HP Lovecraft is one of the most influential modern horror writers Lovecraft s fiction is a category unto itself Eschewing the traditional werewolves, vampires, and ghosts of most horror fiction, he wrote of dread Elder Gods and cosmic, earth shattering horrors Lovecraft mined rich veins of terror uniquely his own, and wherever in the known and unknown universe his imagination sped, readers followed fascinated, enrapt, and terrified by the scope of his dark visionMore than fifty years after his death, Lovecraft s fiction continues to influence each new generation of horror readers and writers Lovecraft s Legacy collectsstories by critically acclaimed, award winning horror and dark fantasy writers, including F Paul Wilson, Brian Lumley, Gene Wolfe, and Gahan Wilson With an introduction by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, this splendid anthology pays well deserved homage to the late, great master of the weird tale


10 thoughts on “Lovecraft's Legacy: A CentennialCelebration of H.P. Lovecraft

  1. Olethros Olethros says:

    Cari oso homenaje pero discutible G nero Relatos Lo que nos cuenta Recopilaci n de relatos basados con m s o menos fuerza y libertad en el universo y conceptos creados por H P Lovecraft, seleccionados por Robert Weinberg y Martin H Greenberg, con introducci n de Robert Bloch a modo cari oso recuerdo en forma de carta abierta, todos escritos por y para esta antolog a y que tratan de forma irregular temas como la vida de un asesino, discusiones familiares por razones religiosas y econ mi Cari oso homenaje pero discutible G nero Relatos Lo que nos cuenta Recopilaci n de relatos basados con m s o menos fuerza y libertad en el universo y conceptos creados por H P Lovecraft, seleccionados por Robert Weinberg y Martin H Greenberg, con introducci n de Robert Bloch a modo cari oso recuerdo en forma de carta abierta, todos escritos por y para esta antolog a y que tratan de forma irregular temas como la vida de un asesino, discusiones familiares por razones religiosas y econ micas, el hallazgo de un cad ver entre la excavaci n arqueol gica del Teatro del Globo, el encuentro con el propio Lovecraft, un plagio inexplicable, las experiencias extracorp reas casi dom sticas, una investigaci n sobre el Diablo de Jersey, cosas que pasan en Hait , las circunstancias de una gul poco com n, las consecuencias del descubrimiento de una segunda luna en el siglo XXI, la investigaci n de un mito con ra ces muy antiguas en la Norteam rica rural, las razones para la longevidad de un hombre y la adquisici n de un supuesto objeto decorativo, entre otros temas Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite


  2. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    Not a sterling collection, by any means, but once again, it s an anthology, so you know right away that you re taking a chance when you get into a book of short stories Some are great, some are okay, and a couple of them, well, less than what I would have hoped for considering the topic I do think that if you re a junkie for this stuff as I seem to be, then you don t want to miss this one by any means, but it wouldn t be on the top of my list of best short stories by writers influenced by good Not a sterling collection, by any means, but once again, it s an anthology, so you know right away that you re taking a chance when you get into a book of short stories Some are great, some are okay, and a couple of them, well, less than what I would have hoped for considering the topic I do think that if you re a junkie for this stuff as I seem to be, then you don t want to miss this one by any means, but it wouldn t be on the top of my list of best short stories by writers influenced by good old Howard Phillips Lovecraft.Here are the contents I enjoyed Will, HPL and The Barrens especially the last onevery very HPL in tone the best I won t give away the show by telling you the plots because it would be a major spoiler.Contents An Open Letter to HP Lovecraft introduction by Robert BlochA Secret of the Heart by Mort CastleThe Other Man by Ray GartonWill by Graham MastertonBig C by Brian LumleyUgly by Gary BrandnerThe Blade and the Claw by Hugh B CaveSoul Keeper by Joseph CitroThe Papers of Helmut Hecker by Chet WilliamsonMeryphillia by Brian McNaughtonLord of the Land by Gene WolfeHPL by Gahan WilsonThe Order of Things Unknown by Ed GormanThe Barrens by F Paul WilsonHugh B Cave is another writer that writes stories to read late at night in the dark and from whom I ve come to expect a case of the willies, so I would recommend him as well.Overalla fun read that will keep you entertained for a few hours


