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"Eldritch Evolutions by Lois H. Gresh is the author's first collection and it brings together twenty-six stories published between 1993 and 2011, nine of which appear for the first time. Although best known for writing Lovecraftian pastiches, Gresh also writes science fiction and weird westerns and her best work is very good indeed, particularly the dark fairy tale, 'Wee Sweet Girlies.'"
--Ellen Datlow in BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 2011

"Riveting stories with mind-bending ideas intensely creative!"
--Catherine Asaro, Nebula-Award winning author of The Ruby Dice

"An extravagant gift...devastating genius...and oh, that story, "Debutante Ball" in a perfect literary landscape it would now be as well-remembered as Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery'."
--Adam-Troy Castro, SCI FI, official magazine of the SYFY TV channel"

Lois Gresh is a terrific writer and this collection is a terrific book for anyone who wants to read the best in science fiction, dark fantasy, dark humor, and horror."
--Robert Weinberg, Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award, HWA

"Lois Gresh makes me scared of things I've never been scared of before. In person, Lois seems so nice and ordinary...but in her writing, she's *evil*."
--James Alan Gardner, Winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial award

"Intensely memorable stories...shocking, funny, disturbing. A uniquely gifted writer whose work I have admired for many years." --Charles Platt, former editor at Avon books & senior writer at Wired

"Intensely memorable stories...shocking, funny, disturbing. A uniquely gifted writer whose work I have admired for many years."
--Charles Platt, former editor at Avon books & senior writer at Wired"

If you're hoping for surprisingly quirky takes on reality combined with cleverly worded fiction, you're in the right place.  One of the cleverest writers out there."
--Nancy Kilpatrick, editor of Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead

About the Author

LOIS H. GRESH is the New York Times Best-Selling Author (6 times), Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback AuthorPublishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Children's Author, and USA Today Best-Selling Author of 27 books and 55 short stories. Her books have been published in 22 languages. Current books are dark story collection ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS (Chaosium 2011, BookViewCafe ebook 2012), horror anthology DARK FUSIONS (PS Publishing, Oct 2013), THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS COMPANION (St. Martin's Press, June 2013),THE DIVERGENT COMPANION (St. Martin's Press, Feb 2014), and 18+ paranormal romance NIGHTFALL. Look for upcoming stories in MARK OF THE BEAST (Chaosium, 2014), ELDRITCH CHROME (Chaosium, 2014), MOUNTAIN WALKED (Centipede Press, 2013), BLACK WINGS III (PS Publishing, 2013), MADNESS OF CTHULHU (Titan Books, 2014), SEARCHERS AFTER HORROR (Fedogan & Bremer, 2014), THAT IS NOT DEAD(PS Publishing, 2013), EXPIRATION DATE (Edge SFF Publishing, 2014), DARK FANTASTIQUE (Cycatrix Press, 2013), MAD SCIENCE (BookViewCafe, 2013), etc. Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work.
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Product Details

  • Series: Call of Cthulhu Fiction
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chaosium Inc.; 1st edition (March 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568823495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568823492
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LOIS H. GRESH is the New York Times Best-Selling Author (6 times) and USA Today Best-Selling Author (thrillers) of 29 books and 60+ short stories. Look for her 3 SHERLOCK HOLMES thrillers coming soon from Titan Books. Lois' books have been published in 22 languages. Current titles are CULT OF THE DEAD AND OTHER WEIRD AND LOVECRAFTIAN TALES (Hippocampus, 2015), INNSMOUTH NIGHTMARES (editor, PS Publishing, 2015), and DARK FUSIONS: WHERE MONSTERS LURK! (editor, PS Publishing, 2013).

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joe Clark on March 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been anxious to read this book, and I can't say enough good things about it. Some of the stories are flat-out brilliant. This is a very creative author who spins excellent stories -- took my breath away. Gresh writes some of the most unusual horror and science fiction I've ever read with out-there characters and everything from the darkest humor to the most fun stuff I've read in years. Some favorites of the new horror stories -- Debutante Ball (very strong work), The Battle of Batbrew Bulge (incredibly clever and funny). Definitely read Let Me Make You Suffer, Watch Me If You Can, Algorithms & Nasal Structures, Psychomildew Love, Mandelbrot Moldrot, Snip My Suckers, Instant Gratification, The Lagoon of Insane Plants. These are all stories worth reading over and over again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan-Boston on April 14, 2011
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This book was highly recommended by Sci Fi Magazine. I bought and read the book
and loved it. This is what was printed in Sci Fi Magazine.

"Alas, there are few secrets as zealously-guarded, within the field of imaginative fiction, as the depth and breadth of the joys to be found within the short fiction of Lois Gresh. Though a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and occasional go-to personality for television appearances based on attributes like her expert knowledge of Batman, and though a frequent mainstay of magazines and theme anthologies (where she's known to nod indulgently at the topic of the moment and then launches wildly into territory undreamt-of by those who composed the guidelines), the fame she deserves has always failed to stick, as if it were a fried egg and the fickle memories of the reading public a hot skillet greased with PAM. This collection may not correct that injustice, but it's certainly an extravagant gift for those of us in the know, and those of us open to fiction that leaves "formula" several highway service plazas behind.

Not all her protagonists are human. Some are invertebrates, and a couple are microscopic. There's even one written from the point of view of subatomic particles.

Among the highlights: "Soleman," a weird-sex story that does for foot fetishism what Psycho did for showers; "Lust Of The Giant Sloth," which is about, well, we don't really need to add much to that. And then there's "Debutante Ball"....oh, that story. Journalistic integrity requires me to report that I first encountered it many, many years ago, when Lois first wrote it, for an anthology that failed to reward its devastating genius.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By dpetroc on June 2, 2011
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For the most part, calling this 'Mythos' literature is a stretch. Although a few of the stories were engaging and fun, the majority seemed to be hammering away at a few themes that were dried up after the first go. I was disappointed on a number of fronts- most significantly on story selection and some really, really terrible editing (many misspellings, typesetting problems, etc.).

I think the author is talented, but suffered from a bit of a creative rut in including so many 'biological computers' stories. It makes an okay airport read, but if you are looking for stories that will stick with you, create atmosphere, and keep you thinking, I can't recommend it.
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