Thursday, April 3, 2014
from the weird fiction page: The Hastur Cycle, edited by Robert M. Price
Chaosium (Call of Cthulhu Fiction #1), 1993
"Close contact with the utterly bizarre is often more terrifying than inspiring..." --- HP Lovecraft in "The Whisperer in Darkness" (193)
Some time ago, long before HBO's True Detective was even in the works, I read S.T. Joshi's Chaosium collection of Robert W. Chambers' The Yellow Sign and Other Stories. It was my introduction to King in Yellow, and I was so entranced that I had to have more. After doing a little research, I came up with a list of titles to satisfy my King In Yellow itch, and The Hastur Cycle was one of them. To be honest, there are only a few stories that deal with Carcosa, Hali, and The King of Yellow, but they're all quite good. The rest of the book is a Lovecraft story, along with tales from writers who came after Lovecraft and were inspired by him in their own writing. I've outlined the stories without spoilers here along with my thoughts on this book, which I recommend highly to readers of weird fiction or Lovecraft in general.