Robert M. Price Chaosium Call of Cthulhu Fiction 1 , pp paperback "Close contact with the utterly bizarre is often more terrifying than inspiring Price notes about this collection that "The Hastur Cycle If someone wants explain it to me, I would be grateful.

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Robert M. Price Chaosium Call of Cthulhu Fiction 1 , pp paperback "Close contact with the utterly bizarre is often more terrifying than inspiring Price notes about this collection that "The Hastur Cycle If someone wants explain it to me, I would be grateful.

I thought about this long and hard, believe me. Robert W. Chambers: Now we get into the really good stuff, first with "The Repairer of Reputations," which is one of my absolute favorite King in Yellow stories ever and then "The Yellow Sign," also excellent. Perfectly placed after the 2 pieces by Chambers, this story follows a passenger on a prison bus who sees her chance for escape and takes it.

The story is revealed in the first person by a narrator who is invited to the home of one William Atheling, a literary critic. It strikes me as a rather tongue-in-cheek kind of story except for the play , since as I discovered after having finished this book, William Atheling Jr. Atheling has a copy of the actual play "The King in Yellow," purported to be written by Chambers himself, but has received it from HP Lovecraft after a bit of badgering. Now he wants the narrator of the story to read it.

The play, of course, was never written by Chambers, only alluded to in his stories. Arthur Machen: Machen is one of my favorite "weird" writers, although now I think I want to read the Best Weird Tales 3-volume set published by Chaosium again just to reconnect.

The Professor says it best when he looks at a bridge, seeing in it "a mystical allegory of the passage from one world to another.

A series of floods in leads to some pretty wild speculation about strange things floating in the rivers of Vermont as well as sightings of strange creatures. Very enjoyable story. Richard Lupoff picks up the Akeley story again in "Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley," moving it forward into She holds regular sessions where she communes with the dead on behalf of her congregants.

One day she picks up a "spirit" transmission from a voice with "the twang of a rural New Englander," who asks about Wilmarth. I enjoyed the satire in this story and I liked it right up until the very end, when I think it got kind of silly and left me just a wee bit disappointed. Next up is Ramsey Campbell with his "The Mine on Yuggoth," the tale of a young man who was into very "less orthodox practices," who got it into his head to see for himself the source of the "obscure process" of immortality practiced on "Tond, Yoggoth, and occasionally on Earth.

I liked it, but not as much as the other stories in this book. This one was short, and okay. I read the story first, thinking that the ending sort of reminded me of a Japanese B-movie monster flick of the s mixed with a familiar horror trope.

Then I read the introduction, and had to laugh, because Clark Ashton-Smith had given Derleth some advice he really should have taken. First, "Litany to Hastur," a poem that re-situates Hastur in Carcosa and causes the narrator to warn others not "to seek to learn nor ever ask What horror hides behind The Pallid Mask! I tried to keep notes but honestly, it probably went over my head along the way. Definitely recommended. Posted by.


The Hastur Cycle

Lovecraft was born on August 20, in Providence, Rhode Island. Lovecraft was reciting poetry at the age of two and when he was three years old, his father suffered a mental breakdown and was admitted to Butler Hospital. He spent five years there before dying on July 19, of paresis, a form of neurosyphillis. During those five years, Lovecraft was told that his father was paralyzed and in a coma, which was not the case. His mother, two aunts and grandfather were now bringing up Lovecraft. He suffered from frequent illnesses as a boy, many of which were psychological. He began writing between the ages of six and seven and, at about the age of eight, he discovered science.


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For the Demon see Hastur Good Omens. Hastur the Unspeakable is a Cthulhu mythos deity. Although the being is most famously associated with H. Lovecraft , it is only mentioned in one of his stories, " The Whisperer in Darkness. Hastur is the name of a city in the Robert W. Have you seen the Yellow Sign? There is a whole secret cult of evil men a man of your mystical erudition will understand me when I link them with Hastur and the Yellow Sign devoted to the purpose of tracking them down and injuring them on behalf of the monstrous powers from other dimensions.



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