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Haggopian and other Stories, by Brian Lumley Genre: Horror Anthology Publisher: Solaris Published: 2010 Review Posted: 10/13/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Haggopian and other Stories, by Brian Lumley
Book Review by Michael D. Griffiths
Have you read this book?
"And those rubbery appendages drew the crushed bodies back into the inky
darkness, from which there instantly issued forth the most monstrous nauseating
slobbering and sucking before the writhing members once more snaked forth into
the dawn light."
Haggopain is a collection of Lumley's earlier Cthulhu Mythos stories. These 24
stories were originally printed between 1969 (Cement Surroundings) and 1989
(Synchronicity or Something). They include such classics as the cover story
Haggopain, The Thing From The Blasted Heath, and House of Cthulhu, which has
been reprinted no less than 10 times.
When it comes to writing horror Lumley is prolific, to put in mildly, and this
is his 30th book to be published. Much of his work has focused on Vampires and
other creatures not completely associated with the Lovecraft mythos, however,
when it comes to paying an honorable tribute to Lovecraft, there are few than
have done better.
One of the things I appreciate about Lumley's approach is his constant attempt
to find original methods of bringing the horrors of Lovecraft forth, while
still staying true to the mythos. Hundreds of authors continuously attempt to
recreate Lovecraft's legacy, and most do a fine job, but many often tend to get
trapped within a formulaic structure of what they think a Lovecraft story
should contain. This is not an issue with Lumley, for he takes the concept and
finds dark recesses filled with new horrors and exposes them to the world.
I felt I was in the presence of a master as I read through these tales. They
were each truly disturbing and as the winter winds whipped my house in the
darkness, I rechecked to make sure I had my weapons handy.
Personally, I found the cover title Haggopain one of the most unnerving of the
tales and I can see why it was thus honored. In this story, an unfortunate
accident allows a sea lamprey to feed off of Dr. Haggopian. This horrifying
event had side effects no one could foresee, such as the curse of evil dreams
that would haunt Haggopain with visions of R'lyeh and other sunken terrors.
Soon however, the horror intensifies and the narrator discovers that allowing
the lamprey to feed on him, has become an addiction for Higgopain and this is
just the beginnings of the once proud doctor's downfall.
There is no doubt that Lumley does Lovecraft justice and his newest book is a fine
additional to any fan's library. If there were any complaint mentioned, it
would be that his introduction is too short and it might have been interesting
to learn more concerning the author's personal motivations. However, Lumley
does make up for this by providing a detailed introduction to each story. At
six hundred pages this book will leave any Cthulhu Mythos fan pleased and yet
begging for more.
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