This is an anthology inspired by some of the most famous Lovecraft’s monstrosities: Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth. This nightmarish entities are the focus of the book, featuring in 25 different stories written by several authors (Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron…) and brilliantly illustrated by World Fantasy Award–winning artist John Coulthart.
Although, an excellent homage to Lovecraft’s Mythos, the quality of the stories are a little unbalanced. “The Same Deep Waters as You” by Brian Hodge, outshines the other tales, it’s the story of a man recruited by the US military to establish communication with the strange fish-men of Innsmouth. “Red Goat Black Goat” by Nadia Bulkin it is also a great story inspired by the deity Shub-Niggurath, “Lord of the Wood”.
One of the most disappointing stories must be the one written by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley, “Black is the Pit From Pole to Pole”, the story starts where Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ended, with the creature in the North Pole. In this overly elaborated tale, Frankensteins monster discover mysterious subterranean realms in the ice.
“Lovecraft’s Monsters” is a good and well written book, it features some amazing and creative tales each with a striking illustration by John Coulthart. On the downside, the weak stories are really awful and boring.
Still, I fully recommend adding this nice anthology for all fans of Lovecraft.