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The Shadow of the Unknown Paperback – August 20, 2011
"A diverse cross-section of contemporary horror by established writers and exciting newcomers. Fans of Lovecraft, Ligotti, Campbell and other masters of the genre will find much to appreciate in this well-rounded anthology." -- Jeffrey Thomas, author of PUNKTOWN
"Anyone who tries to breathe new life into the Elder Gods takes an unspeakable risk. But these authors succeed in bringing the darkness home... where it belongs." -- Gary Fry, author of ABOLISHER OF ROSES
"The Shadow of the Unknown embraces a leitmotif used by other collections. Yet the volume is not merely another variation on a well-worn theme. The general high quality of the tales redeems the theme's replay and rewards the reader." -- Hellnotes
"An inspired collection." -- Morpheus Tales
"THE SHADOW OF THE UNKNOWN is a solid collection of Lovecraftian terrors. It has a nice wide range of styles and settings, with far more hits than misses, and a few real gems gleaming brightly to catch the eye. Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos and weird fiction should give this one a read. Consider it well recommended." -- Horror World
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First, the length of most stories is short--very short. Too short to fully establish atmosphere and gradually build dread.
Second, as noted in the book description, many of the tales are simply horror/shock tales that are 'inspired' by Lovecraft in only the loosest way.
Third, some of the material is so disgusting that I had to put the book aside for a couple of days--not because I was creeped out, but because what I read was just nauseating. Unnecessary to build fear, and not in the Lovecraftian tradition.
Bottom line, my opinion is this: don't buy this book if you are looking for fiction that honors your memory of Lovecraft's work.
The editor and the writers were paid nothing -- this is a true labor of love, and it shows. This book belongs on any Lovecraftian's shelf.