Lovecraft's Monsters Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 12 minutes|
|Author||Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow - editor|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 06, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,735 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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All of which gets to why Lovecraft’s Monsters is such a solid collection. Rather than filling a collection with writers imitating Lovecraft’s (often overwrought) prose, editor Ellen Datlow chooses selections that play off of Lovecraft’s mythos and works, finding something new to do with the material while still staying true to the spirit of it all. For instance, Neil Gaiman’s “Only the End of the World Again” drops a werewolf in the middle of Lovecraft’s isolated Innsmouth, and lets him get caught up by the machinations of a local Elder God cult. “The Same Deep Waters as You, by Brian Hodge, takes on Innsmouth as well, but does so through the eyes of a government agency that’s been monitoring the town’s inhabitants for a long time. (And man, does this one take an appropriately nasty turn right at the end.) The aforementioned Laird Barron, meanwhile, brings Lovecraft to the Pinkerton era, turning in a nasty little yarn in “Bulldozer.” And Joe Lansdale brings his usual style and drawling slang to bear in the nightmarish tale of a blues musician who’s struck one seriously Faustian bargain in “The Bleeding Shadow.”
Not every story works, of course. Kim Newman’s “A Quarter to Three” basically uses a Lovecraft setting as a shaggy-dog joke with a groaner of a punchline. Caitlin R. Kiernan’s “Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl” feels like the first act of something larger, and leaves you feeling like you’re missing something; the same, honestly, could be said about Steve Rasnic Tem’s “Waiting at the Crossroads Motel.” Fred Chappell’s ambitious post-apocalyptic “Remnants” has some neat ideas, but ultimately suffers from weak writing and worse dialogue. And the poetry selections all feel pretty thrown in – not bad, per se, but pretty forgettable.
And, of course, there are the outliers, which are pretty good stories, even if they don’t quite feel like they fit into the anthology. Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley’s “Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole” is equal parts sequel to Frankenstein, Jules Verne tribute, literary alternate history, and adventure story, and while I’m not sure that it quite fits the theme, it’s certainly a wild ride. John Langan’s “Children of the Fang,” meanwhile, is a fantastic story of family ties, guilt, and shadowy evil, and while there’s a bit more Lovecraft to it, it still feels more like its own thing. And William Browning Spencer’s “The Dappled Thing” presents a steampunk jungle adventure that turns into horror only towards the end. None of them are bad – indeed, all three are among the most interesting, engaging stories – but they all feel a bit “off-topic,” for lack of a better term.
All in all, it’s a satisfying, fun anthology, and one that’s more varied and wide-ranging than you might expect given the Lovecraft theme. Sure, there are some hits and misses, but that’s the name of the game when you read anthologies. And while few of these quite manage to be all out great, there are none that are truly bad on the whole, and a lot that are pretty fun and enjoyable. And as a fan of horror, creativity, and Lovecraft, I found a whole lot to enjoy here.
Only the End of the World Again - Neil Gaiman - This was one of the better stories. Werewolf/Innsmouth mythos. 4 stars.
Bulldozer - Laird Barron - This was very good. I don't know the "origin" story from Lovecraft, but this was gritty and scary and I really liked it. 4.5 stars.
Red Goat Black Goat - Nadia Bulkin - Pretty good story. Hated the ending. 3 stars.
The Same Deep Waters as You - Brian Hodge - This was really interesting and I liked it, for the most part. The characters were unique in my experience. Another stupid nonsensical ending, though. 3 stars.
A Quarter to Three - Kim Newman - A little dialogue heavy for my taste, and not my favorite. 2 stars.
The Dappled Thing - William Browning Spencer - Pretty bizzaro and somehow uninteresting at the same time. 2 stars.
Inelastic Collisions - Super weird but still fascinating. One of a couple I wish had been longer. 4 stars.
Remnants - Fred Chappell - This dragged on and on and on and made zero sense. 1 star.
Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl - Caitlin R. Kiernan - The other story in this collection I wish were longer. Very, very brief and left me wanting to know more. 4 stars.
The Sect of the Idiot - I don't even know what the heck this was about, but the language was so overwritten it made me feel like an idiot. Just...boring. 2 stars.
Jar of Salts - Gemma Files - I. Hate. Poetry. No stars.
Black as the Pit, from Pole to Pole - Okay this one was something else. Like the bastard fanfiction lovechild of Mary Shelley and Jules Verne. Weird in ways I can't explain, but I did want to know what happened, so there's that I guess. 2.5 stars.
Waiting at the Crossroads Motel - WTF. No. 1 star.
I've Come to Talk with You Again - Karl Edward Wagner - Completely nonsensical and zero plot. Wish I had those ten minutes back. 1 star.
The Bleeding Shadow - Joe R. Lansdale - I loved the "voice" of the narrator, and this one was actually really scary. I liked it. 3 stars.
That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable - As inscrutable as its title, and not in a good way. 1 star.
Haruspicy - Dude. No poetry. We've been over this. No stars.
Children of the Fang - John Langan - One of the best stories in this collection. I'd read a novel length version, if there were one. Worth the slog of some of the others. 4 stars.
Altogether, this was one of my less-beloved collections edited by Ms. Datlow. It could be that I'm just not a lover of Lovecraftian tales, but I don't think so. These were really hit-or-miss.
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For the Lovecraft geek in me, it was quite rewarding recognising a monster – it’s not always obvious. I liked the variety of styles and length, as I prefer anthologies to be diverse, though I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. A few of the stories are quite short, though I can’t say I disliked their brevity. I prefer a story too short, than thinking ‘how long till the end?’ as I impatiently peek a few pages on.
I’d say if you're not familiar with the Cthulu mythos, this is still an enjoyable and varied read, and might tickle your interest in the world Lovecraft kicked off. If you want something specifically with a ‘Weird Tales’ feel to it, then perhaps this won’t be your thing, though there will be stories you’ll enjoy.
I’m going to give this five stars, because I more than like it, and will read some of the stories again.