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Cthulhu Thursday: Top 5 best of Myhthos, Cthulhu and Lovecraft Film, TV, Games, Stories and more… (A Work in Progress)

February 23, 2012

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Anyway back to the post….

This post is intended to be a work in progress. As a big fan of Cthulhu related stuff, I get through a lot, so I wanted to put together a personal list of the best of the best Cthulhu, Mythos and Lovecraft related things. Feel free to comment, email or tweet me suggestions, but note it is a personal list, so I may not agree with you…

Right, here we go…Note!! I list the top five in each category but they are not in order within that list, it was too hard to get all hierarchical with them 😦  Also note!!! that this is work in progress, I’m not decided all the category winners as yet, so I’ll be updating it as I do…

The Best of Lovecraft’s Own Stories

  • Call of Cthulhu: If you were to only read one of his stories, this should be it. It’s his most famous work for a reason. It has all the classic elements to a great Lovecraft work; mystery, crazy dreams, journeys that end in madness, cults, Cyclopesn horror. All bound within a multiply stranded narrative. A must read.
  • The Colour Out of Space: This was also what Lovecraft thought of as his best work and I love this story for its depiction of something truly alien. Often in fiction the aliens are just magnified human archetypes and are not really all that alien. No so here, the thing is so different from us it’s, well alien. And that is its horror. The story is also amazingly written and so a great read.
  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth: Another classic.  It has the rambling antiquarian trying to unravel a mystery that begins to unravel him… Great stuff!
  • At The Mountains of Madness: This is one of Lovecraft’s longest works and best.  The narrator is writing to beg a group planning a new expedition to the Arctic to not and leave the place alone.  In warning these foolhardy new explorers he has to tell his tale and what a tale it is…
  • Dagon: A very short story with echoes of Call of Cthulhu and Shadow Over Innsmouth within but this time wrapped within a World War One setting.  Amazing prose and description within the short story form.

Best Lovecraft Collaboration

Best Lovecraft Feature Films

  • Call of Cthulhu (2005): What an amazing idea – make the film as if it has been made in Lovecraft’s time – as a silent classic. I love this film and the people who made it (the HPLHS) have done an amazing job of adapting his work, far better that filmmakers with more experience and money have done.  It just goes to show how far creativity and passion can go.
  • Cthulhu (2007): Based roughly on Shadow over Innsmouth, it is a good mix of classic Lovecraftian ideas and modern horror stuff.  A good stab at Lovecraft on film, imho.
  • Re-Animator (1985): A great film that is based on the Lovecraft tale of ‘Herbert West: Re-animator‘ and updates it to a contemporaty setting. Deservedly one of the best adaptations of Lovecraft’s work.
  • From Beyond (1986): From the same team of Re-Animator, another great adaptation that also updates the action to a contemporary setting.
  • The Whisper in the Darkness (2012): A second feature by the HPLHS people and another hit. A great adaptation oozing atmosphere and while the effects are not all that great, given the budget they had it is amazing. Loved it!

Best Lovecraft Short Films

Best Contemporary Lovecraftian Fiction

  • A Colder War by Charles Stross: The best contemporary Lovecraft story in my opinion.  A must read, shame it is only a short.
  • The Imago Sequence & Other Stories by Laird Barron: I recently discovered Laird and he’s AMAZING. I’ve ready all I’ve been able to get my fish-claws on. Occultation and the Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All are also brilliant anthologies and the novel The Croning blew me away (stick with it as the first chapter is odd, but it makes sense later on…)
  • Delta Green Fiction: Delta Green: Denied to the Enemy by Dennis Detwiller.  This novel is written in fragments involving a slew of characters over the course of World War 2, the fragmented quality of it really amplifies the horror a mystery. Once More, from the Top by A. Scott Glancy: The story of the Innsmouth raid by the government refered to in Lovecraft’s original.  A short story in Delta Green: Dark Theatres.
  • That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley.  A Lovecraftian novel that mixes stories within stories.  Really enjoyable and has deservedly won a bunch of awards.
  • Twilight Turns From Amethyst by Nicola Belte. A chilling short story telling of the time when the Deep Ones have returned and we are at war with them. It’s The Handmaid’s Tale meets Shadow over Innsmouth.

