Cthulhu Mythos anthology

A Cthulhu Mythos anthology is a type of short story collection that contains stories written in or related to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction launched by H. P. Lovecraft. Such anthologies have helped to define and popularize the genre.

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
AuthorH. P. Lovecraft and others
Cover artistLee Brown Coye
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
1969
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pagesvii, 407

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, edited by August Derleth and published by Arkham House in 1969, is considered the first Cthulhu Mythos anthology. It contained two stories by Lovecraft, a number of reprints of pieces written by members of Lovecraft's circle of correspondents, and several new tales written for the collection by a new generation of Cthulhu Mythos writers. It was published in an edition of 4,024 copies.

Derleth prefaced the collection with "The Cthulhu Mythos", an outline of his (sometimes controversial) views on the development and content of the Mythos. In this introduction, Derleth prematurely declared the genre to be dead--"for certainly the Mythos as an inspiration for new fiction is hardly likely to afford readers with enough that is new and sufficiently different in execution to create a continuing and growing demand".[1]

Lin Carter later wrote that Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos "marked the beginning of a new era in the history of the Mythos for many reasons, and one of the most important was that it introduced a number of new writers in the Mythos."[2]

Contents

The contents of the original 1969 edition are:

*First appeared in the collection

Reprints

  • New York: Ballantine, 1971 (2 vols.).
  • London: Grafton, 1988.
  • Sauk City, WI: Arkham House November 1989 (variant contents). This later revised edition, edited and introduced by James Turner, drops the stories by Shea and Wade, and the two by Lumley, and adds the following seven tales:
  • "The Terror from the Depths" by Fritz Leiber
  • "Rising with Surtsey" by Brian Lumley
  • "My Boat" by Joanna Russ
  • "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner
  • "The Freshman" by Philip Jose Farmer
  • "Jerusalem's Lot" by Stephen King
  • "Discovery of the Ghooric Zone" by Richard A. Lupoff

For full details of the revised ed see Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Golden Anniversary Anthology below.

The Spawn of Cthulhu

The Spawn of Cthulhu
EditorLin Carter
AuthorH. P. Lovecraft and others
Cover artistGervasio Gallardo
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherBallantine Books
Publication date
1971
Media typePrint (paperback)
ISBN0-345-02394-3

The Spawn of Cthulhu is an anthology of fantasy short stories, edited by Lin Carter. It was first published in paperback by Ballantine Books in October 1971 as the thirty-sixth volume of its Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. It was the fifth such anthology assembled by Carter for the series.

The book collects twelve fantasy tales and poems by various authors that either influenced or were influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos stories of H. P. Lovecraft, including one story by Lovecraft himself, with an overall introduction and notes by Carter.

Contents

The Disciples of Cthulhu

The Disciples of Cthulhu
EditorEdward P. Berglund
Cover artistKarel Thole
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherDAW Books
Publication date
1976
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages288

The Disciples of Cthulhu was edited by Edward P. Berglund and published by DAW Books in 1976. Berglund later described it as "the first professional, all-original, Cthulhu Mythos anthology".[3]

Perhaps responding to the introduction to Derleth's collection, Berglund wrote in his preface: "Whether or not there is a market for the Cthulhu Mythos stories, established and amateur writers will continue to write them for their own and their friends' amusement and enjoyment. It is inevitable that one or more readers of this volume will be influenced into trying his hand at writing within the Cthulhu Mythos genre."

Contents

The contents are:

When the collection was reprinted by Chaosium in 1996, the Carter and Brennan stories were replaced by "Dope War of the Black Tong", a new Robert M. Price pastiche of Carter and Robert E. Howard, and "Glimpses" by A. A. Attanasio, which was supposed to be published in the original Disciples but ended up in the Arkham House anthology Nameless Places instead.

New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos

New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
EditorRamsey Campbell
Cover artistJason Van Hollander
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
1980
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pagesxi, 257
ISBN0-87054-085-8

New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos was edited by Ramsey Campbell and published by Arkham House in 1980 in an edition of 3,647 copies. In his introduction, Campbell noted that "[i]n recent years the Mythos at times has seemed in danger of becoming conventionalized," despite the fact that "Lovecraft's intention and achievement was precisely to avoid the predictability and resultant lack of terror which beset the conventional macabre fiction of his day." Therefore, Campbell wrote, "in this anthology I have tended to favor less familiar treatments or uses of the Mythos.... They contain few erudite occultists, decaying towns, or stylistic pastiches.... Indeed, one of our tales hints at the ultimate event of the Mythos without ever referring to the traditional names."[4]

One story in the book is an expansion, by Martin S. Warnes, of Lovecraft's fragment "The Book".

