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Sylvan Dread: Tales of Pastoral Darkness Paperback – May 23, 2016
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"In medieval times scholars spoke of “Natura naturans” --- Nature reveling in her sheer fecundity and pagan vitality. Like Blackwood and Machen before him, Richard Gavin knows the inhuman yet seductive rapture of the deep woods; he has heard the ancient music on the hills. In his stories of “sylvan dread,” his protagonists explore uncanny ravines and hillside clefts, take part in sacrilegious rites, encounter maenads and goatbrides and Lovecraftian horrors. Gavin’s prose is always quietly controlled, carefully crafted, but it inexorably leads his men and women into realms of terrifying otherness, where they are changed, changed utterly." --Michael Dirda
"This is, indeed, horror, but of a literary, artistic, and subtle kind, requiring as much from the reader as it gives. Yes, there is darkness here, but it is ever shifting and occludes as much as it reveals. It is Pagan, Cosmic, and Weird. And it is wonderful." --'This is Horror')
"The great god Pan moves in some very mysterious ways throughout this book, his horrors to perform." --'Metaphysical Circus' (Michael Dirda)
About the Author
Richard Gavin is a critically-acclaimed author whose work explores the realm where dread and the sublime intersect. His supernatural tales have been published in four collections, including THE DARKLY SPLENDID REALM and AT FEAR'S ALTAR, and have been selected for BEST NEW HORROR, THE YEAR'S BEST WEIRD FICTION, and THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR. In 2015 he co-edited (with Patricia Cram and Daniel A. Schulke) PENUMBRAE: AN OCCULT FICTION ANTHOLOGY. Richard has also published poetry, criticism, and several works of esotericism for venues such as Starfire Journal and Clavis: Journal of Occult Arts, Letters and Experience. THE BENIGHTED PATH: PRIMEVAL GNOSIS AND THE MONSTROUS SOUL, his non-fiction book that explores Night Consciousness, was released in 2016.
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019 - "Primeval Wood"
051 - "A Cavern of Redbrick"
063 - "Tending the Mists"
077 - "Fume"
089 - "Goatsbride"
095 - "Weaned on Blood"
107 - "Tinder Row"
121 - "Wormwood Votaries"
133 - "The Old Pageant"
141 - "The Stiles of Palemarsh
Richard Gavin has crafted a world of black imagination and foul marvels al his own, while inspired by writers like Lovecraft and Chambers.
"Goatsbride" is one of the most disturbing shorts I've read in some time. What he is doing is working up towards his own "weird classic" aesthetic and succeeds far better than many of those celebrated today. I knew I wanted to read these as soon as they came out, and it was worth the effort it took to obtain it.
A must for weird fiction fans.