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Future Treasures: The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran

Friday, May 13th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu-smallI’m very much looking forward to Paula Guran’s annual Best of the Year collections — The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016, coming in June, and especially The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016, shipping in August.

While we wait we have her latest anthology to tide us over, and it looks like a lot of fun. The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu is a thick collection of all-new Mythos fiction by Michael Shea, Laird Barron, John Langan, Usman T. Malik, Helen Marshall, Silvia Moreno, John Shirley, Simon Strantzas, and many others (plus reprints from Caitlín R. Kiernan, Veronica Schanoes, and Damien Angelica Walters).

An outstanding anthology of original stories inspired by H. P. Lovecraft from authors who do not merely imitate, but reimagine, re-energize, and renew his concepts in ways relevant to today’s readers. Fresh new fiction that explores our modern fears and nightmares. From the depths of R’lyeh to the heights of the Mountains of Madness, some of today’s best weird fiction writers—both established award-winning authors and exciting new voices — The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu collects tales of cosmic horror that traverse terrain created by Lovecraft and create new eldritch geographies to explore…

With stories by: Laird Barron, Nadia Bulkin, Amanda Downum, Ruthanna Emrys, Richard Gavin, Lois H. Gresh, Lisa L. Hannett, Brian Hodge, Caitlín R. Kiernan, John Langan, Yoon Ha Lee, Usman T. Malik, Helen Marshall, Silvia Moreno, Norman Partridge, W. H. Pugmire, Veronica Schanoes, Michael Shea, John Shirley, Simon Strantzas, Sandra McDonald, Damien Angelica Walters, Don Webb, Michael Wehunt, and A.C. Wise.

The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu will be published by Robinson/Running Press on May 24, 2016. It is 476 pages, priced at $14.95 in trade paperback. The cover is by Tim McDonagh. No word yet on the digital edition.

10 Comments »

  1. Wait, all new Lovecraftian stories from Barron, Kiernan and… Shea?
    An unpublished Shea story?
    I don’t pick up many Lovecraft-inspired anthologies any more, but between the author roster and the price I’d have probably bought this one even without the Shea piece.
    With Shea on board this is must-have.

    Comment by John Hocking - May 13, 2016 7:11 am

  2. “All-new” fiction from Michael Shea?

    Comment by James McGlothlin - May 13, 2016 8:37 am

  3. That’s correct. I did a double take myself.

    The copyrights page lists Shea’s contribution as original to this volume, and copyright by the Shea estate. Don’t know much more than that.

    Comment by John ONeill - May 13, 2016 9:16 am

  4. The story is titled “An Open Letter to Mr. Edgar Allen Poe, From a Fervent Admirer”

    Complete TOC here:

    http://www.damienangelicawalters.com

    Comment by John ONeill - May 13, 2016 9:23 am

  5. Interesting link, but if there’s anything there about The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu I can’t find it.

    Comment by John Hocking - May 13, 2016 9:36 am

  6. Sorry, I had to hand-enter that link on my iPhone. I can’t get the exact URL to come up on Safari.

    Click on the link to his bibliography, and then “Umbilicus” in The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu.

    Comment by John ONeill - May 13, 2016 10:13 am

  7. Thanks John. Wasn’t doubting you, I just want to be getting excited for justifiable reasons and not end up getting disappointed.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - May 13, 2016 10:25 am

  8. Toc

    In Syllables of Elder Seas” by Lisa L. Hannett

    “The Peddler’s Tale, or, Isobel’s Revenge” by Caitlín R. Kiernan

    “It’s All the Same Road in the End” by Brian Hodge

    “Caro in Carno” by Helen Marshall

    “The Cthulhu Navy Wife” by Sandra McDonald

    “Those Who Watch” by Ruthanna Emrys

    “A Clutch” by Laird Barron

    “Just Beyond the Trailer Park” by John Shirley

    “The Sea Inside” by Amanda Downum

    “Outside the House, Watching for the Crows” by John Langan

    “Alexandra Lost” by Simon Strantzas

    “Falcon-and-Sparrows” by Yoon Ha Lee

    “A Shadow of Thine Own Design” by W. H. Pugmire

    “Backbite” by Norman Partridge

    “In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro” by Usman T. Malik

    “Legacy of Salt” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    “I Do Not Count the Hours” by Michael Wehunt

    “An Open Letter to Mister Edgar Allan Poe, from a Fervent Admirer” by Michael Shea

    “I Dress My Lover in Yellow” by A. C. Wise
    “Deep Eden” by Richard Gavin

    “The Future Eats Everything” by Don Webb

    “I Believe That We Will Win” by Nadia Bulkin

    “In the Sacred Cave” by Lois H. Gresh

    “Umbilicus” by Damien Angelica Walters

    “Variations on Lovecraftian Themes” by Veronica Schanoes

    Comment by Charles_Martel - May 13, 2016 11:03 am

  9. Thanks for posting the TOC Charles!

    I Facebook with a lot of horror authors and Michael Wehunt’s name keeps popping up all over the place, especially since he just had a new book out: Greener Pastures.

    These are my favorite sorts of horror anthologies: tried-and-true authors mixed in with new talent.

    Comment by James McGlothlin - May 13, 2016 11:17 am

  10. John O’Neill,

    Are you familiar with this new Cthulhu anthology that just came out? It was edited by the editor of Lovecraft Ezine. It was originally crowd-funded but it’s now available to everyone.

    http://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Cthulhu-Laird-Barron/dp/0996694102/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463152829&sr=1-1&keywords=autumn+cthulhu

    Comment by James McGlothlin - May 13, 2016 11:22 am


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