Contents

The contents are:

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Golden Anniversary Anthology

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
AuthorH. P. Lovecraft and others
IllustratorJeffrey K. Potter
Cover artistJeffrey K. Potter
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
1990
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pagesxiv, 529
ISBN0-87054-159-5

Arkham House released a new edition of Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos in 1990, edited by James Turner with a substantially different selection of stories, reflecting the editor's disdain for "Mythos pastiches in which eccentric New England recluses utter the right incantations in the wrong books and are promptly eaten by a giant frog named Cthulhu." It was released in an edition of 7,015 copies.

Turner eliminates some authors from the earlier edition (totalling four stories, those by Wade, Shea and two by Lumley) --while still suggesting that "a few of the earliest pieces in this volume...now seem like pop-cultural kitsch." The added seven stories, he writes, are from "the relative handful of successful works that have been influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos...exemplifying the darkly enduring power of H. P. Lovecraft over a disparate group of writers who have made their own inimitable contributions to the Mythos."[5]

Contents

The contents are:

Reprints

Arkham House

  • second printing, 2000 (no print numbers given).

Others

  • New York: Ballantine/Del Rey, 1998.

Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos

Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos
EditorRobert M. Price
Cover artistGahan Wilson
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror short stories
PublisherFedogan & Bremer
Publication date
1992
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages327 pp
ISBN1-878252-02-X

Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos was edited by Robert M. Price and published by Fedogan & Bremer in 1992. In an introduction, Price provides a "sketch of the Lovecraft Mythos and its evolution into the Cthulhu Mythos"—raising a defense of August Derleth's interpretation of the Mythos along the way. Price writes that his intent in making selections was to assemble "an alternate version" of Derleth's Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, though limited in scope to the writers of the pulp era. He included several pieces long out of print or reprinted only in obscure fanzines, and tried to focus on "stories in which certain important Mythos names or items are either first mentioned or most fully explained by the author who created them".[6]

Contents

The contents are:

Cthulhu's Heirs

Cthulhu's Heirs
EditorThomas M. K. Stratman
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherChaosium
Publication date
1994
Media typePrint (paperback)
ISBN1-56882-013-5

Cthulhu's Heirs was edited by Thomas M. K. Stratman and published by Chaosium in 1994. With the exception of contributions by Ramsey Campbell and Hugh B. Cave, the stories included are original to the collection. Stratman describes the tales as "more than 20 writers' visions into the landscape of Lovecraft Country."[7]

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Watch the Whiskers Sprout" by D. F. Lewis
  • "The Death Watch" by Hugh B. Cave
  • "The Return of the White Ship: The Quest for Cathuria" by Arthur William and Lloyd Breach
  • "Kadath/The Vision and the Journey" by T. Winter-Damon
  • "The Franklyn Paragraphs" by Ramsey Campbell
  • "Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock" by Robert M. Price
  • "1968 RPI" by Joe Murphy
  • "Those of the Air" by Darrell Schweitzer and Jason van Hollander
  • "Mr. Skin" by Victor Milán
  • "Just Say No" by Gregory Nicoll
  • "The Scourge" by Charles M. Saplak
  • "Pickman's Legacy" by Gordon Linzner
  • "Of Dark Things & Midnight Places" by David Niall Wilson
  • "The Likeness" by Dan Perez
  • "An Early Frost" by Scott David Aniolowski
  • "Scene: A Room" by Craig Anthony
  • "The Seven Cities of Gold" by Crispin Burnham
  • "Shadows of Her Dreams" by Cary G. Osborne
  • "The Herald" by Daniel M. Burrello
  • "Typo" by Michael D. Winkle
  • "Star Bright, Star Byte" by Marella Sands

The Starry Wisdom

The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft
EditorD. M. Mitchell
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherCreation Books
Publication date
1994
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages191
ISBN1-871592-32-1

The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft was edited by D. M. Mitchell and published by Creation Books in 1994. Declaring that "Lovecraft has suffered much at the hands of unmindful critics and even more from uninspired and talentless imitators," Mitchell declares that the collection's goal is "to dig deeper, to bypass the superficial and access the subterranean channels of archetype and inspiration with which Lovecraft was connected.... [Lovecraft] crafted morbid and disturbing allegories of social and biological upheaval--cryptically prophetic and spiritually exploratory--this latent content of his work now needs excavating."[8]

Some of the stories in the collection — such as those by Burroughs and Ballard — were not inspired by Lovecraft, but were seen by Mitchell as sharing his "visions of cosmic alienation". In those stories that make direct references to the Cthulhu Mythos, they are "used only in passing--in the same informal way in which Lovecraft himself intended."[9]

