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mobi Ê Lovecraft Unbound Paperback Ä 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 shambling god 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 This is a collection of Lovecraft inspired works of short fiction by various authors I was dubious going in because the introduction from the editor states up front that she refused to put any stories in that have direct references to famous Lovecraft stories Great no Lovecraft in a Lovecraft anthology I thoughtNot to worry the editor only half followed through on her threat I think the added challenge of having to do Lovecraft stories without relying on his famous stories improved the uality of the work and forced the authors to get inventiveHere are some mini reviews of each short storyThe Crevasse by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud A strong start to the collection begins with a classic Lovecraftian settingAntarctica A scientific expedition almost fall into a crevasse which suddenly appears beneath them One of their sled dogs has to be cut loose and drops into the unknown What follows is classic Lovecraft My only complaint is that this one feels too short I feel like the story ends at the halfway mark Oh well leave them wanting I guessThe Office of Doom by Richard Bowes A slight tale regarding someone checking out the Necronomicon through interlibrary loan There are also witches which is see what I did there something I don't remember Lovecraft using like this before Not my favoriteSincerely Petrified by Anne Tambour A scientist invents a curse to keep people from stealing petrified wood from a national parkOR DOES HE Pretty lameThe Din of Celestial Birds by Brian Evenson I guy finds a huge haunted birdcage in a scary abandoned village I know this should be scarier but come on even the scariest birds are not that scary I mean Hitchcock's The Birds was one of his least scary movies I don't know what that has to do with anything but I'm just saying Not awesomeThe Tenderness of Jackals by Amanda Downum A werejackal is in love with somebody and this one suckedSight Unseen by Joel Lane Creepy goodness Guy finds out his father might not have been crazy when he thought that aliens had replaced his eyes and were controlling everything he saw This one felt like a logical extension of Lovecraft ideas Very goodCold Water Survival by Holly Phillips My favorite of the book so far How has no one ever thought to do a horror novel in this setting before A research group are on a huge iceberg slowly floating south They slowly begin to discover strange things in the ice because of course they do There are horrible snow storms and it is very easy to become lost because GPS doesn't work on an iceberg This setting and idea are a fantastic way of stripping about all of the modern technology that would make classic Lovecraft stories impossible The writing was superb as well I've already reuested books by this author from my library 5 starsCome Lurk With Me and Be My Love by William Browning Spencer A guy falls in love with a creepy girl he meets at a farmer's market I've always said that organic produce would be the end of us A suitably creepy ending but this idea needed to be fleshed out betterHouses Under the Sea by Caitlin R Kiernan Pretty good creepy homage to The Shadow Over Innsmouth by way of James CameronMachines of Concrete Light and Dark by Michael Cisco Very boring story that I stopped reading I honestly have no idea what it was going forLeng by Marc Laidlaw Great premise and story A mushroom scientist that's a thing right goes in search of two other mushroom scientists wait there's than one mushroom scientist in China Another great idea for a story Lovecraft stories depend on seclusion and isolation so where better to set it than in China Do we know what really happens in China Hell no we don't so it's probably monstersIn the Black Mill by Michael Chabon Fantastic story by one of my favorite authors This one is very much in the style of The Shadow Over Innsmouth meets The Mangler by Stephen King A creepy town where everybody works at a mysterious mill and everybody seems to be missing a body part Top shelf story telling hereOne Day Soon by Lavie Tidhar Boring story Someone seems to have found the Necronomiconand I've fallen asleepCommencement by Joyce Carol Oates Wonderful This is the second short horror story I've read by Oates and I must say I'm impressed It makes me want to explore her other writing Basically the entire story is a Lovecraftian take on the pomp and circumstance of modern day graduation ceremonies Satirical hilarious and horrific all at onceVernon Driving by Simon Kurt Unsworth This one should not have been included and it an INCREDIBLE stretch to say this was even Lovecraft 'inspired' That being said an interesting short tale of a cuckhold and what love can drive us to doThe Recruiter by Michael Shea Boring and weird SkippedMarya Nox by Gemma Files Great story told as though it is the transcript of an interview with a priest who is retelling the story of his visit to an ancient church Creepy and effective story tellingMongoose by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear Wow This one was amazing and accomplished a lot of world building in an extremely short amount of time This one is Lovecraft meets Pacific RimIN SPACE In the future there are rips in the Universe that interdimensional monsters occasionally come out of The protagonist is an exterminator of these monsters and he has a monster of his own which he has named Mongoose Mongoose is a cat