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Featuring all new stories of cosmic and Lovecraftian horror based pre, during and post the apocalypse by authors Jeffrey Thomas, Lucy A. Snyder, Tim Curran, Pete Rawlik, Sam Gafford, Christine Morgan, Cody Goodfellow and many more, Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror continues the Dark Regions Weird Fiction line with 19 original stories from some of the Featuring all new stories of cosmic and Lovecraftian horror based pre, during and post the apocalypse by authors Jeffrey Thomas, Lucy A. Snyder, Tim Curran, Pete Rawlik, Sam Gafford, Christine Morgan, Cody Goodfellow and many more, Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror continues the Dark Regions Weird Fiction line with 19 original stories from some of the best authors in Lovecraftian horror and weird fiction today.


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Featuring all new stories of cosmic and Lovecraftian horror based pre, during and post the apocalypse by authors Jeffrey Thomas, Lucy A. Snyder, Tim Curran, Pete Rawlik, Sam Gafford, Christine Morgan, Cody Goodfellow and many more, Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror continues the Dark Regions Weird Fiction line with 19 original stories from some of the Featuring all new stories of cosmic and Lovecraftian horror based pre, during and post the apocalypse by authors Jeffrey Thomas, Lucy A. Snyder, Tim Curran, Pete Rawlik, Sam Gafford, Christine Morgan, Cody Goodfellow and many more, Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror continues the Dark Regions Weird Fiction line with 19 original stories from some of the best authors in Lovecraftian horror and weird fiction today.

30 review for Return of the Old Ones Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claus Appel

    This book was not as great as I had hoped. Many of the stories were bland, but some were good. My favourite stories in it were "Chimera" by Sam Gafford and "Messages from a Dark Deity" by Stephen Mark Rainey, with honourable mentions to "Scratching from the Outer Darkness" by Tim Curran. This book was not as great as I had hoped. Many of the stories were bland, but some were good. My favourite stories in it were "Chimera" by Sam Gafford and "Messages from a Dark Deity" by Stephen Mark Rainey, with honourable mentions to "Scratching from the Outer Darkness" by Tim Curran.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tarl

    I am always intrigued by post apocalyptic Lovecraftian horror because there is so much a writer can do with it. There are often some really good gems in collections like these, but there is also the chance that the writers try too hard or don't really grasp Lovecraftian horror as they lose themselves in their imagined hellscapes. Sammons has collected a fairly good batch of stories for this anthology, and wrapped it in a beautiful cover that is an instant eye catcher. There were definitely far m I am always intrigued by post apocalyptic Lovecraftian horror because there is so much a writer can do with it. There are often some really good gems in collections like these, but there is also the chance that the writers try too hard or don't really grasp Lovecraftian horror as they lose themselves in their imagined hellscapes. Sammons has collected a fairly good batch of stories for this anthology, and wrapped it in a beautiful cover that is an instant eye catcher. There were definitely far more good stories to uninteresting ones in this anthology, the good ones capturing the cosmic horror of Lovecraftian horror extremely well. There are also a number of stories that fall back on the old tropes of unspeakable monsters and don't really try anything new. Though somewhat entertaining, they don't do as good of a job as the authors who take Lovecraft's creations and push further with them. Shout/Kill/Revel/Repeat by Scott R Jones was a story that I didn't like when I started reading it. The multiple explanations/actions/thoughts from the protagonist was distracting at first and took some getting used to. But as the story went on I started to really enjoy just what it was trying to do. By the end of the story, I thought the sense of madness of a Lovecraftian universe was really handled well and the way things played out worked extremely well. Easily one of the best stories in this collection. The Call Of The Deep by William Meikle is one of the stories where the author didn't seem to try anything new with the Lovecraft mythos. The story reads like a zombie apocalypse with deep ones rather than zombies. Humans holed up behind military strong points waiting as the horde of creatures slowly surround them. The ending wasn't that climactic, nor was the story very engaging. Normally I like Meikle's work, but not this story unfortunately. The Allclear by Edward M. Erdelac was a pretty good story and did a good job showing how a shelter would slowly evolve over time to form their own religion and how titles and words would evolve over time. Yet I couldn't shake the feel that it was just a Fallout copy, with elements of the story eerily close to elements found in the game, which took away a lot of the originality of the story and left it feeling more like a fanfiction than anything else. Still, the story itself was a good one and unique when it came to the other stories in this anthology. Chimera by Sam Gafford took an interesting route with their story, using elements to show the end of the world quite differently than the other writers did in this anthology. There is a far more human element to the story, and the reader gets a perfect payoff because of it. You feel for the characters, especially the protagonist, which helps to make the payoff even better. I enjoyed this story, and though normally I am not a fan of human conflicts like the one in this story, it worked extremely well and made the ending that much more satisfying. In the end, this is a fairly good collection of Lovecraftian stories. Sammons' choice to group them in three sections (before the fall, during the fall, after the fall) was a really smart way of handling them, and I am glad that each section had a good amount of stories in each. Even though there are the odd story that falls short, that is to be expected for an anthology, and honestly, you may enjoy them where I didn't. And ti you are into post apocalyptic stories, or Lovecraftian stories, this is a good collection of stories for you that I am sure you will find a few favorites of your own!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott Waldie