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Lovecraft in Heaven" by Grant Morrison
  • "Third Eye Butterfly" by James Havoc and Mike Philbin
  • "A Thousand Young" by Robert M. Price
  • "The Night Sea-Maid Went Down" by Brian Lumley
  • "From this Swamp" by Henry Wessels
  • "Prisoner of the Coral Deep" by J. G. Ballard
  • "Black Static" by David Conway
  • "Red Mass" by Dan Kellett
  • "Wind Die. You Die. We Die" by William S. Burroughs
  • "The Call of Cthulhu" by John Coulthart & H. P. Lovecraft
  • "Potential" by Ramsey Campbell
  • "Walpurgisnachtmusik" by Simon Whitechapel
  • "Meltdown" by D. F. Lewis
  • "Beyond Reflection" by John Beal
  • "This Exquisite Corpse" by C. G. Brandrick & D. M. Mitchell
  • "Extracted from the Mouth of the Consumer, Rotting Pig" by Michael Gira
  • "Hypothetical Materfamilias" by Adele O. Gladwell
  • "The Sound of a Door Opening" by Don Webb
  • "The Courtyard" by Alan Moore
  • "The Dreamers in Darkness" by Peter Smith
  • "Pills for Miss Betsy" by Rick Grimes
  • "23 Nails" by Stephen Sennitt
  • "Ward 23" by D. M. Mitchell

Cthulhu 2000

Cthulhu 2000
EditorJim Turner
IllustratorBob Eggleton
Cover artistBob Eggleton
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
1995
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pagesxvi, 413
ISBN0-87054-169-2

Cthulhu 2000: A Lovecraftian Anthology was edited by Jim Turner and published by Arkham House in 1995 in an edition of 4,927 copies. As in his earlier collection, Turner criticizes the "latter-day Mythos pastiche" as simply "a banal modern horror story, preceded by the inevitable Necronomicon epigraph and indiscriminately interspersed with sesquipedalian deities, ichor-oozing tentacles, sundry eldritch abominations, and then the whole sorry mess rounded off with a cachinnating chorus of "Iä! Iä!"-chanting frogs." He declares that "the works collected in the present volume are not great Lovecraft stories; they rather are great stories in some way inspired by Lovecraft."[10]

Contents

The contents are:

The New Lovecraft Circle

The New Lovecraft Circle
EditorRobert M. Price
Cover artistGahan Wilson
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherFedogan & Bremer
Publication date
1996
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages371
ISBN1-878252-16-X

The New Lovecraft Circle was edited by Robert M. Price and published by Fedogan & Bremer in 1996 in an edition of 2,000 copies. Presenting the book as a sequel to Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos, which focused on the circle of writers around Lovecraft that were collected in the first half of Derleth's Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, Price declares that "the present collection means to ape the second half, to commemorate that dawn of a new era of Mythos fiction." He describes the contents as "little known and seldom seen stories by most of the seven members of the New Lovecraft Circle numbered by Lin Carter and by other, more recent adepts as well, for the tradition grows. The cult will not be stamped out."[11]

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Preface", by Ramsey Campbell
  • "Introduction", by Robert M. Price
  • "The Plain of Sound" by Ramsey Campbell
  • "The Stone on the Island" by Ramsey Campbell
  • "The Statement of One John Gibson" by Brian Lumley
  • "Demoniacal" by David Sutton
  • "The Kiss of Bugg-Shash" by Brian Lumley
  • "The Slitherer from the Slime" by H. P. Lovecraft
  • "The Doom of Yakthoob" by Lin Carter
  • "The Fishers from Outside" by Lin Carter
  • "The Keeper of the Flame" by Gary Myers
  • "Dead Giveaway" by J. Vernon Shea
  • "Those Who Wait" by James Wade
  • "The Keeper of Dark Point" by John Glasby
  • "The Black Mirror" by John Glasby
  • "I've Come to Talk with You Again" by Karl Edward Wagner
  • "The Howler in the Dark" by Richard L. Tierney
  • "The Horror on the Beach" by Alan Dean Foster
  • "The Whisperers" by Richard Lupoff
  • "Lights! Camera! Shub-Niggurath!" by Richard Lupoff
  • "Saucers from Yaddith" by Robert M. Price
  • "Vastarien" by Thomas Ligotti
  • "The Madness out of Space" by Peter H. Cannon
  • "Aliah Warden" by Roger Johnson
  • "The Last Supper" by Donald R. Burleson
  • "The Church at Garlock's Bend" by David Kaufman
  • "The Spheres Beyond Sound (Threnody)" by Stephen Mark Rainey

Song of Cthulhu

Song of Cthulhu
EditorStephen Mark Rainey
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherChaosium
Publication date
July 2001
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages200
ISBN978-1-56882-117-7

Song of Cthulhu was published by Chaosium in July 2001, edited by Stephen Mark Rainey. This themed anthology featured stories about using music to interact with various of the entities from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, as typified in Lovecraft's story, "The Music of Erich Zann," which is included in the anthology. Cover art by Harry Fassl.

