The Children of Cthulhu

Chilling New Tales Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
(Book - 2002)
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Descend to the depths of primal horror with this chilling collection of original stories drawn from H. P. Lovecraft’s shocking, terrifying, and eerily prescient Cthulhu Mythos. In twenty-one dark visions, a host of outstanding contemporary writers tap into our innermost fears, with tales set in a misbegotten new world that could have been spawned only by the master of the macabre himself, H. P. Lovecraft. Inside you’ll find:

DETAILS by China Miéville: A curious boy discovers that within the splinters of cracked wood or the tangle of tree branches, the devil is in the details.

VISITATION by James Robert Smith: When Edgar Allan Poe arrives, a callow man finally gets what he always wanted—and what he may eternally despise.

MEET ME ON THE OTHER SIDE by Yvonne Navarro: A couple in love with terror travels beyond their wildest dreams—and into their nightmares.

A FATAL EXCEPTION HAS OCCURRED AT . . . by Alan Dean Foster: Internet terrorism extends far beyond transmitting threats of evil.


Baker & Taylor
Drawn from H.P. Lovecraft's horrifying and eerily prophetic Cthulhu mythos, an anthology of stories features contributions by Poppy Z. Brite, James S. Dorr, Paul Finch, Yvonne Navarro, James Van Pelt, and Michael Reaves.

Statement of Responsibility: edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams
Title: The children of Cthulhu
chilling new tales inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Pub., 2002
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 469 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "A Del Rey book"--T.p. verso
Contents: Introduction: the call of lovecraft / John Pelan and Benjamin Adams
Details / China Miéville
Visitation / James Robert Smith
The invisible empire / James Van Pelt
A Victorian pot dresser / L. H. Maynard and M. P. N. Sims
The cabin in the woods / Richard Laymon
The stuff of the stars, leaking / Tim Lebbon
Sour places / Mark Chadbourn
Meet me on the other side / Yvonne Navarro
That's the story of my life / John Pelan and Benjamin Adams
Long Meg and her daughters / Paul Finch
A fatal exception has occurred at... / Alan Dean Foster
Dark of the moon / James S. Dorr
Red clay / Michael Reaves
Principles and parameters / Meredith L. Patterson
Are you loathsome tonight? / Poppy Z. Brite
The serenade of starlight / W. H. Pugmire, Esq.
Outside / Steve Rasnic Tem
Nor the demons down under the sea / Caitlin R. Kiernan
A spectacle of a man / Weston Ochse
The firebrand symphony / Brian Hodge
Teeth / Matt Cardin
Subject Headings: Horror tales, English Horror tales, American Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937 Parodies, imitations, etc
Topical Term: Horror tales, English
Horror tales, American
Additional Contributors: Adams, Benjamin
Pelan, John
Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937
LCCN: 2001043930
ISBN: 0345441087
Research Call Number: JFD 02-20783
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Jul 11, 2013
  • LeahP19 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I barely know anything about Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, but it's still terribly obvious that these stories are barely held together by both weak and overt references. I say stick to the original works.

Oct 07, 2010
  • HPLovecraft rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An anthology of "Lovecraft" inspired tales intended to be "unique" entries in the Cthulhu Mythos. Unfortunately, the majority of these short stories are not very unique nor very Lovecraftian. The odd pinch of Yog-Sothothery in a story does not a Lovecraftian tale make.

Only recommended if you've read everything else the Cthulhu Mythos has to offer.


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