More glowing reviews for Lovecraft’s Monsters, Ellen Datlow, and artist John Coulthart.
“The stories are weirdly wonderful. But so, also, is the artwork: spectacularly rendered original illustrations appear throughout John Coulthart.
If you loved Cthulhu, Shoggoths, the Deep Ones and the other monsters that haunted Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s sad and creepy vision, you’ll gobble up Lovecraft’s Monsters.”
– January Magazine
“What makes this anthology work is what Datlow mentions in her introduction — this isn’t a book of Lovecraft pastiches or an attempt to write in the same vein. These stories use Lovecraft as a starting point, some of them using the Mythos in new and interesting ways, others merely inspired by Lovecraft and his monsters. The stories are a varied bunch, from stories set in Lovecraft’s Innsmouth to a western, to a story set in Indonesia. The Innsmouth stories tend to hew more closely to Lovecraft, but all of them add something new to the mix.
Lovecraft’s Monsters will appeal to fans of Lovecraft’s work, particularly his Mythos stories, and to readers of dark fiction everywhere. Datlow is an experienced and keen editor of dark fiction and has assembled a truly impressive list of stories.”
– Lit Reactor
“Despite the editor’s intention to ferret out the less well-worn tales, the 18 stories and poems collected here include names that will be familiar to any dweller in the literary dark over the past 20 years: Caitlín R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas. Even Neil Gaiman, though his “Only the End of the World Again” is not as memorable as some of his other Lovecraftian excursions, such as “A Study in Emerald.” Standout contributions include Laird Barron’s “Bulldozer,” a thing of hard-boiled beauty, and Joe R. Lansdale’s “The Bleeding Shadow,” which mines something of the same vein. “Red Goat, Black Goat,” by Nadia Bulkin, takes the Mythos outside its usual geographical and cultural footprint, to great effect, while Brian Hodge’s “The Same Deep Waters As You,” is simply quietly, cumulatively, terrifying. And so on through many other variations on Mythos monstrosities. The artwork that introduces each chapter, from World Fantasy Award–winning artist John Coulthart, is almost worth the cover price in itself.”
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Cover by John Coulthart