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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161696121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616961213
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Some of the best Lovecraftian short fiction of the past 30 years." --Washington Post "If you like Lovecraft even a little bit, this collection is a must." --Book Riot "Ellen Datlow's second editorial outing into the realm of Lovecraft proves even more fruitful than the first. Focusing on Lovecraftian monsters, Datlow offers readers sixteen stories and two poems of a variety that should please any fans of the genre." --The Arkham Digest "There's no need to have previously read Lovecraft's work to enjoy Lovecraft's Monsters, but the collection will surely leave you with the desire to acquaint or reacquaint you with HPL canon." --Rue Morgue "In the case of Lovecraft's Monsters, edited by the great Ellen Datlow, the quality of the stories is both a celebration of HPL's legacy and a reminder of the wealth of talent the genre has to offer... It's simple: if you like Lovecraftian fiction, you need to get this." --Horror Talk "...amazing and creative tales each with a striking illustration by John Coulthart...I fully recommend adding this nice anthology for all fans of Lovecraft." --Dark Corner "[T]he queen of anthologies, Ellen Datlow, has brought together the usual outstanding group of writers... This is a must-have anthology for fans of things that go squick in the night." --Lit/Rant "The result is a delightful array of little pieces that range in mood and subject. Unholy sacrifice, forbidden love, a private dick on the trail of a murderer--there's something there for everyone." --The Jaded Consumer "Editor Ellen Datlow has put together an anthology that will rock your liquid fantasies. Tachyon Publications has produced an excellent themed anthology. Lovecraft enthusiasts will plunge into the volume and be happily immersed in the content." --Diabolique Magazine "Where else, in one anthology, can a reader jump from roman noir werewolves to steampunk tanks in the Amazon to tales of forbidden love on the Innsmouth shore to Pinkerton agents in the Wild West?... Fortunately, we have Ellen Datlow to lead the way." --Hellnotes "Each story is a dark wonder and the volume itself is absolutely gorgeous, sumptuously illustrated throughout with steampunky-baroque original art by World Fantasy Award-winning artist John Coulthart. Lovecraft's Monsters is a must-have for every fan of dark speculative fiction, so click on the cover graphic and grab it!" --The Tomb of Dark Delights "With Ellen Datlow at the helm, there was never really any doubt about the quality of the selections on hand ...Lovecraft's Monsters is certainly a worthy addition to any horror library." --Innsmouth Free Press "Lovecraft's Monsters is a must-read for any fans of the Cthulhu Mythos." --Geek Smash "[A] delightful array of little pieces that range in mood and subject... Unholy sacrifice, forbidden love, a private dick on the trail of a murderer--there's something there for everyone." --The Jaded Consumer "So I am telling you now, in the name of Yog-Sothoth, get this book, and prepare to lose some sleep." --The Bookend Family "Lovecraft's Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by Tachyon Publications, is a reprint anthology of some carefully chosen and mighty fine Lovecraftian short stories, novellas and poems... All in all it is a terrific selection of works, and one that any fan of Lovecratian works should add to their collection." --Fear.net "...an entirely enjoyable read... for Mythos devotees I would highly recommend picking it up" --Seattle Geekly "There's a lot to love in Lovecraft's Monsters, an anthology which is both faithful and inventive at the same time. Unafraid to take risks and snazzily illustrated, this collection is proof that the Cthulhu cult remains as strong as ever." --Starburst "Datlow brings together some of the top SF/F and horror writers working today and has them play in Lovecraft's bizarre world. And that's a delight." --January Magazine "For Lovecraft's Monsters, each writer had the same agenda: come up with a fresh take on one of the legendary author's otherworldly creatures, like Cthulhu, the Shoggoths, the Elder Things and Yog-Sothoth. (Trust, they're scarier than those tongue-twisting names suggest.) Adding to the book's excellence, illustrator John Coulthart provided gorgeous new black-and-white artwork for each story." --Complex "Lovecraft's Monsters will appeal to fans of Lovecraft's work, particularly his Mythos stories, and to readers of dark fiction everywhere. Datlow is an experienced and keen editor of dark fiction and has assembled a truly impressive list of stories." --LitReactor "[A]n amazing and diverse treasure trove of stories. As an avid fan of Lovecraft's monstrous creations, THIS is the anthology I've been waiting for." --Shattered Ravings "Each story is a dark wonder and the volume itself is absolutely gorgeous, sumptuously illustrated throughout with steampunky-baroque original art by World Fantasy Award-winning artist John Coulthart. Lovecraft's Monsters is a must-have for every fan of dark speculative fiction, so click on the cover graphic and grab it!" --Count Gore Praise for Ellen Datlow "The field's leading anthologist." --Washington Post on The Best Horror of The Year, Volume 6 On Hauntings "This diverse 25-story anthology is a superb sampling of some of the most significant short horror works published between 1985 and 2005. Editor extraordinaire Datlow (Poe) includes classic stories from horror icons." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "With her keen eye for craftsmanship, prolific anthologist Datlow always delivers first-class entertainment, whether her genre-at-hand is sf, fantasy, or, in this case, horror." --Booklist "Anytime you sample a collection edited by veteran anthologist Ellen Datlow (Snow White, Blood Red; Teeth; Supernatural Noir), you know that you are in for a treat." --Shroud Magazine "Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor... Highly recommended." --Arkham Digest On Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror "Make sure you are in a safe place before you open it up." --New York Journal of Books "An anthology to be cherished and an invaluable reference for horror aficionados." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Darkness promises to please both longtime fans and readers who have no clue what 'splatterpunk' was supposed to mean." --San Francisco Chronicle "Eclectic...a complete overview of some of the best horror stories published in the last twenty years." --SF Site On The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror "As the line between fantasy and horror blurs, this combined presentation of their exemplars will give readers of both genres much to enjoy, and may even broaden a few horizons." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Bring out the bone china--a critically acclaimed fantasy/horror annual celebrates its 20th anniversary in grand style... Worth a space on any bookshelf." --Kirkus "...an excellent anthology of horror stories... I highly recommend it!" --Black Gate

