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The Tsathoggua Cycle
Posted by: casofile (IP Logged)
Date: 15 September, 2005 08:21PM
For those who may be interested (at least the price is reasonable) I've copied this from the Chaosium website.
-Ron


The Tsathoggua Cycle is At the Printer
Our next Call of Cthulhu fiction anthology is coming soon.

Dateline August 15, 2005
The Tsathoggua Cycle to the printer. We will have advance copies available at Gen Con. The book will ship to distributors the first week of September.


The Tsathoggua Cycle
14 Terror Tales of the Toad God
First Edition
Horror Anthology
CHA 6029
$14.95
224 pages
ISBN 1-56882-131-X
Trade Paperback
5.25 X 8.5 inches
Call of Cthulhu Fiction
Edited and Introduced by Robert M. Price


Amid the unremitting vigilance of his warders, Knygathin Zhaum came forward, fixing on me the intent but inexpressive gaze of his lidless, ochre-yellow eyes, in which a face-to-face scrutiny could discern no pupils. He knelt down beside the block, presenting his mottle nape without a tremor. As I looked upon him with a calculating eyes, and made ready for the lethal stroke, I was impressed more powerfully and more disagreeable than ever by the feeling of a loathsome, underlying plasticity, an invertebrate structure, nauseous and non-terrestrial, beneath his impious mockery of human form. And I could not help perceiving also the air of abnormal coolness, of abstract, impenetrable cynicism, that was maintained by all his parts and members. He was like a torpid snake, or some huge liana of the jungle, that is wholly conscious of the shearing axe. I was well aware that I might be dealing with things which were beyond the ordinary province of a public headsman; but nathless I lifted the great sword in a clean, symmetrically flashing arc, and brought it down on the piebald nape with all of my customary force and address.

--- Clark Ashton Smith, "The Testament of Athammaus"


". . . Smith is launching another mock mythology revolving around the black, furry toad-god Tsathoggua, whose name had variant forms amongst the Atlanteans, Lemurians, and Hyperboreans who worshipped him after he emerged from inner Earth (whither he came from Outer Space, with Saturn as a stepping stone)."

-- H. P. Lovecraft.


Can a god be a pet? Even a devil-god who relishes human sacrifice? It is hard to deny that for his creator and godfather, Clark Ashton Smith and H. 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. Tsathoggua has inspired many types of stories in many moods. 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. Sargent)
The Crawling Kingdom (Rod Heather)
The Resurrection of Kzadool-Ra (Henry J. Vester III)


Re: The Tsathoggua Cycle
Posted by: Boyd (IP Logged)
Date: 23 September, 2005 05:22PM
10 days since the last post, I thought I should post just to make suer the forum hadn't broke.

By now some of you should have got your hands on the The Tsathoggua Cycle so a little review would be nice, or more to the point, with a limited budget is it worth buying?

Re: The Tsathoggua Cycle
Posted by: Martinus (IP Logged)
Date: 24 September, 2005 03:11AM
Boyd Wrote:
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> By now some of you should have got your hands on
> the The Tsathoggua Cycle so a little review would
> be nice, or more to the point, with a limited
> budget is it worth buying?


Yes please, a review would be nice. I ordered it from my FLGS, but they will place their next order from the US only on October 17 (however, their prices are REALLY low!), so I will have to make do with reviews in the meantime. :)

Yrs
Martin

Re: The Tsathoggua Cycle
Posted by: casofile (IP Logged)
Date: 25 September, 2005 12:00PM

I still haven't received any copies so I really can't help review the book as yet. The stories by Smith are good ones, but I'm not quite sure what Bob Price has included under the title "From the Parchment of Pnom." I recognize this as perhaps a heading or reference in a Smith tale, but can't say which it might be. This title does not appear in DSF's bibliography nor have I found it here on site. I am curious though . . .

-Ron

Re: The Tsathoggua Cycle
Posted by: Martinus (IP Logged)
Date: 26 September, 2005 12:21PM
casofile Wrote:
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> I'm not quite sure what
> Bob Price has included under the title "From the
> Parchment of Pnom." I recognize this as perhaps a
> heading or reference in a Smith tale, but can't
> say which it might be. This title does not appear
> in DSF's bibliography nor have I found it here on
> site. I am curious though . . .

IIRC, from the "tentative contents" that Price announced at the "Reader's Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos" site years and years ago, the Parchments (in this particular case) are excerpts from letters in which CAS discusses Tsathoggua.

Yrs
Martin



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