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The Lovecraft Anthology vol 1


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Ian Edginton, Dan Lockwood, Rob Davis, David Hine, Leah Moore, John Reppion & D'Israeli, Shane Ivan Oakley, I.N.J. Culbard, Mark Stafford, Leigh Gallagher, David Hatrman, Alice Duke

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Page 45 Review by Jonathan

"The most merciful thing in the world is the inability of the human mind to correlate its contents.
"We live on a placid island of ignorance amidst black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.
"Yet, some day, the piercing together of disassociated knowledge will reveal such terrifying vistas of reality, we shall either go mad or flee in the sanctuary of a new dark age."

No, not Stephen commenting on how re-editing over 16 years worth of Page 45 reviews (some 3,000 in total) for the website sent him further right round the veritable bend almost back to the starting point and yearning for simpler times, but the opening excerpt from the classic Lovecraft short story entitled simply 'The Call Of Cthulhu'.

After the fantastically successful and remarkably well done adaptation of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, it isn't at all surprising I suppose that the publisher would want to get something else out there onto the shelves. And once again, they've made a wise selection of source material and choice of adapters and artists. They've chosen a selection of tales which form a well balanced and neatly ordered anthology, as one moves seamlessly from story to story, something which I don't actually think has often been achieved with prose collections of H.P.'s work.

The adaptations are all deftly done achieving that classic Lovecraftian sense of building suspense and unease moving swiftly through burgeoning horror before culminating in unimaginable, sweat-inducing nightmare. Leah Moore and John Reppion's 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' would probably be my pick of the bunch. And the full colour art for me is absolutely excellent for every single story, though I can't really pick a favourite, as they're all wonderfully illustrated. For people who enjoyed AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, this is an absolute must. For people who would like a Lovecraft primer, or indeed just some exceptional horror short stories, it is also highly commended.
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