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Jlassen
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Post Number: 31
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 04:05 pm:   

Okay kids... its time to play a game.... What is your favorite Mythos story NOT written by H. P. Lovecraft. Obviously there have been a billion of them, some higher profile the others. But I'm curious. What are some of the ones that really stand out for you all?
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Sigil23
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Post Number: 5
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 04:19 pm:   

One of the most obvious would be Long's The Hounds of Tindalos. T.E.D. Klein - The Ceremonies. Kind of have a fondness for Michael Shea's The Colour Out of Time as well. Karl Edward Wagner's - Sticks. Quite a few Clark Ashton Smith Hyperborea stories. But I'd have to think about it a little more, gotta sort through a LOT of junk first.

I just read a Jack Vance mystery where one of the guy's had The Necronomicon on the shelf, that's one thing I thought I'd never see.
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Shsilver
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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 06:18 pm:   

My favorite is Robert Bloch's "The Fane of the Black Pharaoh," with the runner-up being Randall Garrett's pastiche "The Horror Out of Time."
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Blue_tyson
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Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 06:21 pm:   

Hallucigenia, Laird Barron.
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Kristine
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 04:28 am:   

I second "Sticks." I also like "Crouch End" by Stephen King.
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Alan_frackelton
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Post Number: 259
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 10:19 am:   

Two of my favourite not-written-by-lovecraft Mythos stories have already been mentioned - Campbell's 'Cold Print' and Wagner's 'Sticks'.

I'll add Brian Lumley to the list ('The Second Wish', 'Inception', 'The Fairground Horror', etc) and Caitlin R. Kiernan; 'Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea' is an excellent Mythos tale.
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Alan_frackelton
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Post Number: 260
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 10:29 am:   

I knew I'd forgotten someone - Fred Chappell. There's his novel Dagon of course, but also some of his short fiction, especially 'The Adder.'
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Whispersmith
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Post Number: 5
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 11:18 am:   

Definitely Sticks. Just thinking about it makes me feel kind of creepy...
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Jks
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 09:05 am:   

Well, the first one that sprang to mind was Caitlin Kiernan's "Pickman's Other Model" from last month's Sirenia Digest. Then I thought of China Mieville's wonderful "Details"; but pondering the question for a few moments leads me to conclude that despite worthy entries from Bloch, Howard and Long, my favorite would have to be Neil Gaiman's award winning "A Study In Emerald" - Cthulhu and Sherlock Homes: What a combo!

PS, Anybody have handy a reference for "Sticks"? I really must read that one some time.
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Alan_frackelton
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Post Number: 261
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 10:03 am:   

You can find Wagner's 'Sticks' in his collection In a Lonely Place, as well as a bunch of different anthologies (The Dark Descent, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, The Giant Book of Horror Stories, The Mammoth Book of Zombies...)
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Jks
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Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 02:30 pm:   

Thanks guys!

In fact I actually do own 'Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos', but this is one of those rare instances where it’s a drawback having the 1st Edition HB, as I see it's the 1990 revised edition that contains 'Sticks'. *Sigh*

If anyone’s interested, I couldn’t find the story for sale as a download anywhere, but I did find and buy a radio-play version:

(http://www.zbs.org/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=5&products_id=76)

This is not a recitation by Patrick McGee (‘Steed’ of “The Avengers” fame) which is out there somewhere but, equally cool, I believe it’s the one mentioned on KEW’s Wikipedia entry (“In the mid-1980s, "Sticks" received a chilling audio adaptation on the radio series The Cabinet of Dr. Fritz.”)

If you tend to like radio plays I think you’ll enjoy this one. Really creepy!

Now that I’ve done a bit more research, I’m really psyched to read the story itself as the general consensus on the net seems to be that it’s the basis for the movie ‘The Blair Witch Project’ which I thoroughly enjoyed. Oh well, I guess I'll pony up the cash for one of KEW's collections even though they seem to be quite pricey (Hey, JL, any chance you'll reprint ‘In A Lonely Place’ - it'd go nicely with the Kane editions!).

And to add one more short story to the mix, IMHO Charlie Stross’ Hugo winner ‘The Concrete Jungle’ is one of the best of his ‘Bob Howard’ stories (Hmm, now there’s an anthology idea: “New Award-Winning Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos” – this sounds like a job for Super-anthologist, Jonathan Strahan!).
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Alan_frackelton
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Post Number: 262
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 02:48 pm:   

Wasn't there mention of NS doing a Collected Stories of Karl Edward Wagner?
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J_saw
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Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 12:42 am:   

I liked Michael Shea's "Fat Face" and Thomas Ligotti's "The Last Feast of Harlequin." I also agree with the inclusion of anything by Laird Barron.

