beyadob's review

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3.0

Some of the stories captured the Lovecraftian feel of cosmic horror and dread. However, most of them felt like homages to Lovecraft rather than his style or genre.

Overall, a decent compilation of short stories by authors who are more in love with Lovecraft than his craft.

loryndalar's review

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3.0

Standard 2.5 stars. Not bad, a bit caught up with revisiting (and name checking) Lovecraft, instead of being "new" and / or scary, but some good ones in here.

henryarmitage's review

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4.0

When I first discovered [a:H P Lovecraft|20102562|H P Lovecraft|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] and the Cthulhu Mythos, somewhere around age 17, one of the things that really appealed to me about this body of work was the complete divergence from the vampires, werewolves and ghosts of conventional horror. The giant, squid-headed god slumbering beneath the Pacific, the deep ones, the fungi from Yuggoth; it was all completely new and different.
That was over 40 years ago, and now the Cthulhu stuff has become just as familiar and tired.
The editor [a:S. T. Joshi|19974490|S. T. Joshi|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] therefore approaches this collection with the intention of avoiding the usual stale pastiche, and in fact you will scarcely find any reference to Yog-Sothoth or Innsmouth here, seeking instead the atmosphere unique to the Cthulhu mythos story.
I thought many of these stories succeeded in capturing the essence of what makes a great Cthulhu yarn without all the Weird Tales baggage. A few of them were even scary.
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