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Mass Market Paperback Cthulhu: The Mythos and Kindred Horrors Book

ISBN: 0671656414

ISBN13: 9780671656416

Cthulhu: The Mythos and Kindred Horrors

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This description may be from another edition of this product. Created by H.P. Lovecraft, Cthulhu was the greatest of the demonic gods who ruled the universe--long before the beginnings of the human race crawled out of the primordial slime. He sleeps now, but the...

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Cthulhu: The Mythos and Kindred Horrors

I was disappointed to find not one story about Cthulhu--And while Howard is a good writer, the book should should have been more honestly titled.

Nothing to do with Lovecraft's Cthulhu

Nothing to do with Lovecraft's Cthulhu, but great reading anyway. Neccessary reading for any Howard fan.

Excellent intro to Howard's non Heroic Fantasy tales

This is a misleadingly named but excellent introduction to Robert E. Howard's non-heroic fantasy tales (no Conan, Kull or Solomon Kane stories here). Edited by David Drake and bargain priced, it includes some of Howard's most compelling stories, especially "Pigeons from Hell" and "Worms of the Earth" (I'd rank them both among the best of Howard's stories). Most of these yarns have very little indeed to do with the made-up term "Cthulhu Mythos," probably used here to lure the unsuspecting fan of Lovecraftian role playing games. Only about half the 13 items in the book have anything even remotely to do with this H.P. Lovecraft-inspired sub-genre, usually just a couple of names or passing reference. Howard's main contribution to the "Mythos" was Von Junzt's 1839 "Nameless Cults" which first apperared in the enjoyable but hardly special "The Black Stone," published in "Weird Tales" in 1931. For me this book's greatest value is as a graphic illustration of what a born talented storyteller Howard was. I first read them a quarter century ago and I still relish re-reading them. I can't say the same about most of the contents of the NYT "bestsellers list" of 25 years ago or of today.

Great if you like Robert E. Howard

Although the book claims to be about the Cthulhu Mythos, it is really a collection of stories by Robert E. Howard, one of Lovecraft's peers and the creator of Conan. These stories are excellent once you realize that with the exception of a little name dropping, the Great Old Ones are not to be found. Consider it the Howard Mythos.
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