New Cthulhu: The Recent WeirdPaula Guran
Edited by Paula Guran.
For more than eighty years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history — written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread — remain not only viable motifs, but are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it.
In the first decade of the twenty-first century the best supernatural writers no longer imitate Lovecraft, but they are profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos he created. New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird presents some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction — bizarre, subtle, atmospheric, metaphysical, psychological, filled with strange creatures and stranger characters — eldritch, unsettling, evocative, and darkly appealing.
- A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
- Details by China Miéville
- Pickman's Other Model by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Mongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
- Another Fish Story by Kim Newman
- Bad Sushi by Cherie Priest
- Fair Exchange by Michael Marshall Smith
- A Colder War by Charles Stross
- The Great White Bed by Don Webb
- The Crevasse by Nathan Ballingrud and Dale Bailey
- Old Virginia by Laird Barron
- Shoggoths in Bloom by Elizabeth Bear
- The Oram County Whoosit by Steve Duffy
- Grinding Rock by Cody Goodfellow
- The Disciple by David Barr Kirtley
- The Vicar of R'lyeh by Marc Laidlaw
- Mr. Gaunt by John Langan
- Take Me to the River by Paul McAuley
- The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft by Nick Mamatas and Tim Pratt
- Bringing Helena Back by Sarah Monette
- Lesser Demons by Norm Partridge
- Cold Water Survival by Holly Phillips
- Head Music by Lon Prater
- The Fungal Stain by W. H. Pugmire
- Tsathoggua by Michael Shea
- Buried in the Sky by John Shirley
- The Essayist in the Wilderness by William Browning Spencer
Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. Guran edits the annual Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced weekly email newsletter DarkEcho (winning two Stokers, an IHG award, and a World Fantasy Award nomination), edited Horror Garage (earning another IHG and a second World Fantasy nomination), and has contributed reviews, interviews, and articles to numerous professional publications.