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Lovecraft's Monsters

Narrated by: Bernard Clark
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
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Prepare to meet the wicked progeny of the master of modern horror. In Lovecraft's Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creations--Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth, and more--appear in all their terrifying glory. Each story is a gripping new take on a classic Lovecraftian creature.

Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas.

Legions of Lovecraft fans continue to visit his bizarre landscapes and encounter his unrelenting monsters. Now join them in their journey...if you dare.

©2014 Ellen Datlow, Foreword copyright 2014 by Stefan Dziemianowicz, Introduction copyright 2014 by Ellen Datlow (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • Manuel
  • 2016-09-14

The ones that were good were really good!!!

Most of the stories are really good. Skip Blackest from pole to pole and the stand out story for me was Red goad black goat, it was really scary in my opinion; I wish it was a full length novel.

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  • Tiffany
  • 2016-07-11

Its out there... you just have to find it

What disappointed you about Lovecraft's Monsters?

The sometimes lack of substance to the stories. A few were good but the vast majority were not. They didn't have the real meat to it like many of the off shoots of Lovecrafts stories do.

Has Lovecraft's Monsters turned you off from other books in this genre?

I am always looking and *listening for great Lovecraftian Cthulu Mythos stories. I have found some here and there. In this one the Neil Gaiman story was great, so were a few others yet some left me hoping the story would end soon as they were dry as the Sahara.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was about Lovecraftian critters, that is its only true redeeming quality.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-02-04

PURPLE WARMTH

MUNDANE ANALYSIS
Let me start by saying I am not a Lovecraft Lover. I bought this because I feel that no matter the genre, that I will usually find an author in any anthology that is worth discovering. Plus I am a fan of Joe Lansdale. After trying to listen I find I would rather drink TWO FINGERS OF COFFIN VARNISH. I gave each and every story a shot, but very few interested me. I did enjoy a story by Brian Hodge. Bear had a good story going with really good characters and than it just ended. Newman and Spencer were okay, but the rest, meh.

VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WONDERS
If you are not familiar with Lovecraft, this would not be the place to start. Several of his individual stories are available at audio. I would suggest purchasing one of the them and you will know right off if you are a fan. His stories are often not describable. He will even mention that in his story. It is very common place in his stories for him to tell the reader that he could not describe a feeling, a sound, a look, etc... The stories are also usually open ended. All of this, is I guess, so you can use your own imagination to fill in the blanks. But what do I know, I am just a GREASY HUMAN.



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  • Kira
  • 2015-05-29

A Unique and Fun Listen

I enjoyed the majority of the stories; however, a few did not meet my liking. More of a personal opinion than an assessment of the work. I would not recommend it for a long car ride, as you may start checking your mirrors for the Elder Gods and their underlings. If the car in front of you looks like it has inverted angles, it may be time for a change up.

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  • Ken
  • 2015-07-01

Fun read

Had a good time with this one, quite a few good stories in here, but as usual with anthologies theres a few that sneak in that arent so great (werewolf vs cthulhu pls). Worth a listen!

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  • David
  • 2015-04-21

Good stories not many endings

I think that the editor pulled together a good grouping of stories that fit nicely into the Lovecraft storyline. However, many of the stories just end. I understand leaving some things to the imagination of the reader but a lot of the stories just leave you hanging with a feeling that they are unfinished. Because of this and the way they stories are pressed together by the reader sometimes you are not even aware that they have moved on to the next story.

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  • Erik N
  • 2017-04-06

Incredibly uneven

Stories ranged from pointless to great. A couple of really awful poems. Surprisingly, I deeply disliked Gaiman's story and almost returned this. Laird Barron and I will never click, I found his passable but frustrating. One promising piece ended up being a setup for a contrived pun. The final two stories were worth hanging on for. Bless Joe Lansdale for a really great horror story, definitely the best here and one I could say has only a tenuous mythic connection. Good performance outside of an overwrought reading of the introduction.

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  • Kevin Young
  • 2016-08-22

Brilliant and diverse

A great collection of stories; some short and creepy, some long and many-layered; sunk deep within the mythos. Fellow Lovecraft fans will enjoy it.

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  • Karen W. Lam
  • 2015-03-27

Fabulous Introduction to Lovecraft

Great stories, beautifully curated by Ellen Datlow and Neil Gaiman, with a compelling and mesmerizing performance by Bernard Clark, who is a vocal chameleon.

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  • SAMA
  • 2015-08-31

The best stories are the short ones

This anthology contains stories ranging in length from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Sadly, the longer the story is in this collection, the less terrifying and interesting to continue it is.

There are a couple of examples, but the longest stories are not worth the time or the payoff.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful