The Red Brain : Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos ed by S.T. Joshi
Trade paperback format.
Following up on the success of A Mountain Walked, this volume presents another dozen tales of the Cthulhu Mythos that show how H. P. Lovecraft’s motifs, conceptions, and imagery have affected an entire century of weird writing. Beginning with a delightful parody of Lovecraft written by Edith Miniter in 1921, this anthology features “The Red Brain,” a story of incalculable cosmic horror by Donald Wandrei; “The Beast of Averoigne,” in which Clark Ashton Smith plays a riff on “The Dunwich Horror”; and C. Hall Thompson’s “The Will of Claude Ashur,” an ingenious adaptation of “The Thing on the Doorstep.”
Ramsey Campbell, one of the leading weird writers of today, has always maintained his Lovecraftian roots, and in “The Pattern” he utilizes Lovecraft’s theme of “conflict with time” to cataclysmic effect. The pioneering Thomas Ligotti (“The Sect of the Idiot”) draws inspiration from Lovecraft’s early tales, while Brian McNaughton (“Meryphillia”) teases out the latent sexuality in Lovecraft’s use of ghouls. Caitlín R. Kiernan’s “The Peddler’s Tale” is one of the few successful elaborations of Lovecraft’s dreamland stories, while Jonathan Thomas uses Lovecraft’s native town of Providence for a tale of alien races.
This volume contains previously unpublished stories by W. H. Pugmire, Mark Samuels, and Ray Garton, all of which demonstrate their authors’ skill at fusing Lovecraftian motifs with their own dark vision. All in all, The Red Brain is a rich banquet of strangeness that no Lovecraft devotee will want to be without.
DELUXE HARDCOVER INFORMATION: Signed by Thomas Ligotti, Ramsey Campbell, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Mark Samuels, W. H. Pugmire and S. T. Joshi, limited to 200 signed & numbered copies worldwide, printed offset on acid-free paper with Smyth sewn binding, bound in premium book cloth, stamped on front cover and spine, features dust jacket, housed in a slipcase. Oversized at 7"x11".
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by S. T. Joshi
Falco Ossifracus: By Mr. Goodguile by Edith Miniter
The Red Brain by Donald Wandrei
The Beast of Averoigne by Clark Ashton Smith
The Will of Claude Ashur by C. Hall Thompson
The Pattern by Ramsey Campbell
The Sect of the Idiot by Thomas Ligotti
Meryphillia by Brian McNaughton
The Peddler’s Tale; or, Isobel’s Revenge by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Integrity by Jonathan Thomas
Pickman’s Lazarus by W. H. Pugmire
The Crimson Fog by Mark Samuels
Misanthrope by Ray Garton