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Cthulhu Haiku and Other Mythos Madness (Popcorn Horror) [Kindle Edition]

James Dorr , Karl Elder , Geoffrey A. Landis , Marsheila Rockwell , Brian M. Sammons , Ken St. Andre , Lester Smith
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Book Description

Popcorn Press’s fourth annual celebration of horror poetry, this year focused on the mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, and in particular his most famous creation, Cthulhu., the monstrous cosmic entity that lies dreaming beneath the ocean, waiting for the stars to align and free him. Old fans of Lovecraftian tales will find here fresh visions to darkly delight. For neophytes, the collection serves as an introduction to the horripilating thrills in the work of Lovecraft and the many writers he inspired. The anthology contains a treasure trove of verse—haiku, senryu, lunes, tanka, sijo, free verse, a sestina, sonnets, some alphabetic morph rhyme, even a lipogram—along with several great flash-fiction pieces and short stories. Cthulhu awaits you.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 243 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480136166
  • Publisher: Popcorn Press (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VGL3DW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #683,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cthulhu Haiku Review 28 Dec. 2012
This is a forceful collection of haiku, poetry, and short stories converging around not only chilling Halloween themes, but that special brand of horror made famous by H.P. Lovecraft. Pairing short, efficient haiku with horror is very effective. Even if you're not familiar with poetry or haiku, you can appreciate the perfectly packaged, bite-sized pieces of fearful fiction. It only takes a moment to read one of the haiku, but I enjoy how much those short phrases haunt my thoughts. It's amazing how something small and apparently simple can make you shudder and get so deep under your skin.
Coming from a small, independent publisher, this collection draws the attention of poetry fans, horror lovers, and those infatuated with Lovecraftian lore. I don't consider myself a poetry fanatic and I have to admit that I've read next nothing from Lovecraft. Despite my personal lack of expertise, I still enjoyed reading through the collection. The haiku were naturally a favorite for me, but I was also really impressed by some of the longer, sonnet-like poems. There were the occasional pieces that lost me a bit. I had the feeling at times that I could have had a deeper appreciation for individual pieces and the collection as a whole if I had more knowledge of Lovecraft's mythology. (I got the feeling that if the collection were a movie, I would have been that annoying person asking the background on several of the characters throughout the film). The good news is that much of Lovecraft's material is available free online (check out An introduction to the collection with a little background information or a guide that clues the reader in on a handful of key stories would definitely enrich the reading experience. Even without these helpful additions, the collection is well put together and very enjoyable to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for horror geeks 2 Dec. 2012
By Joseph - Published on
I walked into this book as a Lovecraft fan more then a poetry reader. Really, I can't remember the last time I read poetry that wasn't for a class assignment. But this had "Cthulhu" in the title and since I'm a compulsive Lovecraft collector I picked it up...and I enjoyed every single page!

I've never really given any serious thought to poetry or it's structure or use or anything like that. Reading these poems really got me to thinking about the use of the words and how they all connect to each other and painted such a vivid picture with only a handful of words.

I also loved the short stories within these pages. I've never been a big fan of short stories that were shorter then ten pages. I alway thought you couldn't get important things like plot or characters across with only a handful of pages. Here again this book proved me wrong. There were several short stories (both humorous and horrific) that told their stories better then several full length novels I've read.

This is one of the rare books that I've read that has really changed the way I look at things and for that I'll forever be grateful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great Read 29 Oct. 2012
By Brad - Published on
Great read, lots of fun - wide variety that keeps things interesting and moving. Bizarrely, got my kids asking all about Haiku.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Peom on page 47! 30 Dec. 2012
By Dan Herrera - Published on
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Great book of short stories with vivid imagery. I especially enjoyed the story on page 47. Miss Terry has a very bright, albeit dark, future...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed 20 Jan. 2013
By S. Witucki - Published on
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Truly dark and twisted, great compilations and creative authors. It is my opinion that Edgar Allen Poe would have enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Popcorn Press 16 Nov. 2012
By John Cochrane - Published on
Disclaimer: I am a contributor to this book.

Once again, Lester Smith does a wonderful job of collecting, editing, selecting, and arranging poems and short fiction into a delightful Halloween-time treat. This, Popcorn Press' fourth effort, takes on a darker tone, as readers familiar to the Cthulhu Mythos might anticipate. I heartily recommend this book to any fans of "The Old Ones", to poetry fans, and to any fans of the macabre. Thanks, Lester, for your tireless and generous efforts.

Be sure to check out the other books in the Popcorn Press Horror collection!
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