The Tsathoggua Cycle: Terror Tales of the Toad God

The Tsathoggua Cycle: Terror Tales of the Toad God

by Robert M. Price

P. Lovecraft, Tsathoggua was exactly that.

They found the Saturnian-Hyperborean-N'klaian toad-bat-sloth-deity as cute and adorable as horrific, and this strange ambivalence echoes throughout their various tales over which Great Tsathoggua casts his batrachian shadow Some are droll fables of human foibles; others are terrifying adventures of human delvers who perish in the fire of a religious fanaticism fully as awful as its super-sub-human object of worship.

And not just by Smith and Lovecraft In this arcane volume you will read Tsathogguan tales old and new by various writers, chronicling the horrors of the amorphous amphibian's descent into new decades and deeper waters.

The mere fact that such a thing is possible attests mightily the power of the modern myth of Tsathoggua, and the men who created him This book is part of an expanding collection of Cthulhu Mythos horror fiction and related topics.

Call of Cthulhu fiction focuses on single entities, concepts, or authors significant to readers and fans of H.P. Lovecraft.Contents and authors in order --From the Parchment of Pnom (Clark Ashton Smith)The Seven Geases (Clark Ashton Smith)The Testament of Athammaus (Clark Ashton Smith)The Tale of Satampra Zeiros (Clark Ashton Smith)The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles (Clark Ashton Smith)Shadow of the Sleeping God (James Ambuehl)The Curse of the Toad (Loay Hall and Terry Dale)Dark Swamp (James Anderson)The Old One (John Glasby)The Oracle of Sadoqua (Ron Hilger)The Horror Show (Gary Myers)The Tale of Toad Loop (Stanley C.

  • Series: Call of Cthulhu Fiction
  • Category: Horror
  • Rating: 3.62
  • Pages: 220
  • Publish Date: August 1st 2005 by Chaosium
  • Isbn10: 156882131X
  • Isbn13: 9781568821313

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And it was actually finished back in 1997-1998; this is not an anthology of stories new in the last 5 years. The cover art however, continues the dreadful, shameful tradition of the Chaosium cycle books, which have notably poor artwork. After stunning artwork in modern mythos books like Hive, Horrors Beyond and Night Voices, Night Journeys this effort by Mark Achilles White leads me to wonder how much he got paid and that maybe I could become an artist too. I also think the individual story introductions, also by Price, were mostly good, although not as good as the book introduction. Here are the contents: From the Parchment of Pnom (Clark Ashton Smith) The Seven Geases (Clark Ashton Smith) The Testament of Athammaus (Clark Ashton Smith) The Tale of Satampra Zeiros (Clark Ashton Smith) The Theft of the Thirty-Nine Girdles (Clark Ashton Smith) Shadow of the Sleeping God (James Ambuehl) The Curse of the Toad (Loay Hall and Terry Dale) Dark Swamp (James Anderson) The Old One (John Glasby) The Oracle of Sadoqua (Ron Hilger) The Horror Show (Gary Myers) The Tale of Toad Loop (Stanley C. There is a wonderful series of the complete stories from Nightshade Books. I will note that The Seven Geases made an indelible impression on me when I was a teen, first discovering CAS and HPL, with the fate of the protagonist giving me quite a shock, after all the happy ending fantasy I had been reading. I sometimes wonder if why I like CAS and HPL so much is I was swept off my feet by them in my formative teen reading years. The Curse of the Toad (Loay Hall and Terry Dale) - The premise of this story was pretty good, with a disdainful great white hunter cursed by a shaman of Gua (Tsathoggua for short...). I really find the appearance of HPL and his fiction inside mythos stories to be a tiresome plot device, particularly when the implication is that his fiction wasn't really fiction. And I'll have to reread because I missed just where Tsathoggua makes an appearance and how the story fits in this anthology... The Oracle of Sadoqua (Ron Hilger) - I really like Roman times mythos stories. Suspicions run high against the druids who are the guardians of the Oracle of Sadoqua (I actually enjoyed the use of different names/spellings for Tsathoggua in this book; it nicely dovetails with the uncertainty, blurred distinctions, contradictions, human inability to completely perceive these Lovecraftian type entities. I liked the construction of the story, the setting and the prose. The Horror Show was a gem, clearly my favorite in the anthology (of course, not including the CAS stories). Sargent) - Ancient Exhumations was originally published by Mythos Books in 1999; the new edition, Ancient Exhumations +2 (with a real cool cover!) was published by Elder Signs Press in 2004. The Crawling Kingdom (Rod Heather) - Another well written story cleverly plotted. Vester III) - More CAS like than HPL like, this story was set in Zothique, where an acolyte inadvertently discovers an alter dedicated to Zathogwa. It is inexpensive, compiles almost all the Tsathoggua stories in one place and will keep your cycle book collection complete.

Anthology of Cthulhu Mythos fiction from various authors featuring the Toad God Tsathoggua. The stories are a real mixed bag we range from Classic - Clark Ashton Smith who pens 5 of the tales collected here to more contemporary offerings.

Tsathoggua is Clark Ashton Smith's toad god, the only deity in Cthulhu stories to tell a human to bugger off because he's eaten already. In any case, H.P. Lovecraft loved Tsathoggua, so he and Smith would spitball all kind of crazy background details about how Tsathoggua fit into the Mythos, including how the toad god's gay uncle was Cthulhu's cousin. Just remember what people back then meant by "confirmed bachelor." That sets a precedent for the level of fun in this anthology. -We end with the wonderful tale of Tsathoggua in the far future land of Xothique, The Resurrection of Kzadool-Ra. Henry J. Some themed Cthulhu anthologies, like The Ithaqua Cycle, get samey after awhile due to each story having the same entity and basic conflict.

Robert delivers some well researched and intriguing insight into this dark fictional mythos. Having edited Crypt Of Cthulhu for twenty odd years and written many essays on Lovecraft, as well as having experience in writing his own horror fiction, Robert is somewhat of an expert when it comes to the Cthulhu Mythos and indeed all things Lovecraftian. Price delivers a short introduction to each one, offering further insight into the author and the tale.

The Commoriom tales are simply excellent, reading like Howard on hashish.