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READ DOWNLOAD ß Black Wings: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror ⛈ From the depths of R lyeh come twenty one brand new, utterly terrifying, and thoroughly entertaining short stories of horror and the macabre Taking their inspiration from works by Lovecraft himself, prominent writers such as Caitlin R Kiernan, Brian Stableford, Ramsey Campbell, Michael Shea, Darrell Schweitzer, Donald R Burleson, and David J Schow delve deep into the psyche, expanding on concepts HP Lovecraft created and taking them in new directions The result is stories that are wholly original, some even featuring Lovecraft himself as a character Black Wings editor ST Joshi is the recognized authority on all things Lovecraftian, and is famous for his restorations of Lovecraft s original works He has assembled a star studded line up in a book that is essential for every horror library Including Pickman s Other Model Caitl n R Kiernan Desert Dreams Donald R Burleson Engravings Joseph S Pulver, Sr Copping Squid Michael Shea Passing Spirits Sam Gafford The Broadsword Laird Barron Usurped William Browning Spencer Denker s Book Davd J Schow Inhabitants of Wraithwood WH Pugmire The Dome Mollie L Burleson Rotterdam Nicholas Royle Tempting Providence Jonathan Thomas Howling in the Dark Darrell Schweitzer The Truth About Pickman Brian Stableford Tunnells Philip Haldeman The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash Annotated by Ramsey Campbell Violence, Child of Trust Michael Cisco Lesser Demons Norman Partridge An Eldritch Matter Adam Niswander Substitutions Michael Marshall Smith Susie Jason Van Hollander This is just a quick opinion on this magnificent book.Joshi really outdid himself with this one.It was worth the 60 I payed for it.The stories are wonderful and don t fall into that trap of using too many thoughts and words from the Mythos of Lovecraft.There is a little similarity in the stories in that they are all interesting and well thought out.I will writelater but for now if you can afford this book it s 43 at Bookfinders.com then buy it a mixed bag a lot that interested and a lot that annoyed not a keeper overall, but certainly a few gems in the collection 4 stars Violence, Child of Trust by Michael Cisco The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash by Ramsey Campbell Lesser Demons by Norman Partridge Tempting Providence by Jonathan ThomasIn Violence, Child of Trust, Cisco ingeniously and horribly reimagines Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury as a squirmy tale of a family of very different brothers, the kidnapped women a mixed bag a lot that interested and a lot that annoyed not a keeper overall, but certainly a few gems in the collection 4 stars Violence, Child of Trust by Michael Cisco The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash by Ramsey Campbell Lesser Demons by Norman Partridge Tempting Providence by Jonathan ThomasIn Violence, Child of Trust, Cisco ingeniously and horribly reimagines Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury as a squirmy tale of a family of very different brothers, the kidnapped women they ve forced into their backwoods cult, and the terrors that they worship of all the stories, on the level of prose alone, Violence stands the tallest it is brilliantly and challengingly written, full of ambiguity and startling changes in pespective this would be a 5 star story if it wasn t so completely repugnant The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash has Campbell at his most relaxed and playful The deranged title character writes a series of letters to H.P Lovecraft the relationship between the two slowly degenerates Lovecraft aficianados will find a lot of amusement in Nash s excoriations of the author s peers and stories I found Nash s slow degradation to be eerie and eventually chilling.Norman Partridge s Lesser Demons is a cthulhic take on the post apocalyptic us versus monsters tale this was pure rambunctious fun, sardonic and brutal and swiftly paced Partridge creates a world that I would have happily spent a whole novel living in.my personal favorite of the collection was Thomas strange, melancholy and pleasingly ironic Tempting Providence an artist revisits his college during an art opening featuring his own work and finds himself haunted again by the ghost of Lovecraft this set up was not one that excited me but Thomas makes the experience unique the story unfolds slowly, revealing layer upon layer self reflection and self recrimination, mystifying changes in appetite and perspective, the present destroying the past, the past coming back to confound the present, battles of will both internal and external, and a fascinatingly oblique yet visceral threat the story really came out of left field for me because I m completely unfamiliar with the author upon finishing it, I count myself a fan and plan on looking into his standalone collections excellent story 3 stars Tunnels by Philip Haldeman Substitution by Michael Marshall