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Ills and a fine showcase of some of the most talented current voices in modern weird fiction including Caitl n R Kiernan Brian Hodge Gemma Files Brian Evenson John Langan Livia Llewelyn Orrin Grey Stephen Graham Jones and David NickleMany a Lovecraft inspired editor and author strive to put out fiction that isn t told in that author s old fashioned verbose pulp style Datlow however takes things a step further when I edit an anthology of Lovecraftian stories I encourage my contributors to create stories using the best of Lovecraft the terror of the cosmic unknown and his vision to explore new themes new horrors With few exceptions the authors in this anthology largely eschew Lovecraft s canon of entities and monsters to explore the very nature of cosmic horror in very modern and often powerfully emotional talesIn Little Ease by Gemma Files a discontented pest exterminator is called in to a decaying retirement home where she finds gruesome secrets lurking within its walls in both a literal sense and in the form of a mysterious old woman conducting esoteric research Files takes some powerful liberties with the reader s emotions in this tale themes of despair and pity weigh in as heavily as scenes that of deep rooted revulsions that one may expect from a tale about a pest exterminator culminating in an effectively macabre emotionally devastating and utterly haunting endingImmediately following this tale is Eternal Troutland by Stephen Graham Jones in which a divorced man may or may not be experiencing some kind of mental breakdown ambiguously coupled with or causing or being caused by visions of cosmic entities from beyond time This is the kind of dense unnerving emotional hilarious sentimental and deeply moving that only Jones can tell with mind bending implications that may please fans of such Lovecraft tales as The Shadow Out of Time Some of the stories in this anthology wear their Lovecraft influences prominently The opener Siobhan Carroll s Nesters is a powerfully atmospheric and morose tale set in a Dustbowl besieged town where a struggling family gets a visit by government officials with a keen interest in their abandoned neighbors farmland which has been curiously thriving with strange vegetation ever since a meteor fell there some time before Although very reminiscent of Lovecraft s The Colour Out of Space Carroll s tale is wholly her own and vividly realized in characterization description and moodDavid Nickle s Jules and Richard is a bit of a treat for Lovecraft fans It starts out innocuously enough with a man named Jules who has gotten into a bicycle accident only to be taken under the wing of a oung woman living in a gaudy art filled estate As the tale unfolds elements of a particular Lovecraft story begins to creep in but to say would be to spoil the fun Suffice to say even for readers unfamiliar with its influential counterpart this is a hilarious and morbid tale one that dances along the thin line between horror and comedyCaitl n R Kiernan s Excerpts for An Eschatology uadrille is one of the most uniue of the tales in Children of Lovecraft Concerning incidents revolving around a peculiar stone idol this tale is told in four scenes which take place in as many time periods changing not only their settings and characters but their very moods and even styles to the point that it s like four wholly separate if interrelated storiesSimilarly Livia Llewellyn s closing story Bright Crown of Joy is a split timeline narrative Told as a series of computer augmented memories from a nameless narrator in a far flung future the story bounces back and forth in time from the final days of Earth as she joins a small group bracing themselves against the ultimate phase of climate change and then After when she observes morbid beauty in the primordial cosmos in which she and the other mutated survivors of what was once humankind now dwellFinally there is one other story that holds a particularly uniue place in the anthology and may well stand out as the best of the bunch Written by veteran horror author Brian Hodge On These Blackened Shores of Time is a devastating tale of a family slowly tearing apart at the seams in the wake of a tragedy After his son s car plunges into a collapsed former mineshaft the narrator his wife and his son s twin sister are only barely scraping by The family s grief begins to morph into a desperate curiosity as they begin to learn about the dark history of that mineshaft from there the tale slowly travels toward a powerful finale that is both terrifyingly weird and densely heartbreakingCleverly realized and expertly assembled Children of Lovecraft is easily the best Lovecraftian anthology out this ear and one of the better ones in the past decade It also sports a beautiful cover by artist and comic master Mike Mignola The power of this anthology shows in that it s not only a must for Lovecraft fans but for any fan of solid mature and mind boggling weird fiction courtesy of one of the finest editors in