  3. Zedsdead Zedsdead says:

    A Secret of the Heart, by Mort CastleA 190 year old man recounts the story of his immortality courtesy of a glyph inscribed upon his heart by an occult doctor Dense, flowery 19th century English, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, I m told It was pretty but difficult to stay engaged 3 stars The Other Man, by Ray GartonA man in a happy marriage begins to lose his wife She develops a sudden, intense interest in astral projection, becomes distant, and mutters strange things in her A Secret of the Heart, by Mort CastleA 190 year old man recounts the story of his immortality courtesy of a glyph inscribed upon his heart by an occult doctor Dense, flowery 19th century English, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, I m told It was pretty but difficult to stay engaged 3 stars The Other Man, by Ray GartonA man in a happy marriage begins to lose his wife She develops a sudden, intense interest in astral projection, becomes distant, and mutters strange things in her sleep Confused, fearful for her safety, the protagonist begins to research spiritwalking himself and follows his wife into the unknown.Sweet hell, that is EVIL I was gobsmacked My gob was well and truly smacked 5 stars Will, by Graham MastertonA London archaeological dig uncovers a preternaturally well preserved 400yo corpse on the site of Shakespeare s Globe Theater That night an archaeologist is torn to shreds The site manager, researching the history of the Theater, uncovers the horrifying truth about Shakespeare s life, death, and historic gift.Damn, that was satisfying Masterson weaves history, conspiracy, and horror together perfectly 5 stars BIG C , by Brian LumleyA tiny second Earth moon is discovered, emitting some bizarre radiation that causes changes A terminally ill astronaut returns from an exploratory mission, his cancer EMERGING and covering the entire state of Florida A friend of the captive astronaut attempts to destroy the Big C with a hand delivered nuke.Interesting and dark, but not hugely compelling 3 stars Ugly, by Gary BrandnerAn unhappy man with a socially terminal facial disfigurement picks up a magical resin encased lizard at a swap meet The next day he discovers that his vicious, sneaky wife is having an affair with his business partner A revenge fantasy about a man bonding with a lizard that looks like him.3 stars The Blade and the Claw, by Hugh B CaveA writer moves to Haiti with his vicious, sneaky wife to research his next book He encounters a voodoo ghost and runs afoul of a politically connected goon Meanwhile, his wife shows signs of possession by the cats she drowned when they moved in.Captivating and mysterious But that s three stories out of six featuring a male protagonist with a truly horrid human being for a wife Horror writers have ISSUES.4 stars Soul Keeper, by Joseph A CitroA man crashes his car and finds himself held prisoner Misery fashion by a self styled prophet of God The old man starves him and preaches to him to prepare him for Heaven One day the old man forgets to lock the doorMeh Just not that interesting and the protagonist is a worm Great ending though.Also, yet another terrible wife This one is slow witted and useless rather than evil, though, giving all of her husband s low income to televangelists.2.5 stars From the Papers of Helmut Hecker, by Chet WilliamsonJournal entries of a notable misanthrope and horror writer He comes into possession ahem of a cat that may or may not contain the spirit of HPL himself and finds himself a conduit for the ravings of the Old Ones.Great POV writing, fascinating transformation.5 stars Meryphillia, by Brian McNaughtonA young, sympathetic, cibopathic graveyard ghoul falls for a lovelorn poet and agrees to eat the corpse of his beloved so that he can spend a few moments with her spirit.Kind of a Shakespearean romantic tragedy The writing is overly flowery but the concept is solid.4 stars Lord of the Land, by Gene WolfeA collector of Appalachian folklore spends a day with a mountain family recording soul sucker stories That evening, something weird happens.Wonderful confluence of mountain folklore, Egyptian mythology, and science fiction Spoiler view spoiler It s ALIENS hide spoiler 5 stars H.P.L, by Gahan WilsonA Lovecraft fanboy travels to Providence to meet his hero, and I got bored after what felt like 100 pages and skipped the rest Life is short and I m trying to control my always finish it compulsion.N A The Order of Things Unknown, by Edward GormanA good, productive citizen, loving husband, and doting father murders women One every year or two, throughout his adult life He doesn t want to, and indeed barely remembers having done it, but he can t stop.I liked the straightforward, no twist approach to this story Loved the way in which his life was laid out for the reader, incidentally emphasizing the strangeness of his extra legal activities And whaddya know, we finally get a good, honest wife character, just a solid human being that we can respect 4.5 stars The Barrens, by F Paul WilsonYet another trip to the Pine Barrens by F Paul Wilson The Barrens is to Wilson as rural Maine is to Stephen King.A jovial, obsessive loser hires an old girlfriend to take him through the Pine Barrens, introduce him to the yokels, and help him find a hidden magical nexus.The otherworldly horror is pretty slapdash, but the guided tour through the Pine Barrens is actually pretty interesting.4 stars