Smith Usurped by William Browning Spencer The Truth about Pickman by Brian Stableford Pickman s Other Model by Caitl n R Kiernan The Broadsword by Laird BarronHaldeman and Smith construct a pair of exciting page turners featuring unusual methods of catching human prey Spencer only slightly evokes Lovecraft in his thoughtful tale of a relatively happy man intrigued by a mysterious and perhaps perfect for him neighbor spoiler she s not Barron s epic story of an apartment building invaded by sadistic horrors starts very strong but devolves into nihilistic confusion still, quite an intriguing and often genuinely scary piece Kiernan and Stableford offer different takes on Lovecraft s classic story the former rooted in cinema s dark past, the latter repositioning the story as one based on genetics and eugenics 2 stars An Eldritch Matter by Adam Niswander Susie by Jason Van Hollander The Dome by Mollie L Burleson Desert Dreams by Donald R Burleson Engravings by Joseph S Pulver, Sr Passing Spirits by Sam Gafford Inhabitants of Wraithwood by W.H Pugmire Denker s Book by David J Schow Rotterdam by Nicholas Royle Howling in the Dark by Darrell Schweitzerthese were all rather disappointing and often irritating, but none of them were genuinely bad still, why go into detail about stories that either annoyed me or that I forgot almost as soon as I finished them although I will say that I was frequently entertained by the jazzy modernist flourishes of Pulver s prose style Burleson s metaphysical musings were at times compelling, and the Ligotti like tension between grim atmosphere and cerebral tone in Royle s story occasionally intrigued me 1 star 5 stars Copping Squid by Michael Sheathis should have been a perfect story for me Jim Thompson esque noir plus cthulhic horror in San Francisco Shea is an accomplished writer and clever wordsmith who can quickly establish an interesting and relatable protagonist within an instantly recognizable setting one that can turn weird and threatening in mere moments the updating of Lovecraft s themes to fit the modern world felt, at first, smart and fun the vision of the SF Bay Area being a physical manifestation of one of the Old Ones was amazing Shea has a way with imagery and clearly thinks outside of the box.but here s the thing when you have an author like Lovecraft, one whose racism seeps into the occasional story like a dollop of spoiled milk in coffee or a piece of rancid meat in an otherwise delicious meal don t reenvision that racism by updating it to a modern world of threatening low income neighborhoods and ghoulish people of color who are ready to embrace the abyss be aware of the context and don t ignore it or worse, don t buy into it because then you come across as being as racist as Lovecraft can be, when he s at his worst and that s not a good look for a modern author InThe Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos , S.T Joshi accomplishes two primary things First off, he gives us probably the best summation of H.P Lovecraft and his successors someliteral than othersI think pun intended that has ever been put to pages and secondly, he manages to convey his great dissatisfaction with the majority of anything ever referred to as Lovecraftian For those without much time to read but a desire to take in something a bit bile ridden , look up the cha InThe Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos , S.T Joshi accomplishes two primary things First off, he gives us probably the best summation of H.P Lovecraft and his successors someliteral than othersI think pun intended that has ever been put to pages and secondly, he manages to convey his great dissatisfaction with the majority of anything ever referred to as Lovecraftian For those without much time to read but a desire to take in something a bit bile ridden , look up the chapter on Brian Lumley Blimey.When a leading scholar on Lovecraft and great disparager of what he sees as faux Lovecraftian tendency going as far back as August Derleth puts out an anthology that is a collection of brand new mythos tales selected by himself, you take notice While this could be like getting a mixed tape from a music ranting hipster and finding out that is 70 of slow beat electronic pap backed by nonsensical lyrics and whining, it could also be like a guru of 1980s era tunes laying some sublime post punk on you and you realize that there wasto love than even your Rick Astley adoring self had ever dreamed It could be a celebration or a pie in the face moment Either way, you the reader are a winner.Rest assured, fair Lovecraftian readers, Black Wings, Joshi s Tales of the Lovecraftian Mythos , is a celebration Not so much of Lovecraftian form very few hyphenated adverbs , but of theme and approach Somewhat Because Joshi lays bare the fact that since endless namedropping Elder Gods and their eldritch tomes becomes painful pastiche, the heart of Lovecraftian ideals as translated into modern horror is muchan embracing of a theme An idea that humanity is not alone, that the Universe does not care, that