The Industry There S No Way I industry There s no way I write an unbiased review of this book because I am just so thrilled to have a story of my own in it But I can say that it s a strong anthology of Lovecraft inspired tales that avoid pastiche and that some of my favorite stories in the book came from Siobhan Carroll Gemma Files Stephen Graham Jones Maria Dahvana Headley AC Wise and Brian Hodge Which I realize is like half the book So eah it was a good one Received a copy of this to review from edelweiss I would definitely recommend this to lovers of Lovecraft s original works or if ou are a fan of weird fiction You cannot if ou are a fan of weird fiction You cannot this to horror or gothic horror at that I really enjoyed seeing that so many authors were influenced by Lovecraft and decided to write their own evolution of his lore into this collection of short stories There were only 2 stories that I will admit I just didn t care for but a majority of these were page turners. Ting point of view time but no direct reference in the story to Lovecraft or his works Featuring work by Laird Barron Brian Evenson Caitlin R Kiernan Jeffrey Ford Nathan Ballingrud and many with a stunning cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignol.
ars out of nowhere and the traffic stops Excerpts for An Eschatology uadrille by Caitl n R KiernanThis story jumps through time part is in 1969 then jumps to 2007 then back to the past in 1956 only to jump into the apocalyptic future of 2151 following different people finding a Dagon like jade figurine It s not very pleasant to look at and some of those people found with it a lot than they expected Jules and Richard by David NickleAfter Jules s bicycle accident he finds himself living with a Un Nol River Falls
young woman in her home There is a painter Richard living with her too After a while Richard decides to show where he paints his models to Jules Let s just say his studio is not what Jules expects Neither are Richard s models Glasses by Brian EvensonGeir finds herself in a small town and there she buys a new pair of glasses Soon she understands why the man who sold her asked her twice if she was sure It turns out they aren t what she wanted at all becauseou can see than Jane and Julio
you really want with her new glasses When the Stitches Come Undone by A C WiseA man comes back to his hometown only to realize that he is the only one remembering his cousin one horrible afternoon in the forest and to top it all he has a terrible choice to make On These Blackened Shores of Time by Brian HodgeAfter their son s car sinks into a collapsed mineshaft that opened in the middle of the street the family tries to cope the best way they can The twin sister claims her brother is still alive Then they learn about the history of that cursed mineshaft I loved this heartbreaking story Bright Crown of Joy by Livia LlewellynThe story goes back and forth between different timelines It is told by the same person entity only she it seems to be evolved over the aeons into something much It s the story about the end of the Earth we know it ARC received from Dark Horse Books via Edelweiss Review copyEllen Datlow has been editing science fiction fantasy and horror short fiction for over thirtyears She has won numerous awards for her work and is certainly one of the best in the business As a result she attracts some of the best writers when she puts together a new project and Children of Lovecraft is a fine example of this effectHP Lovecraft is not without his detractors for numerous reasons but love him or despise him Lovecraft was without a doubt one of the most influential horror writers of all time Go anywhere where writers of horror have congregated and sooner or later Cruel Fae (The Dark Fae
you ll hear his name or talk of his work or see Cthulhu on a t shirtNesters by Siobhan Carroll As if life on the plains wasn t tough enough the Mackay s are called upon two guide two men from the government to a neighbor s property where a shooting star seems to have crashed Off to a great startLittle Ease by Gemma Files Ginevra Cochrane works under the table for a shifty exterminator A scary proposition from the start Her current job is at number 33 a run down tenement What she finds behind the walls well let s just say eating lunch while reading this one may not have been the best idea I ever had One of the best shorts I ve read thisearEternal Troutland by Stephen Graham Jones There are creatures out there we can t even guess at Surreal esoteric and entertainingThe Supplement by John Langan A book of blank pages an amazing power but it comes with a cost I was deeply moved by this story and regardless of the cost I d love to own this bookMortensen s Muse by Orrin Grey A oung ingenue moves to Los Angelos to become An Actress A Talented actress A talented with a eye for the grotesue follows her to the City of Dreams If HP Lovecraft had written for The Twilight Zone this could have been the story he would have writtenoblivion