Contents

The contents are:

The Children of Cthulhu

The Children of Cthulhu
EditorJohn Pelan and Benjamin Adams
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherBallantine Books
Publication date
2002
Media typePrint (paperback)
ISBN0-345-44926-6

The Children of Cthulhu, published by Ballantine Books in 2002, was edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams. In the introduction, the editors wrote:

For this collection, we asked authors to break past the '[if it ain't broke,] don't fix it' mentality and bring Lovecraft's original concepts kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century.... The stories in this collection range from the historical to the futuristic. What they share is each writer's reaction to the vision of H. P. Lovecraft and an affinity for his core concepts.:[12]

All the stories are original to the volume with the exception of Poppy Z. Brite's "Are You Loathsome Tonight?" which originally appeared in her 1998 collection of the same name.

Contents

The contents are:

Cthulhu Unbound

Cthulhu Unbound
EditorsJohn Sunseri and Thom Brannan
Cover artistCyril Van Der Haegen
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherPermuted Press
Publication date
2009
Media typePrint (paperback)
ISBN978-1-934861-13-4
Followed byCthulhu Unbound 2 

Cthulhu Unbound was published by Permuted Press on March 30 2009. It was edited by John Sunseri and Thom Brannan. The volume is a “cross-genre” anthology, telling Lovecraft-inspired comedies, space opera, hardboiled noir, etc.

Contents

  • "Noir-lathotep" by Linda Donahue
  • "The Invasion Out of Time" by Trent Roman
  • "James and the Dark Grimoire" by Kevin Lauderdale
  • "Hellstone and Brimfire" by Doug Goodman
  • "Star Crossed" by Bennet Reilly
  • "The Covenant" by Kim Paffenroth
  • "The Hindenburg Manifesto" by Lee Clark Zumpe
  • "In Our Darkest Hour" by Steven Graham
  • "Blood Bags and Tentacles" by DL Snell
  • "Bubba Cthulhu's Last Stand" by Lisa Hilton
  • "Turf" by Richard D. Moore
  • "The Menagerie" by Ben Thomas
  • "The Patriot" by John Goodrich
  • "The Shadow over Las Vegas" by John Claude Smith
  • "Locked Room" by CJ Henderson

Cthulhu Unbound 2

Cthulhu Unbound 2
EditorsJohn Sunseri and Thom Brannan
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherPermuted Press
Publication date
July 31, 2009
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages276
ISBN978-1-934861-14-1
Preceded byCthulhu Unbound 
Followed byCthulhu Unbound 3 

Cthulhu Unbound 2 was published by Permuted Press on July 31, 2009. It was edited by John Sunseri and Thom Brannan. The volume is a “cross-genre” anthology, telling Lovecraft-inspired stories that are comedies, space operas, hardboiled noir, etc. Cover art by Michael Dashow.

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Passing Down" by Inez Schaechterle
  • "The Tenants of Ladywell Manor" by Willie Meikle
  • "The Hunters Within the Corners" by Douglas P. Wojtowicz
  • "Surely You Joust" by Patrick Thomas
  • "References in Cthonic, Eldritch, Roiling Creations are Recondite" by Warren Tusk
  • "New Fish" by Kiwi Courters
  • "Tomb on a Dead Moon" by Tim Curran
  • "The Long, Deep Dream" by Peter Clines
  • "Santiago Contra el Culto de Cthulhu" by Mark Zirbel
  • "Stomach Acid" by David Conyers and Brian M. Sammons
  • "Sleeping Monster Futures" by Brandon Alspaugh
  • "Nemo at R'lyeh" by Joshua Reynolds
  • "What's a Few Tentacles Among Friends?" by Sheila Crosby
  • "An Incident Occurring in the Huachuca Mountains, West of Tombstone" by Gary Vehar
  • "Abomination With Rice" by Rhys Hughes

Cthulhu's Reign

Cthulhu's Reign
EditorDarrell Schweitzer
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror short stories
PublisherDAW
Publication date
April, 2010
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages309
ISBN978-0-7564-0616-5

Cthulhu's Reign was published by DAW in April, 2010. It was edited by Darrell Schweitzer. The volume's twist is that the dreaded revival of the fearsome "Great Old Ones" who once ruled the Earth is not a future possibility but an event that has actually come to pass.

Contents

The contents are:

Historical Lovecraft

Historical Lovecraft
EditorsSilvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles
Cover artistPaco Rico Torres
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherInnsmouth Free Press
Publication date
April 20, 2011
Media typeE-book and Print (paperback)
Pages280
ISBN978-0-98668-643-6

Historical Lovecraft was published by Innsmouth Free Press on April 20, 2011. It was edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. Subtitled "Tales of Horror Through Time" this is a history themed anthology with stories taking place in various time periods, chronologically ordered into three sections: "Ancient History", "Middle Ages" and "Modern Era". The theme was partly inspired by the editors historical interests and partly from Lovecraft's extrapolations of frightening pasts for humanity that extended back to the Paleolithic and even further. This was a popular theme in Weird Tales at the time and used by many other authors including Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith.

