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- Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc. (October 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: October 24, 2011
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- Language: English
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The collection opens with Bernie Mojzes’ ‘Ink’, a masteful, funny, and outrageously (wonderfully!) creepy-sexy mashup of hard-boiled detective fiction and Lovecraft’s elder-god mythos. Peter Tupper challenges Lovecraft’s racism head-on in ‘Koenigsberg’s Model’ with the tale of a bigoted bibliophile who meets his match in the exotically mysterious owner of an antique book shop. Kannan Feng offers a gothic fairytale in ‘A Reflection of Kindness’, while Angela Caperton’s ‘Shiek’ cleverly unfolds a story of occult goings-on in 1920s Hollywood. Annabeth Leong’s ‘The Artist’s Retreat’ is a broodingly atmospheric albeit probing character-driven story that builds to an explosive denouement. ‘The Dreams in the Laundramat’ by Elizabeth Reeve returns to Lovecraft’s Miskatonic University in Arkham in a delectably bookish bow to Japanese hentai (tentacle porn). Monique Poirier’s ‘The Flower of Innsmouth’ gives readers an elegantly-narrated take on the Victorian “creepy old house full of strange relatives” trope. Finally, ‘When the Stars Come’ by Alex Picchetti returns to the realm of stories like ‘The Dunwich Horror’ and ‘The Color Out of Space’, when a farm girl becomes the willing bride of an ancient god.
Sheer pleasure from beginning to end, every story in this collection is above average. Enthusiastically recommended.
This is a rock-solid anthology and my hat is off to the authors, who turned in universally superior stories; also to editor Jen Blackmore, who handled with great skill and acumen the daunting task of sorting through what, judging from the quality of the stories that were selected, must have been a group of excellent manuscripts.
It would have been a disservice and a cop-out to choose stories meant solely to shock, or which approach the theme sarcastically, but there's nothing gimmicky about these stories, even when they're shocking. They're honest, loving homages meant to broaden the body of Lovecraft-related work and share appreciation of the genre. And they're good. This sort of writing can only come from people who love Lovecraft. Each one is a devotional offering lovingly placed on the altar of the mythos.
The mythos influence varies, but most stand alone; acquaintance with Lovecraft's work is helpful but not required, and they are enjoyable as horror erotica on their own. You do, however, need to be someone who appreciates the weird tale as a genre to understand just how spot-on some of these are.
I want to single out Peter Tupper's "Koenigsberg's Model," Annabel Leong's "The Artist's Retreat," and Elizabeth Reed's "The Dreams in the Laundromat" as especially praiseworthy, but the truth is that there is not a clunker in the bunch. Read them all.
I'd love to see another anthology like this. If I had it in front of me, I'd read it right now, SAN loss be damned.