THE MADNESS OF CTHULHU – VOLUME TWO

PrintE-mail Written by Callum Shephard

For all its popularity as the granddaddy of cosmic horror stories, the Lovecraft Mythos proves to be a surprisingly difficult subject for some authors to nail. Requiring a very exact blend of unknowable horror, science fiction, fantasy and inevitable doom, many sadly end up simply using the tropes or trace elements over fully embracing the source material. It’s one thing to have Cthulhu in your book, but it’s another entirely to not just turn him into Godzilla. On this from The Madness of Cthulhu – Volume Two is hit and miss. Some nail what’s required for a tale of this mythos, while others try to play around with the source material to mixed effect.

The most noted difficulty stems from the era in which each book is set and how well each story fits Lovecraft’s infamous purple prose. Many opt for an unconventional approach given the subject matter, either setting the era in modern day or even the far future in many cases. In some situations this proves to be surprisingly effective with Greg Bear’s contribution serving as a scarily effective apocalyptic logbook left by doomed stellar explorers, while others such as Dead Man Walking and A Crazy Mistake sadly prove to be misfires. This is mostly due to both authors styling their tales in an almost laid back and overly informal manner, with the apparent objective being to emulate humour rather than horror.

For every book which pulls off the horror angle perfectly such as The Autonomy Lesson, The Hollow Sky and – most surprisingly given the author – 20,000 Years Under The Sea, another will fail to convey any real horror. The end result, as such, is an extremely mixed read which is more worth a library rental than it is as a full price purchase, and can easily leave you skipping half the book.

If you like some of the authors involved, or appreciate the idea of a take on Lovecraft which breaks away from the norm, this might be one for you.  Otherwise, stick to some of the bigger success stories and adaptations of the past few years.

THE MADNESS OF CTHULHU – VOLUME TWO / AUTHOR: JONATHAN MABERRY, GREG BEAR, KEVIN J. ANDERSON, ALAN DEAN FOSTER, WILLIAM F. NOLAN, AND OTHERS / PUBLISHER: TITAN BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 23RD

 


Suggested Articles:
With impeccable timing comes this new biography of George Lucas, perhaps the most important geek ico
The Language of Dying tells the story of a woman taking care of her father, who is in the final stag
For Jim Sturges Jnr. life is tough. Distinctly average in every way, he is regularly bullied by the
BBC Books has republished the three novels which began the Doctor Who literary phenomenon back in th
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Book Reviews

GEORGE LUCAS: A LIFE 08 December 2016

THE LANGUAGE OF DYING 08 December 2016

TROLLHUNTERS 08 December 2016

DOCTOR WHO BBC BOOK REISSUES 07 December 2016

IN CALABRIA 03 December 2016

PURGED 03 December 2016

AN A-Z OF CUMBRIA AND THE LAKE DISTRICT ON FILM 29 November 2016

THOUGHT X: FICTIONS AND HYPOTHETICALS 29 November 2016

BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC TV SERIES 25 November 2016

FINK ANGEL: LEGACY 22 November 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
...
 
 
...
 
 
 
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144