This I missed as it unfortunatly shares the title with the one year later published american World War Cthulhu by Sammons and Barrass. Which I bought last year. Never thought that there would be two different book with the same title. This one was first though; seems Dark Regions Press didn't knew or cared they had the same title. Well done, folks.
This as I later learned is a part of Cublicle 7, as I gathered a publisher of roleplaying.
The focus is different as the american counterpart though. Here its about WWII only.
James Lovegrove “The Aklo Intelligence”
Sarah Newton “Nightmares and the Price of Dreams”
Paul Finch “Reign of Hell”
Rebecca Levene “The Hunger in the Flames”
TP Pike “Baby-Steps to Oblivion”
John Llewellyn Probert “The Death House”
Simon Bestwick “Now I am Nothing”
Robin D. Laws "The Egyptian"
Greg Stolze "Strange Bedfellows"
Gaie Sebold "From Unquiet Waters"
Weston Ochse "When I Knew Baseball"
Jonathan Green "The Scottish Patient"
Archie Black "The Mouse"
Lavie Tidhar “Watchers”
This has the often found mix of known and unknown writers. Some stories I liked, some I thought bland. Three stories used the same premise of the visitor to a veteran hospital hearing a story which has become a bit tired. Even more were the usual commando raid stories. Seems this concept isn't big on versatility, on the other hand, which pulp-war-tale is?
The ones I liked best were:
John Llewellyn Probert The Death House: Gibson is send on a mission to disover what terrible experiments the Nazis are doing in the Death House. What he discovers does change him in unexpected ways.
Well written tale which embraces its pulpishness, with a truly unexpected and clever original ending which made it fun.
James Lovegrove The Aklo Intelligence: Very nice concept of British Intelligence codebreakers trying to decipher the Mythos language Aklo as the enemy uses it. It was a low key story also with a twist. Frankly I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't read the concept in Alan Moore's take on Lovecraft earlier. Still I am a fan of Bletchley Park lore.
Robin D. Laws The Egyptian: Hands down one of the best written storys in the book – if not for the ending which I thought a huge and lame letdown. A group of American G.I. led by an enigmatic sergeant fighting their way through Africa, Italy and later France get help by a mysterious soldier they nickname The Egyptian. He knows the sergeant of old, who had done a lot of expeditions for the Miscatonic University, and is there to prove a point, because he is the Messenger from the dark gods.
Weston Ochse When I Knew Baseball: This was the most successful of those stories trying to do something different with the concept. A jewish G.I. in a classified battallion fighting the Japanese on the island of Gifu becomes the unwilling handler of the secret weapon they try to use, a thooloo. Interesting and effective idea more in tune with Lovecraftian concepts instead of using just the monsters as props, which of course is the backbone of RPG Cthulhu.
On the whole an enjoyable effort which suffered a bit by some truly by-the-number-stories and of course the sameness of the concept. Still I thought it better than its American cousin, maybe because it also was shorter - WWC had 22 stories - and didn't had this pretentious overwriting so many Lovecraftion writers think is a must.