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Steampunk Cthulhu: Mythos Terror in the Age of Steam

Steampunk Cthulhu: Mythos Terror in the Age of Steam

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“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”

So said H.P. Lovecraft in the first chapter of his most famous story, "The Call of Cthulhu" (1926). This is also the perfect introduction to Steampunk Cthulhu, for within these stories mankind has indeed voyaged too far, and scientific innovations have opened terrifying vistas of reality, with insanity and worse as the only reward.

The Steampunk genre has always incorporated elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror and alternative history, and certainly the Cthulhu Mythos has not been a stranger to Steampunk. But until now there has never been a Steampunk Cthulhu collection, so here are 18 tales unbound from the tethers of mere airships, goggles, clockwork, and tightly bound corsets; stories of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and alternative realities tainted with the Lovecraftian and the Cthulhu Mythos. Here you will discover Victorian Britain, the Wild West era United States, and many other varied locations filled with anachronistic and sometimes alien technology, airships, submersibles and Babbage engines. But the Victorian era here is not only one of innovation and exploration, but of destruction and dread.


  • Introduction
  • Those Above by Jeffrey Thomas
  • The Blackwold Horror by Adam Bolivar
  • No Hand to Turn the Key by Carrie Cuinn
  • The Reverend Mr. Goodworks & the Yeggs of Yig by Edward M. Erdelac
  • Carnacki – The Island of Doctor Munroe by William Meikle
  • Pain Wears No Mask by John Goodrich
  • Before the Least of These Stars by Lee Clark Zumpe
  • The Promised Messiah by D.J. Tyrer
  • Unfathomable by Christine Morgan
  • The Flower by Christopher M. Geeson
  • Tentacular Spectacular by Thana Niveau
  • Fall of an Empire by Glynn Owen Barrass & Brian M. Sammons
  • The Baying of the Hounds by Leigh Kimmel
  • Mr Brass & the City of Devils by Josh Reynolds
  • The Source by D.L. Snell
  • Happy Birthday, Dear Cthulhu by Robert Neilson
  • The Strange Company by Pete Rawlik

Note: This digital edition includes the ePub and Mobi (Kindle) versions of the book (no PDF).

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Jeffrey K August 18, 2017 1:23 pm UTC
Why no pdf?
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John M February 08, 2021 4:34 am UTC
Of all the items I have purchased from Chaosium this is the only one with no pdf. I shouldn't need an app the read this, so ASSinine!
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Sherman C May 03, 2015 2:42 am UTC
Nook reads .epub. If you have a PC you can download a free .epub reader. There are a lot of nice features to the .epub. In my humble opinion, it beats .pdf for reading. Hope this helps.
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gord G October 17, 2014 12:59 am UTC
On what devices can you read epub documents? iPad? Kobo? A pdf would sure be a lot nicer.

Thx in advance for any reply...
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Ronald B October 05, 2020 1:52 am UTC
For sure, you can read ePubs on iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Windows. On the Apple side, the reads ePub (pretty much every ebook except from Amazon should be in ePub format). On Windows, I honestly don't know is any of the built in apps read ePub, but you'll find a ton of free apps that will. Adobe Digital Editions is one.
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