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Old 04-09-2017, 03:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Call of Cthulhu

Thanks to Rick and Morty, I've gotten interested in the Cthulhu mythos. I just read The Call of Cthulhu today, thoroughly enjoyed it. I want more. I know Lovecraft wrote a ton on the subject, but my googling on the subject hasn't provided any substantive answer. Where should I go from here? What book/short should I check out next?
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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At the Mountains of Madness was better than Call of C'thulhu, in my opinion. I'd recommend checking it out.

Also, C'thulhu is a chump. Yog-Sothoth is best Eldritch God.
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Necronomicon is pretty good collection of H.P. Lovecraft
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All of his works are in the public domain, so you can read everything here:
Electronic Texts of H.P. Lovecraft's Works

My favorite mythos story is probably the Shadow over Innsmouth, and the Case of Charles Dexter Ward. They both have well developed stories. Dread, creeping madness stories.

Likewise, everything is available online in audiobook form. Some professional, some homemade. The Lovecraft style of prose lends itself well to audiobooks since all the adjectives easily create an image.

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The main negative is once you get hooked on the style of writing, you'll discover that he died young, and they simply isnt that much. Stephen King probobly puts out more material every year then Lovecraft did in his entire life. But lots of other pulp fiction writers picked up where he left off, and did some very good mythos books.

ie Robert Bloch, August Derlith, Brian Lumley, etc.
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Second for at the mountains of madness and the shadow over innsmouth.

I would check out Arthur Machen as well.
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Also, C'thulhu is a chump. Yog-Sothoth is best Eldritch God.
Sez you. Nyarlathotep begs to differ.



Back to OP: If you would be interested in a modern techno-thriller take on the Mythos, I highly recommend the Laundry Files series by Charles Stross.
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I dig Shadow of Innsmouth a ton myself,The Colour Out of Space(?) was creepy also
Really incredible writer,my favorite next to Hunter Thompson
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Thanks for the recommendations. Do these stories occur in any sort of chronological order? Or can they be read in whatever order?
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I've used that online name for 25 years. no point in stopping now.

None need to be read in any sort of order. He went through 3 phases of writing. Originally his writing was more like Poe- Traditional scary stories. Like "The Tomb", or "Beast in the Cave". Then he moved towards more like Lord Dunsany. Dunsany wrote more like Fantasy horror. Things like "Beyond the Wall of Sleep", or "From Beyond".

But the later phase makes up the "Mythos". In his own style. Sort of a dark fantasy. All those stories happen in the same "world", though generally not directly connected. Lots of the stories are told in flashback, making timeline reconstruction pretty confusing when trying to match up to other stories.
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