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Atomic-Age Cthulhu: Tales of Mythos Horror in the 1950s (Chaosium Fiction)

by Jeffrey Thomas

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Like all anthologies, a little like music albums, there's some great material here and some less than great material here. I enjoyed the premise of this, and feel that there is some mileage in following the timeline of standard Lovecraftian mythos events into the 1950's. The best stories try to manipulate the historical motifs of the time into their stories, rather than just attempting to up date them. Some aspects to the 1950's probably don't lend themselves to the development of mythos horror, like some of the B movie related themes, strangely. It seems to demean and make less harsh, the bleak cosmicism of the original subject matter. The best stories here focus on the threat of nuclear Armageddon, the paranoia of the times, the alphabet soup of relevant government agencies, the lack of understanding of the communist threat and the still overarching features of the Second World War. Some of these have relevance to today, with the war on terror, for example, being a mirror like entity to some of these features. Overall, this is worth looking at, for those who like Cthulhu mythos fiction, horror, short stories, and 1950's fans. Would have got a higher rating, I think, if it lost some of the humour can concentrate on some of the more relevant 1950's social issues. ( )
  aadyer | Jul 10, 2016 |
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