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The Cackle of Cthulhu

by Alex Shvartsman (Editor)

Other authors: Aidan Doyle (Contributor), Esther M Friesner (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Shaenon Garrity (Contributor), Amanda Helms (Contributor)17 more, G. Scott Huggins (Contributor), Rachael K. Jones (Contributor), Gini Koch (Contributor), Ken Liu (Contributor), Nick Mamatas (Contributor), Matt Mikalatos (Contributor), Yvonne Navarro (Contributor), Jody Lynn Nye (Contributor), Konstantine Paradias (Contributor), Laura Pearlman (Contributor), Laura Resnick (Contributor), Mike Resnick (Contributor), Alex Shvartsman (Contributor), Lucy A. Snyder (Contributor), Brian Trent (Contributor), David Vaughan (Contributor), Kevin Wetmore (Contributor)

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TOP AUTHORS POKE FUN AND PAY TRIBUTE TO H.P. LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU MYTHOS. Knock, knock! Who's there? Cthul. Cthul who? Exactly! I've come to tickle your funnybone. Oh, and also to eat your soul. In 1928, Weird Tales debuted "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos was born. In the 90 years since, dozens of writers have dared play within HPL's mind-blowing creation--but never with such terrifyingly funny results. Now top authors lampoon, parody, and subvert Lovecraft's Mythos. See Cthulhu cut short his nap at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to invade North Korea! Watch the Unspeakable Eater of Souls solve crimes on the pulpy streets of Innsmouth! And speaking of largish Elder Gods, listen to a plastic Elvis doll dispense folksy advice straight from the heart of the Emperor of Dread! Again Ol' Tentacle-Face is confronted by frail humans who dare defy the Incarnation of Ultimate Evil--but this time not by brave monster hunters and terrified villagers, but by fan fiction writers, clueless college students, and corporate lawyers (okay, we realize it's hard to know who to root for in that confrontation). Twenty-three mirthful manifestations within the Cthulhu Mythos from best-selling and award-winning authors Neil Gaiman, Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner, Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Laura Resnick, Nick Mamatas, and many more! Guaranteed to leave you howling. Because if you look at it just right, there's nothing funnier than a soul writhing in cosmic horror before a tentacled maw of malevolence. As HPL himself saith: "From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent."   Praise for the Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies, edited by Alex Shvartsman: "This book is a delight. There are a lot of giggles here, and every now and then you'll laugh your head off. This is a hoot from start to finish."--Galaxy's Edge "Shvartsman delivers a wonderful anthology and if you want to broaden your humorous SFF reading, Unidentified Funny Objects is a great place to start."-- A Fantastical Librarian Praise for Alex Shvartsman: "Shvartsman is an entertaining writer who can take on many voices and make them his." -Locus "Alex Shvartsman's comedy is bright and direct with clever dialogue of both the inner and outer sort."--Tangent Online Complete Contributor List: Neil Gaiman Jody Lynn Nye Mike Resnick Ken Liu Nick Mamatas Esther Friesner David Vaughan Kevin Wetmore Shaenon K. Garrity Brian Trent Alex Shvartsman Rachael Klahn Jones Yvonne Navarro Scott Huggins Gini Koch Aidan Doyle Konstantine Paradias Amanda Helms Laura Resnick Matt Mikalatos Laura Pearlman Lucy A. Snyder Original stories by David Vaughan, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Resnick, Brian Trent, Yvonne Navarro, G. Scott Huggins, Gini Koch, Aidan Doyle, Amanda Helms, Laura Resnick, Laura Pearlman, Lucy Snyder, and Nick Mamatas. Reprints by Esther Friesener, Kevin Wetmore, Shaenon K. Garrity, Alex Shvatsman, Ken Liu, Rachael K. Jones, Neil Gaiman, Konstantine Paradias, and Matt Mikalatos.… (more)
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It's a good collection saddled with a terrible title. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Aug 6, 2018 |
I read the story by Gini Koch and that's it. It was outside her Alien series and a quick read. Honestly, I skimmed like mad. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Apr 21, 2018 |
