Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft Paperback – 13 Aug. 2014
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At the time of his death in 1937, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft was virtually unknown. The power of his stories was too vast to contain, however. As the decades slipped by, his dark visions laid down roots in the collected imagination of mankind, and they grew strong. Now Cthulhu is a name known to many and, deep under the seas, Lovecraft's greatest creation becomes restless...
This volume brings together seventeen masterful tales of cosmic horror inspired by Lovecraft's work. In his fiction, humanity is a tiny, accidental drop of light and life in the vast darkness of an uncaring universe – a darkness populated by vast, utterly alien horrors. Our continued survival relies upon our utter obscurity, something that every fresh scientific wonder threatens to shatter.
The dazzling stories in Cthulhu Lives! show the disastrous folly of our arrogance. We think ourselves the first masters of Earth, and the greatest, and we are very badly mistaken on both counts. Inside these covers, you'll find a lovingly-curated collection of terrors and nightmares, of catastrophic encounters to wither the body and blight the soul. We humans are inquisitive beings, and there are far worse rewards for curiosity than mere death.
The truth is indeed out there – and it hungers.
"In a genre awash with cheap imitations and hollow homages, Salome Jones has assembled a tribute anthology that is both subtle and wondrous. Cthulhu Lives! is full of dark stars that shed wicked light on to new terrors that will delight fans of Lovecraftian horror and weird fiction." --Peter Rawlik, author of Reanimators
About the Author
- Publisher : Ghostwoods Books; 1st edition (13 Aug. 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0957627149
- ISBN-13 : 978-0957627147
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.73 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,822,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cthulhu Lives! is a fantastic collection of new short stories, inspired by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft. Some stories are set in our past or presented as an alternate history, whilst others are bang-up-to date and very relevant in their setting. There’s genuine Lovecraftian quality in each and every tale though, and you can tell that everyone involved, authors and all, must have a deep appreciation and reverence for the original works. An excellent, excellent, excellent read.
Now, who’s going to sing me “Soft Kitty” before I go to sleep, to get these horrors out of my mind?
I hope there is another volume in the works, or maybe two.
In an age of disposable literature - Cthulhu Lives! is a keeper.
Universal Constants by Piers Beckley: there’s particle physics, horrible nightmares, and creeping insanity. This story exemplifies Lovecraftian themes, showing us that it’s not just effete, early 20th Century New Englanders who can go mad looking at the cosmic horrors behind the veil, but anyone.
1884 by Michael Grey: a disturbing, imaginative look at an alternate-history Europe. Between the claustrophobic fascism depicted and the unnatural monsters behind it, there are no safe places to hide. It read like a fragment of a larger work that you wish you could pick up somewhere.
Hobstone by G.K. Lomax: equal parts funny and bizarre, the charm of this story is that you know exactly where it’s going, but it takes you there in style. The university atmosphere seems a deliberate poke at Miskatonic U.
Ink by Iain Lowson: A disquieting look at art, criticism, and insanity. Fans of Thomas Ligotti will appreciate both its subtlety and brevity.
Of the Faceless Crowd by Gábor Csigás: I wasn’t sure about this story when I first read it, but it stuck with me, which makes it a real winner. It’s not scary, but it is disturbing, discussing the nature of identity and technology.
Coding Time by Marc Reichardt: a disorienting tale of technology and the Mythos, with a bit of The Office thrown in. You know who the boss really is, don’t you? Of course you do. Don’t drink the coffee.
The Thing in the Printer by Peter Tupper: the theme of obsession is carried very well here, with some genuinely disquieting moments and a few gross parts thrown in. I’m not sure that I’ll ever look at a 3D printer the same way again. Definitely don’t use one. Ever.
There’s a lot more to like in Cthulhu Lives! than not, and more than enough material to keep you up for a few hours clutching an Elder Sign in one hand and your e-reader in the other.