Anthology Review: The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran

The Mammoth Book of CthulhuThe Mammoth Book of Cthulhu by Paula Guran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As a follow-up to 2015’s New Cthulhu 2: More Recent Weird, Prime Books and editor Paula Guran released this latest Lovecraftian anthology of new short stories. This is a very even collection with few outshining the rest and none spoiling the bunch.

The best tales each earned 4 of 5 stars:
“In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro” by Usman T. Malik weaves an elaborate tale of terrorism, religion, sexism and urban legend in the modern world.
“Caro in Carno” by Helen Marshall images a fantastical landscape and folktale bringing heart to the process of death.
“Umbilicus” by Damien Angelica Walters depicts a mother’s infinite grief after the inexplicable loss of her 7 y.o. daughter.

Also included are:
Barron, Laird–“A Clutch”–3 stars
Downum, Amanda–“The Sea Inside”–3 stars
Emrys, Ruthanna–“Those Who Watch”–3 stars
Gavin, Richard–“Deep Eden”— 3 stars
Hodge, Brian–“It’s All the Same Road in the End”–3 stars
Langan, John–“Outside the House, Watching for the Crows”–3 stars
McDonald, Sandra–“The Cthulhu Navy Wife”–3 stars
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia–“Legacy of Salt”–3 stars
Partridge, Norman–“Backbite”–3 stars
Schanoes, Veronica–“Variations of Lovecraftian Themes”–3 stars
Shirley, John–“Just Beyond the Trailer Park”–3 stars
Strantzas, Simon–“Alexandra Lost”–3 stars
Wehunt, Michael–“I Do Not Count the Hours”–3 stars
Bulkin, Nadia–“I Believe That We Will Win”–2 stars
Gresh, Lois H.–“In the Sacred Cave”–2 stars
Hannett, Lisa L.–“In Syllables of Elder Seas”–2 stars
Kiernan, Caitlin R.–“The Peddler’s Tale, or Isobel’s Revenge”–2 stars
Lee, Yoon Ha–“Falcon-and-Sparrows”–2 stars
Pugmire, W. H.–“A Shadow of Thine Own Design”–2 stars
Shea, Michael–“An Open Letter to Mister Edgar Allan Poe, From a Fervent Admirer”–2 stars
Webb, Don–“The Future Eats Everything”–2 stars
Wise, A. C.–“I Dress My Lover in Yellow”–2 stars

I received my copy of the anthology directly from Prime Books.
 
 
 
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