When looking for the story "Sticks" I suggest purchasing the enormous volume "The Dark Descent" edited by David Hartwell, which is readily available used and new on Ebay or Amazon.
It is, in my opinion, the best anthology of horror stories in existence. If that's too much book for you, "The Dark Descent" was broken down into three separate volumes in mass market paperback editions. "The Color of Evil" contains "Sticks" and a number of other great stories and is available for $.01 (used) plus shipping on Amazon.
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Alan_frackelton
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Post Number: 263
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Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 09:53 am:   

JKs, if you want to check out the toc for Hartwell's The Dark Descent, here's a link:

http://www.locusmag.com/index/t60.htm#A7153

Also, you might like to consider Harwell's Foundations of Fear, which is equally impressive:

http://www.locusmag.com/index/t216.htm#A23653
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Jks
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Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 11:52 am:   

Many Thanks Alan!

I was looking for a TOC all over the web (I'll have to remember that Locus link). I think I'll buy both volumes, as it turns out that I only own about 1/5 out of each book and I like Hartwell's story by story intros.
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Alan_frackelton
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Post Number: 264
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Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 03:03 pm:   

No problem, JKs. You shouldn't have too much trouble tracking down some affordable copies.
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Dflewis
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Post Number: 317
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 02:27 pm:   

My favourite Cthulhu story is THE HOUND by HP Lovecraft.
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Dflewis
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Post Number: 318
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Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 - 02:46 pm:   

Oops, sorry, just noticed the first post on this thread excluded HPL!
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Byron_bailey
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Post Number: 296
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Friday, May 09, 2008 - 10:05 am:   

I'm not as big of a fan of "Sticks" as the rest of you seem to be although it's still a good read. It was just that the main character started finding strangely shaped bundles of sticks in the forest, getting me to think that their creators were none other than Boy Scouts much like the ones who habitually beat the crap out of me -- their good deed for the day? -- engaged in their typical woodcraft, witchcraft or whatever they choose to call it now. When the horror revealed in the story turned out to be less than that of my imagination, I felt a little let down. Still, good story.

I've only read a few Laird Barron stories and loved them all. I've tried a few August Derluth Lovecraft based stories and couldn't stomach them. They made me shudder but not in the way Lovecraft does. No accompanying chills. Just shudder. "A Colder War" by Charlie Stross is excellent. On the lighter side is Neil Gaiman's "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar."

Now for a few stories that aren't part of the Lovecraft mythos per se but feel as if they could or should be or at least feel as if they have a strong Lovecraftian influence.

First, Fritz Leiber's "The Dreams of Albert Moreland." Imagine some poor guy playing Cthulhu in a game of alien chess for the fate of the world.

Second, Harlan Ellison's short yet powerful "The Dreams A Nightmare Dreams." It's a story about Cthulhu except it's not quite Cthulhu. Different body shape sleeping in a different part of the ocean. Still, a very powerful Cthulhu archetype at play in this story.

Third, James Tiptree Jr.'s "The Screwfly Solution." You got the traditional epistelary part of the story frequently used by Lovvecraft. You have the sinister cult bringing about the end of the world or at least humanity. You have the aliens with sinister intentions towards humanity. You have the rising sense of dread followed a revalation. take away the slightly hipper writing style and the thin veneer of scientific rationality and you have a very Lovecraftian story structurally.

Finally, R. A. Lafferty's "All Pieces of a River Shore," has a distinct Lovecraftian feel with that rising tide of dread followed by the final revelation. My case for this being Lovecraftian is probably weakest.
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David_n
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Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 08:24 pm:   

Noticed this a bit late - thought that The Atrocity Exhibition (Stross) was worth a mention (haven't seen one yet).

Agree re "Crouch End" being pretty good.
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Asshurbanipal
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Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 07:21 am:   

My favourite non-Lovecraft Mythos story would be mine, if only I could finish it. If anybody wants to use my invented addition to the Mythos bookshelf, please feel free to do so: Reginald Glanville's "The Infected Skull" (I wish I knew what that was in Latin).
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John_thiel
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Post Number: 145
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 12:35 pm:   

That all sounds good, but the story where Cthulhu is quarried in New Orleans, "The Brides of Cthulhu", is new! The mythos has not ended! If you want to see it, you'll have to look in the January 2008 issue of Surprising Stories, and since we don't put 'em up in advance, you'll have to wait till January. It's worth the wait.
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