“Found in a Trunk from Extremadura” was first published as “Manuscrit trouvé dans une malle d'Estrémadure” in the French anthology HPL 2007. This is its first appearance in an English translation. All other stories are original to this anthology.

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Introduction" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles
  • "Ancient History"
    • "The God Lurking in Stone" by Andrew Dombalagian
    • "The Seeder From the Stars" by Julio Toro San Martin
    • "Deus ex Machina" by Nathaniel Katz
    • "If Only to Taste Her Again" by E. Catherine Tobler
    • "Shadows of the Darkest Jade" by Sarah Hans
    • "The Chronicle of Aliyat Son of Aliyat" by Alter S. Reiss
  • "Middle Ages"
    • "Silently, Without Cease" by Daniel Mills
    • "The Good Bishop Pays the Price" by Martha Hubbard
    • "The Saga of Hilde Ansgardóttir" by Jesse Bullington
    • "An Interrupted Sacrifice" by Mae Empson
    • "Pralaya: The Disaster" by Y.W. Purnomosidhi
    • "The City of Ropes" by Albert Tucher
  • "Modern Era"
    • "Inquisitor" by William Meikle
    • "The Far Deep" by Joshua Reynolds
    • "City of Witches" by Regina Allen
    • "Ahuizotl" by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas
    • "An Idol for Emiko" by Travis Heermann
    • "The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins" by Molly Tanzer
    • "Black Leaves" by Mason Ian Bundschuh
    • "The Second Theft of Alhazred’s Manuscript" by Bradley H. Sinor
    • "Ngiri’s Catch" by Aaron Polson
    • "What Hides and What Returns" by Bryan Thao Worra
    • "Black Hill" by Orrin Gray
    • "Amundsen’s Last Run" by Nathalie Boisard-Beudin
    • "Red Star, Yellow Sign" by Leigh Kimmel
    • "Found in a Trunk from Extremadura" by Meddy Ligner

The Book of Cthulhu

The Book of Cthulhu
EditorRoss E. Lockhart
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherNight Shade Books
Publication date
September, 2011
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages540
ISBN978-1-59780-232-1

The Book of Cthulhu was published by Night Shade Books in September, 2011. It was edited by Ross E. Lockhart.

Two stories, Laird Barron's "The Men from Porlock" and John Hornor Jacobs's "The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife", are original to the volume.

Contents

The contents are:

New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird

New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird
EditorPaula Guran
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherPrime Books
Publication date
November, 2011
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages526
ISBN978-1-60701-289-4

New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird was published by Prime Books in November, 2011. It was edited by Paula Guran. The volume collects stories by those Guran identifies as "New Lovecraftians" who, Guran says, "re-imagine, re-energize, renew, re-set, and make Lovecraftian concepts relevant for today."

Contents

Black Wings of Cthulhu

Black Wings of Cthulhu
EditorS. T. Joshi
Cover artistJason Van Hollander
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherTitan Books
Publication date
March 20, 2012
Media typeE-book and Print (paperback)
Pages505
ISBN978-0-85768-782-1

Black Wings of Cthulhu was published by Titan Books on March 20, 2012. It was edited by S. T. Joshi. In this anthology editor Joshi's goal was to assemble a collection of stories influenced by the works and core tenets of H. P. Lovecraft while avoiding the rigid structure of the Cthulhu Mythos as defined by August Derleth and others. In his introduction, Joshi states that "It is to be noted how many stories in this anthology do not mention a single such name from the Lovecraft corpus; and yet they remain intimately Lovecraftian on a far deeper level. Indeed, the very notion of writing a "pastiche" that does little but rework Lovecraft's own themes and ideas has now become passé in serious weird writing".[14] Three of the stories are direct or indirect sequels to Lovecraft's story "Pickman's Model" and Lovecraft himself appears as a character in several tales.

Only one story, Stanley C. Sargent's "The Black Brat of Dunwich" is a reprint, all other stories are original to this anthology..

Contents

The contents are:

The Book of Cthulhu II

The Book of Cthulhu II
EditorRoss E. Lockhart
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherNight Shade Books
Publication date
October, 2012
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages426
ISBN978-1-59780-435-6

The Book of Cthulhu II was published by Night Shade Books in October, 2012. It was edited by Ross E. Lockhart.

Three stories, Paul Tobin's "The Drowning at Lake Henpin", Christopher Reynaga's "I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee" and Laird Barron's "Hand of Glory" are original to the volume.

