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- Print Length: 146 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Innsmouth Free Press (December 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PNPONI2
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Good stuff--the mechanical writing quality is very on point, and the last story is particularly good. The characters were easy to get attached to but not likeable in artificial ways, and there was a lot of cool, subtle stuff going on. The atmosphere was quite strong as well. I didn't find them overly scary, but they were certainly eerie works.
Honestly, I wish there were even more stories in this little collection, and the middle story felt a bit unresolved. The first story felt more 19th century than 20th century in style as well, but those are the only nitpicks I have. It'd be cool if they were all connected, but as is, they're still good.
In all, I'd enthusiastically recommend this. Innsmouth Press is reliably awesome.
“Dreams of a Thousand Young” by Jennifer Brozek kicks it off strong, as a very proper British heiress living abroad in Assam wakes to find a strange man in her room. Dead. Bloody. And herself naked, with suspicious bruises but no memory of the preceding events. What follows is a delicate balancing act of trying to preserve her reputation while uncovering the truth. As the mystery unravels, she finds herself drawn into a conspiracy of cults, sex, murder and dark magic.
Next up is Orrin Grey’s “The Lesser Keys,” shifting the scene to a hoppin’ and happenin’ roadhouse outside of Kansas City. A Chicago club owner has sent an envoy to try and recruit the band, but the envoy suspects it’s going to be a lot more challenging than just making the better monetary offer. Meanwhile, a young lady searching for her missing brother finds the trail leads to the same roadhouse, and that whatever weirdness is going on there is about to hit its peak.
“Pomptina Sum” by A.D. Cahill wraps things up with a trip to Italy, as a grifter assumes a new identity to try his luck finding patrons among the wealthy of a quaint little island. He soon discovers that he not only has competition, but that the island and its inhabitants are not at all what they seem. Forget maintaining his cover; he’ll be lucky to escape with his life … not to mention his sanity and soul.
All three are gripping, well-done reads. Besides, I enjoy themed anthologies, I enjoy Lovecraftian tales, and I enjoy the era in question … that’s three MORE reasons. If that’s not enough, well then, I don’t know what else to tell ya.