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Cthulhu 2000 by Jim Turner

Cthulhu 2000 (1995)

by Jim Turner (Editor)

Other authors: James P. Blaylock (Contributor), Poppy Z. Brite (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Fred Chappel (Contributor), Basil Copper (Contributor)12 more, Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Esther M. Friesner (Contributor), T.E.D. Klein (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Kim Newman (Contributor), Joanna Russ (Contributor), Michael Shea (Contributor), Bruce Sterling (Contributor), F. Paul Wilson (Contributor), Gahan Wilson (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor), Roger Zelazny (Contributor)

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Nice collection of works in the Cthulu vein. I think my favourite was the Sam Spade story. It was so well done. The best work in it as far as the writing goes was the Zelazny novella at the end of the book. It's worth reading some of the lesser stories in the collection just to get to "Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai". There were a few dogs in the collection though which brought the overall book down a bit. ( )
  weakley | Nov 7, 2010 |
Another anthology of short horror stories written by people who could be said to be under the influence of HP Lovecraft. There are 18 stories in this book, some very very good, some okay, some not so hot. You'll find this to be true in any anthology, actually -- it's not just this book!

Let me point out some of my favorites:
"The Barrens," by F. Paul Wilson (which I had already read, but loved it so much I re-read it here);
"His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood," by Poppy Z. Brite;
"The Big Fish," by Kim Newman -- let me add that this one most likely entertained me the most, because even if it was playing fast and loose with the old Innsmouth stories, it was done in pulp style with a wise-cracking noirish detective and I loved it. Not so much for its horror quotient (in fact, parts were downright funny), but just the style...I could see someone reading something like this in the heyday of the pulp magazines).

"Black Man with a Horn," by TED Klein...one of the creepiest stories in here, actually;
"The Last Feast of Harlequin," by Thomas Ligotti, one of my favorite authors
"The Faces at Pine Dunes," by Ramsey Campbell, another of my favorite writers of horror.

Overall, a fun collection and well worth the reading time. ( )
1 vote bcquinnsmom | Aug 25, 2006 |
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Turner, JimEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blaylock, James P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brite, Poppy Z.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chappel, FredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Copper, BasilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friesner, Esther M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, T.E.D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russ, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shea, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sterling, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, F. PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, GahanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, GeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zelazny, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eggleton, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santos, DomingoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watt-Evans, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345422031, Paperback)

Editor Jim Turner has compiled a real page turner in Cthulhu 2000. His anthology of short stories based on the works of horrorist H.P. Lovecraft is a dark gem, and of superior stuff. Although they all have the coppery tang of the eldritch, the tales aren't strictly in the horror mien. Some of them are an alloy of horror with a sci-fi, humor, detective, vampire or even romance slant.

The very best are truly horrible, in the most complimentary sense of that word. "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood" (Poppy Z. Brite), "The Adder" (Fred Chappell), "Fat Face" (Michael Shea), "The Unthinkable" (Bruce Sterling), "Love's Eldritch Ichor" (Esther M. Friesner) and "On the Slab" (Harlan Ellison) are the keen standouts, but all the rest, practically, are of almost equal quality. However, there are a couple of tales that do not deserve to be amongst this company, and the tome would have been better and tighter by their absence. Certainly, at 398 pages, there's no lack of material.

In "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood," Poppy Z. Brite deftly invokes a vampric flavor to themes of decay and the forbidden, his writing style as ornate and refined as rococo and in the real spirit of the master. Fred Chappell's "The Adder" draws the dangerous and inimical from the ordinary in a tale delightful for its originality. Bruce Sterling also slings some fresh ideas around in "The Unthinkable," melding modernity and necromancy in a brief, effective story.

Horror gourmands will find a good meal here, but Cthulhu 2000 should have a bit of life outside its traditional genre, for the writing is strong, imaginative and entertaining. --Tamara Hladik

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Eighteen stories of horror. From Poppy Z. Brite's His mouth will taste of wormwood, on a museum of body parts, to Lawrence Watt-Evans' Pickman's modem, a tale of horror on the Internet.

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