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Introduction" by Ross E. Lockhart
  • "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" by Neil Gaiman
  • "Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea" by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • "This Is How the World Ends" by John R. Fultz
  • "The Drowning at Lake Henpin" by Paul Tobin
  • "The Ocean and All Its Devices" by William Browning Spencer
  • "Take Your Daughters to Work" by Livia Llewellyn
  • "The Big Fish" by Kim Newman
  • "Rapture of the Deep" by Cody Goodfellow
  • "Once More, from the Top" by Adam Scott Glancy
  • "The Hour of the Tortoise" by Molly Tanzer
  • "I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee" by Christopher Reynaga
  • "Objects from the Gilman-Waite Collection" by Ann K. Schwader
  • "Of Melei, of Ulthar" by Gord Sellar
  • "A Gentleman from Mexico" by Mark Samuels
  • "The Hands That Reek and Smoke" by W. H. Pugmire
  • "Akropolis" by Matt Wallace
  • "Boojum" by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
  • "The Nyarlathotep Event" by Jonathan Wood
  • "The Black Brat of Dunwich" by Stanley C. Sargent
  • "The Terror from the Depths" by Fritz Leiber
  • "Black Hill" by Orrin Grey
  • "The God of Dark Laughter" by Michael Chabon
  • "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner
  • "Hand of Glory" by Laird Barron

Cthulhu Unbound 3

Cthulhu Unbound 3
EditorsBrian M. Sammons and David Conyers
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience fiction, horror
PublisherPermuted Press
Publication date
October 9, 2012
Media typeE-book and Print (paperback)
Pages277
Preceded byCthulhu Unbound 2 

Cthulhu Unbound 3 was published by Permuted Press on October 9, 2012. It was edited by Brian M. Sammons and David Conyers. The volume is a “cross-genre” anthology of four Cthulhu Mythos novellas.

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Unseen Empire" by Cody Goodfellow
  • "MirrorrorriM" by D.L. Snell
  • "Nemesis Theory" by Tim Curran
  • "The R’lyeh Singularity" by David Conyers and Brian M. Sammons

Lovecraft's Monsters

Lovecraft's Monsters
EditorEllen Datlow
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherTachyon Publications
Publication date
April 15, 2014
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages432
ISBN978-1-61696-121-3

Lovecraft's Monsters was published by Tachyon Publications on April 15, 2014. It was edited by Ellen Datlow.

The volume is a "cross-genre" anthology of Lovecraft-inspired stories and poems, with original art by World Fantasy Award–winning artist John Coulthart. Datlow's stated goal with the anthology was "to avoid the pastiches... to use stories that have not been overly reprinted... [and] showcase Lovecraftian-influenced stories by at least some authors not known for that kind of story."[15] Only one story, John Langan's "Children of the Fang" is original to the volume.

Contents

The contents are:

New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird

New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird
EditorPaula Guran
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherPrime Books
Publication date
April, 2015
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages480
ISBN978-1-60701-450-8

New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird is a forthcoming anthology which will be published by Prime Books in April, 2015. It was edited by Paula Guran. The volume is a sequel to Guran's 2011 anthology New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird.

Contents

Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Cthulhu Fhtagn!
EditorRoss E. Lockhart
Cover artistAdolfo Navarro
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Horror
PublisherWord Horde
Publication date
August 15, 2015
Media typeE-book and Print (paperback)
Pages324
ISBN978-1-93990-513-0

Cthulhu Fhtagn! was published by Word Horde on August 15, 2015. It was edited by Ross E. Lockhart. This anthology is a follow up to Lockhart's previous Book of Cthulhu Volumes 1 and 2, but unlike the preceding volumes contains only previously unpublished stories. The stories are a mix of the serious and humorous and cross many genres. Some of the stories are based on specific works by H. P. Lovecraft. The title is taken from a chant spoken in Lovecraft's 1926 story The Call of Cthulhu and, in Lockhart's interpretation, is taken to mean "House of Cthulhu".

There are no reprints in this anthology, all the stories appear for the first time..

