The Lurker in the Shadows
"Slightly distasteful and totally hilarious tale about a world where Lovecraft lived to become a household horror icon, had his work adapted for the screen by Hitchcock and Argento and struck up a correspondence with a thinly- veiled version of Stephen King. I suspect King would like it (and Lovecraft would not approve)." - Crows n Bones
"Top of the bunch however, are the three alternate history tales. "Lurker in the Shadows," by Nathan Carson, sees HPL, famous and influential (thanks to Lord Dunsany), corresponding with a young Stephen King, leading to some sinister swappings. "The Curse of the Old Ones" by Molly Tanzer and Jesse Bullington shows Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt and Vincent Price discovering dark intentions behind Hammer's production of Call of the Deep Ones (with a clever, funny-because-it's-true conclusion). And G.D. Falksen's "The Curious Death of Sir Arthur Turnbridge" offers a pleasing pastiche about a great Flemish detective whose investigation of a jade amulet and a murder at an English country estate leads to ghoulish revelations." - Rue Morgue #161
“My favorite stories were those that didn’t take themselves too seriously, and had more than a little fun with the ideas (and maybe even the character) of the Old Man himself. "The Lurker in the Shadows” by Nathan Carson tackles two towering figures of pop horror—Lovecraft himself, and Stephen King—and imagines what if Lovecraft had found health, wealth, and literary success in life long enough to mentor and meet the young would-be [K]ing. It’s a story that is both a love letter to the work of both men, while still a clever and sinister weird tale in its own right.” - Muzzlelandpress.com
In his house at R’lyeh, Cthulhu waits dreaming… What are the dreams that monsters dream? When will the stars grow right? Where are the sunken temples in which the dreamers dwell? How will it all change when they come home?
Within these pages lie the answers, and more, in all-new stories by many of the brightest lights in dark fiction. Gathered together by editor Ross E. Lockhart, Cthulhu Fhtagn! features nineteen weird tales inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, including The Lurker in the Shadows by Nathan Carson.
Purchase at Powell's Books.