A Great Pulpy Collection
4.5 out of 5 stars
I think one of my favorite parts of these collections from this series is the depth and breadth of stories that come out of it. I’ve read the other books in the series so far and each one has amazing stories from great authors. This one is no different.
Like the last collection, Tales of Nyarlathotep is on the “pulpy” side and I’m for it. I won’t dive into each story as I don’t have the brain power nor the memory to specifically do that, but each one made me feel a certain way. Some made me squeamish and some just had me wondering what was going to happen next. Each one had its own place and each one was building on that feeling I get when reading this series. (It’s a feeling I can’t exactly explain but it sort of speaks to an inner horror lover in me if that makes sense).
As I’ve said in the other collections, I’m a sucker for anything that Phipps puts out and this one was no different, and I love when he does collections like this because I get to discover other great authors (usually within Crossroad Press’s roster). But in a day of lots of noise when it comes to finding new authors, I love books like this to help me find someone new.
The narration by Gary Noon really stands out to me here. This isn’t the first book I’ve listened to that he narrated and it won’t be the last. He really helps bring life to these stories and it’s something you can’t take for granted anymore. A great narrator can truly take a good book and make it great.
Overall, as with the others – I enjoyed the heck out of this pulpy collection of stories. It had something for everyone and really felt like a “complete” collection (aka each story felt “needed” in this collection).
TALES OF NYARLATHOTEP is the fourth book of the Books of Cthulhu series by Crossroad Press (Tales of the Al-Azif, Tales of Yog-Sothoth, The Book of Yig). It is an anthology featuring pulpy tales of horror starring Outer God and his myriad plots as well as games. Nyarlathotep is functionally omnipotent and treats humanity like ants underneath a magnifying glass. He is impossible to kill but perhaps capable of being thwarted. Or maybe that’s just what he wants you to think.
Experience such stories as a redneck family dealing with their insane body-snatching ancestor, a resurrected pharaoh trapped in a museum, a depraved family of British nobles out to harness ancient forces, and a post-apocalypse town under siege by a an immortal gun-slinging god’s avatar. Whether a hero or an ordinary human, none can triumph but maybe they can survive for another day.
This book contains thirteen chilling and adventure-filled tales by some of the best Cthulhu Mythos authors today, including Stoker Award-winning author David Niall Wilson (The Call of Distant Shores), as well as such fantastic authors as C.T. Phipps (Cthulhu Armageddon), David Hambling (the Harry Stubbs series), Matthew Davenport (the Andrew Doran series), Andrea Pearson (Mosaic), Eric Malikyte (Ego Trip), and David J. West (Let Sleeping Gods Lie).
Fans of Necroscope author Brian Lumley’s Titus Crow series will also see the authorized first appearance of the titular character since The Compleat Crow!Tales of Nyarlathotep by CT Phipps, David Hambling, Matthew Davenport, Eric Malikyte, Andrea Pearson, David Niall Wilson, David J. West
Narrator: Gary Noon
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Series: Books of Cthulhu #4
Published by Crossroad Press on December 2nd 2023
Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star, Tales of Yog-Sothoth, Tales of the Al-Azif, Heart of a Dragon
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