Beyond the Mountains of Madness, edited by Robert M. Price

Located at the ends of the Earth, Antarctica has always had this special allure for the intrepid explorer. A vast, foreboding and desolate continent with a harsh and unforgiving climate, this place has captured the imagination of many an adventurer. None more so than H.P. Lovecraft when he created the epic that is “At the Mountains of Madness”. This recounting of an ill fated Miskatonic University expedition to the South Pole and its tense and scary encounter with forces far, far beyond the realms of human understanding blew me away when I first read it. Lost civilizations, ancient aliens, hints of bioengineering and dormant horrors in the wilds of Antarctica made for a wonderfully evocative and enthralling story.

Stomping Ground, edited by Neil Baker

The second in April Moon Books’ Short Sharp Shocks series can best be described as a mental menagerie of unconventional giant beasts. Gone are traditional Godzilla and Kaiju type monstrosities and instead what you get is more “Night of the Lepus”. Sadly there are no giant killer rabbits on the rampage but the tongue is most firmly planted in cheek for more than a few of the stories contained herein. If the book solely consisted of giant killer giraffes, beavers and mammoth duck billed platypuses then I would a bit disappointed but editor Neil Baker deftly balances the absurd and outrageous creations with beautifully written and engaging stories.

Eldritch Chrome, edited by Brian M. Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass

On the surface, the genres of Cyberpunk and Cthulhu Mythos would appear to be at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cyberpunk, amongst other things, deals with the negative impact of technology on humanity and society. It appears to me to be a very internal battle that Cyberpunk describes, namely that of the human soul battling against the encroaching cold embrace of technology. H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos by comparison, chronicles humanity’s struggle to deal with terrifying and unfathomably cosmic forces far beyond our comprehension. As much as this description sets those poles apart, the two genres have much more in common than one would have been led to believe.