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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595821465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595821461
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
After I read Ellen Datlow's 'Poe' collection, I have been looking forward to picking up this book, and I have to say it didn't disppoint.

I see it's got a few low stars, but I do wonder if some people were expecting a more straight-forward collection of pastiches. The stories here are inspired by Lovecraft, but mostly not Mythos stories themselves. It is the themes of cosmic horror, the indifference of the universe to humanity and our beliefs and science, and intrusion of the unexplained and unknown, the "things that should not be" that we have no hope of understanding.

Even still, you will find stories that allude to ghouls, Deep Ones, Antarctic weirdness, and other familiar Lovecraftian tropes, but are not explicitly set in the universe Lovecraft created.

A full list of the contents is here:

“The Crevasse” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
“The Office of Doom” by Richard Bowes
“Sincerely, Petrified” by Anna Tambour
“The Din of Celestial Birds” by Brian Evenson
“The Tenderness of Jackals” by Amanda Downum
“Sight Unseen” by Joel Lane
“Cold Water Survival” by Holly Phillips
“Come Lurk with Me and Be My Love” by William Browning Spencer
“Houses Under the Sea” by Caitlín R.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mark chapman on 6 Feb. 2012
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I was excited by the reviews of this collection inspired by the works of Lovecraft, however found myself sadly disappointed on the whole. I find anthologies sometimes don't work when the anthologist sets out less to entertain or engage the reader, than to impose a personal vision or to challenge them. I feel anthologists who do this should really try to write their own book.
Clearly, Ellen Datlow is fed up of Lovecraftian pastiches, a noble sentiment, since imitation does not often make for good writing. However it is hard to find a parallel between the stories in this book and the type of cosmic dread that Lovecraft himself invokes so successfully in his own work. Too many of the tales contained in it are written in a harsh, cynical style more evocative of graphic novelists than of literary horror or fantasy. I found almost no trace of the evocation of creeping fear I have become accustomed to finding in Lovecraft's tales, instead beginning to feel as if I were simply being politically challenged by the anthologist. The stories contain overtones of sadism, feminism, lesbianism and moral posturing that seems to have little place if any, in the genuine weird tale.
Please don't think I expect writers to emulate Lovecraft's style. It is too definitive for there to be any point in doing this, and in fact there are many fine tales inspired by Lovecraft's vision by such writers as Ramsey Campbell, that work perfectly without reference to his style, (which after all has its flaws, the biggest one perhaps being his lack of effective characterisation.) Its just that for me, many of the stories simply don't work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Simpson on 25 Oct. 2009
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This is a very good collection of stories with Lovecraftian themes. There is very little of the famed Cthulhu Mythos in these stories. Instead the writers (with mixed success)try to use the themes of Lovecraft such as cosmicism and the past as a source of horror. The highlights are the stories by Michael Chabon, Caitlin Kiernan & Joel Lane. Overall one of the best collections I've read in recent memory.
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