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Characters µ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ S.T. Joshi Some of Lovecraft’s most powerful tales is revivified by Donald Tyson while Lovecraft’s media presence is made the subject of half comic half horrific tales by Don Webb and Chet Williamson John Shirley Rick Dakan and Jason V Brock use Lovecraft’s life and outlook as springboards for imaginative tales of psychological and supernatural horror All in all Black Wings II affords a rich feast of terror inspired by the twentieth century’s greatest writer of the supernatural. This book is a great read

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Black Wings II New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror Review · 107 Ë [Reading] ➶ Black Wings II New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror Author S.T. Joshi – This second instalment of S T Joshi’s critically acclaimed Black Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers all drawing This second instalment II New eBook #10003 of S T Joshi’s critically acclaimed Black Black Wings eBook #8608 Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers all drawing Wings II New Kindle #209 upon themes images and ideas from the life and work of Wings II New Tales of ePUB #199 H P Lovecraft Caitlín R Kiernan has written a poetic reinterpretation of “The Hound” while Nicholas Royle plays a fascinating riff on the existential horror of “The Ou. Embryonic Lovecraft geek that I am it was high time I tried one of the billion or so Cthulhu anthologies on the market and Black Wings of Cthulhu 2 happened to be the first to hand Here we have eighteen authors with as many stories and as many radically varied interpretations of what it means to be ‘Lovecraftian’ The commonality here is certainly thematic rather than stylisticSome take it uite literally by openly discussing the author – to the extent that two stories feature characters channelling the spirit of the man himself Meanwhile ‘Casting Call’ by Don Webb claws gleefully at the fourth wall in its tale of an actor auditioning for a role in a 1972 television adaptation of Lovecraft’s ‘Pickman’s Model’ An adaptation incidentally which really happened Suffice it say that one gets a little ‘meta’ in the modern parlanceThen there are the ‘in universe’ takes ‘Houndwife’ by Caitlin R Kiernan is a direct seuel to Lovecraft’s ‘The Hound’ and disconcerts the reader by freuently jumping between numerous points in the timeline Unfortunately the story underlying the experiment in narrative flow didn’t elicit than a figurative shrugCthulhu itself only comes close to appearing in two tales ‘The Wilcox Reminder’ by Brian Evenson is an exploration of the madness induced by a statue of Big C and one of the traditional weird fiction tales here ‘And the Sea Gave Up the Dead’ by Jason C Eckhardt comes closest of all the stories to the style of Lovecraft himself being a retelling of a voyage of Captain Cook via some mysteriously re discovered journals As a or less preuel to The Call of Cthulhu it is excellently realisedSome stories fell rather flat as I felt they were trying a little too hard with the tentacle monsters and people driven to sudden violence and the like even if they had some clever ideas whilst doing so ‘Bloom’ by John Lagan for example was a competent but clichéd take on the ‘discovery of mysterious object brings gradually impinging doom’ style of horror ‘The Skinless Face’ by Donald Tyson had a fascinating Michael Crichton meets Robert E Howard setup that felt too rapidly discarded in favour of over the top horrorIndeed the stories also varied wildly as to their place on the spectrum of subtlety ‘The Clockwork King the ueen of Glass and the Man with the Hundred Knives’ by Darrell Schweitzer went through an exceedingly bizarre looking glass with its themes of multiverses colliding and an even darker take on a Lewis Carroll esue fantasy world The openly unreliable narrator sold it perfectly thoughOn the other hand you had ‘Dahlias’ by Melanie Tem a story so subtle I feel it will take a re read or two to comprehend what was supposed to have happened Indeed my favourite story of all in this collection was among the shortest and subtlest ‘The Other Man’ by Nicholas Royle executes one of the best Lovecraftian endings I’ve yet encountered No tentacle monsters here simply a mundane setting an inexplicable horror and a conclusion that offers only uestions with no hint of a resolutionOh and one honourable mention if I may ‘King of Cat Swamp’ by Jonathan Thomas wasn’t especially notable other than having the first ending to a horror story I’ve read in my adult life which genuinely discomforted me That has to be worth a cookieIn all this is definitely a worthwhile read for Lovecraft fans but even for them I would stop short of calling it essential

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Black Wings II New Tales of Lovecraftian HorrorTsider” Three separate tales by Jason C Eckhardt Brian Evenson and Jonathan Thomas ring changes on Lovecraft’s seminal story “The Call of Cthulhu” Nick Mamatas writes an ingenious elaboration of “The Whisperer in Darkness” The cosmic indifferentism that is the core of Lovecraft’s fiction is treated in various ways by John Langan Melanie Tem Tom Fletcher Darrell Schweitzer and Richard Gavin The archaeological horror that we Wings II New Tales of ePUB #199 find in. There are some outstanding stories here but the overall standard is slightly unevenhttpopionatorwordpresscom20121