Featuring new stories specially commissioned for the collection this offering of H.P. Lovecraft's shared universe is a thrilling immersion into the world of Old Ones and the Elder Gods, an ancient race of terrifying beings. In Lovecraft's vision we live in a deep, but fragile illusion, unable to comprehend the ancient beings, such as the Cthulhu who lies dead but dreaming in the submerged city of R'lyeh, waiting to rise then wreak havoc on our realm of existence.
Lovecraft used the mythos to create a background to his fiction, and challenged many writer companions to add their own stories. Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, Frank Belknap Long, Henry Kuttner were amongst the first but over the years many others such as Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter and August Derleth added their voices to the many mythic cycles, developing themes and new fictional pathways for the town of Arkham, and the creatures Azathoth and Nyarlathotep.
The Lovecraft Mythos is fertile ground for any writer of supernatural, horror, fantasy and science fiction, so for this edition we opened our submissions for brand new stories, many published here for the first time, to continue expanding the shared universe.
Cthulhu-Seltzer by Hal Bodner
Offspring by Evey Brett
The Franklyn Paragraphs by Ramsey Campbell
Foxfire Future by Helen E. Davis
Grave Secrets by JG Faherty
He Opens a Window by Cody Goodfellow
The Innsmouth of the South by Rachael K. Jones
The Damage by Scott R. Jones
Black Ships Seen South of Heaven by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Always a Castle? by Nancy Kilpatrick
Let It Stand by N.R. Lambert
Up from Slavery by Victor LaValle
The Whisper of Stars by Thana Niveau
My First Abomination by John Possidente
By Any Other Name by John Llewellyn Probert
A Gentleman from Mexico by Mark Samuels
Usurped by William Browning Spencer
Entirely Surrounded by Water by R.S. Stefoff
Shed a Tear for Asenath by Jonathan Thomas
Cloaca Maxima by Donald Tyson
Tracking the Black Book by Douglas Wynne
About the Author
The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.