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Frank Belknap Long wrote a number of early Cthulhu Mythos stories. These included "The Hounds of Tindalos" (the 1st Mythos story written by anyone other than Lovecraft), The Horror from the Hills (which introduced the elephantine Great Old One Chaugnar Faugn to the Mythos) & "The Space-Eaters" (featuring a fictionalized HPL as main character). The Hounds are Long's most fa Frank Belknap Long wrote a number of early Cthulhu Mythos stories. These included "The Hounds of Tindalos" (the 1st Mythos story written by anyone other than Lovecraft), The Horror from the Hills (which introduced the elephantine Great Old One Chaugnar Faugn to the Mythos) & "The Space-Eaters" (featuring a fictionalized HPL as main character). The Hounds are Long's most famous 17 fictions. They're a pack of foul, incomprehensibly alien beasts "emerging from strange angles in dim recesses of non-Euclidean space before the dawn of time" to pursue travelers down the corridors of time. They can only enter our reality via angles, where they mangle & exsanguinate their victims, leaving behind only a "peculiar bluish pus or ichor". They're referenced by many later Mythos writers, including Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter & Brian Lumley. They've inspired a number of metal & electronic music artists, such as Epoch of Unlight, Edith Byron's Group, Beowulf, Fireaxe/Brian Voth & Univers Zero, all of whom have recorded tracks based on the story.


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Frank Belknap Long wrote a number of early Cthulhu Mythos stories. These included "The Hounds of Tindalos" (the 1st Mythos story written by anyone other than Lovecraft), The Horror from the Hills (which introduced the elephantine Great Old One Chaugnar Faugn to the Mythos) & "The Space-Eaters" (featuring a fictionalized HPL as main character). The Hounds are Long's most fa Frank Belknap Long wrote a number of early Cthulhu Mythos stories. These included "The Hounds of Tindalos" (the 1st Mythos story written by anyone other than Lovecraft), The Horror from the Hills (which introduced the elephantine Great Old One Chaugnar Faugn to the Mythos) & "The Space-Eaters" (featuring a fictionalized HPL as main character). The Hounds are Long's most famous 17 fictions. They're a pack of foul, incomprehensibly alien beasts "emerging from strange angles in dim recesses of non-Euclidean space before the dawn of time" to pursue travelers down the corridors of time. They can only enter our reality via angles, where they mangle & exsanguinate their victims, leaving behind only a "peculiar bluish pus or ichor". They're referenced by many later Mythos writers, including Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter & Brian Lumley. They've inspired a number of metal & electronic music artists, such as Epoch of Unlight, Edith Byron's Group, Beowulf, Fireaxe/Brian Voth & Univers Zero, all of whom have recorded tracks based on the story.

59 review for The Hounds of Tindalos

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eloy Cryptkeeper

    Los Perros de Tindalos o los Sabuesos de Tindalos. pubicado orginalmente en Weird Tales en 1929 . "Todo el mal en el universo se concentró en sus magros, hambrientos cuerpos. ¿O había cuerpos? Los vi sólo por un momento, no puedo estar seguro." "El tiempo no es más que nuestra percepción imperfecta de una nueva dimensión espacial. El tiempo y el movimiento son otras tantas ilusiones. Todo lo que ha existido desde el origen del universo existe ahora también. Lo que sucedió hace milenios sigue suced Los Perros de Tindalos o los Sabuesos de Tindalos. pubicado orginalmente en Weird Tales en 1929 . "Todo el mal en el universo se concentró en sus magros, hambrientos cuerpos. ¿O había cuerpos? Los vi sólo por un momento, no puedo estar seguro." "El tiempo no es más que nuestra percepción imperfecta de una nueva dimensión espacial. El tiempo y el movimiento son otras tantas ilusiones. Todo lo que ha existido desde el origen del universo existe ahora también. Lo que sucedió hace milenios sigue sucediendo en otra dimensión del espacio. Lo que sucederá dentro de milenios sucede ya. Si no lo podemos percibir es porque tampoco podemos penetrar en la dimensión espacial donde sucede. Los seres humanos, tal como los conocemos, no son sino partes infinitesimales de un todo inmenso. Cada uno de nosotros está unido a toda la vida que le ha precedido en nuestro planeta. Todos nuestros antepasados forman parte de nosotros. De ellos sólo nos separa el tiempo, y el tiempo es una ilusión" Halpin Chalmers, escritor, periodista y aficionado del ocultismo tiene un viaje mental y espiritual a través del tiempo y del espacio. Con la ayuda de una nueva droga de origen oriental y la asistencia de su amigo Frank. Retrocederá por el pasado hasta tiempos inmemoriales y "el acto" que lo inicio todo. Pero no solamente el podrá desplazarse a través del tiempo. Existen unas criaturas extradimensionales que podrían sentir la presencia de alguien, olfatearlo y seguirlo a través del espacio/tiempo. Un relato hipnótico y perturbador. probablemente de los mejores dentro de los mitos

