The evolution of the Cthulhu Mythos has been toward equal but opposite extremes of complexity and simplicity. Complexity, as the mythology of H. P. Lovecraft and his immediate circle was taken over by a band of enthusiastic later writers who elaborated and expanded it beyond all recognition. Simplicity, as in order to support this complicated structure, the distinctive elements of that mythology were diluted and blended into a truly amorphous whole. Dark Wisdom is a collection of modern Mythos stories that attempts to correct for both these extremes. Each of its twelve tales is written around one of the central tropes of the classic Mythos: a book like the Necronomicon, a race like the Deep Ones or a demonic god like Cthulhu himself. Each affirms the enduring power of those books, those races and those gods to leave their terrible mark on the modern world.
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Gary Myers has been a frequent contributor to the Cthulhu Mythos over a span of more than forty years. His other books include: The Country of the Worm, fantasy tales touching on the dreamlands of Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany; Gray Magic, a novel-length episode from the Book of Eibon of Clark Ashton Smith; and, with Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Lovecraft’s Syndrome, an informal Asperger’s appraisal of the writer’s life.From Publishers Weekly:
The 12 simply narrated tales of terror in Myers's second collection (after 1975's The House of the Worm) perfectly accommodate their stripped-down Lovecraftian themes. In The Web, two Web-surfing teens get more than they bargained for when they hack into an online edition of the Necronomicon and activate one of its spells. The Big Picture tells of an ordinary guy whose fascination with stereoscopic games and picture puzzles sensitizes him to horrors that lurk behind the facade of the visible world. In Understudy, a Hollywood special effects artist who sculpts lifelike rubber monster outfits saves the day on an underwater monster flick when he brings in his living model to body-double for the movie's star. What Rough Beast chronicles a terrified hitchhiker's flight from the eerie cult leader who arranged her impregnation. Myers often leavens the horror with wry humor, avoiding the cardinal horror sin of overdramatization. Fans of the Cthulhu mythos will welcome this new compilation from one of horror's most able contemporary practitioners.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 2nd edition. 186 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.42 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1484801962