Gods of H.P. Lovecraft Review

Title: The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft | Editor: Aaron J. FrenchPublisher: JournalStone | Pub Date: 2015-12-11 | Pages: 450 |  ISBN13: 9781942712565 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased

The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft

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)

The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft Review

I finished The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft. I finally finished it. Y’all, I’ve been reading this book since June 5th, and I finally finished it. Good gods. Mind you, it wasn’t because it was so horrible I had to drudge my way through it. I actually ranged between mildly entertained to outright fascinated for a good 75 percent of the stories. I just, apparently, have a major issue tackling a thick anthology. So, yes, I’m very, very proud of myself right now. But…that’s beside the point. Lets get to the nitty-gritty.

There were twelve stories in this anthology, with accompanying information on the deities at the end. The stories were separated by artwork that ranged from bizarre and breathtaking to vaguely ridiculous. I’d loved to have framed prints of each of them. Out of the twelve stories, none of them received lower than a three star individual rating. 

My favorite stories in The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft were: Call the Name by Adam Neville, Dream a Little Dream of Me by Jonathan Maberry, In the Mad Mountains by Joe R. Lansdale, and A Dying of the Light by Rachel Caine. Neville’s work fascinated me, Maberry’s made me laugh, Lansdale’s satiated my desire to watch the world burn, and Caine’s work left me thoughtful. My least favorite was Rattled by Douglas Wynne. I had trouble getting into it, and though he is a competent story-teller, I just felt very ‘meh’ about it in the end.

As a whole, The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft was fascinating. I love the premise, and definitely feel like I have a better understanding of Lovecraft’s mythos than I did before. Some of his creations are outright terrifying. Others are just really strange. Aaron J. French did a decent job of arranging the stories. The tension and expectations in the latter stories flowed smoothly from step to step.  Donald Tyson’s commentary on the deities was a bit too dry. Whereas I devoured most of the stories, I had to concentrate to pay attention to what he was telling me. And that sucked, because I wanted to be fascinated by the information he was relaying as well.

Overall, there really isn’t anything to criticize about The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft. I don’t think any of the stories were badly written, they just didn’t necessarily all suit my taste. I don’t know how the anthology measures up to the various works that have came before it because this is the first collection I’ve read. And, truthfully, it’ll probably be the last. I’ve found out from reading The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft that I definitely want to read more Lovecraft-inspired fiction. I just don’t want to read another anthology of Lovecraft-inspired fiction.