it might be a bit sinister, and that this sinisterness extrudes right into the edge of every day life Again, somewhat, because of the slightlythan 20 tales, nearly all of them focus directly on personal horror Which seems antithetical to all those practically nameless and faceless Lovecraft protagonists He was a writer of ideas, and occasionally forgot things like plot and characters along the way.In many ways, this is much closer to Tales of Horror Which Mostly Only Exist Because Lovecraft Helped Us to Understand New Concepts in Horror, Oh, and Some Have Mythos Elements This is not a complaint, the stories are generally good to great and you never have to ask, Now, what is this story doing here It is just a statement about the question of what makes Lovecraftian Lovecraftian Great elder things lurking in the shadows of history Dark tomes Epistolatory expositions A sense of creeping dread Stark Cosmic Horror Black Wings reaffirms the fact that you cannot really say what Lovecraftian horror is, but you will know it when you read it Note, for those wanting to skip discussions of the individual stories and just to get the review of the book as a whole, skip here to the last paragraph What of the stories themselves, that the make the volume worth buying They are all over the place but there are some interesting themes and patterns that develop Desert Dreams Donald Burleson and The Dome Mollie Burleson are straightforward Lovecraft small bites where things are being talked about and oh, the horrors are real The former is superior to the latter, but mostly because the latter barely rises above outright derivation There s this dome, see, and it opens up and something with tentacles comes through, partially, and we are supposed to gasp I would probably consider The Dome to be the low point of the book, though you have to realize that I am largely saying this due to it being the most like the sort of things plenty of Lovecraftians have already written It wouldn t be out of place in The Watchers Out of Time Another straightforward one, Tunnels by Phillip Haldeman, comes across as a little less pastiche but is still easily assigned to this first category.Two play with crimes and those who commit them Michael Shea s Copping Squid and Joseph S Pulver s Engravings Squid is theinteresting because it answers the question about why do cultists do it by asking Why do drug users do drugs Don t they know it will only destroy them Engravings on the other hand is about a man making a desperate delivery and is much better in build up than in payoff.Then you have the quiet desperation of everyday life when it gets interrupted by darker things Substitution Michael Marshall Smith about a man who dreams of a woman not his wife and finds the reality a bit disturbing interestingly could be read as a shout out to Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath but is probably Shadow over Innsmouth William Browning Spencer s Usurped is partially about an underwater city that is now in a place that is a desert the way that certain areas used to be sea bed basins but are now other things but mostly about the weird way a marriage can become untrusting after a bad thing occurs And The Broadsword is Laird Barron s immaculate descent into the horrors below as experienced by an older man mostly worried about committing to a relationship before he is ready Strangers show up at his door while he is not around, voices whisper vile things in the air vents of his room, and eventually very not right things begin to happen, and in some ways it is always about the expectations of relationships and when the right thing or wrong thing occurs Howling in the Dark , by Darrell Schweitzer, fits in this category, though it tends to be long on the trope and low in the tooth A mood piece.There are two stories that act as sequels to Pickman s Model The first, Pickman s Other Model 1929 by Caitlin Kiernan is an evocative story about Pickman in other artforms, including the mostly media non grata in Lovecraft s own works cinema Stabs itself in the foot, slightly, by making its best bit take place in a dream and largely by just retelling he kick in the pants of the original With the added bonus of necrophilia The Truth about Pickman , the later story by Brian Stapleford is less evocative, probably stronger as far as justifying its need to exist offering something of an interesting explanation to the original story , but a little less satisfying in the ending which could have went a dozen great places and mostly went to one so so one.Joshi identifies W.H Pugmire s The Inhabitants of Wraithwood as another Pickman centric one, but it is possibly best grouped with Sam Gafford s Passing Spirits , Jonathan Thomas s Tempting Providence , and Jason Van Hollander s Susie as an exploration of fiction, especially horrific fiction, and the way it consumes real life, occasionally because real life requires such an escape Passing Spirits is the height of this exploration, dealing with a man s descent into a brain tumor induced escape