Lovecraft Unbound Read & download å 100

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Lovecraft Unbound Read & download å 100 ¹ The stories are legendary the characters unforgettable the world horrible and disturbing Howard Phillips Lovecraft may have been a writer for only a short time but the creations he left behind after his death in 1937 have shaped modern horror than any other author in the last two centuries the shamblThe stories are legendary the characters unforgettable the world horrible and disturbing Howard Phillips Lovecraft may have been a writer for only a short time but the creations he left behind after his death in 1937 have shaped modern horror than any other author in the last two centuries the shambling god Cthulhu and the other deities of the Elder Things the Outer Gods and the Great Old Ones and Herbert West Reanimator a doctor who unlocked the secrets of life and death at a terrible cost In Lovecraft Unbound than twenty of today's most prominent writers of literature and dark fantasy tell stories set in or inspired by the works of H P Lovecraft 9 • Introduction Lovecraft. I am rating this one at 35 the highest rating I've given an Ellen Datlow collection so far Having just finished four other books she's edited I have to say that this one has a wider range of good stories than the previous four volumes of The Best Horror of the Year do individually It's still a mixed bag though with some stories much better than the rest some following under the category of good and I'd probably look for by their authors and some that just didn't do it for me In short your typical anthology If you're considering reading this one keep in mind that the book was not intended to be a collection of Lovecraft pastiches but rather a collection of stories inspired by Lovecraft's work Even so it comes out a bit unevenly and while the authors each offer a brief write up on how Lovecraft inspired their work some of the stories seem to be a bit off So let's get down to business There are six I really liked and five that were good not great so that accounts for over half of the stories in this book The best story in this book is without uestion Caitlin R Kiernan's Houses Under the Sea set in beautiful Monterey The story is seen through the eyes of a narrator who not only has no name but no gender either HeShe has been assigned to write about Jacova Angevine hisher former lover who once had a promising career in academia but later became the head of a cult called The Open Door whose members she led into the ocean one day in a mass suicide It's one a summary doesn't do justice but my god this story is absolutely chilling and probably meets best the Lovecraft inspiration criteria I have to give Ms Datlow kudos for including it The Crevasse set in the Antarctic is also an excellent Lovecraft inspired story but one I've read before; also set in the Antarctic is Holly Phillips' Cold Water Survival another previously read but excellent story Also clearly in the Lovecraftian zone is believe it or not Michael Chabon's In the Black Mill which I found to be outstanding; I did a double take when I got to this author's entry because well he does horror dread so nicely a side of Chabon I've never seen before Marya Nox by Gemma Files also caught my eye told in or less epistolary format it focuses on a strange church in Macedonia that was uncovered after having been purposely buried in its entirety Catch Hell by Laird Barron isn't exactly Lovecraftian so to speak but there's definitely evil lurking in the woods around the Black Ram Lodge This one I've read before and while I really like this story its inclusion in this particular volume is kind of a mystery The six that were imho goodnot great but still deserving of a mention are The Din of Celestial Birds by Brian Evenson “Come Lurk with Me and Be My Love” by William Browning Spencer Leng by Marc Laidlaw I'm a total sucker for anything set on the Plateau of Leng and That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable” by Nick Mamatas This one resonated with the idea that there's nothing one can do when confronted by cosmic forces beyond anyone's control and it appealed And while The Office of Doom was kind of playful with its interlibrary loan of the Necronomicon I'm still not uite sure about it Ditto for The Recruiter which was dark enough for my weird tastes but kind of missing something there That leaves “Sincerely Petrified” by Anna Tambour “The Tenderness of Jackals” by Amanda Downum “Sight Unseen” by Joel Lane “Machines of Concrete Light and Dark” by Michael Cisco whose work I normally LOVE but this one was just off “One Day Soon” by Lavie Tidhar “Commencement” by Joyce Carol Oates “Vernon Driving” by Simon Kurt Unsworth “Mongoose” by Sarah Monette Elizabeth Bear that I wasn't overly impressed by Obviously anyone reading this collection will have their own personal favorites since as I've noted before horror is definitely in the eye of the beholder I'd recommend it there are many fine stories here

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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.