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on 24 July 2014
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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VINE VOICEon 9 July 2014
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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on 22 April 2015
This compilation of modern writings in the Lovecraft genre is good value for fans. My own opinion is that such writers tend to be better than the original H.P. Lovecraft, and indeed many in this collection have had similar works published and know their subject. There's eldricht horror and sufficient nameless shambling, of course, but some nice flashes of tongue in cheek humour as well; not to mention great imagination - who'd have thought of working Frankenstein's creation, Moby Dick and the hollow earth into a Lovecraftian tale? I consider modern Lovecraftian works to be safe purchases, sight unseen, and don't in the least regret this one.
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on 3 September 2014
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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on 9 November 2014
Some really good and unexpectedly strange, mind opening stories here.
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on 7 July 2014
Oh no horrible monsters from Lovecraft!!! ahahahaha
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