  4. Octavio Villalpando Octavio Villalpando says:

    Har n unos 15 a os que le este libro por vez primera Fue de las primeras adquisiciones para mi biblioteca Debo reconocer que en ese momento no me hab a le do a n todo Lovecraft, sin embargo tuve la suerte de encontrarlo en una venta de saldos y no pude dejar pasarlo Recuerdo que me gust mucho, aunque no voy a mentir la verdad es que no entend mucho de lo que estaba pasando No pude interpretar varias referencias y eso hizo que mi experiencia no fuera tan satisfactoria Como sea, me dejo g Har n unos 15 a os que le este libro por vez primera Fue de las primeras adquisiciones para mi biblioteca Debo reconocer que en ese momento no me hab a le do a n todo Lovecraft, sin embargo tuve la suerte de encontrarlo en una venta de saldos y no pude dejar pasarlo Recuerdo que me gust mucho, aunque no voy a mentir la verdad es que no entend mucho de lo que estaba pasando No pude interpretar varias referencias y eso hizo que mi experiencia no fuera tan satisfactoria Como sea, me dejo grabados en la memoria varios relatos, que de alguna manera me han acompa ado desde entonces.Ahora, a estas alturas de mi vida, pues ya me he le do todo lo de Lovecraft Encontr un grupo de interesados en l y en su trabajo en mi ciudad y particip de un C rculo de lectura donde analizamos su obra y la de muchos otros maestros del horror Incluso he tenido oportunidad de participar en alguna conferencia acerca de l, curar alg n ciclo de cine en su honor y dem s actividades por el estilo Cada mes seleccionamos alg n relato y lo analizamos en la sesi n, y dado que acaba de cumplirse el aniversario 126 de su nacimiento, se me ocurri proponer para la siguiente sesi n uno de los relatos que vienen en la antolog a que me hab an gustado m s, H.P.L de Gahan Wilson, y pues aprovech para darle una nueva le da al volumen completo Es muy curioso como ahora han cambiado muchas cosas en mi percepci n del libro primeramente, relatos que en su momento me gustaron, ahora no lo han hecho tanto es normal, como en cualquier antolog a, no todos los relatos son excelentes , y algunos otros que no me hab an gustado tanto ahora result que fueron mis preferidos Lo que s es cierto es que ahora me result mucho m s emocionante Me ha sido posible identificar de donde ven a cada referencia y valorar a aquellos que no se atrevieron a hacer un mero pastiche, sino que de verdad indagaron en el esp ritu de Lovecraft y crearon un material muy pero muy digno Debo decir que me emocion tanto con varios relatos que no pude evitar derramar una que otra lagrimilla de vez en cuando Algunos de mis preferidos de aquella primera lectura lo siguen siendo, incluido el H.P.L ya mencionado, y se anexaron algunos otros que la primera vez no me resultaron tan satisfactorios, como el genial El gran C de Brian Lumley Hay otros que de plano, no deber an haber tenido cabida en la antolog a, no por malos, sino porque simple y sencillamente no denotan para nada la influencia de Lovecraft, pero bueno, no todo puede ser miel sobre hojuelas.Es un libro muy recomendable para los fans de Lovecraft sobre todo, aunque tiene algunas cosas interesantes para cualquier fan del horror literario


  5. Ignacio Senao f Ignacio Senao f says:

    Es buen libro a pesar de tener relatos metidos con calzador en los mitos Pero tengo un bloqueo Lovecraftiano, he le do demasiado de l and company, extremadamente repetitivo su mundo No da para mucho locura o primigenios.Hay dos relatos merecidos de ser resaltados por su calidad Los Paramos y El se or de la tierra.


