Robert M. Price, The Tsathoggua Cycle Review

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Robert M. Price, The Tsathoggua Cycle
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Dreadlocksmile's review of Robert M. Price, The Tsathoggua Cycle

“The book starts out with an in-depth and very...”


written by Dreadlocksmile on 03/02/2006

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A great introduction into the dark mythos of the Tsathoggua Cycle.

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General Comments
The book starts out with an in-depth and very interesting introduction to the Tsathoggua Cycle by the book editor Robert M. Price. Robert delivers some well researched and intriguing insight into this dark fictional mythos. Having edited "Crypt Of Cthulhu" for twenty odd years and written many essays on Lovecraft, as well as having experience in writing his own horror fiction, Robert is somewhat of an expert when it comes to the Cthulhu Mythos, and indeed all things Lovecraftian.

From then on the reader is treated to a carefully selected collection of short stories that each add to the tale of the great toad god Tsathoggua. Here is a list of the short stories included:

'From the Parchments of Pnom' by Clark Ashton Smith

'The Seven Geases' by Clark Ashton Smith

'The Testament of Athammaus' by Clark Ashton Smith

'The Tale of Satampra Zeiros' by Clark Ashton Smith

'The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles' by Clark Ashton Smith

'Shadow of the Sleeping God' by James Ambuehl

'The Curse of the Toad' by Loay Hall and Terry Dale

'Dark Swamp' by James Anderson

'The Old One' by John Glasby

'The Oracle of Sadoqua' by Ron Hilger

'The Horror Show' by Gary Myers

'The Tale of Toad Loop' by Stanley C. Sargent

'The Crawling Kingdom' by Rod Heather

'The Resurrection of Kzadool-Ra' by Henry J. Vester III

Before each short story, Robert M. Price delivers a short introduction to each one, offering further insight into the author and the tale. This proved to be very interesting and informative, adding to the experience of each short story.

All in all, the book was an absolute pleasure to read, and is highly recommended to any fans of Lovecraft's work. The stories are easy to read and deliver further understanding and insight into the dark fictional world created by these writers.

Since the release of the book, the short story "Under The City" was written and published on the internet and is available as a free download. This tale deals with the same dark subject matter of the god Tsathoggua, and follows on nicely from the book. The book is one in an expanding collection of Cthulhu Mythos horror fiction and related topics, and it runs for a total of 221 pages.

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