sizedsomethingthat hunts down and kills the invaders However in their most recent assignment they may be in over their heads The story does a great job of setting up the threats and establishing the characters in an incredibly short amount of time very effectively Wonderful combination of genres hereCatch Hell by Laird Barron Yuck This was like Rosemary's Baby but with less appealing sex and characters Plus infanticide Yeah Skips for sureThat Of Which We Speak When We Speak Of The Unspeakable by Nick Mamatas Cthulhu or some reasonable facsimile has invaded and taken out most of humanity Three youths sit around in front of a cave awaiting the end Had a Cabin in the Woods vibe that I enjoyedAll in all a terrific collection of Lovecraft inspired stories The gems greatly outweighed the duds Seriously just skip the following and this book is nearly flawless The Office of Doom The Din of Celestial Birds The Tenderness of Jackals Machines of Concrete Light and Dark One Day Soon The Recruiter and Catch Hell I feel like those stories didn't follow the assignment 13 fantastic stories out of 20 I'll take those numbers every time If you love the Lovecraft or if you just like creepy stories this one is a high high recommend

Ellen Datlow ï Lovecraft Unbound reader

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 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 Video review collection of Lovecraftian stories that are often not really Lovecraftian and that are sometimes not that great even when they are It's not actively bad except in a few cases but as douchy as that sounds you're probably better off re reading the actual thing or why not McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing StoriesJoyce Carol Oates' and Michael Chabon's stories are still both masterpieces

epub ´ Lovecraft Unbound ï Ellen Datlow

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 Probably this year's most praised book already So far I am very impressed by this anthology The authors have really managed to take inspiration from HPL without stripping away their own uniue voice and approach to storytelling and bless the Old Ones without descending at all into pastichesOCTOBER 28That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable by Nick MamatasAt first it is a little unclear what is going on besides the three characters being in some cave sort of hiding and talking Soon though it turns out that they are hiding because I imagine the world has been run over by other strange creatures and the human race is trying to survive in hidingThat one of the characters is they say a prophet and is eaten near the end by a shoggot and the ending despite its dry matter of factly humorous tone leaves no uestions as to the dark conclusion for mankind only made this odd story even interestingHighly recommendedOCTOBER 28One Day Soon by Lavie TidharAmazingly enough the author succeeds in treating this reader with yet another story about a book and its alluring powers; probably one of the most clicheed elements in the LovecraftianCthulhu Mythos universeThis had a fine uniue take on it all and it worked wonders how the author shifts between characters and their thoughts experiences as the protagonist drifts further and further away from the worldAnd those nightmarish scenes with people walking down a mountain without faces ShudderI like what the author says after the story as way of explaining the story its inspiration point in HPL The real horror from Lovecraft comes from futility We can rage against the dying of the light but I think Lovecraft understood best of all the futility of that grand gesture and that to me is the real horrorWell saidOCTOBER 30Commencement by Joyce Carol OatesA very very cool tale told in Oates' uniue style tone of voiceWhat appears to be simply an almost minute by minute description of the excitement connected to a University's annual ceremony the commensement ends up as a horrible tale of dark proportions and with a nightmarish punch I have rarely seen in a story What a treatWhat makes this story work in my opinion is Oates' uncanny ability to jump into the mind of a given character and with a simple line or two give us their perspective of things A marvelous talent she's got here On top of that her intimate knowledge of the Academic world and its rituals add to the story's textureFrom the start though the reader suspects that something is amiss not only do some of the lines of the University's song seem a little strange but what is this about the Pyramid where in real life it would be normal to say God this is an American University after all and that's who Americans usually pledge their allegiance to right And what about those strange scientific studies going on at the University and the talking head appearing when we approach the show down etc etc And why is the Assistant Mace Bearer so anxious Is it only because this is his first time in that position or does he know something sinister will happenAll in all this is a story with amazing psychological power garnered with an insight into matters pertaining social behavior expectations this is a little oddly clumsily stated by me but I don't know how else to say it right now Oh and with the sacrifice of the three poor unknowing people the poet the educator the scientist of course; NOVEMBER 5The Office of Doom by Richard BowesThis is an original take on the whole library and the Necronomicon thing Unfortunately it didn't uite work for me The idea is great and with a fine perspective really but the actual execution never grabbed meNOVEMBER 11The Crevasse by