Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ye Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales


Barnes & Noble will release a new edition of H. P. Lovecraft's weird fiction in their charming leather-bound Collectible Editions series at month's end. Ye tome is 608 pages, and includes a new Introduction by S. T. Joshi. The fabulous artwork is by John Coulthart.

Contents:
Dagon
Nyarlathotep
The Nameless City
Azathoth
The Hound
The Festival
The Call of Cthulhu
The Colour out of Space
History of the Necronomicon
The Curse of Yig
The Dunwich Horror
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Mound
At the Mountains of Madness
The Shadow over Innsmouth
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Man of Stone
The Horror in the Museum
The Thing on the Doorstep
Out of the Aeons
The Tree on the Hill
The Shadow out of Time
The Haunter of the Dark


Although S. T. wasn't listed as ye editor of the first Lovecraft collection from B&N, he was in fact ye book's editor. One of the charming aspects of that first book was that each story was prefaced by a wee note concerning the history of its composing, publication, &c.

The front cover illustration is of what John Coulthart calls a "Cthulhu Sphinx," and that phrase is so evocative to me that I want to write a story incorporating it. Writes John, in his blog about ye physical aspects of ye book: "Anyone who's held one of these volumes will know that they deserve to be called tomes rather than mere books; they're heavy and lavishly produced, with detailed designs embossed on the fron and back boards in a variety of metallic inks." And: "The book will be out at the end of the month, and among the extra features there's an introduction by Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi, my drawing of R'lyeh on the endpapers, and (if that wasn't enough) a poster reproduction of my Cthulhu Rising picture."

I wou'd love to see a Barnes & Noble anthology of Cthulhu Mythos fiction, and S. T. wou'd be the perfect editor for such a volume. I'd love to have a new hardcover edition of all those classic tales, whut wou'd also include some of the newer things from recent writers.

The weird fiction of H. P. Lovecraft continues to be astoundingly popular, and new editions of his work continue to come forth. This lovely volume of Mythos tales will hold us over until we can consume the glorious second volume coming from Liveright/Norton, The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond the Mythos.

2 comments:

  1. I can't even keep up w all these new HPL editions! I well remember when we had to be satisfied w finding moldy old paperbacks in used bookstores, or one of the Whelan-covered Ballantines in a mall bookshop. Oh I can still recall the thrill of joy I felt when I stumbled across a copy of BLOODCURDLING TALES OF HORROR & THE MACABRE!

    That said, love this cover art and I'm glad to see some classic tales not solely by HPL. Thanks for the post!

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  2. Hey Willum, i just bought this book and the inside of the thing is upside down. Did they mean to do this or do i have a really cool messed up copy?

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