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- Publisher: Lovecraft eZine Press (February 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 21, 2017
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- Language: English
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The opening story Jar Of Mist is a superbly written weird tale of a man trying to cope with the loss of his wife and daughter and ends up encountering a hallucinogenic mist that bends time and alters reality. It is a strong opener to a collection. The first few stories of the book give off a more occultish/ cosmic horror vibe . The second half of the collection traverses all genres horror, sci-fi, fantasy etc… I had previously read Ghost In Amber in Chapbook form when it was released through Dim Shores. I enjoyed the story when I read it then and enjoyed it again this time I read it. The Prothesis, Bad Reception, and Snake Wine are three of my favorite stories in the book. The Spectators is another story about a grieving father and some otherworldly visitors. Welcome to Megalopoils is an example of Thomas’ great abilities at creating his own worlds and doctrines. The final self-titled story is great sci fi mystery that unfolds with perfect paranoid disorientation. Imagine waking up in a pod in a strange place (planet? or time?) and try to figure out what is going on. I am not trying to compare the writers, but if you are a fan of Brian Evenson’s short stories, The Endless Fall, particularly the final story, will be right up your alley.
The Endless Fall and Other Weird Fictions was no less entertaining that I expected it to be. Jeffrey Thomas’ vivid imagination and ability to weave through various forms of dark fiction will always keep me coming back to his work, as will his attention to detail and the somber depth of his prose. If you are a fan of great weird horror fiction and you haven’t read Jeffrey Thomas you are truly missing out. The good thing is Thomas is prolific and has a fair amount of work out in the world. I will continue to make my way through catalog both Punktown and non-Punktown.
I've noticed that in the past few years Jeffrey Thomas has moved away from horror a little in the direction of sci-fi/weird. Not that he was ever a pure "horror" writer, he's always stood on multiple genres and surfed with them hard and fast. He's still thrashing the waves, fear not, but his focus here is more on oddball twist endings and freaky ideas than trying to scare you. Though he still does that in some of these stories. Another thing that comes through seems to be what I guess the writer is like, though I hate to presume anything. These stories are filled with people who are pretty cynical and kind of tired of the people in the world, not really nihilists, but guys that look into the abyss and are just kind of like, "Aw, to hell with it, I guess I'm going to bed."
We start off with "Jar of Mist," and the first sentence in in a morgue, haha. Very cool story about a kind of magical misty stuff literally in a jar that takes people somewhere.... The description of the shop reminded me a little of Steven Millhauser, anyone like him too? He also rules.
"The Dogs" is about a guy who gets to see the future of the world as it, of course, dies, via the special occult placement of strings and drawings on his wall. As a big fan of dogs, the last two sentences really pull my heart strings, hahaha!
"Ghosts in Amber," was a story I'd heard about before, maybe it was published as a chapbook or something, but I hadn't read it. This story was kind of gloomy, like a lot of the others in this collection. I was left a little puzzled by this one, but it shows that, for some reason, the writer knows a lot about shoe factories. ????
"The Prosthesis" is a wonderfully messed up story about prosthetic body parts and... babies, heh heh. Again, how does he know so much about these factories?
"The Dark Cell," kind of western story, with a woman stuck in dark not-quite-solitary confinement with something that's probably a demon. Kind of Laird Barron-ish in tone.
"Snake Wine" seems like it was a pretty reasonable train of thought from someone who took a look at funky Southeast Asian moonshine and thought, what is that?
"The Spectators" was one of my favorites in this collection, weird, alien simulacra start appearing all over the world, apparently to watch one particular person. They absolutely interact with nothing. What the f....
"Bad Reception" reminds me of the days when I grew up in East Texas in just precisely the wrong area to get a solid tv signal from anywhere, and I used to wonder if something was being transmitted and I just didn't get it. This story was fun and scary, it reminded me of Night Shift-era Stephen King, which is a good thing.
"Sunset in Megalopolis," almost pure comic book fantasy with the typical Jeffrey Thomas alien unease thrown in.
"Portents of Past Futures" is Jeffrey Thomas in noir detective mode, which I wish he'd do a lot more of. Scary story about a things murdering people who mess with a particular mural.
"Those Above" reminds me a little of another story he wrote that was probably the best story in Autumn Cthulhu, the short "After the Fall," I think that was the name. And also "The Spectators," in this volume, now that I think of it. What would the world go through if, you know, mysterious alien things just showed up, and they weren't exactly attacking, but you knew there was nothing good about them. This was a strange steampunk setting, something he doesn't do a lot, but which worked pretty well here.
"The Individual in Question" is more like a scene from a story, or an idea for a bigger one. Very cool, he should expand on this.
"The Red Machine," oh man this one freaking kicked butt. A woman into making oddball artwork installation type things accidentally creates a piece that actually does something. Another favorite, seems pulled straight from the same animal the best cuts of the Twilight Zone were made from.
"The Endless Fall," my favorite. I can't even tell you why it's my favorite without ruining the story. But it has this sentence: "He made the decision to only eat the young man."
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