Dale Bailey and Nathan BallingrudA marvelous suspenseful tale in the Antarctic What happened before HPL's At the Mountains of Madness perhaps Great intense narrative that captures the wild cold of the area very well as well as human nature when things go bump in the nightOh and the cries of the wounded dog chillingNOVEMBER 14Sight Unseen by Joel LaneAccording to the author's note what affects him most in HPL's stories is the sense of personal loss wrapped up in the cosmic metaphors and he reads one of my favourite stories in that light The Shadow Out of Time While I do agree that personal loss family alienation is in that story I do not agree that cosmicism in HPL's writing is merely metaphoric or that the family alienation is particularly important for The Shadow Both are important for Lan'e story in this anthology though with an emphasis on the latter aspect and he writes a powerful mysterious tale with these themes underlying everythingWith a result I admire very much KudosNOVEMBER 16Houses Under the Sea by Caitlín R KiernanWowThis is the first time I read a Kiernan story but it is definitely not the last time Written in crisp gritty modern day language this story is probably the best most uniue and individual take on some of HPL's sea stories such as The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Dagon It is a tale that stands 100% on its own and it is only shades and subtle hints that reveal the Lovecraftian elements that weaves the atmosphere together as great as they doUtilizing a classic HPL approach that of the unnerved narrator this is a story where real life swearing lesbianism drinking hints of war time journalism and other present day ingredients makes a mesmerizing tale of loss love and dire hints of ancient horrors perhaps even comsicismApparently Kiernan's been called Lovecraft's spiritual granddaughter by some reviewers uite a feat for one who does not shy away from heavy swearing as well as eroticism and many will maybe wonder why at a superficial glance based on her writing style alone since it is a far cry from HPL But it is a deserved titelNOVEMBER 26Catch Hell by Laird BarronThis is a dark atmospheric tale but I am hard pressed looking for any Lovecraftian connection here Okay the atmosphere the secluded wooden area and something about dark rites in the night But that is pretty generic isn't it And the rest was rather religious involving supposedly if not exactly Satan then at least some dark ancient wood god of some heathen religion as well as a dysfunctional married coupleI agree that the occult and dark religious tones exist in several of HPL's tales but this one veered too far away to really be called Lovecraftian in my opinionLeave that aside and leave expectations of such a tale at the threshold and you really have a good story mind you with sadistic sexual currentsNOVEMBER 30In the Black Mill by Michael ChabonA Pulitzer Prize winning author writing Lovecraftian fiction Huh who would have thoughtLet me say it right away and a pretty darn good one at thatThe first half of the story reminded me of Thomas Ligotti's metaphysical impenetrable story The Red Tower only Chabon's is somewhat reader friendly and accessible uite a compliment When a few years ago I first read The Red Tower I didn't really like it and partly because the story didn't grab me beyond a purely intellectual and conceptual level It has grown on me since and I now consider it a highlight in Ligotti's complete works and that's a rare high mark So it is indeed a compliment that I compare the first half of Black Mill to Ligotti's storyThe protagonist arrives in the strange town of Plunkettsburg even that city name could have been Ligotti hehe where he will be working at the college excavating an ancient mysterious indian site trying to uncover what the beliefs of a vanished indian tribe were Immediately the foreboding drab existence of the Plunkettsburg Mill attracts his attentionIt was a genuine thrill following the protagonists endeavors to find out what is going on at the mill beyond the fact that every worker all male seem to loose a limb and some even die horrible death in thereIt all turns into a plot wise rather clicheed story of an old religion where the women sacrifice the town's men to a dark twisted god which is something I found a little annoying This could have been so much I thought Then again the writing style and the approach to this hackneyed theme remained uniue so Chabon actually manages to pull it off in an interesting wayI also enjoyed the subtle insider joke hints such as the name Carlotta Brown Jenkin What a hoot Chabon clearly knows his Lovecraft; I do hope he will keep writing Lovecraftian fiction once in a while when not writing Pulitzer Prize novels; MAY 21 2010Sincerely Petrified by Anna TambourThere is a trait in this story that plays a fascinating part in the whole LovecraftCthulhu Mythos evolution How fiction becomes reality Add to that the two protagonists genuine love for the ancient somewhat related to HPL's antiuarianism at least on a general level and a discussion on the importance of fear of the unknown to move things onwardUnfortunately the story as such strikes me as rather confusing and with characters that were either underdeveloped or seemed to change in ways that are never explained or even of real importance for the story's advancement I can't decide which I must confessAll in all I found it an interesting story but mainly on an intellectual level And there wasn't any real horror in it even when such elements I imagine is the intention are in playMore reviews coming