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The madness of Cthulhu. Volume 1

by S T Joshi; Jonathan Maberry;

  Print book : Fiction

Selected story summaries   (2018-11-12)


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by billborre

"At the Mountains of Murkiness" by Arthur C. Clarke - The structure of this story is similar to H.P. Lovercraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" with the satirical element most pronounced when describing the interaction between the explorers and the Elder Ones. The Elder Ones prove to be quite the concerned hosts and chatty. When the men request drinks as a distraction in order to escape they are told "I hope you like China tea. The Arab drank the rest of it." Their ruse succeeds and as their guide is left behind a faceless horror rushes towards them and queries "Do you mind condensed milk?"

"The Fillmore Shoggoth" by Harry Turtledove - This story takes place in a world where Old Ones are real and H.P. Lovecraft has lived to be eighty. A rock band called HPL is playing the Fillmore when a shoggoth attacks.

"The Witness in Darkness" by John Shirley - This story is like "At the Mountains of Madness" told from the alien's perspective.

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