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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|Author||Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow - editor|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 February 2015|
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13 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories
19 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
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An interesting and tasty variety of monster talesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2014
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... compilation of modern writings in the Lovecraft genre is good value for fansReviewed in the United Kingdom 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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Love Lovecraftian goodies, but this, misses sadlyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2019
Rarely do I skim through stories, rush to the end to find how it ends, but this set of stories had me very bored at times. I gave it two stars as one or two were worth my time. But for the most part I choose a full miss on this item.
Not too bad, although one or two of the stories suffer ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 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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