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Cthulhu 2000: A Lovecraftian Anthology Hardcover – Aug 1 1995


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  • Hardcover: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Arkham House Publishers (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870541692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870541698
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,445,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 6 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book recently, and I have to say I enjoy it for the most part. A few of the stories are dry and unenjoyable, but by and large, I find this collection of short stories to be worthy of the name Cthulhu.
Some of the writers have nearly captured the spirit of Lovecraft. Others have blended Lovecraft's ideas with their own writing styles, and it was these tales that I enjoyed the most.
"The Barrens" and "The Big Fish" are probably the best tales in the whole book. Both stories have a modern a H.P.L./Charles Fort feel. "The Barrens" ties together the legend of the Jersey Devil with Lovecraft's ideas to create a story that makes you wonder as well as shiver. "The Big Fish" plays on Lovecraft's taste for mystery, and features those old sea devils, the Deep Ones. "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" is well-written in terms of style, but it is grotesque (two perverse grave-robbers enjoy themselves by sticking femors where the sun don't shine) in a totally non-Lovecraft way by going for cheep, eccentric attempts to catch the reader's attention. "Fat Face" and "Faces in the Pine Dunes" bring back many of Lovecraft's creature characters and Cthulhu mythos with reasonable success.
All in all, this book is worth it if you are a serious follower of Lovecraft's writings and stories, and you want some fresh tales about Cthulhu, the Deep Ones, or the demonic Shoggoths. Just don't expect CALL OF CTHULHU quality here. Remember, it's not Lovecraft writing these stories, and it shows.
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this collection contains some stories that are almost good (wolfe, copper, wilson, campbell) but in the end are not good enough. i like good pulp. it's not here. some of the stories are really strangely uninteresting. kind of author-is-trying-to-be-inventive, and creates a story i am not impressed by.
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The stories in this book were in general rather dissappointing. There were a few good ones, but for the majority of stories were average at best. Very few of the stories were "modern" like I expected; nothing really about how the mythos has influenced our current lifestyle.
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To my intense surprise and delight, Cthulhu 2000 proved to be a pretty good collection of highly diverse tales, a fair number of them good-humored send-ups that I was almost embarrassed to admit I found myself laughing with - my favorite being "Love's Eldritch Ichor," a very funny piece about a descendant of the Old Ones and a book editor falling in love in a Lovecraftian mansion a la The Addams Family, which, believe it or not, is a lot better than it sounds.
But I was even more surprised at the collection of legitimate horror stories, some as genuinely creepy as anything Lovecraft ever penned himself. Not all the stories are strictly Lovecraftian by connection, but most are essentially true to his overriding theme of cosmic terror. Don't expect straight Lovecraft, and you might find yourself really loving this book. I did.
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first of all, this is NOT HP Lovecraft material. its more the conventional [stuff] that passes for horror today, each story a thoroughly forgettable stain on the genre. sorry guys, putting a big monster on the cover and calling it 'cthulu 2000' doesn't mean anything unless the authors have some talent. i gave it two stars because you should read the first story (in the bookstore, dont buy it.)
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Okay, let me tell you something right off the bat. This is a pretty well put together book. Even the stories that I didn't like as much held my interest.
Why did I only give it three stars? The editor is willing to do this book a disservice, by giving it a cover that tries way to hard and assumes we're gullible and stupid. Why should I reward that type of behavior?
Lets look at the cover, what do we see? Well, the first thing your eye is drawn to is the large, bright white text that says "H.P. LOVECRAFT", a quarter inch taller then the more subdued green title, drowning out the fine print like "A spine tingling collection of the macabre inspired by".
Some of the stories in this book are about as "inspired by" as the Evil Dead trilogy. The only thing in them that is inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos was the name for the evil book that people are foolish enough to read out loud from. (In fact, from what I've read, Sam Raimi hardly knows/remembers who Lovecraft is or what he wrote...If Sam remembers that HPL wrote anything at all.) Does that make them bad movies? No! Does the fact that the connection is tenuous at best mean that if you like old school mythos you won't like these movies? Heck no!
This is a collection, each of the 18 stories is by a different writer, do not expect consistency in the level of Lovecraftianess. (If it wasn't a word before, it is now.)
Some of them make a valiant effort to write in the style and voice of the original Mythos writers. ("The Last Feast of Harlequin" and "I had vacantly crumpled it into my pocket...")
Some try to bring the old school into the present day.
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This is a solid collection for Lovecraft fans. Although there are some real terrors in this book, many of the stories are written with tongue firmly placed in cheek, which is refreshing. "The Big Fish" for example, with it's Cthulhu Noir style, was a lot of fun. High points include "The Barrens", "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood", "Black Man With A Horn" and "The Last Feast of Harlequin". Many of the titles can be found in other compilations, but there is enough fresh meat mixed in with the classics to be satisfying. Finally, for all you aquarium owners, get this book for Peter Blaylock's "The Shadow on the Doorstep". It is a short romp into paranoia and tropical fish collecting by a master fantasist. Great story!
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