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Shvartsman, AlexEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, AidanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friesner, Esther MContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garrity, ShaenonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Helms, AmandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huggins, G. ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Rachael K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koch, GiniContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mamatas, NickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mikalatos, MattContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Navarro, YvonneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nye, Jody LynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paradias, KonstantineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pearlman, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Resnick, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Resnick, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shvartsman, AlexContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snyder, Lucy A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Trent, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaughan, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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TOP AUTHORS POKE FUN AND PAY TRIBUTE TO H.P. LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU MYTHOS. Knock, knock! Who's there? Cthul. Cthul who? Exactly! I've come to tickle your funnybone. Oh, and also to eat your soul. In 1928, Weird Tales debuted "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos was born. In the 90 years since, dozens of writers have dared play within HPL's mind-blowing creation--but never with such terrifyingly funny results. Now top authors lampoon, parody, and subvert Lovecraft's Mythos. See Cthulhu cut short his nap at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to invade North Korea! Watch the Unspeakable Eater of Souls solve crimes on the pulpy streets of Innsmouth! And speaking of largish Elder Gods, listen to a plastic Elvis doll dispense folksy advice straight from the heart of the Emperor of Dread! Again Ol' Tentacle-Face is confronted by frail humans who dare defy the Incarnation of Ultimate Evil--but this time not by brave monster hunters and terrified villagers, but by fan fiction writers, clueless college students, and corporate lawyers (okay, we realize it's hard to know who to root for in that confrontation). Twenty-three mirthful manifestations within the Cthulhu Mythos from best-selling and award-winning authors Neil Gaiman, Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner, Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Laura Resnick, Nick Mamatas, and many more! Guaranteed to leave you howling. Because if you look at it just right, there's nothing funnier than a soul writhing in cosmic horror before a tentacled maw of malevolence. As HPL himself saith: "From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent."   Praise for the Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies, edited by Alex Shvartsman: "This book is a delight. There are a lot of giggles here, and every now and then you'll laugh your head off. This is a hoot from start to finish."--Galaxy's Edge "Shvartsman delivers a wonderful anthology and if you want to broaden your humorous SFF reading, Unidentified Funny Objects is a great place to start."-- A Fantastical Librarian Praise for Alex Shvartsman: "Shvartsman is an entertaining writer who can take on many voices and make them his." -Locus "Alex Shvartsman's comedy is bright and direct with clever dialogue of both the inner and outer sort."--Tangent Online Complete Contributor List: Neil Gaiman Jody Lynn Nye Mike Resnick Ken Liu Nick Mamatas Esther Friesner David Vaughan Kevin Wetmore Shaenon K. Garrity Brian Trent Alex Shvartsman Rachael Klahn Jones Yvonne Navarro Scott Huggins Gini Koch Aidan Doyle Konstantine Paradias Amanda Helms Laura Resnick Matt Mikalatos Laura Pearlman Lucy A. Snyder Original stories by David Vaughan, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Resnick, Brian Trent, Yvonne Navarro, G. Scott Huggins, Gini Koch, Aidan Doyle, Amanda Helms, Laura Resnick, Laura Pearlman, Lucy Snyder, and Nick Mamatas. Reprints by Esther Friesener, Kevin Wetmore, Shaenon K. Garrity, Alex Shvatsman, Ken Liu, Rachael K. Jones, Neil Gaiman, Konstantine Paradias, and Matt Mikalatos.

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Contains:
  • Foreword / Alex Schvartsman
  • The shunned trailer / Esther Friesner
  • The captain in yellow / David Vaughan
  • My little old one / Jody Lynn Nye
  • Tales of a fourth grade shoggoth / Kevin Wetmore
  • Friday night at Brazee's / Mike Resnick
  • To whatever / Shaenon K. Garrity
  • The doom that came to Providence / Brian Trent
  • Explaining Cthulhu to grandma / Alex Shvartsman
  • The call of the pancake factory / Ken Liu
  • The Innsmouth of the south / Rachael K. Jones
  • WWRD / Yvonne Navarro
  • In the employee manual of madness / G. Scott Huggins
  • Shoggoth's old peculiar / Neil Gaiman
  • H.P. and me / Gini Koch
  • The greatest leader / Aidan Doyle
  • But someone's got to do it / Konstantine Paradias
  • The call of uncopyrighted intellectual property / Amanda Helms
  • Cthulhu, P.I. / Laura Resnick
  • A stiff bargain / Matt Mikalatos
  • The shadow over my dorm room / Laura Pearlman
  • The tingling madness / Lucy A. Snyder
  • The girl who loved Cthulhu / Nick Mamatas
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