The Cackle of Cthulhu

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When you think of the Cthulhu Mythos, images come to mind of Lovecraftian horror, the slow-burning, overly-wordy creeping tales of elder gods and dark forces. You think of men driven mad, monstrous cults committing unspeakable acts on the innocent and guilty alike, and frog-like beings lurking in weird New England towns.

But what about the funny side of mind-shredding, unknowable evil? What about the times when elder gods play poker or a Cthulhu doll with an Elvis outfit on helps a woman with her love life? How about detective Cthulhu just trying to make ends meet, or the porn company trying to negotiate with a soul-thirsty demigod?

Those are the kind of stories you’ll find in The Cackle of Cthulhu, an unexpected trip into the humorous side of tentacled monsters, doomsday prophecies, and extradimensional weirdness of all sorts. Although not every story elicits laughs, this is one of the better Baen collections I’ve read over the years, one that really lets the authors go hog-wild and pun to their hearts’ content.

Immensely silly and occasionally very clever, The Cackle of Cthulhu adds some much-needed levity to a genre threatening to collapse under the weight of its own ponderously dour trappings.


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Author Alex Shvartsman, Editor
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Baen
Publish Date 2018-Jan-02
ISBN 9781481483001
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Issue June 2018
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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