    Excellent collection of stories here. Sammons did a great job organizing it into 'pre-', 'during', and 'post-' apocalyptic sections. Pathos and terror abound, not to mention innovation, as well as the atmospheric prose so important to a lot of Lovecraft fiction, from distinct voices. I'd say there were about ten selections I really enjoyed, and the rest were all still pretty good. I also appreciated the author biographies which list off a lot more material I can check out. Excellent collection of stories here. Sammons did a great job organizing it into 'pre-', 'during', and 'post-' apocalyptic sections. Pathos and terror abound, not to mention innovation, as well as the atmospheric prose so important to a lot of Lovecraft fiction, from distinct voices. I'd say there were about ten selections I really enjoyed, and the rest were all still pretty good. I also appreciated the author biographies which list off a lot more material I can check out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matt Turner

    15/35/50 15% awesome stories, 35% good to really good stories, and 50% stories ranging from “That was alright” to Well, that just happened” and down to “I skimmed it after the first few pages, checked the end just in case, and then started reading the next story”. 3.5 stars, really. The awesome stories were A-1, legit.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    excellent collection of Lovecraftiana, about the End Times. Or more correctly, the times immediately before, during, and after the Stars Become Right. Imaginative and diverse! And highly recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    Chock full of good apocalypse horror Other than one story that was just too weird for my tastes, this was an enjoyable imagining of the various ways that a cosmic horror apocalypse could happen and be lived through and in.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John R. Dailey Jr.

    A FAIR BUNCH OF TALES OF THE OLD ONES IT IS.. Hello, I, honestly, have to say that this one of the most boring collections of Lovecraftian tales. There wasn't a winner in the whole bunch. Thanks. A FAIR BUNCH OF TALES OF THE OLD ONES IT IS.. Hello, I, honestly, have to say that this one of the most boring collections of Lovecraftian tales. There wasn't a winner in the whole bunch. Thanks.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Johann

    Great Collection These Cthulhu Mythos stories have s twist: What if the stars were right and the Old Ones di rule the planet again. Loved all of the stories, which is rare for me, and highly recommend!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    James Nealon

    Yum Every single time I read one of these I am surprised by how much I love them. Awesome collection of stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Edward Z

    While any themed collection suffers from being repetitive, this one suffers A LOT. It's like there was a checklist, make the main character have suppressed memories, throw in some cults, and BOOM, end the world. Failing that, just throw a bunch of weird stuff against the wall and see what sticks. There were a few stories I did like, but ultimately I think the theme constricted the plots too much, the writing was mostly fine throughout. If I read these by themselves and not back to back I'm sure t While any themed collection suffers from being repetitive, this one suffers A LOT. It's like there was a checklist, make the main character have suppressed memories, throw in some cults, and BOOM, end the world. Failing that, just throw a bunch of weird stuff against the wall and see what sticks. There were a few stories I did like, but ultimately I think the theme constricted the plots too much, the writing was mostly fine throughout. If I read these by themselves and not back to back I'm sure they wouldn't have annoyed so much, but the same thing over and over with just increasingly over the top weird for the sake of it was just tiresome. Did I mention how repetitive this is yet?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Walker

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

  13. 5 out of 5

    Henrik Rostoft

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandyhale1205

  15. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Price

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deby M

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    Sandi

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danforth Spitzer

  19. 5 out of 5

    P A Whalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mai

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Manning

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kay Koelsch

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian Sammons

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jason Williams

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Selby-Martin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lira

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M Debo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Russell Jurney

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