been the story he would have writtenOblivion by Laird Barron Talking vampire bats and other animals are just the beginning When Karl Lochinvar falls into a pit things really get crazy If HP Lovecraft and Douglas Adams had a love child his name would be Laird Barron and he might be writing stories like thisMr Doornail by Maria Dahvana Headley What would an HP Lovecraft inspired anthology be without tentacles Sharing a house with a man who s heart ou ve fed to a monster was nothing nice Another great read in a book where all of the stories are really goodThe Secrets of Insects by Richard Kadrey Another solid tale this one about a serial killer who would drill holes in his victim s heads and then allow insects to crawl insideExcerpts for An Eschatology uadrille by Caitlin R Kiernan An amazing and visceral story involving an ancient jade statuette Just when Mille et un champignons
you think it can t get any worseit get s much worseJules and Richard by David Nickle One of my favorite stories in an anthology where there are no weak links It s all a matter of taste This one starts out innocently enough but just grew darker and darker as the story progressedGlasses by Brian Evenson The shortest story in the collection About a woman who picks up a pair of biofocals sic when her new reading glasses breakWhen the Stitches Come Undone by AC Wise Darkness cannibals and Ultimately a story of sacrificeOn These Blackened Shores of Time by Brian Hodge Great story with a terrific opening line I saw it happen watched the street open up and swallow my son wholeBright Crown of Joy by Livia Llewellyn The anthology ends with a superb story of a world that has moved onYou don t need to be a fan of HP Lovecraft to enjoy the uality storytelling in this book Ifou are though Faire l'amour de manire divine
you might enjoy it even Children of Lovecraft is available in both paperback and e book formats from Dark Horse Books Note This review originally appeared on New York Journal of BooksEditorial superstar Ellen Datlow possesses a monumental knack for putting out original thoughtful and high uality anthologies Children of Lovecraft her third collection of fiction inspired by seminal weird fiction author H P Lovecraft the other two being Lovecraft Unbound 2009 and Lovecraft s Monsters 2014 is no exception to her sensational sk. Up with Hugo and Bram Stoker award winning editor Ellen Datlow to bringou this anthology of original prose stories that are inspired in theme and plot by Lovecraft's mythos No pastiches and no stories in his style Using variety in tone set. Ellen Datlow states in her introduction that this is my third Lovecraftian anthologyAll original stories copyright 2016Table of Contents007 Introduction Ellen Datlow009 Nesters by Siobhan Carroll031 Little Ease by Gemma Files061 Eternal Troutland by Stephen Graham Jones099 The Supplement by John Langan123 Mortensen s Muse by Orrin Grey137 Oblivion Mode by Laird Barron171 Mr Doornail by Maria Dahvana Headley195 The Secrets of Insects by Richard Kadrey211 Excerpts for An Eschatology uadrille by Caitl n R Kiernan235 Jules and Richard by David Nickle259 Glasses by Brian Evenson269 When the Stitches Come Undone by AC Wise295 On These Blackened Shores of Time by Brian Hodge337 Bright Crown of Joy by Livia LlewellynCover by Mike Mignola A wonderful book for the most part A couple of stories didn t resonate with me but I was still very impressed and enthralled Well worth buying This collection is chock a block of good stories The ones that jumped out at me the most were Little Ease by Gemma Files The Spplement by John Langan The Secrets of Insects by Richard Kadrey and Excerpts for An Eschatology uadrille by Caitlin R KieranThe story that has stuck with me the most is When The Stitches Come Undone by AC Wise Read it and see why This collection reminds us that the Lovecraftian mythos will keep going into perpetuity I received a free copy of this from Edelweiss for an honest and unbiased reviewThis is a brilliant collection of Lovecraftian inspired stories which also pleasantly surprised me due to the vast variety in themes and settings These stories