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    One of Lovecraft's "inner-circle" who helped him create the mythos (Included in this circle:several books by Clark Ashton Smith, and two by Robert E. Howard, collected together in The Black Stone, And The Thing On The Roof). Parts of this Long story were used later by Lovecraft in The Whisperer in Darkness. I find Long more fun to read, though. There are all sorts of elements of the mythos in this one (The Hounds was also heavily used in Let the Old Dreams Die. Angles where evil creeps in, chewi One of Lovecraft's "inner-circle" who helped him create the mythos (Included in this circle:several books by Clark Ashton Smith, and two by Robert E. Howard, collected together in The Black Stone, And The Thing On The Roof). Parts of this Long story were used later by Lovecraft in The Whisperer in Darkness. I find Long more fun to read, though. There are all sorts of elements of the mythos in this one (The Hounds was also heavily used in Let the Old Dreams Die. Angles where evil creeps in, chewing in walls, plasma being...... well....I'll stop for now....let you find out on your own :) This is public domain, and can be found easily for free....the title story is quite short. I recommend this for anyone interested in mythos, or for those wanting to read Let the Old Dreams Die....the title story is a must (one of the stories in that book is named after it)--or many elements may just go right over your head. ****After writing this review I noticed that the synopsis has Long's mythos books in it.... Probably all public domain, I would assume. I will read more and check back in! Free and fun! Hope you take the chance to find this one and enjoy it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I have a number of mythos books in my collection and add to them periodically as i feel like it - both from Lovecraft and other authors, Frank Belknap Long being one of them (although I wish i had his other volumes as well, though the project to collect his works has never really taken off it certainly has as many twists as one of his stories). This book really to me is a pivot point in the mythos fiction in that it showed me that others could hand the mythos, its mysteries, its horrors and its w I have a number of mythos books in my collection and add to them periodically as i feel like it - both from Lovecraft and other authors, Frank Belknap Long being one of them (although I wish i had his other volumes as well, though the project to collect his works has never really taken off it certainly has as many twists as one of his stories). This book really to me is a pivot point in the mythos fiction in that it showed me that others could hand the mythos, its mysteries, its horrors and its weirdness just as well if not better. To me The Hounds of Tindalos is quintessential mythos - and I have no idea why but I think the house are a fascinating monster. Ironically I have artwork but Tim White who depicts a modern day hound perfectly and I think I saw it before I read the story which truly brought it to life. There are of course other stories in the book which highlight the skill of his writing a true shame considering outside the story what else is so well known about him. Ironically the Hound of Tindalos was the first non-Lovecraft mythos piece to written, it cleared the way for the works of Lovecraft to life on and evolve and not just persist as examples of a now passed author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gianmarino

    Los Perros de Tíndalos, es el nombre que reciben esos seres que habitaron la tierra incluso antes de cuando los únicos seres vivos eran los reptiles acuáticos, y que son capaces de romper la barrera de espacio/tiempo, es por esto que estos indescriptibles y aterradores entes siempre han existido, existen y seguirán existiendo. Un buen relato corto. Ese tal Chalmers me hizo recordar a lo chiflado que era el doctor de las películas Regreso al Futuro.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Juan José Moreno

