A review: The Book of Cthulhu

Paul Goat Allen has called The Book of Cthulhu the, “ultimate Cthulhu anthology”! He continues, “Whether you know it or not, if you’re a hardcore H.P. Lovecraft fan, chances are good that you’ll be sending Ross E. Lockhart a heartfelt “thank you” letter sometime soon – I’ve already added him to my Christmas card list. Once you read The Book of Cthulhu, that is…

The recently released anthology – a massive, 500+ page collection of H.P. Lovecraft-inspired stories – is, shockingly, the very first anthology edited by Lockhart, who has been San Francisco-based Night Shade Books’ managing editor since 2007. I’m a huge fan of Night Shade Books – I proudly wore my “Night Shade Books has a posse” t-shirt until it rotted off my body – and after reviewing more than two dozen of their titles over the years, I have yet to read a book from them that hasn’t been extraordinary in some way: Jon Armstrong’s Grey, Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, the Wastelands and By Blood We Live anthologies by John Joseph Adams, Stina Leicht’s Of Blood and Honey, Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh, Thomas S. Roche’s The Panama Laugh, No Hero by Jonathan Wood, to name just a few.

So when I heard that Night Shade was releasing a Cthulhu anthology including 27 nightmarish tales (a mix of previously published horror gems and never-before-published stories) – and that Lockhart himself was editing it! – I literally could not wait to get my hands on what I hoped would be a gloriously dreadful compilation.” The full review is available at B&N.com. To get your fill of the tentacled one, buy The Book of Cthulhu, edited by Ross E. Lockhart, from your favorite retailer.