Best Contemporary Multi-Author Lovecraftian Anthology

  • Shadows over Baker Street: Lovecraft meets Holmes, it’s the mashup we all wanted to see and this great anthology made happen.
  • The Starry Wisdom: An anthology of stories and comics that are a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft.  Some great writers recruited to the project and some amazing work within.
  • Lovecaft eZine: An ongoing project that has produced many, many stories – some real gems in the mix there and a project totally worth supporting!
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Best Lovecraftian Non-Fiction & Beyond

  • The Annotated Lovecraft: By the great Lovecraftian scholar S.T.Joshi, its a great way to read his works and get an insight to how he wrote them.
  • H.P.Podcraft: Funny and informative companion podcast that works though Lovecraft’s works (and those that inspired him) and is a real joy to listen too. I can’t recommend highly enough. I recommend subscribing to the premium feed (I have!)
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Best Call of Cthulhu Paper RPG Supplement

Honourable mention: Dark Mirror (cos I wrote it!)

Best Cthulhu Video Games

Best Cthulhu Artists

For more on this topic, see here.

Michael Bukowski's Cthulhu

Best Lovecraftian Comics

Best Cthulhu/Lovecraftian Music

Best Cthulhu Mashups

Best Cthulhu/Lovecraftian Websites

  • Lovecraft eZine: As well as producing ongoing fiction in the genre, it has news and links and much more.  A great project.
  • H.P.Lovecraft Archive: An astounding collection of Lovecraft’s works (all for free) and loads of commentary and more.  An amazing collection!
  • HPPodcraft.com: A literary tour around Lovecraft’s works.  I love this show and am working my way though the back catalogue as well as listening to new shows.  The presenters are smart, funny and know their Mythos.
  • Chaosium: Full of goodies and they’ve been keeping the flame of Cthulhu going for over 30 years.
  • Yog-sothoth.com: A Forum for RPG fans and also general Lovecraftian chat.  Loads of great stuff and it is clear a huge amount of work going into the endeavour.

(Cthulhu Thursday is a dose of Mythos to brighten darken your week. More on the idea can be found here and a list of posts thus far, here. Enjoy!)

16 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2012 1:05 am

    Maléfique [ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0309832/?mode=desktop ] is one of the best Cthulhu related movie.

  2. February 24, 2012 9:21 am

    A great list, can I suggest Dagon and maybe Castle Freak under movies, and if you haven’t seen it Dreams in the Witch House, it was part of the Masters of Horror series and was fantastic.

  3. February 24, 2012 9:59 am

    While not the greatest version of a Lovecraft story, there’s the film version of ‘Dagon’ directed by Stuart Gordon (of Re-animator fame). It makes a few changes to the story such as being set in Spain, but the visual tone is similar to ‘Dark Corners of the Earth’ and is pretty good.

  4. February 27, 2012 6:08 pm

    In place of one of your “currently redacted” short films, might I suggest “The Other Gods”? http://vimeo.com/3197642

  5. March 8, 2012 1:44 pm

    For films, you have to have Frank Darabout’s The Mist in there as a piece of cthulhu inspired greatness. Comics, take a look at Atomic Robo, some very nice HPL nods in the Trade Paperbacks.

  6. June 1, 2012 1:44 am

    Wow, TWO Lovecraft eZine mentions? Thanks for the shout-outs. 🙂

  7. June 1, 2012 4:51 am

    Best Lovecraft rock band? I nominate The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets

  8. June 1, 2012 1:40 pm

    Great List! I suggest the movie “Dagon” (2001) and the comic book version of the mythos by Alberto Breccia (http://chiquirritipis.blogspot.com.ar/2008/03/el-mutante-alberto-breccia-recrea.html)

  9. August 17, 2013 12:07 am

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiyore!_Nyaruko-san
    You heard of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san? It really belongs on any list of best of Lovecraft, at least, if there’s room for the less serious.

  10. August 17, 2013 12:09 am

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiyore!_Nyaruko-san
    I know this is an old post, but I just followed a link here today. Anyway, I nominate “Haiyore! Nyarko-san” for inclusion as a less-serious Lovecraftian work.

  11. Ulic qeldroma permalink
    November 26, 2014 3:44 pm

    Eternal darkness for the game cube should be on the the list for video games… Check it out

  12. Kyle permalink
    February 5, 2015 11:03 am

    Hey, great list… Plenty to go on with, now to just fit this in around life and the aftermath of the Steam sales, The Wasted Land already on my handset :p If you are part of Red Wasp are you based in Bristol… Swear I read somewhere?

    • February 9, 2015 3:36 pm

      We are indeed in Bristol…

      • Kyle permalink
        February 9, 2015 7:09 pm

        Ah, greetings fellow Bristolians 😀 just working my way through so many things from your list. Thanks 🙂

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