    Entre mis cuentos favoritos de misterio y terror. Excelente obra. La narrativa es muy entretenida, fluida y atrapante. La epistemología de cada uno de las cuestiones filosóficas de los personajes es muy llamativa y reflexiva. El misterio de la conversación entre Chalmers y Frank genera al lector un gran suspenso del entorno supradimensional que describe el protagonista en su viaje temporal-espacial. Leí la obra con un audiolibro en Youtube, fue una experiencia gratificante por un periodo de 40 min Entre mis cuentos favoritos de misterio y terror. Excelente obra. La narrativa es muy entretenida, fluida y atrapante. La epistemología de cada uno de las cuestiones filosóficas de los personajes es muy llamativa y reflexiva. El misterio de la conversación entre Chalmers y Frank genera al lector un gran suspenso del entorno supradimensional que describe el protagonista en su viaje temporal-espacial. Leí la obra con un audiolibro en Youtube, fue una experiencia gratificante por un periodo de 40 minutos. Se los recomiendo mucho amigos. Añadido a favoritos.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Being paid by the word, some pulp writers become overly descriptive, or write in convoluted prose, both of which can damage an extremely good plot. Fortunately Frank Belknap Long (at least for this collection of stories) doesn’t fall into either category. These would be the best of his previous published work in magazines like Weird Tales, Marvel Tales and Unknown Worlds The tale from which this book gets its name and ‘The Space Eaters’ were the primary reason that I purchased the book for, but Being paid by the word, some pulp writers become overly descriptive, or write in convoluted prose, both of which can damage an extremely good plot. Fortunately Frank Belknap Long (at least for this collection of stories) doesn’t fall into either category. These would be the best of his previous published work in magazines like Weird Tales, Marvel Tales and Unknown Worlds The tale from which this book gets its name and ‘The Space Eaters’ were the primary reason that I purchased the book for, but the remainder are not only good, but in some cases better. Additionally, Long gives insight to the stories origin, the publishing world at this time, and many of the people involved in that medium at that time. Overall a well-balanced book over all, from the selection of stories, to the authors insights.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leothefox

    The author himself presents “The Early Long” and the not so-early Long. In fact, this book covers Long's first 20 years as a writer, and there's some brilliant stuff in there, as well as some other stuff. Each story is introduced at length by the author and there's also a 27 page introduction by him. Some of that's interesting, but damn does it take up a lot of room! The title story and “The Space Eaters” are both great stuff inspired by good old Lovecraft (“The Space Eaters” has Lovecraft and The author himself presents “The Early Long” and the not so-early Long. In fact, this book covers Long's first 20 years as a writer, and there's some brilliant stuff in there, as well as some other stuff. Each story is introduced at length by the author and there's also a 27 page introduction by him. Some of that's interesting, but damn does it take up a lot of room! The title story and “The Space Eaters” are both great stuff inspired by good old Lovecraft (“The Space Eaters” has Lovecraft and Long as characters) and I read them both previously in the DelRey collection “Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos”. The two stories are some of the best examples of vivid tales of people dealing with a reality invaded by malignant fantasy. “The Space Eaters” even includes the line “You shouldn't project yourself into your stories that way.” Some of the later ones, especially from the 40s, tend to feel a tad more like a Twilight Zone episode, a little too cut and dry. Over the course of the stories you get a sense for Long's structure, and they roll out very much the same, often relying heavily on dialogue. “Dark Vision” was a good one about a man who can hear people's subconscious thoughts after being electrocuted, “Seconds Night Out” has a passenger realizing he's on a haunted cruise ship, “The Census Taker” has a couple attacked by possibly insane people who mean to arrest them for not being polygamists. “The Dark Beasts” has a secluded farm and a family with a secret... involving some dark beasts. Some stories involve “little fey folk”, some involve plain old Satan, one has a sea-monster, one has a haunted bag, one has a spirit that possesses a guy and gives him the ability to fly. While the collection is good overall, there's a few that almost make it but seem to run out of time, like “The Flame Midget”, which involves a microscopic horror from a very dense planet. “The Refugees” pretty much has the same issue. Overall, Long is worth discovering. He's not quite equal to Lovecraft or Howard or Smith, but he's got something in it shows in “The Hounds of Tindalos” and “The Space Eaters”. It's just a pity he went so modern with the dialogue in the later ones, sometimes it's like one of the fast-talking 40s comedies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Aaron

    Una de las mejores recopilación de cuentos bastantes macabros y espeluznantes. Con una prosa única, el autor te introduce en mundos extraños y llenos de oscuridad. Cuando se trata de recopilaciones es difícil asignarle una clasificación que englobe al conjunto de cuentos de forma objetiva, pero siento que todos los cuentos (juntos) están a la altura de un 5 de 5. Un aplauso para los señores y señoras del género que regalan este tipo de obras maestras al mundo. Nunca había escuchado de Frank B. Lon Una de las mejores recopilación de cuentos bastantes macabros y espeluznantes. Con una prosa única, el autor te introduce en mundos extraños y llenos de oscuridad. Cuando se trata de recopilaciones es difícil asignarle una clasificación que englobe al conjunto de cuentos de forma objetiva, pero siento que todos los cuentos (juntos) están a la altura de un 5 de 5. Un aplauso para los señores y señoras del género que regalan este tipo de obras maestras al mundo. Nunca había escuchado de Frank B. Long, pero después de esta recopilación, estoy seguro que sus obras se repartirán en mis estanterías. Si quieres leer sobre criaturas extrañas que no dudarían ningún segundo en hacerte tu cena, este es tu libro. Si quieres sumergirte en mundos macabros que la lógica sencillamente no puede explicar, adelante y disfrute.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey Walker

