Edited by Ross E. Lockhart.
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
First described by visionary author H. P. Lovecraft, the Cthulhu mythos encompass a pantheon of truly existential cosmic horror: Eldritch, uncaring, alien god-things, beyond mankind's deepest imaginings, drawing ever nearer, insatiably hungry, until one day, when the stars are right....
As that dread day, hinted at within the moldering pages of the fabled Necronomicon, draws nigh, tales of the Great Old Ones: Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Hastur, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, and the weird cults that worship them have cross-pollinated, drawing authors and other dreamers to imagine the strange dark aeons ahead, when the dead-but-dreaming gods return.
Now, intrepid anthologist Ross E. Lockhart has delved deep into the Cthulhu canon, selecting from myriad mind-wracking tomes the best sanity-shattering stories of cosmic terror. Featuring fiction by many of today's masters of the menacing, macabre, and monstrous, The Book of Cthulhu goes where no collection of Cthulhu mythos tales has before: to the very edge of madness... and beyond!
Do you dare open The Book of Cthulhu? Do you dare heed the call?
- Introduction by Ross E. Lockhart
- Andromeda Among the Stones by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- The Tugging by Ramsey Campbell
- A Colder War by Charles Stross
- The Unthinkable by Bruce Sterling
- Flash Frame by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Some Buried Memory by W. H. Pugmire
- The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins by Molly Tanzer
- Fat Face by Michael Shea
- Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear
- Black Man with a Horn by T. E. D. Klein
- Than Curse the Darkness by David Drake
- Jeroboam Henley's Debt by Charles R. Saunders
- Nethescurial by Thomas Ligotti
- Calamari Curls by Kage Baker
- Jihad Over Innsmouth by Edward Morris
- Bad Sushi by Cherie Priest
- The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife by John Hornor Jacobs
- The Doom That Came to Innsmouth by Brian McNaughton
- Lost Stars by Ann K. Schwader
- The Oram County Whoosit by Steve Duffy
- The Crawling Sky by Joe R. Lansdale
- The Fairground Horror by Brian Lumley
- Cinderlands by Tim Pratt
- Lord of the Land by Gene Wolfe
- To Live and Die in Arkham by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
- The Shallows by John Langan
- The Men from Porlock by Laird Barron
Ross E. Lockhart is an author, anthologist, editor, and publisher. A lifelong fan of supernatural, fantastic, speculative, and weird fiction, Lockhart is a veteran of small-press publishing, having edited scores of well-regarded novels of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Lockhart edited the anthologies The Book of Cthulhu I and II, Tales of Jack the Ripper, The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron (with Justin Steele), Giallo Fantastique, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, and Eternal Frankenstein. He is the author of Chick Bassist. Lockhart lives in a state of quantum flux in Petaluma, California, with his wife Jennifer, hundreds of books (currently residing in boxes), and Elinor Phantom, a Shih Tzu moonlighting as his editorial assistant.