Mythos Terror in the Age of Steam
We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
So said H.P. Lovecraft in the first chapter of his most famous story, "The Call of Cthulhu" (1926). This is also the perfect introduction to Steampunk Cthulhu, for within these stories mankind has indeed voyaged too far, and scientific innovations have opened terrifying vistas of reality, with insanity and worse as the only reward.
The Steampunk genre has always incorporated elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror and alternative history, and certainly the Cthulhu Mythos has not been a stranger to Steampunk.
But until now there has never been a Steampunk Cthulhu collection, so here are 18 tales unbound from the tethers of mere airships, goggles, clockwork, and tightly bound corsets; stories of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and alternative realities tainted with the Lovecraftian and the Cthulhu Mythos.
Here you will discover Victorian Britain, the Wild West era United States, and many other varied locations filled with anachronistic and sometimes alien technology, airships, submersibles and Babbage engines. But the Victorian era here is not only one of innovation and exploration, but of destruction and dread.
Selected and edited by Brian M. Sammons & Glynn Owen Barrass. Cover art by Daniele Serra. 310 pages. Trade Paperback.
The Tales Included:
Those Above by Jeffrey Thomas
The Blackwold Horror by Adam Bolivar
No Hand to Turn the Key by Carrie Cuinn
The Reverend Mr. Goodworks & the Yeggs of Yig by Edward M. Erdelac
Carnacki The Island of Doctor Munroe by William Meikle
Pain Wears No Mask by John Goodrich
Before the Least of These Stars by Lee Clark Zumpe
The Promised Messiah by D.J. Tyrer
Unfathomable by Christine Morgan
The Flower by Christopher M. Geeson
Tentacular Spectacular by Thana Niveau
Fall of an Empire by Glynn Owen Barrass & Brian M. Sammons
The Baying of the Hounds by Leigh Kimmel
Mr Brass & the City of Devils by Josh Reynolds
The Source by D.L. Snell
Happy Birthday, Dear Cthulhu by Robert Neilson
The Strange Company by Pete Rawlik
Released: 15 July 2014