TOC: ‘New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird’ Edited by Paula Guran

Sean Wallace has posted the table of contents for Paula Guran’s upcoming anthology New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird, coming from Prime Books in November of 2011. The book, which sports some nice cover art by Rafael Tavares, is described like so:

For more than eighty years H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers of supernatural fiction, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and gaming. His themes of cosmic indifference, the utter insignificance of humankind, minds invaded by the alien, and the horrors of history–written with a pervasive atmosphere of unexplainable dread–today remain not only viable motifs, but are more relevant than ever as we explore the mysteries of a universe in which our planet is infinitesimal and climatic change is overwhelming it.

In the first decade of the twenty-first century supernatural writers no longer imitate Lovecraft, but they are profoundly influenced by the genre and the mythos he created. NEW CTHULHU: THE RECENT WEIRD presents some of the best of this new Lovecraftian fiction– bizarre, subtle, atmospheric, metaphysical, psychological, filled with strange creatures and stranger characters–eldritch, unsettling, evocative, and darkly appealing.

Here’s the table of contents:

  1. “The Crevasse” by Dale Bailey & Nathan Ballingrud
  2. “Old Virginia” by Laird Barron
  3. “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear
  4. “Mongoose” by Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
  5. “The Oram County Whoosit” by Steve Duffy
  6. “Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman
  7. “Grinding Rock” by Cody Goodfellow
  8. “Pickman’s Other Model (1929)” by Caitlin Kiernan
  9. “The Disciple” by David Barr Kirtley
  10. “The Vicar of R’lyeh” by Marc Laidlaw
  11. “Mr Gaunt” by John Langan
  12. “Take Me to the River” by Paul McAuley
  13. “The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft” by Nick Mamatas & Tim Pratt
  14. “Details” by China Mieville
  15. “Bringing Helena Back” by Sarah Monette
  16. “Another Fish Story” by Kim Newman
  17. “Lesser Demons” by Norm Partridge
  18. “Cold Water Survival” by Holly Phillips
  19. “Head Music” by Lon Prater
  20. “Bad Sushi” by Cherie Priest
  21. “The Fungal Stain” by W.H. Pugmire
  22. “Tsathoggua” by Michael Shea
  23. “Buried in the Sky” by John Shirley
  24. “Fair Exchange” by Michael Marshall Smith
  25. “The Essayist in the Wilderness” by William Browning Spencer
  26. “A Colder War” by Charles Stross
  27. “The Great White Bed” by Don Webb

4 thoughts on “TOC: ‘New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird’ Edited by Paula Guran”

  1. This looks like it will be a great anthology.  I love the cover!  I just wanted to let everyone know that at least one of these stories, “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear, is freely available at the author’s website.  I read it a while ago and really enjoyed it.  I am looking forward to reading the other stories – thank for pointing this one out!

  2. I am happy that this book is getting such an online buzz, as that seems to signal a growing interest in Lovecraftian anthologies.  I’ve read but some few of the stories in this anthology and I am thankful to Paula for her choice.  Very happy to be among ye writers!  And I love that cover!

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