I put together a list of free and/or very inexpensive Lovecraftian Kindle books with at least 4 star ratings on Amazon. I also am including a few other related authors.
A disclaimer: I have not read all of these yet. But as I say, they all have an average rating of at least 4 stars.
Also, this list isn’t meant to cover Lovecraft’s stories; that’s been done elsewhere very well.
(If you’re looking for the list of my very favorite Lovecraftian books, go here: Mike’s Recommended Lovecraftian Books.)
Click the title to buy the book. Enjoy!
Delta Green: Denied to the Enemy: $0.99. From Amazon reviewer Matthew Higgins: Simply put, this book is brilliant. The story is well done and clearly the author did considerable research for the Second World War setting. Furthermore, it is a great read, unlike many post-HPL-circle stories. It is a true credit to the Delta Green concept. More, Detwiller’s story is so well done it very well could be one of the best post-HPL circle mythos stories around and should be read by not just those interested in the Delta Green concept but anyone interested in Cthulhu Mythos stories. Suggestion: Read HPL’s “Arthur Jermyn” and “The Shadow Out of Time” BEFORE reading this novel.
The Bones of the Old Ones (Jeffrey Thomas): $0.99. In the far-future mega-city called Punktown, police investigator John Bell is called in on a case involving the murder of a group of strange cultists — murders carried out by Bell’s old friend, private eye Josh Kaddish. As Bell seeks to learn what would drive his friend to commit such acts, he learns the truth about cosmic entities that might just spell doom for the city of Punktown — and the rest of the universe besides.
The Innsmouth Syndrome: $0.99. Veteran epidemiologist Carla Edwards has been dispatched by the C.D.C. to investigate a cluster of inexplicable mutations among the young people of Innsmouth, a sickly and destitute town on the Massachusetts coast. Initially skeptical, she rapidly discovers that the true mystery is older and more horrifying than anything for which her training has prepared her. As the danger mounts, a double helix of history and urban folklore draws her inexorably to the door of a sinister, evangelical cult – and beyond the limits of her science and belief.
Cthulhu in Wonderland (The Madness of Alice): $1.99. Horrors! While out on a lovely boating jaunt with her sister Lorina and Charles Dodgson (otherwise known as Lewis Carroll), poor Alice finds herself caught up in the tentacles of madness. Inspired by the brilliant and haunting Dreamlands works of the pre-eminent author of horror-fantasy, H.P. Lovecraft, CTHULHU IN WONDERLAND: The Madness of Alice hurls the reader down the Zoog Hole and into Wonderland to experience the sanity-leeching terror of Cthulhu, Shoggoths, the Jabberwock, the demoniac Duchess, the tyrannical Queen in Crimson and the King in Yellow himself. Filled with macabre, sophisticated and antediluvian humor, CTHULHU IN WONDERLAND is certain to leave a permanent aethereal scar upon the reader’s already frail and faltering psyche.
Future Lovecraft: $3.03. Decades, centuries and even thousands of years in the future: The horrors inspired by Lovecraft do not know the limits of time…or space. Journey through this anthology of science fiction stories and poems inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Listen to the stars that whisper and drive a crew mad. Worship the Tloque Nahuaque as he overtakes Mexico City. Slip into the court of the King in Yellow. Walk through the streets of a very altered Venice. Stop to admire the beauty of the flesh-dolls in the window. Fly through space in the shape of a hungry, malicious comet. Swim in the drug-induced haze of a jellyfish. Struggle to survive in a Martian gulag whose landscape isn’t quite dead. But, most of all, fear the future.
The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack: 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories: $0.99. A huge amount of stories for the price! This volume assembles no less than 40 stories set in H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Ranging from Lovecraft’s own tales (including classics such as the novel At the Mountains of Madness, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” and “The Colour Out of Space”) to works by his friends and contemporaries (Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, and Robert Bloch), to later followers (Henry Kuttner, Lin Carter, Brian McNaughton), and contemporary afficianados (Brian Stableford, Mark McLaughlin, Adrian Cole) — and many more. This is one collection no Lovecraft fan can afford to miss!
When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Nacha: FREE. He’s an academic; she’s an artist. He worships Cthulhu, the slumbering behemoth; she worships Atlach-Nacha, the spider goddess of dreams. Their interfaith marriage is challenging enough before the gods themselves arise and do battle. Can this couple hold their relationship together during the end of times? Through the use of both horror and domestic comedy, When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Nacha examines the boldness and beauty of declaring a permanent relationship in a chaotic world. When Cthulhu Met Atlach-Nacha is a one-act play with a run time of just under one hour. And from Amazon reviewer Pamela: I have no other words. Honest. Because I have never. In my life. Read anything so weird and yet so entertaining.
ICHTHYS: $0.99. A chilling tale of archaeological horror, set in the twisting tunnels beneath the city of Rome.
The Thin Veil of Sanity and Other Stories: A Cthulhu Mythos: $0.99. What unimaginable fear waits for us in the dark? What evil lurks just beyond our sight? It is the fear of the unknown that brings us together and it is that fear that will be unleashed within the pages of The Thin Veil of Sanity. This book contains three short stories that are loosely connected to HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; The Thin Veil of Sanity, Seeing Beyond and The Little Red Hood (a telling of the classic story with a few extra tentacles). These stories will open the door to a whole new world within Lovecraft’s original stories. Just remember… that some doors were never meant to be open.
Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922: FREE. Amateur journalism, or the composition and circulation of small, privately printed magazines, is an instructive diversion which has existed in the United States for over half a century. In the decade of 1866-1876 this practice first became an organized institution; a short-lived society of amateur journalists, including the now famous publisher, Charles Scribner, having existed from 1869 to 1874. In 1876 a more lasting society was formed, which exists to this day as an exponent of light dilettantism. Not until 1895, however, was amateur journalism established as a serious branch of educational endeavor…
Fifty-One Tales (Lord Dunsany): FREE. Fifty-One Tales is a collection of fantasy short stories by Irish writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin and others.
The Ultimate Weird Tales Collection – 133 stories (Clark Ashton Smith): $1.99. 133 Weird Tales-era works of horror, science fiction and fantasy have been gathered here into one volume, all written by Clark Ashton Smith, who was the third member of the literary circle that included authors Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. Excluding only fragmentary notes, excerpts and synopses he never finished during his lifetime, this is perhaps the largest single collection of all his published and unpublished fiction.
The Weeping Stars: A Frank Belknap Long Collection: $0.99. ’The Weeping Stars’ is a collection of stories written by acclaimed science-fiction author, Frank Belknap Long. He explored sociological, political and metaphysical themes in stories dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states. Long was a prolific American writer of horror fiction, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, gothic romance, comic books, and non-fiction. Though his writing career spanned seven decades, he is best known for his horror and science fiction short stories, including early contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos.
The Robert E. Howard Omnibus: 99 Collected Stories: $1.99. This Halcyon Classics ebook contains 99 short stories and novellas by 1930s pulp writer Robert Ervin Howard. Howard (1906-1936) is best known today for creating the sword-and-sorcery hero Conan, subject of two movies and dozens of books. However, during his short life Howard also published stories in a number of other genres. In addition to fantasy, Howard wrote boxing stories, westerns, detective stories, horror, and created an number of compelling characters such as Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, El Borak, Steve Costigan, Pike Bearfield, King Kull, and Conan the Cimmerian.
Mike Davis, Publisher/Editor, Lovecraft eZine