Cthulhu Mythos anthology

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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[edit]

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Author H. P. Lovecraft and Others
Cover artist Lee Brown Coye
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
1969
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages vii, 407 pp
ISBN NA

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[edit]

The contents of the original 1969 edition are:

*First appeared in the collection

Reprints[edit]

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

The Disciples of Cthulhu[edit]

The Disciples of Cthulhu
Author edited by Edward P. Berglund
Cover artist Karel Thole
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher DAW Books
Publication date
1976
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 288 pp
ISBN NA

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[edit]

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[edit]

New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Author edited by Ramsey Campbell
Cover artist Jason Van Hollander
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
1980
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xi, 257 pp
ISBN 0-87054-085-8

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[edit]

The contents are:

Reprints[edit]

Arkham House[edit]

  • second printing, 1982 (2,057 copies).
  • third printing, 1987 (no print numbers given).

Others[edit]

  • London: Grafton, 1988.

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Golden Anniversary Anthology[edit]

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
Author H. P. Lovecraft & Divers Hands
Illustrator Jeffrey K. Potter
Cover artist Jeffrey K. Potter
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
1990
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xiv, 529 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-87054-159-5

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[edit]

The contents are:

Reprints[edit]

Arkham House[edit]

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

Others[edit]

  • New York: Ballantine/Del Rey, 1998.

Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos[edit]

Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos
Author edited by Robert M. Price
Cover artist Gahan Wilson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Fedogan & Bremer
Publication date
1992
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 327 pp
ISBN ISBN 1-878252-02-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[edit]

The contents are:

Reprints[edit]

  • New York: Ballantine/Del Rey, 2002.

Cthulhu's Heirs[edit]

Cthulhu's Heirs
Author edited by Thomas M. K. Stratman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Chaosium
Publication date
1994
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 1-56882-013-5

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[edit]

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 & 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[edit]

The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft
Author edited by D. M. Mitchell
Country England
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Creation Books
Publication date
1994
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 191
ISBN ISBN 1-871592-32-1

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—notably 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[edit]

The contents are:

Cthulhu 2000[edit]

Cthulhu 2000
Author edited by Jim Turner
Illustrator Bob Eggleton
Cover artist Bob Eggleton
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
1995
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xvi, 413 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-87054-169-2

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[edit]

The contents are:

Reprints[edit]

  • New York: Ballantine/Del Rey, 1999.

The New Lovecraft Circle[edit]

The New Lovecraft Circle
Author edited by Robert M. Price
Cover artist Gahan Wilson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Fedogan & Bremer
Publication date
1996
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 371 pp
ISBN ISBN 1-878252-16-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[edit]

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. Lowcraft
  • "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

Reprints[edit]

  • New York: Ballantine/Del Rey, 2004.

Song of Cthulhu[edit]

Song of Cthulhu
Author edited by Stephen Mark Rainey
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Chaosium
Publication date
July 2001
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 200
ISBN 978-1-56882-117-7

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[edit]

The contents are:

The Children of Cthulhu[edit]

The Children of Cthulhu
Author edited by John Pelan and Benjamin Adams
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
2002
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-345-44926-6

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[edit]

The contents are:

Cthulhu Unbound[edit]

Cthulhu Unbound
Author edited by John Sunseri and Thom Brannan
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Permuted Press
Publication date
2009
Media type Print (Paperback)
ISBN 978-1-934861-13-4
Followed by Cthulhu 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. Cover art by Cyril Van Der Haegen.

Contents[edit]

  • "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[edit]

Cthulhu Unbound 2
Author edited by John Sunseri and Thom Brannan
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Permuted Press
Publication date
July 31, 2009
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 276
ISBN 978-1-934861-14-1
Preceded by Cthulhu Unbound
Followed by Cthulhu 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[edit]

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 Unbound 3[edit]

Cthulhu Unbound 3
Author edited by Brian M. Sammons and David Conyers
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction, Horror short stories
Publisher Permuted Press
Publication date
October 9, 2012
Media type E-book and Print (Paperback)
Pages 277
Preceded by Cthulhu 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[edit]

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

Cthulhu's Reign[edit]

Cthulhu's Reign
Author edited by Darrell Schweitzer
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher DAW
Publication date
April, 2010
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 309
ISBN 978-0-7564-0616-5

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[edit]

The contents are:

The Book of Cthulhu[edit]

The Book of Cthulhu
Author edited by Ross E. Lockhart
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Night Shade Books
Publication date
September, 2011
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 540
ISBN 978-1-59780-232-1

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[edit]

The contents are:

Notes[edit]

  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]

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