- File Size: 312 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0998893609
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CH6QKJE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#961,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #2722 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #7482 in Dark Fantasy Horror
- #5947 in Occult Horror
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"I can say without hesitation, reservation or exception that this is a collection full of brilliantly written and powerfully affecting stories, each of which profoundly impressed me in different ways ... Johnson’s Vacui Magia is a book that never goes quietly, and it is wonderful for it." - The Future Fire Reviews--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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If you've read "Hawkworth Hall" or "Leviathan" you'll know Johnson writes horror by poetry and is able to spin a pretty darn dark tale. Vacui Magia is no exception.
The anthology holds eight short stories, all of differing lengths and completely different subject matter. They're all effectual in being creepy and impactful in a disturbing way. All are high quality writings.
I particularly liked three stories: "Little Men with Knives", "Vendémiaire", and "Julie".
I usually read lesfic and this doesn't fall into that category. The leads are female, though, and I'd say that many of the stories center around a woman's inner strength when the world is against her.
I don't typically read horror but I couldn't help thinking this would be something along the lines of Stephen King and couldn't help but be impressed.
If you're looking for something on the darker side that's well-written or are a fan of Johnson's other works, definitely give this a read.
A couple stories in the the middle had endings that made me scratch my head, but I think that's on me, not the author. The rest left me breathless, and they all seemed to be saying SOMETHING (even if, like those two, I didn't know what that something was). My favorite was "The Pursuit of the Whole Is Called Love." I love seeing humanity in alien creatures, and she makes their existence believable... yet sad, of course.
I'm super picky about rereading authors. I turn my nose up at classics regularly. But if L.S. Johnson has written something, I want to read it.
Top international reviews
They are written with a deep knowing and a wordcraft that is far above most. Highly recommended.
Overall I had a good time reading this collection