About the Author

Ellen Datlow is one of the most successful editors in the genres of fantasy and horror. She was the fiction editor of OMNI for nearly twenty years, and has since edited the online magazines Event Horizon and Sci Fiction. Her many anthologies include the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series; Naked City: Tales of Urban Horror; Snow White, Blood Red; and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. She has won five Hugo, eight Locus, three Bram Stoker, two Shirley Jackson, and nine World Fantasy awards. Datlow lives in New York City. Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods, Anansi Boys, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), the young adult novel Coraline, as well as the short story collections Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things. He is the originator of the Sandman series and his novels and stories have been adapted for television, screen, and stage. He lives in Minneapolis, MN. Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than 30 novels, including the Edgar Award-winning Hap and Leonard mystery series (Mucho Mojo; Two Bear Mambo), and the New York Times Notable Book The Bottoms. Over 200 of his stories have appeared in outlets such as Tales from the Crypt and Pulphouse, and his work has been adapted for The Twilight Zone and Masters of Horror. Lansdale has written for several graphic novel series including Batman and Fantastic Four. He is a tenth-degree black belt and the founder of the Shen Chuan martial art. He lives in Nacodoches, TX. Caitlin R. Kiernan is the author of nine science fiction and fantasy novels, including Silk, Murder of Angels, and Blood Oranges; the long-running Dancy Flammarion series; as well as eleven short story collections, and nonfiction about paleontology. She has received four International Horror Guild Awards and the Tiptree Award. She lives in Providence, RI. Elizabeth Bear is the author of over 25 novels including the Jenny Casey series (Hammered; Scardown; Worldwired), Range of Ghosts, and Shattered Pillars. She has received the Hugo, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Campbell, Spectrum, and Locus Awards. She lives in Hartford, CT.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BumpyConstant on 24 July 2014
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As the title says, this is an anthology of stories pivoting around monsters from Lovecraft. The style varies considerably – all sorts of genres are crossed into, including steampunk, sci-fi and western. Some are quite dark and brooding, some action orientated, some quite light, even funny, and some play about with interesting ideas (‘Bulldozer’ a western, and ‘Love is Forbidden’ particularly come to mind).

For the Lovecraft geek in me, it was quite rewarding recognising a monster – it’s not always obvious. I liked the variety of styles and length, as I prefer anthologies to be diverse, though I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. A few of the stories are quite short, though I can’t say I disliked their brevity. I prefer a story too short, than thinking ‘how long till the end?’ as I impatiently peek a few pages on.

I’d say if you're not familiar with the Cthulu mythos, this is still an enjoyable and varied read, and might tickle your interest in the world Lovecraft kicked off. If you want something specifically with a ‘Weird Tales’ feel to it, then perhaps this won’t be your thing, though there will be stories you’ll enjoy.

I’m going to give this five stars, because I more than like it, and will read some of the stories again.
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Quite a chunky book filled with a horde of Lovecraftian monsters, gods and beasts. Ellen Datlow has picked and edited a wholesome menagerie of the weird and wonderful Cthulhu mythos denizens to whet your literary appetite: Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things and Yog-Sothoth amongst them. Each new story takes on a classic Lovecraft creature. The book also has wonderful graphics: all the stories have original detailed monotoned illustrations by John Coulthard. Contributors include such mythos celebrities as Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Bear and Nick Mamatus.

Being an avid fan and collector of the Cthulhu Mythos and things Lovecraftian I had read one or two of these gems before, but they are so enjoyable and work so well as a collection I didn't mind one little bit. It's a great collection of tales if you like Lovecraft, if you don't like his stories you probably won't get much from this and if you haven't heard of Lovecraft this could be the carrot that dangles before you as you teeter on the the edge of the abyss. It even features an appendix of monsters and gives details of their first appearance in mythos stories. Five stars from me, as the stars are right.
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Not too bad, although one or two of the stories suffer badly from what I view as the literary equivalent of "staring off into the distance", rather than definitively going anywhere or "having a point". Also....there's kinda only so far you can go with this genre; one story is basically the tale of Erik Zahn retold, for example.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Godbolt on 9 Nov. 2014
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Some really good and unexpectedly strange, mind opening stories here.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Egas on 7 July 2014
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Oh no horrible monsters from Lovecraft!!! ahahahaha
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