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Robert E. Howard is the world-renowned author of the Conan series and the stories that were the basis of the recent Kull movie. He also was one of H.P. Lovecraft's frequent correspondents, and an author of many pivotal Mythos tales. This book collects together all of Howard's Mythos tales, including the tales that originated Gol-Goroth, Unausspreclichen Kulten, and Friedri Robert E. Howard is the world-renowned author of the Conan series and the stories that were the basis of the recent Kull movie. He also was one of H.P. Lovecraft's frequent correspondents, and an author of many pivotal Mythos tales. This book collects together all of Howard's Mythos tales, including the tales that originated Gol-Goroth, Unausspreclichen Kulten, and Friedrich Von Junzt. Included in this collections are several fragments left behind by Robert E. Howard which have been completed by a variety of authors. This book has been long anticipated by readers of H.P. Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu players alike.


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Robert E. Howard is the world-renowned author of the Conan series and the stories that were the basis of the recent Kull movie. He also was one of H.P. Lovecraft's frequent correspondents, and an author of many pivotal Mythos tales. This book collects together all of Howard's Mythos tales, including the tales that originated Gol-Goroth, Unausspreclichen Kulten, and Friedri Robert E. Howard is the world-renowned author of the Conan series and the stories that were the basis of the recent Kull movie. He also was one of H.P. Lovecraft's frequent correspondents, and an author of many pivotal Mythos tales. This book collects together all of Howard's Mythos tales, including the tales that originated Gol-Goroth, Unausspreclichen Kulten, and Friedrich Von Junzt. Included in this collections are several fragments left behind by Robert E. Howard which have been completed by a variety of authors. This book has been long anticipated by readers of H.P. Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu players alike.

30 review for Nameless Cults: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Fiction of Robert E. Howard