  6. Olaf Thunderfoot Olaf Thunderfoot says:

    Ending with a story by F Paul Wilson was genius


  7. Juan Juan says:

    Este libro es una colecci n de relatos basados en los Mitos y, como tal, podemos diferenciar entre sus autores y calidades los de aquellos que se tomaron a Lovecraft completamente en serio de los que le conocieron jugando al rol y han seguido escribiendo como si todo fuese una partida, en este caso tristemente dirigida para un mont n de adolescentes pajeros no siempre es as Tambi n hay alguno que ha sabido encontrar el justo t rmino medio, pero no es la t nica general de esta recopilaci n.Cr Este libro es una colecci n de relatos basados en los Mitos y, como tal, podemos diferenciar entre sus autores y calidades los de aquellos que se tomaron a Lovecraft completamente en serio de los que le conocieron jugando al rol y han seguido escribiendo como si todo fuese una partida, en este caso tristemente dirigida para un mont n de adolescentes pajeros no siempre es as Tambi n hay alguno que ha sabido encontrar el justo t rmino medio, pero no es la t nica general de esta recopilaci n.Creo que tampoco cabe decir mucho tent culos, lunas gibosas, libros encuadernados en piel humana y muchas polis labas sobreesdr julas son los ingredientes de un c ctel que s lo satisfar a los m s fan ticos y completistas seguidores de los Mitos si no, una lectura de aquellos es bastante m s recomendable que tirarse directamente al cuello de esto, que es irregular y un poco juvenil en algunos casos.Lo que no puedo dejar de destacar es lo recurrente que resulta en esta recopilaci n el comparar a los ignominiosos seres de otros tiempos y lugares con el c ncer dos veces de forma expl cita y al menos otra impl cita, como si las categor as aleg ricas y metaf ricas se hubieran agotado repentinamente Supongo que es un signo de los tiempos


  8. Jamie Jamie says:

    A collection of Lovecraftian tales by modern authors This little love letter to HPL has a wide variety of contibutors and some of the stories stand head and shoulders above the rest The one s I ve particularly liked are highlighted It includes An Introduction by Robert BlochA Secret of the Heart by Mort CastleThe Other Man by Ray GartonWill by Graham MastertonBig C by Brian LumleyUgly by Gary BrandnerThe Blade and the Claw by Hugh B CaveSoul Keeper by Joseph A CitroFrom the Papers of Helm A collection of Lovecraftian tales by modern authors This little love letter to HPL has a wide variety of contibutors and some of the stories stand head and shoulders above the rest The one s I ve particularly liked are highlighted It includes An Introduction by Robert BlochA Secret of the Heart by Mort CastleThe Other Man by Ray GartonWill by Graham MastertonBig C by Brian LumleyUgly by Gary BrandnerThe Blade and the Claw by Hugh B CaveSoul Keeper by Joseph A CitroFrom the Papers of Helmut HeckerMeryphillia by Brian McNaughtonLord of the Land by Gene WolfeH.P.L by Gahan WilsonThe Order of Things Unknown by Ed GormanThe Barrens by F Paul Wilson


  9. Nicholas Hunter Nicholas Hunter says:

    A patchy collection of short stories by authors influenced by HPL Gene Wolfe s Lord of the Land , F Paul Wilson s The Barrens , and Brian Lumley s Big C are the stand outs for me Edited by Robert E Weinberg and Martin H Greenberg Introduction by Robert Bloch.


  10. Desollado Desollado says:

    un par de excelentes cuentos de horror, el resto es como dicen los franceses merde