on 13 August 2012
Where this book succeeds it really succeeds well. Neil Gaiman's effort, for a start, is superb. However, there is a fair amount of swine amongst the pearls, some of which has no real place in a Lovecraft-inspired anthology. When they work it is great to have Lovecraft in a modern day setting, but some stories are decidedly flaccid. Personally, I prefer some of Ramsay Campbell's Lovecraft-inspired efforts (see the book Cold Print for those), but perhaps thats just because they work together as a whole to extend the mythos, whereas these have to stand up on their own.
There are some real gems in this collection, but also some real turkeys.