling reality, until all my day had somehow disappeared, given over to tales of the supernatural horrors that lurk at the edge of humanity’s consciousness.

Cthulhu Lives! is a fantastic collection of new short stories, inspired by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft. Some stories are set in our past or presented as an alternate history, whilst others are bang-up-to date and very relevant in their setting. There’s genuine Lovecraftian quality in each and every tale though, and you can tell that everyone involved, authors and all, must have a deep appreciation and reverence for the original works. An excellent, excellent, excellent read.

Now, who’s going to sing me “Soft Kitty” before I go to sleep, to get these horrors out of my mind?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Sept. 2014
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Disclaimer: I was given an uncorrected proof to review by the editor. There were no conditions placed on the review.

It is a good time to be around if you like the Cthulhu Mythos. Perhaps too good as everything seems to get a Cthulhoid twist. I am almost expecting Cthulhu Disney Pricesses (and I bet if I Google that I will get some hits on that, in a pulp horror version of Rule 34)s.

The Mythos is not really a unified logical whole, no matter the efforts of August Derleth to impose one, but some things shine through, common themes of humanity's insignificance in a universe more cruel and oblivious that we can imagine, except for the story you just read on that very topic, and certain story formats. Lovecraft did not just write the single plot format, but he had a few favourites, the "peeling of the onion" with layers of the story being revealed to unfold the horror being the classic, such as "The Innsmouth Horror" but he also wrote fantastical tales too like "The Doom that came to Sarnath".

"Cthulhu Lives" delivers on those expectations and delivers well, particularly the fantastical "Scritch, Scratch". There is no unifying theme or setting to the stories, they are disparate, but they all hit the spot in providing a nihilistic sense of doom, the abject sense of powerlessness and insignificance that we all know and love, even in the form of a love story (Dark Waters) or an eldritch revenge (Ink).

Not all the stories are perfectly delivered, The first, "Universal Constants", should have been a shorter vignette that would have allowed the reader to dwell on the empty fate described, but most are solid, and capture one essence or other of dread.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Cowling on 20 Oct. 2014
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I like books of short stories on a theme. Usually one story will make the perfect read while eating lunch, or getting breakfast. Usually there is at least one story you skip, but not in this book. Every story was original and well thought out. I hate having favourites, it's unfair the group of super writers. But Demon in Glass by E Dane Anderson does have a certain dark tingle to it, delicious!
I hope there is another volume in the works, or maybe two.
In an age of disposable literature - Cthulhu Lives! is a keeper.
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