    Ahhh beautiful cosmic horror, beautiful, beautiful cosmic horror! With the time travelling, science that makes no sense (seriously what is it with cosmic horror and angles??), horribles monsters that are going to kill you in a way that no one wants, and screaming madness, this story is ticking every cosmic horror box in the most perfect of ways. From the pantheon of HPL’s besties, Mr Long adds colour and vibrancy to the early Mythos with this perfect little tale and I particularly enjoyed the exce Ahhh beautiful cosmic horror, beautiful, beautiful cosmic horror! With the time travelling, science that makes no sense (seriously what is it with cosmic horror and angles??), horribles monsters that are going to kill you in a way that no one wants, and screaming madness, this story is ticking every cosmic horror box in the most perfect of ways. From the pantheon of HPL’s besties, Mr Long adds colour and vibrancy to the early Mythos with this perfect little tale and I particularly enjoyed the excerpts from newspapers as an ending, grounded it in the ‘real world’ nicely. Bravo and huzzah!!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Mills

    Entertaining, but a bit silly and predictable. I still find the Lovecraftian habit of telling events from the perspective of an outsider a bit annoying, particularly when the plot requires that the one experiencing the events to randomly scribble on paper while waiting for or fighting inevitable doom. Sure, there are hideous angles assaulting me, but I'm going to keep writing things down, dammit! Recommended for a bit of light entertainment, and for a very odd synthesis of eastern mysticism with Entertaining, but a bit silly and predictable. I still find the Lovecraftian habit of telling events from the perspective of an outsider a bit annoying, particularly when the plot requires that the one experiencing the events to randomly scribble on paper while waiting for or fighting inevitable doom. Sure, there are hideous angles assaulting me, but I'm going to keep writing things down, dammit! Recommended for a bit of light entertainment, and for a very odd synthesis of eastern mysticism with Lovecraftian elder things, nonetheless.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Frank Belknap Long comes under frequent criticism for being a bad writer. There is certainly something bizarre about his prose style and dialogue, but I think it actually adds a cumulatively disquieting and weird atmosphere to this book. Like most Arkham collections, the best tales here are culled from 'Weird Tales' magazine, and the weakest are the science fiction stories. There is something genuinely unsettling, even horrific, about these stories and Long's disjointed writing style brings a ni Frank Belknap Long comes under frequent criticism for being a bad writer. There is certainly something bizarre about his prose style and dialogue, but I think it actually adds a cumulatively disquieting and weird atmosphere to this book. Like most Arkham collections, the best tales here are culled from 'Weird Tales' magazine, and the weakest are the science fiction stories. There is something genuinely unsettling, even horrific, about these stories and Long's disjointed writing style brings a nightmarish quality to the best tales here, including 'The Dark Beasts', 'The Space Eaters', 'Second Night Out', 'The Peeper' and the title story. Hannes Bok's illustration for the cover is perfect, and despite ( possibly even because of) Long's strange style, I would not hesitate to recommend this book to fans of weird fiction.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Audible edition, narrated by Ian Gordon. Long knows how to set a scene. The bulk of the story takes place in the room of Chalmers, a man more interested in alchemy than science. He has decided to take a drug that is unknown in the west and is purported to break down the barriers in time. "Einstein and John Dee make strange bedfellows." Angles will never seem the same. This is the first Mythos story which was not written by Lovecraft. Audible edition, narrated by Ian Gordon. Long knows how to set a scene. The bulk of the story takes place in the room of Chalmers, a man more interested in alchemy than science. He has decided to take a drug that is unknown in the west and is purported to break down the barriers in time. "Einstein and John Dee make strange bedfellows." Angles will never seem the same. This is the first Mythos story which was not written by Lovecraft.

