Prepare to meet the wicked progeny of the master of modern horror. In Lovecraft's Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creations--Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth, and more--appear in all their terrifying glory. Each story is a gripping new take on a classic Lovecraftian creature.
Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas.
Legions of Lovecraft fans continue to visit his bizarre landscapes and encounter his unrelenting monsters. Now join them in their journey...if you dare.
©2014 Ellen Datlow, Foreword copyright 2014 by Stefan Dziemianowicz, Introduction copyright 2014 by Ellen Datlow (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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Let me start by saying I am not a Lovecraft Lover. I bought this because I feel that no matter the genre, that I will usually find an author in any anthology that is worth discovering. Plus I am a fan of Joe Lansdale. After trying to listen I find I would rather drink TWO FINGERS OF COFFIN VARNISH. I gave each and every story a shot, but very few interested me. I did enjoy a story by Brian Hodge. Bear had a good story going with really good characters and than it just ended. Newman and Spencer were okay, but the rest, meh.
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If you are not familiar with Lovecraft, this would not be the place to start. Several of his individual stories are available at audio. I would suggest purchasing one of the them and you will know right off if you are a fan. His stories are often not describable. He will even mention that in his story. It is very common place in his stories for him to tell the reader that he could not describe a feeling, a sound, a look, etc... The stories are also usually open ended. All of this, is I guess, so you can use your own imagination to fill in the blanks. But what do I know, I am just a GREASY HUMAN.
Had a good time with this one, quite a few good stories in here, but as usual with anthologies theres a few that sneak in that arent so great (werewolf vs cthulhu pls). Worth a listen!
"The ones that were good were really good!!!"
Most of the stories are really good. Skip Blackest from pole to pole and the stand out story for me was Red goad black goat, it was really scary in my opinion; I wish it was a full length novel.
"Its out there... you just have to find it"
The sometimes lack of substance to the stories. A few were good but the vast majority were not. They didn't have the real meat to it like many of the off shoots of Lovecrafts stories do.
I am always looking and *listening for great Lovecraftian Cthulu Mythos stories. I have found some here and there. In this one the Neil Gaiman story was great, so were a few others yet some left me hoping the story would end soon as they were dry as the Sahara.
It was about Lovecraftian critters, that is its only true redeeming quality.
"A Unique and Fun Listen"
I enjoyed the majority of the stories; however, a few did not meet my liking. More of a personal opinion than an assessment of the work. I would not recommend it for a long car ride, as you may start checking your mirrors for the Elder Gods and their underlings. If the car in front of you looks like it has inverted angles, it may be time for a change up.
"Good stories not many endings"
I think that the editor pulled together a good grouping of stories that fit nicely into the Lovecraft storyline. However, many of the stories just end. I understand leaving some things to the imagination of the reader but a lot of the stories just leave you hanging with a feeling that they are unfinished. Because of this and the way they stories are pressed together by the reader sometimes you are not even aware that they have moved on to the next story.
"Brilliant and diverse"
A great collection of stories; some short and creepy, some long and many-layered; sunk deep within the mythos. Fellow Lovecraft fans will enjoy it.
This has to be my favorite collection of stories in the Lovecraftian genre to date.
"The best stories are the short ones"
This anthology contains stories ranging in length from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Sadly, the longer the story is in this collection, the less terrifying and interesting to continue it is.
There are a couple of examples, but the longest stories are not worth the time or the payoff.
"Fabulous Introduction to Lovecraft"
Great stories, beautifully curated by Ellen Datlow and Neil Gaiman, with a compelling and mesmerizing performance by Bernard Clark, who is a vocal chameleon.
"contributors and content expertly sourced!"
Ellen Datlow has again created an anthology of content and brings a collection of contributors that truly extend the works of Lovecraft in terms of their depth, breadth and range of voices and accents...
"Go on, it's well worth it."
Brilliant, fantastic, riveting. I bought this anthology for Neil Gaiman's involvement, but am blown away by all the contributors. I just wish there was some detail on the chapters as to what the title of the individual tales is and who the author might be.
Fantastic stories, a great insight into lovecraft's creatures. Creepy and intense, images are carved in my brain that will never go away.
"One more for my baby...."
Good mix of HPL inspired stories, all an hour-ish long so great for a commute. Some better than others but good fun. Got to the monsters without the pages of vague waffle about architecture and bas-reliefs that the great man was so fond of.
Well worth a read, as with most short story collections, a chapter listing would be great rather than just numbers.
"A great collection of dark tales"
we live on a placid island of ignorance, in a black sea of infinity... and it was not meant that we should voyage far.
Having said this - you will certainly voyage fat whilst listening to this darkly engrossing collection of lovecraft inspired tales! I couldn't put this down!!
"Great romp through a Lovecraftian haunted world"
Very enjoyable collection of stories. Narator's accents varied from chilling to almost comical in places
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