haggopian

Brian Lumley
Solaris
2009

Prior to the best-selling Necroscope series, Brian Lumley built his repuation by writing stories set against H. P. Lovecraft’s cosmic Cthulhu Mythos backdrop. These dark and frightening tales appeared worldwide in some of the very best of Brian Lumley’s works.  Collected together, it confirms his place as a master of horror fiction.

Any good horror fan knows that H. P. Lovecraft’s influence is far-reaching.  In literature, especially, he has had a great impact on what we consider modern horror.  I’ve come to understand that many of the writers and authors who have inspired me in my own literary Danse Macabre – Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson and, of course, Brian Lumley – have been inspired in one way or another by the late master.

Lumley may be better known as the author of the Necroscope series here in the States, but back since the 1960s he was a prolific writer of the Lovecraft-inspired Cthulhu Mythos.  Mostly of short stories and novella-length material, Lumley’s style seemed to breathe some new life into the ancient stories.

Haggopian And Other Stories is Lumely’s second Cthulhu Mythos collection released recently in the States, and my first that I bought of his collection. Mainly because the book shop didn’t have the first collection.

The stories contained are much shorter than the ones collected in the first volume, and collect Lumley’s original Mythos tale first published in 1967, and the latest one written in 2003.  The stories involve fantastic, otherworldly beasts and creatures, all beings that inspire fear and awe, culled from the Mythos and breathed to life by Lumley’s storytelling.  This is actually the first time I experienced the paranormal investigator known as Titus Crow, as there are a few Titus Crow-based short stories collected here, as well as many of the classic Lovecraft-created characters, from the Deep Ones to the Elder Gods.  Included with each story is an introduction by Lumley himself, expounding on the history of the story, what inspired it, things like that.  Overall, though, Haggopian And Other Stories was a satisfying collection, and one that I’m glad I got ahold of.  Recommended for anyone who loves the Mythos, or the writings of Brian Lumley.

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