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Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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Debut collection of Weird Horror fiction by Scott Nicolay. Ranging from short story to novella-length, the author takes us to settings ranging from New Jersey to Easter Island. The gritty realism of the characters and landscapes segues subtly into events slipping into the Weird. NOT YOUR OLD-FASHIONED HORROR STORIES! Richly illustrated by David Verba Forward by Laird Barron; After Word by John Pelan Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed Table of Contents alligators The Bad Outer Space Ana Kai Tangata Eyes Exchange Bank Phragmites The Soft Frogs Geschäfte Tuckahoe 368 pages; Hardcover. 1st Edition/1st Printing. New, Publisher's Stock
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Every story is either a brilliant gem and/or has tons of qualities to recommend it. The title story, about a hapless archeologist working on a project on Easter Island, while his life (and reality itself) unravels around him, is for me as strong a standard bearer for The Weird as Laird Barron’s “Procession of the Black Sloth” or Livia Llewellyn’s “Furnace”. The build up of imagery, dread, and inner demons comes to a startling head which leaves you gasping in awe, knowing you are only witnessing the topmost layer of something ancient and awe-inspiring.
He’s not a one-trick pony, though, as he can switch it up and FULLY adopt a child narrator’s voice, as he does in “The Bad Outer Space” and the bonus story in some editions (and current nominee for a World Fantasy Award!) “Do You Like to Look at Monsters?”. I am a kid-oriented person, and both of these stories blow me away in their depiction of the child mind in action, even as they also function as bad ass scary stories. “The Soft Frogs” is another dazzler (and winner for Best Story Title Of All Time in my heart), dealing with the ecological impact of chemical runoff, changing music styles and how we gain our identity through popular culture, New Jersey, and some really disgusting mutants. Woo Hoo!!!
I don’t want to do a blow-by-blow here, but suffice it to say that everything in ANA KAI TANGATA is worth your time. Maybe the story “Geschäfte” is a little Barron-esque, but it’s also 100% successful in giving you a terrible case of the willies. The only other critical thing I can think of, if anything, is that the seven novellas and short stories that lead up to the closing semi-Lovecraftian novelette are so strong and original and ferocious, that “Tuckahoe” stands out as a little too normal in comparison. (Which is funny since “Tuckahoe” would be a centerpiece of anyone else’s collection!)
Seriously, if you don’t have this book and are a fan of the weird and horrific, give yourself a present and devour this thing. It’s quite a treat. Also highly recommended for fans of perfectly melded inner and outer landscapes, and literary immersion into PLACE. You’ll feel like you’ve been on several trips by the time you close the cover.
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