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Fungi [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Bullington , Lavie Tidhar , Jeff VanderMeer , Laird Barron , Nick Mamatas , Molly Tanzer , Orrin Grey , Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Book Description

A collection of fungal wonders...and terrors.
In this new anthology, writers reach into the rich territory first explored by William Hope Hodgson a century ago: the land of the fungi. Stories range from noir to dark fantasy, from steampunk to body horror. Join authors such as Jeff VanderMeer, Laird Barron, Nick Mamatas, W.H. Pugmire, Lavie Tidhar, Ann K. Schwader, Jesse Bullington, Molly Tanzer and Simon Strantzas through a dizzying journey of fungal tales. Feast upon Fungi.
Please note: the e-book and paperback contain 23 stories. The special edition hardcover contains three stories and illustrations not found in the other editions.

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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Innsmouth Free Press (November 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My choice for original anthology of the year December 5, 2012
Originally posted on my blog, The Arkham Digest.

I've said before that original anthologies are usually a mixed bag, and for the most part that remains the case. Therefore, it's a special thing when one comes out that manages to be great throughout. Innsmouth Free Press, a Canadian "micro-publisher", has already produced some quality anthologies. Historical Lovecraft and Future Lovecraft both have a spot on my bookshelf, and were quite satisfying. Fungi, their latest anthology, stands as their best work yet.

The brilliant cover by artist Oliver Wetter blends strangeness and beauty, and gives an idea of what's to be found within the pages. Fungi itself is such an interesting species, and days could easily be spent reading about different types that are strange enough on their own without having to be fictionalized. Editors Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Orrin Grey wisely saw the potential of such a theme, and have compiled together a variety of tales. The stories themselves range from horror to fantasy. Some are dark, some are silly, some are chilling and some are just plain fun. The paperback edition contains twenty-two stories and a poem, while the deluxe hardcover edition includes three extra stories and ten black and white illustrations by Bernie Gonzalez.

Some (there are many) stories that I particularly enjoyed:

Hyphae, by John Langan, opens the anthology. It's a good, solid horror story like I've come to expect from this author.

Lavie Tidhar is an author who writes beautiful short fiction. The White Hands reads like an excerpt from a weird encyclopedia detailing a mushroom world. Although not a typical, narrative story, it's quite captivating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Bizarre and Beautiful Stories January 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I knew that I would have to purchase the Fungi Anthology the minute I laid eyes on its beautiful cover art. Featuring over twenty authors, this anthology is proud to display a wide array of stories that all feature the theme of fungi. I can safely say that I have never read the word "fruiting body" so many times and in so many different uses.

The stories range from the weird, to the really-seriously weird, the humorous, the intriguing, to the eerie. At some points I laughed and eagerly turned to the next story only to be forced to put the book down and walk away from the strange world that had been presented to me. The authors featured brought their best efforts forward to present the reader with stories that incorporate fantastic worlds, the odd nature of fungi, and some very hearty nods to H.P. Lovecraft.

I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed every story, but that doesn't take away from my rating of this anthology. There are more than enough stories available that for each one I disliked, I enjoyed three others. I highly recommend this anthology and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Mycelial Mélange April 24, 2013
IFP consistently puts out great collections of weird/macabre fiction, and FUNGI is no exception. There are stories here that alternately fascinate and repulse. There is horror, yes, and wonder as well, and though there are maybe one or two tales that didn't grab me (Polenth Blake's "Letters to a Fungus" and Ginther's "First They Came for the Pigs"), the percentage of those (relative) clunkers in a collection of this size was well worth it.

Highlights (for me) included the Weird West steampunk-y goodness of Andrew Penn Romine's "Last Bloom on the Sage"; Wilum H Pugmire's beautifully baroque and witty "Midnight Mushrumps"; the thoroughly unpleasant squickiness of "Corpse Mouth and Spore Nose" from Jeff Vandermeer; and Nick Mamatas at his wry and socially-relevant creepy best with "The Shaft Through The Middle of It All".

It was Laird Barron's "Gamma" that capped this anthology for me as one of the best I've read in recent years, though. This story has scope, grand scale, and raises all kinds of questions re: consciousness, awareness, our place in the ecosystem while at the same time raising goosebumps. FUNGI is recommended for this tale alone. Great stuff.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Macabre Delight December 3, 2012
As with everything from Innsmouth Press, Fungi is place for authors of the Outré to show off their skills.
Today with the slow death of the print medium, there are less and less places for talented short story writers
to prove their skills. Luckily Innsmouth Press has been there to pick up the slack, between their magazine, and now
this, I have been given the chance to read writers whom otherwise I may have never gotten the chance to enjoy.
Many thanks to the publishers and the writers for making efforts such as this possible.
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