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Ete Light and Dark • short story by Michael Cisco 213 • Leng • short fiction by Marc Laidlaw 239 • In the Black Mill • 1997 • short story by Michael Chabon 267 • One Day Soon • short fiction by Lavie Tidhar 277 • Commencement • 2001 • novelette by Joyce Carol Oates 305 • Vernon Driving • short fiction by Simon Kurt Unsworth 315 • The Recruiter • short fiction by Michael Shea 331 • Marya Nox • short fiction by Gemma Files 347 • Mongoose • Boojum • novelette by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette 375 • Catch Hell • short fiction by Laird Barron 413 • That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable • short fiction by Nick Mamat. I'm neither a Lovecraft fan nor a horror fan so possibly my opinion on this book is not of much value to anybody However I'm going to give it anywayThere are twenty stories in this book I abandoned fourteen for being either boring you have to get my attention with human desires; life or death adventures on the ice don't cut it amateurish starting way too early thunking into the dreaded past perfect for a nice long slog through the backstory awkwardly lurching from emotion to emotion or both Marc Laidlaw's Leng was interesting enough for me to finish it but it did a thing I've seen in other horror stories the horror started small got big got bigger and then got so big that it was just funny Michael Chabon's In the Black Mill was workmanlike but coldJoyce Carol Oates' Commencement was a clever idea a graduation ceremony that starts giving hints of being something darker and she gets points for writing with some real style unuusual in this book but the story was as long as an actual graduation ceremonyIn Gemma Files' Marya Nox I felt that the form fought with the content the opening paragraph left me confused and expecting something much bigger than what I got and I didn't really see any reason to tell the story in the form of a transcript and not in the form of a regular story Once I got into it I enjoyed the story it toldSarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear's Mongoose was the whole reason I reuested the book at the library another story in the Boojum universe I was charmed at cheshires creatures from another dimension that could phase in and out at will keeping a space station free of vermin called toves so that they won't attract something worse Tone was smaller less epicapocalyptic and hopeful than you normally find inspired by Lovecraft I consider that a plus Nick Mamatas' That Of Which We Speak When We Speak Of the Unspeakable reminds me of some Saturday Night Live sketches the execution is nothing to get excited about but the mere idea a Lovecraftian parody of Raymond Carver in which people sit around drinking and airing their egos while shoggoths ooze up to where they're hiding is hilarious enough that I'll remember it long after I've forgotten what actually happened in the story Obviously I'm not a Carver fan either
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Lovecraft UnboundUnbound • essay by Ellen Datlow 11 • The Crevasse • short story by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud 31 • The Office of Doom • Dust Devil • short story by Richard Bowes 43 • Sincerely Petrified • short fiction by Anna Tambour 73 • The Din of Celestial Birds • 1997 • short story by Brian Evenson 85 • The Tenderness of Jackals • short fiction by Amanda Downum 99 • Sight Unseen • short fiction by Joel Lane 113 • Cold Water Survival • short story by Holly Phillips 139 • Come Lurk With Me and Be My Love • short fiction by William Browning Spencer 161 • Houses Under the Sea • 2006 • novelette by Caitlín R Kiernan 195 • Machines of Concr.