This one was about a dystopian post zombie-esque apocalyptic world where suddenly, out of nowhere a wide range of demons appeared on the planet. The demons would eat people and then spit the person's blood back out at anyone else hanging around.
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A few hours later anyone who got spat on is infected by the blood and becomes a zombie-esque psycho. They file down their teeth to points and dig up dead bodies for dinner. It was very short but very interesting, about a guy who morphed into an octopus. Another review that I read asked the question "Is it a good book for people who have never read Lovecraft before?
It was like watching an episode of a tv show half way through the second season, you have no idea who the characters are or how they relate to eachother, which leaves you feeling unsatisfied with the plot. Apr 05, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it Shelves: weird , contemporary , smart-nerdy , hipster , horror , dark , stories. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. It's true that I don't much care for story collections, although I do have a softer spot in my heart for the related story compilation format; and I just had a chance to read two better-than-average ones, actually, Mark Brand's Thank You, Death Robot and S.
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Both are similar in set-up, a couple of respected genre authors being asked to assemble a collection of stories by other respected genre authors, all on a similar theme, with Brand's a Chicagoan who I recently had the pleasure of meeting being all about evil robots, and Joshi's from our pals at PS Publishing consisting entirely of tales inspired by either the style or mythos of HP Lovecraft; and that's why in general I tend to like compilations like these more than just random story collections by a single author, because at least these stick to one unified idea, and often try to reach an equilibrium of quality as well.
Of course, that doesn't stop the trait from being there that I dislike so much in story collections, that the pieces found within tend to veer all over the place in both tone and length -- some are classical homages to their main subject, some ironic modern twists, some not much more than a short bad joke, others little novellas unto themselves. They're both excellent for what they are, and come highly recommended to existing fans of the subjects, but also deftly illustrate why I tend to do only short, non-committal reviews of such collections, in that I find it hard to say much more about them and have it remain true for the entire book.
Out of 8. Jun 18, Jeannie Sloan rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , best-of-the-best , horror , cthulhu. This is just a quick opinion on this magnificent book. Joshi really outdid himself with this one. The stories are wonderful and don't fall into that trap of using too many thoughts and words from the Mythos of Lovecraft. There is a little similarity in the stories in that they are all interesting and well thought out.
View all 7 comments. Oct 11, Henrik is currently reading it Shelves: horror , anthology. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. But, truth be told, that may be because I was quite tired because of RL business, not because of the story! A strong story opening the collection, that's for sure. I look forward to reading the rest, as time permits. In this tale we follow the process as he experiences it--which means reality and fantasy blending, his body "slowing down" and with HPL as his companion through it all.
It was a fascinating read, in all its silent wonder, and to some extend I empathized with the narrator. I also appreciated the many hints to HPL's stories and the sub-genre as such. The story made an impression, which is very good, but it probably won't stay on my mind forever. November 1: "An Eldritch Matter" by Adam Niswander: A straight-forward tale about a man who turns into a tentacled creature.
I rather liked it. Learning lesson, folks: Do not--I repeat: do not! Pugmire's story, "Inhabitants of Wraithwood. Perhaps his best to date? Review coming. Pulver: I liked it a lot. Review coming Good collection so far Oct 31, Ethan rated it really liked it. I admit I didn't read all those stories which is typical of my anthology reading habits , but those I did read were pretty good stories in the key of Lovecraft. I was surprised and pleased by how many of them were set in the American Southwest, which, despite the sunshine, can be eldritch places indeed.
Oct 23, Rajiv rated it liked it. Some of the stories captured the Lovecraftian feel of cosmic horror and dread. However, most of them felt like homages to Lovecraft rather than his style or genre. Overall, a decent compilation of short stories by authors who are more in love with Lovecraft than his craft. May 02, Daniela rated it liked it.
Black Wings: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror by S.T. Joshi
Great stories, must of them. Faithful to the lovecraftian storytelling or Mythos. Nice reading if you are a Lovecraft fan but wish for a more modern twist. Avoid if you are a lovecraftian-purist. Looking forward to the second one. Must read more of W. Pugmire's works. Jul 28, Daniel Wesolowski rated it really liked it. Couple of clunkers, but a few really good stories, some of the best tribute fiction I have read.
May 11, Tarl rated it liked it Shelves: lovecraftian. I had been seeing this anthology in bookstores for some time, and finally decided to pick it up. I love a good Lovecraftian anthology and looked forward to reading this. As with any anthology, there are good stories, as well as ones that are less so. I'll talk about a few of the stories below. Pickman's Other Model by Caitlin R.
Kiernan is easily one of the better stories in this anthology, if not the best. Well written, Kiernan captures a lot of the Lovecraftian theme alongside the very s I had been seeing this anthology in bookstores for some time, and finally decided to pick it up. Well written, Kiernan captures a lot of the Lovecraftian theme alongside the very spirit of the story 'Pickman's Model'. There is something hauntingly beautiful in this story that lingers and makes me want to read it over and over again alongside Lovecraft's original works.
Absolutely a wonderful story.
Engravings by Joseph S. The pacing of the story is well done and keeps the reader engaged. The mystery of the package plays out to a satisfying end and feels very Lovecraftian in its nature. I really enjoyed this story, enough so that I read it twice. Copping Squid by Michael Shea felt like a very Lovecraftian mystery. Shea handled his characters really well and his urban setting was both familiar and yet alien all at once. There is a nice level of mystery to this story and some scenes that are creepy with how Shea sets them up. This is my second time reading this story and I enjoyed it as much on the second reading as I did on the first.
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