The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft: a brand new anthology that collects the twelve principal deities of the Lovecraftian Mythos and sets them loose within its pages. Featuring the biggest names in horror and dark fantasy, including many NY Times bestsellers, full of original fiction and artwork, and individual commentary on each of the deities by Donald Tyson.
About the book: Lovecraft’s bestiary of gods has had a major influence on the horror scene from the time these sacred names were first evoked. Cthulhu, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth—this pantheon of the horrific calls to mind the very worst of cosmic nightmares and the very darkest signs of human nature. The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft brings together twelve all-new Mythos tales from:
Cthulhu (Adam Nevill) – Yog-Sothoth (Martha Wells) – Azathoth (Laird Barron) – Nyarlathotep (Bentley Little) – Shub-Niggurath (David Liss) – Tsathoggua (Brett Talley) – The Mi-Go (Christopher Golden & James A. Moore) – Night-gaunts (Jonathan Maberry) – Elder Things (Joe Lansdale) – Great Race (Rachel Caine) – Yig (Douglas Wynne) – The Deep Ones (Seanan McGuire)
French's concept 12 stories, each focusing on a different horrific god is an original one, but there isn't much here to justify yet another anthology of cosmic horror inspired by Lovecraft's fiction. Despite an impressive roster of contributors, none of the entries is likely to become a classic, or even to resonate for more than a brief time. David Liss demonstrates what a gifted writer can do with a formulaic plot (a man lured into taking a job that seems too good to be true) in the evocative "The Doors That Never Close and the Doors That Are Always Open." Adam Nevill's talent for creating atmosphere is manifest from the opening lines of "Call the Name," as the lead encounters a mysterious "grey mass of lifeless flesh" on a beach, embedded "haphazardly" with "scores of milky eyes that stared at nothing." But some of the stories are too derivative of the originals, even riffing unsuccessfully on some of Lovecraft's most memorable lines. Each story is followed by Donald Tyson's commentary on the deity featured in that work, and his explicit taxonomies undo whatever subtleties the authors employed.