Recommended Mythos (since I was asked)

Generally I used to recommend Omnibus 3, since its got a fairly good supply of stories in it (then omnibus 1 then 2). However I hear the Penguin editions (one, two, three, which sadly I don’t own) are better bound and more accurate versions of the stories (you also get good commentary on them).

However I don’t know the Penguins so well and having had a quick glance at their indexes I’m hard pushed to recommend one over the others, they all seem to have a good supply of really good stories in.

If your feeling cheap and don’t mind reading on screens (or can print) then wikisource has a good selection of stories from Lovecraft. If I was to suggest a handful in a good order it’d be something like this (should give a good mix of styles and lengths, and introduce some topics before others to make things flow well):

Pickman’s Model
Dreams in the Witch House
The Rats in the Walls
The Call of Cthulhu
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Dunwich Horror
The Music of Erich Zann
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Colour Out of Space
The Cats of Ulthar
Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Shadow Out of Time
At the Mountains of Madness

Also if you like that be sure to read The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers and The Charnel God by Clark Ashton Smith.


Also The Three Imposters by Arthur Machen

Also see Project Gutenburg
Arthur Machen,
Clark Ashton Smith.

Robert W. Chambers
Clark Ashton Smith

Edit: I thought I had a copy of “The King in Yellow” somewhere but I can’t find it, if I’ve lent it to anyone can they let me know.

7 thoughts on “Recommended Mythos (since I was asked)

  1. mr_jez

    The current Penguin editions are further-corrected versions of the ‘definitive’ hardbacks produced by Arkham House and edited by HPL biographer S.T. Joshi. Personally I’d kick off with the first one, Penguin brought it out some years before the other two and it stands fairly well on its own as a representative collection.

    I’d also like to add Arthur Machen’s The Three Impostors into the mix!

    1. mostlyfoo

      Ahh good point, missed someone. The Novel of the Black Seal is also really quite good (as is the Great God Pan to be fair).

      I’ll keep that in mind about the Penguin editions, been meaning to get copies for a while but finding it hard to justify when I’ve already got the Omnibus ones.

      1. mr_jez

        Off the top of my head I’m moderately sure that The Novel of the Black Seal is a part of The Three Impostors, though often published separately as it does stand alone.

        Oh, and three cheers for The Great God Pan!

        1. mostlyfoo

          I thought I’d posted a reply to this? Ahh well.

          It would appear from further poking it is. I guess I must have read The Three Imposters and The Novel of the Black Seal seperately a few years back then my brain confused things.

  2. mostlyfoo

    It can be hard going, but I think the list above is most of the good stuff (although I’m going to say a number of his other works are very weird but I think fantastic, The Festival is particularly cool, and The Horror At Red Hook is cool). Its one of those things you need to get a taste for, then you can devour it all quite comfortably.

  3. jaded_phoenix62

    I do love Nyarlathotep, the story, for three pages of pure atmosphere.

    I think its the penguin version that I have some of. They have a list of references in the back, which is quite cool for seeing how much real and fictitious stuff he references.


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