are not typically what ou d expect from a Lovecraft inspired collection there s no laborious prose or italicised endings and as Ellen Datlow states in the introduction of the book she encouraged the contributors to create stories using the best of Lovecraft to explore new themes and new horrors and this was certainly achievedThere s a lot of well known weirdcosmic fiction writers in this anthology like Laird Barron and John Langan and their stories are unsurprisingly fantastic however personally the stories I really enjoyed were Nesters by Siobhan Carroll and When the Stitches Come Undone by A C Wise both these stories were effectively creepy exceedingly well written Being a fan of Mike Mignola I was also really happy to see that he provided the cover art for the book which sets the tone perfectly I would definitely recommend this to all fans of horror and not just Lovecraft fans Although it took me a few months because of my slow reading pace Children of Lovecraft a collection of short stories that draw on the Lovecraftian style of cosmic horror while presenting new perspectives is a solid collection with a number of great stories Children of Lovecraft is a great anthology Most of the stories are either based on or borrow ideas from one or two Lovecraft s stories And with the exception of one story the real reason why it took me this long to finish this book most of the stories are pretty good One or two go even beyond that Nesters by Siobhan CarrollFor Lovecraft lovers out there it would be uite enough to say that Nesters is based on The Colour Out of Space one of my favourites Not everything of course It takes
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in the time of Depression The imagery of dust killing livestocks and slowly suffocating the families living there is really well written But they endure One day two government officials come and ask the father about an abandoned farm near there The place has some weird vegetation Soon we find out that something horrendous happened there and nobody wants to come near it but since the two pay well the father accepts Little Ease by Gemma FilesGinevra Cochrane is an ex con working as a pest exterminator on unregulated pest control jobs for a private contractor Soon she finds out that there is something really weird with the tenants of this one building she is supposed to clean Eternal Troutland by Stephen Graham JonesIt took me ages to grt through this story It way be that I wasn t in the mood but it was a real chore to finish it A divorced man is alone in his cabin and he is either having the mother of nervous breakdowns or the cosmic horror creatures that seem to have a whole different attitude towards Time are after him The Supplement by John LanganYou can hardly have a collection of Lovecraftian stories and not have a weird book in at least one of them The Supplement is one such book It offers a glimpse or two or until ou die into all those lives Il est temps d'agir (IC.ESSAIS)
you haven t lived You pay a high price though Mortensen s Muse by Orrin GreyThe basis of this story could partly be Pickman s Model there is a mention of a Silver Key too and a composer with a German sounding name only featuring a photographer searching for something elusive on his photographs Until one day he finds it Or it finds him Oblivion Mode by Laird BarronThis revenge story is a combination of dark fantasy and science fiction One the one handou have this world of warriors soldiers vampires kingdoms and such and on the other ou have android like creatures made by cosmic forces everyone forgot The villain of the story is an extension of a much larger being Overall a weird and very dark story Mr Doornail by Maria Dahvana HeadleyYou can t have an anthology like this and not have a tentacles Either there is something seriously wrong with me or Mr Doornail is hilarious It s very dark but still humour There are goats here with a very clear idea on who and how should be punished for the death of their friend The Secrets of Insects by Richard KadreyTwo Are Transferring A are transferring a killer an unknown destination You see from the start that the killer is playing with them This story features one of the most interesting Lovecraft s beings Most would recognize who it is when the killer starts talking about his true name He doesn t really like the name the press had given him Nightcrawler It s crawling not crawler Then the fog app. Howard Phillips Lovecraft's stories shaped modern horror than any other author's in the last two centuries Cthulhu the Old Ones Herbert West Reanimator and terrifying nightmares emerged from the mythos of this legendary writerDark Horse teams.
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