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Cthulhu The Mythos and Kindred Horrors

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The true gods of Earth existed long before our ancestors crawled mindless upon the shore Yog Sothoth Shub Niggurath Nyarlathotep insatiate tenebrous monsters whose ultimate throne is ChaosGreatest of all is he called Cthulhu Only in ancient blasphemous manuscripts can that name be found and those w. For some time now I’ve had the vague idea that I’ve “read” Robert E Howard Oh I’ve read most of the Conan stuff as well as several stories But after a weekend of reading Cthulhu The Mythos and Kindred Horrors it’s clear I’ve got a ways to go I ran across this 1987 gem in a used bookstore and I was intrigued right away Other than the oft anthologized “Pigeons from Hell” which is not a Cthulhu story I didn’t really note any stories that I had read before as it turns out there was one Prefacing the collection was a too brief but perceptive introduction by David Drake In fact it’s fairly hard hitting stating that for all of the blood and thunder in his fiction Howard was a fragile man one who tried suicide at the death of his dog and who would in fact do the deed with his mother’s fatal illness Drake doesn’t spend much time discussing Lovecraft but does mention that Howard’s pulpy world was a mask for a dark worldview But that’s probably all that is needed What follows are many Cthulhu related stories that are as good as anything Howard wrote What’s interesting is how Howard takes another man’s creation Lovecraft’s Mythos and makes it his own There’s some wonderful atmosphere and dread – Lovecraft strengths married up with Hot Damn Howard action Also interesting is how Howard set out to create his own subset of the Mythos complete with his mad poet and a particular focus on Tsathoggua the nasty frog thing There are a few other stories related to ghosts and black magic but this book is overwhelmingly Mythos related It's also one of the best books I’ve read this year and one that uickly goes on my “Treasured Finds” shelf These stories are probably available in recent reprints The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard being one but this particular edition has a focus that really makes it special Also it has a few poems by REH My favorite on that front despite a glaring typo was “Silence Falls on Mecca’s Walls” Clearly he was a big fan of Kipling and it shows Not a bad thing especially when it takes a Weird Tales direction A few notes on the stories below“The Black Stone” Set in eastern Europe this one was clearly influenced by Stoker Turkish raids on an evil town the search for ancient stone the writings of a mad man and a night time dance before a demon Also reminded me of the John Silence stories by Blackwood Whoa“The Fire of Asshurbhal” Sort of an Indiana Jones meets Cthluhu story American adventurer and his faithful Afghan guide battle nasty Arabs in a demon haunted city Excellent“The Thing on the Roof” A jewel or carving that should not have been brought back from the jungles of Yucatan Terrific “Dig Me No Grave” This story reminded me a bit of MR James with a character that’s obviously using Aleister Crowley as a model Black magic deals with demons and other horrible things Excellent“The Valley of the Worm” The first of several “worm” stories in this book Also the first of the sword and sorcery efforts in the collection Here we have the reincarnated account of Niord and the Worm As Niord tells it Beowulf learned it all from him A hideous valley with a secret and an ass kicking hero“The Shadow of the Beast” This one involves an abandoned house in the “piney” woods and a bad man who should not have hid there Weakest story in the collection and probably an early attempt at what would become “Pigeons From Hell” It’s not a bad story but given the company in the collection definitely not on the same level Non Mythos story“Old Garfield’s Heart” A story with a western setting which involves a bully an Indian magician and a very old man who doesn’t look that way I liked this It’s not great Howard but it’s pretty good Non Mythos story“People of the Dark” Bizarre and crowded story that involves reincarnation revenge Conan and a running battle in a cave with Descent like creatures I had read this before Pretty good“Worms of the Earth” A Bran Mak Morn story A long and seemingly convoluted story that involves the Pictish King on a mission of vengeance against a Roman governor This one has it all Black magic revenge and its limits and sword play One of my favorite stories in the collection Excellent I need to read Bran Mak Morn A lot like Conan but a bit subtler“Pigeons From Hell” A nasty horrible haunted house story set in the South One of Howard’s best stories and one that also illustrates Howard’s pulpish range I’ll say no Cover Art 3 12 stars

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Introduction by David Drake Arkham poem The Black Stone The Fire of Asshurbanipal The Thing on the Roof Dig Me No Grave Silence Falls on Mecca's Walls poem The Valley of the Worm The Shadow of the Beast Old Garfield's Heart People of the Dark Worms of the Earth Pigeons From Hell An Open Window poem. A good though somewhat small collection of Howard's horror works

review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF × Robert E. Howard

Ho decipher it are left pale and numb aware that in the very act of decipherment they have become both pawn and prey of an ultra worldly power that renders human existence both tenuous and triteThe Old Ones were the Old Ones are and the Old Ones shall remain long after they have devoured usContents. I'm putting this in fantasy to hang out with the rest of the Robert E Howard stuff on my list It's a collection of short stories influenced by or involving the Cthulhu Mythos of H P Lovecraft As contemporaries Howard and Lovecraft often played off of each other's work in their own stories Howard really put himself into these tales though making them uniue within the Mythos stories The Black Stone is the most powerful tale here

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 247
  • Cthulhu The Mythos and Kindred Horrors
  • Robert E. Howard
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
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About the Author: Robert E. Howard

Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy horror historical adventure boxing western and detective fiction Howard wrote over three hundred stories and seven hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horrorHe is well known for having created — in the p