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Introduction: In His House at R’lyeh..." by Ross E. Lockhart
  • "The Lightning Splitter" by Walter Greatshell
  • "Dead Canyons" by Ann K. Schwader
  • "Delirium Sings at the Maelstrom Window" by Michael Griffin
  • "Into Ye Smoke-Wreath’d World of Dream" by W. H. Pugmire
  • "The Lurker In the Shadows" by Nathan Carson
  • "The Insectivore" by Orrin Grey
  • "The Body Shop" by Richard Lee Byers
  • "On a Kansas Plain" by Michael J. Martinez
  • "The Prince of Lyghes" by Anya Martin
  • "The Curious Death of Sir Arthur Turnbridge" by G. D. Falksen
  • "Aerkheim’s Horror" by Christine Morgan
  • "Return of the Prodigy" by T.E. Grau
  • "The Curse of the Old Ones" by Molly Tanzer and Jesse Bullington
  • "Love Will Save You" by Cameron Pierce
  • "Assemblage Point" by Scott R. Jones
  • "The Return of Sarnath" by Gord Sellar
  • "The Long Dark" by Wendy N. Wagner
  • "Green Revolution" by Cody Goodfellow
  • "Don’t Make Me Assume My Ultimate Form" by Laird Barron

She Walks in Shadows

She Walks in Shadows
EditorsSilvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles
Cover artistSarah K. Diesel
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherInnsmouth Free Press
Publication date
October 2015
Media typeE-book and Print (paperback)
Pages303
ISBN1927990165

She Walks in Shadows was published by Innsmouth Free Press on October 13, 2015. It was edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. Its publication was funded by a successful Indiegogo campaign[16] and contains entirely original stories, all of them by women. Writing for The Mary Sue, Jessica Lachenal stated that it "could be one of the neatest Lovecraftian anthologies to date."[17]

Contents

The contents are:

  • "Bitter Perfume" Laura Blackwell
  • "Violet is the Color of Your Energy" by Nadia Bulkin
  • "Body to Body to Body" by Selena Chambers
  • "Magna Mater" by Arinn Dembo
  • "De Deabus Minoribus Exterioris Theomagicae" by Jilly Dreadful
  • "Hairwork" by Gemma Files
  • "The Head of T’la-yub" by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas (translated by Silvia Moreno-Garcia)
  • "Bring the Moon to Me" by Amelia Gorman
  • "Chosen" by Lyndsey Holder
  • "Eight Seconds" by Pandora Hope
  • "Cthulhu of the Dead Sea" by Inkeri Kontro
  • "Turn out the Lights" by Penelope Love
  • "The Adventurer’s Wife" by Premee Mohamed
  • "Notes Found in a Decommissioned Asylum, December 1961" by Sharon Mock
  • "The Eye of Juno" by Eugenie Mora
  • "Ammutseba Rising" by Ann K. Schwader
  • "Cypress God" by Rodopi Sisamis
  • "Lavinia’s Wood" by Angela Slatter
  • "The Opera Singer" by Priya Sridhar
  • "Provenance" by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • "The Thing in The Cheerleading Squad" by Molly Tanzer
  • "Lockbox" by E. Catherine Tobler
  • "When She Quickens" by Mary Turzillo
  • "Shub-Niggurath’s Witnesses" by Valerie Valdes
  • "Queen of a New America" by Wendy N. Wagner

Notes

  1. ^ August Derleth, "The Cthulhu Mythos", Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.
  2. ^ Lin Carter, Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos, p. 175.
  3. ^ Edward P. Berglund, "Preface to the Revised Edition", The Disciples of Cthulhu.
  4. ^ Ramsey Campbell, "Introduction", New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.
  5. ^ James Turner, "Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!" Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Golden Anniversary Anthology.
  6. ^ Robert M. Price, "Introduction", Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos.
  7. ^ Thomas M. K. Stratman, "The Nameless Manuscript", Cthulhu's Heirs, p. 8.
  8. ^ D. M. Mitchell, "Foreword", The Starry Wisdom, p. 9.
  9. ^ Mitchell, pp. 9-10.
  10. ^ Jim Turner, "Cthulhu 2000", Cthulhu 2000, p. xv.
  11. ^ Robert M. Price, "Introduction", The New Lovecraft Circle, p. xvii.
  12. ^ John Pelan and Benjamin Adams, "The Call of Lovecraft, The Children of Cthulhu, pp. ix-x.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ S. T. Joshi, "Introduction", Black Wings of Cthulhu, p. 7.
  15. ^ Ellen Datlow, "Introduction", Lovecraft's Monsters, p. 14.
  16. ^ She Walks in Shadows at Indiegogo
  17. ^ She Walks in Shadows Re-Imagines H.P. Lovecraft’s Works From the Female Perspective, by Jessica Lachenal

References

  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1987). Future and Fantastic Worlds: A Bibliographic Retrospective of DAW Books (1972-1987). Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. p. 74. ISBN 1-55742-002-5.
  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. pp. 91–92, 123–124. ISBN 1-55742-005-X.
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. pp. 45, 53, 57–58, 60, 252, 254–255.
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. pp. 104–105, 146, 161, 166. ISBN 0-87054-176-5.
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 103–104, 126, 136–137, 139. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.

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Arkham Tales

Arkham Tales is a 2006 Cthulhu Mythos anthology published by Chaosium. It is a shared universe anthology, meaning all the stories occur in the same fictional universe. The stories all take place in the fictional city of Arkham, Massachusetts, spanning a time period from 1873 to the present day. The stories all feature elements of the Cthulhu Mythos.