  1. 4 out of 5

    John

    Chaosium collection of Robert E. Howard stories. Some of the stories are only tenuously connected to the Mythos. There are a few dogs in here, literally in the case of The Hoofed Thing which is a Lovecraft story where the hero punches the monster in the face instead of fainting. That said there are a lot of stand out stories in here and Price does his usual good job of putting the stories in context and connecting them with their influences. 12/8/2012 - The Black Stone - Robert E. Howard - Namel Chaosium collection of Robert E. Howard stories. Some of the stories are only tenuously connected to the Mythos. There are a few dogs in here, literally in the case of The Hoofed Thing which is a Lovecraft story where the hero punches the monster in the face instead of fainting. That said there are a lot of stand out stories in here and Price does his usual good job of putting the stories in context and connecting them with their influences. 12/8/2012 - The Black Stone - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults A man investigates a tall black spindly monolith somewhere in Hungary. The poet Justin Geoffrey supposedly got inspiration for The People of the Monolith there. Man goes to sleep and has a lucid dream of an ancient sacrificial rite which ends with a toad like being perched on the top of the monolith. Man figures ancient event and realizes that the old Turks must have imprisoned the creature. Worms of the Earth - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults, (Bran Mak Morn: The Last King) Bran Mac Morn story. The king of the Picts takes revenge on the Romans for a brutal crucifixion by summoning the little people. The little people are a degenerate race of underground dwellers who were put down by the Picts. The Little People - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults A reworking of The Shining Pyramid where the hero saves the girl. People of the Dark - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults A man vying for the love of a woman resolves to kill his competition in a haunted cave. The cave itself is a callback to Worms of Earth (Dagon's Cave). While exploring, the man falls and is knocked unconscious. In his dream he is an Irish raider suspiciously named Conan who desires a Briton woman. The woman is defended by her lover and the two run into the cave. Conan chases the two into the cave and comes in contact with either degenerate Picts or the even more degenerate Little People who pre-date the Picts. Chase ensues, the two men join forces and the couple die rather be killed by creeps. The man wakes up in time to see the woman of his desires and her lover appear in the cave. A replay of the ancient events ensues revealing the three are reincarnations of Conan and the Britons. New Conan does the honorable thing. The Children of the Night - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults Another reincarnation dream where a bunch of amateur scholars (including Kirowan) are hanging around drinking whiskey and soda and yammering about ancient races. They mention the "Bran cult" a callback to Bran Mac Morn. Again a guy goes unconscious and in his dream he realizes that one of the men is a descendant of the Little People and he himself is a descendant of the Picts or Celts their ancient enemy. He wakes up and vows to kill the man after an unsuccessful attempt to throttle him. The Thing on the Roof - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults Very much an HPL style tale where a guy helps another, weirder guy get hold of Nameless Cults, the legendary Black Book of von Juntz. Blah blah. Weird guy comes back from foreign travels, friend visits and hears hoof-like sounds upstairs. Weird friend apparently brought something back with him and is killed for his trouble. The Abbey - Robert E. Howard and C.J. Henderson - Nameless Cults Funky time jump where a guy is checking out an old abbey then realizes he's gone back in time. Freaky monk from the past tries to capture the guy, Little People again, guy triumphs. There's a toad god thing in the pool. Written from a Howard fragment. The Fire of Asshurbanipal - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults Pulp adventure tale about an Indiana Jones type named Steve Clarney and his loyal Afghan partner (sahib!). They hear about a magnificent jewel called the Fire of Asshurbanipal and chase it down to a lost city in the desert. Naturally, Arab brigands who turn out to be led by a rival happen along to take the jewel once the white guy finds it. Fight ensues, Steve is defeated and the Arab takes the jewel. The temple's unspeakable guardian shows up and deals with the problem. Steve and the Afghan leave alive but empty handed. Of the two versions of this story, this is the Mythos version. The Door to the World - Robert E. Howard and Joseph S. Pulver - Nameless Cults William Hope Hodgson style story about a guy who is transported to fairy land while enjoying a quiet evening in his library. A little touch of John Carter as the man wants to go back rather than stay in our world. The Hoofed Thing - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults Amusing tale of a guy and his weird neighbor. The plot builds as cats, then dogs, then small children and homeless people start disappearing. The weird neighbor summoned something and was keeping it in the second floor of his house Whately style. When the neighbor kidnaps the hero's girl friend the hero goes across the street and in true Howard style, punches the creature in the face. Featuring Bozo the heroic bulldog who was preceded by Bozo the less than heroic Maltese cat. Dig Me no Grave - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults Freaky guy dies leaving instructions for his one friend to perform. The friend seeks out Kirowan (see Children of the Night), who helps him follow the ritual. Apparently the guy sold his soul, blah blah. Some weird Arab shows up to make sure things are done right. Story was better than it sounds. Freaky guy was 300 years old, the ritual completed, soul claimed, house burned down. The House in the Oaks - Robert E. Howard and August Derleth - Nameless Cults Cool story about an abandoned house in New England which is apparently a doorway to other space and time. Kind of a House on the Borderland thing. This story goes into some detail as to why Justin Geoffrey was insane. The Black Bear Bites - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults "Chinamen" plot sedition and anarchy while our hero sneaks about and listens in. Takes place in China and suggests parallels with the Boxer Rebellion, etc. Damn this guy is a racist. The Shadow Kingdom - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults King Kull story as he joins forces with the hated Picts to root out evil in Valusia. Kull is conveniently king of Valusia at the time. The evil turns out to be serpent people who pre-date the humans in Valusia by a million years give or take. Kull keeps his throne but is forever on the lookout for the serpent men who can take human form. 12/24/2012 - The Gods of Bal-Sagoth - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults Turlogh O'Brien tale where he and his pal the Saxon Athelstane find themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious island after a Viking attack. There they meet Brunhild, a beautiful Norse woman who was revered as a goddess on the island until a local sorcerer decided otherwise. The two rescue the girl and return her to power. Naturally that doesn't go well as the sorcerer strikes back and his ancient thing kills lots people. Total anarchy ensues as civil war break out and the island is attacked by a thousand red indians. There's even an ape assassin! Turlogh and Athelstane ultimately quit the island only to be rescued by Spaniards (?!?) who are on their way to slaughter Moslem pirates. Ridiculous plot; loved every minute of it. I sense a sequel. 12/26/2012 - Skull Face - Robert E. Howard - Nameless Cults A novella really about Steve Costigan suffering as a hash addict after WWI. He falls into the clutches of Kathulos, a reputed Egyptian, but actually an Atlantean, who is masterminding a plot to overthrow white people. Kind of a Fu Manchu story with Mythos overtones. Fun pulp thriller material with only tenuous ties to the Mythos. I thought Black Bear Bites was racist; this is white vs. the world in this story. 12/26/2012 - Black Aeons - Robert E. Howard and Robert M. Price - Nameless Cults Allison and Brill, a pair of American Egyptologists, uncover a gray stone dome in the desert. Allison is convinced it is the tomb of a Stygian who pre-dates the Egyptians by millennia. Talks about how the Egyptians came to be after the Hyborian age. What follows (Price's portion) is a lucid dream sequence in which Allison's past self, Bane the Vanir is helping to conquer Stygia. Bane enters the temple and fights illusions in the form of temple guards and monsters before he finally encounters the Stygian priest. Once the priest is dead, Allison wakes up to find himself in the temple. He is attacked by his friend Brill in the guise of the Stygian priest. They settle their millenia long score when Allison kills Brill and then falls into a permanent coma (or dies?) in the tomb. 12/26/2012 - The Challenge from Beyond - C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long - Nameless Cults A round robin story in which a camper finds a strange quartz like cube with strange writing inside. By the time HPL gets hold of the story the man's mind is sucked across the void to another planet to occupy an alien body yithian style (he even mentions yithians in the text). HPL alsomgoes into a long diatribe about the aliens and how the cube got there, etc. He attributes he Eltdown Shards. Arriving on the far away planet, REH takes up the tale and the human occupied alien body start kicking ass and takes over the planet. The human body fails utterly in Long's portion leaving the hero large and in charge on the alien planet.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo

    Best known for the creation of Conan (I actually only know the films and some comics) and Solomon Kane, this book compiles a set of stories mostly linked with the horror genre. The stories are influenced by Lovecraft's works (a friend fo Howard) and you can see that in some references or atmospheres. However, I never felt the same unease that Lovecraft's work had while reading this book. It resembled more a adventure book with some occult background. Unlike Lovecraft's characters, Howard's main le Best known for the creation of Conan (I actually only know the films and some comics) and Solomon Kane, this book compiles a set of stories mostly linked with the horror genre. The stories are influenced by Lovecraft's works (a friend fo Howard) and you can see that in some references or atmospheres. However, I never felt the same unease that Lovecraft's work had while reading this book. It resembled more a adventure book with some occult background. Unlike Lovecraft's characters, Howard's main leads were mostly Conan-like figures read to jump into the fray. It has some interesting notions and stories providing a well spent time, but I still prefer the lunacy and mental aspects of Lovecraft's work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    An excellent collection of the Howard stories related to H. P. Lovecraft's mythos. I am usually more a fan of Howard's action stories but these were very good reads. Very recommended An excellent collection of the Howard stories related to H. P. Lovecraft's mythos. I am usually more a fan of Howard's action stories but these were very good reads. Very recommended

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Robert E Howard found a successful formula in writing, as he did with his Conan the Barbarian stories, and stuck with it. He either placed his characters directly in a barbaric past or his heroes were modern men that fell asleep only to mysteriously be transported in body and in time to that savage time. This is pulp fiction at its unsurprising finest. For as predictable a writer as Howard was, these stories are entertaining and they are short enough to hold the readers interest. The Cthulhu/Lov Robert E Howard found a successful formula in writing, as he did with his Conan the Barbarian stories, and stuck with it. He either placed his characters directly in a barbaric past or his heroes were modern men that fell asleep only to mysteriously be transported in body and in time to that savage time. This is pulp fiction at its unsurprising finest. For as predictable a writer as Howard was, these stories are entertaining and they are short enough to hold the readers interest. The Cthulhu/Lovecraft tie in is in some of the names, and storylines borrowed from that author, and readers expecting anything deeper into that mythos should read Lin Carter, Clark Aston Smith or the more recent Donald Tyson. My only concern, and I have read an insurmountable amount of books edited by Robert M. Price, is amount of unfinished stories completed by others. This is a minor concern as each author does a wonderful job of emulating Howard’s style, but the purest in me looks at a compilation of a specific authors work and only his own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ritchie

    Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, wrote many non-Conan stories, some of adventure and some of the supernatural. Several are collected here. Despite the subtitle, the Cthulhu connections are often quite thin--more often, the stories feel vaguely Lovecraftian, though not written in Lovecraft's wordy and poetic style, but contain very little aside from a mention or two of a mythos name to directly tie them to the Cthulhu stories. Still, most of these are worth reading, especially for fans of Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, wrote many non-Conan stories, some of adventure and some of the supernatural. Several are collected here. Despite the subtitle, the Cthulhu connections are often quite thin--more often, the stories feel vaguely Lovecraftian, though not written in Lovecraft's wordy and poetic style, but contain very little aside from a mention or two of a mythos name to directly tie them to the Cthulhu stories. Still, most of these are worth reading, especially for fans of the the classic-era Weird Tales.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    A good selection of stories, although there are definitely some repeats if you have some of Howard's other horror related collections. There are also some fragments that Howard never finished that other authors finish. These stories are entertaining enough, but they are not the same, and helps illustrate how unique of a voice Howard had. A good selection of stories, although there are definitely some repeats if you have some of Howard's other horror related collections. There are also some fragments that Howard never finished that other authors finish. These stories are entertaining enough, but they are not the same, and helps illustrate how unique of a voice Howard had.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Szondy

    Robert E Howard is best known today for creating the sword-wielding barbarian Conan, but what many people forget is that he was a close friend of H P Lovecraft and a major influence on the development of the latter's Cthulhu Mythos. Read more Robert E Howard is best known today for creating the sword-wielding barbarian Conan, but what many people forget is that he was a close friend of H P Lovecraft and a major influence on the development of the latter's Cthulhu Mythos. Read more

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aaron the Pink Donut

    The collected Cthulhu mythos stories from the man who brought you Conan. Very approachable and particularly entertaining group of stories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe Ross

    Weak in a few spots, but there are some buried treasures in here for Howard fans!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Dean

    REH stories involving some sort of Lovecraftian content, usually Koth or Gol-Gorath, which are Howard inventions incorporated into the Mythos. Includes stories with King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Black Turlough, and REH's normal collection of Allison's and Brill's. Each story is preceded by a short descriptive with background information. Many of the stories are found in other collections, such as "The Black Stone" and "Worms of the Earth"(EVERY collection). Also some unfinished works completed by va REH stories involving some sort of Lovecraftian content, usually Koth or Gol-Gorath, which are Howard inventions incorporated into the Mythos. Includes stories with King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Black Turlough, and REH's normal collection of Allison's and Brill's. Each story is preceded by a short descriptive with background information. Many of the stories are found in other collections, such as "The Black Stone" and "Worms of the Earth"(EVERY collection). Also some unfinished works completed by various authors like August Derleth, some more successful than others. And a very interesting piece where five different authors provide a single chapter to a single story. Joining REH in "The Challenge from Beyond" are C. L. Moore, A. Merritt, HPL, and Frank Belknap Long. For anyone who ever wished that one of Lovecraft's heroes would have stopped gibbering and drooling long enough to punch a shoggoth in the nose(or the area where a nose should be) this is for you. It's not all Conan slaying monsters, but REH's men face their horror standing up, running in terror only after the danger has passed and they have time to think about what they just saw. Great Mythos stuff, plus a Dr. Fu-Manchu story thrown in just because.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Who else but Robert E. Howard to stand toe-to-toe with other pulp legend H.P. Lovecraft and come away on equal footing? That Howard and Lovecraft were pen pals of sorts fills me with delight. Two mighty writers' visions culminate in solid, pulp greatness. Who else but Robert E. Howard to stand toe-to-toe with other pulp legend H.P. Lovecraft and come away on equal footing? That Howard and Lovecraft were pen pals of sorts fills me with delight. Two mighty writers' visions culminate in solid, pulp greatness.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    I love Robert E. Howard! The poor, doomed Texan friend of Lovecraft, creator of Conan and Kull. Read him.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clifford Low

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek Nair

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nuno Oliveira

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ilham Abbasov

  22. 5 out of 5

    Toteslaut

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Fallone

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Steussy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shane Lindsey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danyell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

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