  13. 4 out of 5

    HyunIn

    Corto y entretenido; ideal para leer en unos pocos minutos. Me agradó el misterio que rodea la historia y me encantaron las descripciones ya que son justas y necesarias y en cierta forma te permiten imaginarlo a tu manera. Por ejemplo, algunos ven a los perros de Tíndalos como perros, pero otros no los imaginan como tal sino con otra forma. ¡Eso es lo fascinante! Al final cada quien es libre de imaginar a esos seres como le plazca.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gilbert Adesiji

    Nice and entertaining to read. Particularly Chalmers thoughts about the relativity of time and motion, for being an illusion. The description of the Hounds of Tindalos fell a bit short. I would have loved the story to be longer, the end was somewhat abrupt.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Ullmer

    Moral of the story: Don't take untested drugs along with occult effects or else you will be hunted and killed by gigantic guard dogs from the fourth dimension. Moral of the story: Don't take untested drugs along with occult effects or else you will be hunted and killed by gigantic guard dogs from the fourth dimension.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    So I was only able to get just the title story from this collection. Lots of fun and well written. Excellent addition to the Lovecraft mythos.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Venus Maneater

    Nice, short, horror story! Kinda impressed that the professor managed to write so eloquently while being decapitated, but that's early 20th century horror! Nice, short, horror story! Kinda impressed that the professor managed to write so eloquently while being decapitated, but that's early 20th century horror!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Jimenez Bernal

    Excelente relato de terror cósmico.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Some times books written in the past, are best left in the past...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thewriter Excidivmfero

    Los relatos buenos son obras maestras, pero los malos son pura mierda.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Mallo Falcón

    Lo mejor posible

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eric Aguirre

    Estos son los delirios de un tipo drogado, o quizás es la verdad que se esconde en la cuarta dimensión. Muy divertido.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mr. B-Y

    Strange introduction to the weird horror genre.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Stephen King recommended author and book. In 1981's Danse Macabre, King dedicated his book as follows: "It's easy enough - perhaps too easy - to memorialize the dead. This book is for the six great writers of the macabre who are still alive." The six listed were Robert Bloch, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Frank Belnap Long, Donald Wandrei, Manly Wade Wellman. King mentioned this book in Chapter 3 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre. Stephen King recommended author and book. In 1981's Danse Macabre, King dedicated his book as follows: "It's easy enough - perhaps too easy - to memorialize the dead. This book is for the six great writers of the macabre who are still alive." The six listed were Robert Bloch, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Frank Belnap Long, Donald Wandrei, Manly Wade Wellman. King mentioned this book in Chapter 3 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Very promising start, with the first story almost masterful. It soon descends into pulp though; probably heavily edited and certainly with a focus on getting as much story down in as few words as possible. I think he might've done better at long-form writing. I think Stephen King referred to him at some point, and to some extent I see him as taking over from Long. Very promising start, with the first story almost masterful. It soon descends into pulp though; probably heavily edited and certainly with a focus on getting as much story down in as few words as possible. I think he might've done better at long-form writing. I think Stephen King referred to him at some point, and to some extent I see him as taking over from Long.

  26. 4 out of 5

    James

    A must read for Lovecraft fans, especially the title story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eugenio Moto Fernández

    Interesante inicio para el estilo lovecraftiano.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Larry Underwood

    Love FBL. Great story - very Lovecraftian.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Santiago

    Una obra magnífica que expresa a las mil maravillas un terror antiguo, indecible e imparable, algo que va más allá del espacio y el tiempo. Todo en una obra corta pero intensa.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bill Kerwin

  31. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  32. 4 out of 5

    Prospero

  33. 5 out of 5

    J.F. Gonzalez

  34. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  35. 5 out of 5

    L.

  36. 5 out of 5

    Christoph Leonard

  37. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  38. 5 out of 5

    Donny Lemur

  39. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Jacob

  40. 4 out of 5

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  41. 4 out of 5

    Tj

  42. 5 out of 5

    Zach Young

  43. 4 out of 5

    Stu Horvath

  44. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Greeff

  45. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Nelson

  46. 4 out of 5

    Elisha

  47. 4 out of 5

    Todd Warren

  48. 5 out of 5

    Tessara Depasquale

  49. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  50. 4 out of 5

    Aaron the Pink Donut

  51. 5 out of 5

    Hotspur

  52. 5 out of 5

    Casey

  53. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  54. 5 out of 5

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    Scott

  56. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

  57. 4 out of 5

    Forrest Jackson

  58. 4 out of 5

    CG

  59. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

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