The anthology is edited by William Jones.

Azathoth

Azathoth is a deity in the Cthulhu Mythos and Dream Cycle stories of writer H. P. Lovecraft and other authors. He is the ruler of the Outer Gods.

Cthulhu Mythos

The Cthulhu Mythos is a shared fictional universe, originating in the works of American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. The term was coined by August Derleth, a contemporary correspondent and protégé of Lovecraft, to identify the settings, tropes, and lore that were employed by Lovecraft and his literary successors. The name Cthulhu derives from the central creature in Lovecraft's seminal short story, "The Call of Cthulhu", first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928.Richard L. Tierney, a writer who also wrote Mythos tales, later applied the term "Derleth Mythos" to distinguish Lovecraft's works from Derleth's later stories, which modify key tenets of the Mythos. Authors of Lovecraftian horror in particular frequently use elements of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter (June 9, 1930 – February 7, 1988) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor, poet and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft (for an H. P. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin. He is best known for his work in the 1970s as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which introduced readers to many overlooked classics of the fantasy genre.

Nyarlathotep

Nyarlathotep is a character in the works of H. P. Lovecraft and other writers. The character is commonly known in association with its role as a malign deity in the Lovecraft Mythos fictional universe, where it is known as the Crawling Chaos. First appearing in Lovecraft's 1920 prose poem of the same name, he was later mentioned in other works by Lovecraft and by other writers and in the tabletop role-playing games making use of the Cthulhu Mythos. Later writers describe him as one of the Outer Gods.

The Haunter of the Dark

"The Haunter of the Dark" is a horror short story by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in November 1935 and published in the December 1936 edition of Weird Tales (Vol. 28, No. 5, p. 538–53). It was the last-written of the author's known works, and is part of the Cthulhu Mythos. The epigraph to the story is the second stanza of Lovecraft's 1917 poem "Nemesis".

The story is a sequel to "The Shambler from the Stars", by Robert Bloch. Bloch wrote a third story in the sequence, "The Shadow from the Steeple", in 1950.

Tsathoggua

Tsathoggua (the Sleeper of N'kai, also known as Zhothaqquah) is a supernatural entity in the Cthulhu Mythos shared fictional universe. He is the creation of American writer Clark Ashton Smith and is part of his Hyperborean cycle.

Tsathoggua/Zhothaqquah is described as an Old One, a god-like being from the pantheon. He was introduced in Smith's short story "The Tale of Satampra Zeiros", written in 1929 and published in the November 1931 issue of Weird Tales. His first appearance in print, however, was in H. P. Lovecraft's story "The Whisperer in Darkness", written in 1930 and published in the August 1931 issue of Weird Tales.

Xothic legend cycle

The Xothic legend cycle is a series of short stories by American writer Lin Carter that are based on the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, primarily on Lovecraft's stories "The Call of Cthulhu" and "Out of the Aeons".

The cycle is centered on a trinity of deities said to be the "sons" of Cthulhu: Ghatanothoa, Ythogtha, and Zoth-Ommog. The five stories that make up the cycle (in chronological order) are "The Dweller in the Tomb" (1971), "Out of the Ages" (1975), "The Horror in the Gallery" (1976), "The Thing in the Pit" (1980), and "The Winfield Heritance" (1981). All these stories are to be found collected, with others, in The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction of Lin Carter (Chaosium, 1997)

Originally Carter had assembled some of these stories for a volume he planned to call The Terror Out of Time. Stories to have been included in this collection included "The Dweller in the Tomb" (to have been renamed "Zanthu"); "The Winfield Inheritance"; "Zoth-Ommog" (to be renamed "The Terror Out of Time"); "Out of the Ages" and "Them From Outside." The collection was submitted to DAW Books and Arkham House but was unpublished in Carter's lifetime. "Zoth-Ommog" (originally titled "The Horror in the Gallery") was published in the original DAW Books edition of Edward Berlund, ed, The Disciples of Cthulhu (see Cthulhu Mythos anthology but was omitted from the Chaosium reprint of this anthology; however, the story appears under its original title in The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction of Lin Carter. "Them from Outside" was scheduled to appear in an issue of Crypt of Cthulhu as "Concerning Them from Outside".

The cycle introduces various mythos elements, such as the Zanthu Tablets, the Ponape Scripture, Father Ubb and the yuggs, and two new Great Old Ones: Ythogtha and Zoth-Ommog. The cycle also features the (fictional) Sanbourne Institute of Pacific Antiquities—perhaps Lin Carter's answer to Lovecraft's Miskatonic University. The lost continent of Mu also figures prominently in the cycle, as do the events that led to its sinking.

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