into the realms of weird fiction Excellent last line Wraithwood is a good piece Pugmire mixes up fatalism with the literal implications of being lost in a piece of art Susie will either elicit groans or applause from readers And, well, Tempting Providence as an excellent idea to start dude trips around the new Providence and laments the changes that Lovecraft would have had to face had he been around to see them, but only gets there after many pages of building descriptions and a couple of mental excursions that come across not altogether hinged Very slow read Rotterdam Nicholas Royle rounds out this theme, and is a mostly inoffensive work kind of about the creative process, about making a movie, and kind of about statues and dead dudes in hotel rooms.And the rest play with form a bit Lesser Demons Norman Partridge is survival horror with a vaguely Lovecraftian vibe An Eldritch Matter Adam Niswander is a bit of a dark comedy, kind of a mythos parody of Metamorphosis Violence, Child of Trust Michael Cisco is a back n forth narration by three backwoods but cultist brothers who need to make a sacrifice but only have a short time to prepare and no victimsunless they go for someone close David Schow s Denker s Book is a very quick read about infernal engines and hints of their aftermath Ramsey Campbell even contributes one involving a series of one way letters and Lovecraft s harshest critic of all another dreamer who calls him out for not going deeper, or darker enough Its ending could be said to leave a lot to be desired, if you were so inclined to notice the negative.If you had to read just five, I would say The Broadsword possibly my favorite in the anthology , Violence, Child of Trust the other likely candidate , Passing Spirits , Substitution , and Copping Squid If you had to know what to skip, I would include The Dome in that for those who have read their share of Lovecraftian anthologies, but I m not sure what else I am a big fan of Campbell and what he does in The Correspondence is interesting in form but becomes kind of meh by the end and the potential climactic pow misses a mark So, a Meh story, a handful of Fair stories a larger handful of Good stories, and a few Great stories The whole collection is Good and it is easy to look forward to the potential follow ups that are being hinted about Not a whole lot of copies of this, probably want to get it before its gone It would only slightly be delving into hyperbole to say that S.T Joshi is a leading scholar on Lovecraft in the same way that Albert Einstein was a leading scholar on Relativity Apologies to jazz Until I typed that sentence, I had not noticed the names My heart generally sinks when I pick up a genre anthology I usually end up severely disappointed and not a little resentful at the pot boilers I have had to wade through but this is a wonderful exception.Not that it is perfect Lovecraftian stories do not easily translate to the American South West and California and it is usually, though not always, a mistake to set such stories in deserts and sunshine.We can also do without literary experimentation in a genre where the forms are well set, My heart generally sinks when I pick up a genre anthology I usually end up severely disappointed and not a little resentful at the pot boilers I have had to wade through but this is a wonderful exception.Not that it is perfect Lovecraftian stories do not easily translate to the American South West and California and it is usually, though not always, a mistake to set such stories in deserts and sunshine.We can also do without literary experimentation in a genre where the forms are well set, and everything depends on clarity of story line and on an atmosphere that must not need too much hard work to take in.But there are surprisingly few lapses of this type and I must put this down to superb editing by the estimable S T Joshi who has made Lovecraftian studies his own over several decades.Of course, Lovecraftian is not Lovecraft Derleth is not Lovecraft Anything that follows is going to be derivative so our judgment has to be solely on what gives new insight into cosmic horror.Perhaps the best way forward is to give praise where praise is due There are 21 stories and most of them are excellent.Caitlin Kernan s opening Pickman s Other Model 1929 , which is not exclusive to this anthology, is perhaps closest to Lovecraft himself though clearly comes from another type of mind it is no pastiche.Pickman also appears in an offering from that stalwart Brian Stapleford who gives us a finely tuned and allusive piece soaked in his knowledge of the literature.Another genre master Ramsey Campbell also takes his mission seriously in what amounts to a masterfully learned piece, not without humour, brilliantly showing a descent into madness and a horrible fate Michael Cisco s Violence, Child of Trust gets away with a bit of narrative experimentation, saying little that is not suggestive, but what is being suggested is the stuff of our deepest nightmares.The anthology really gets going with Michael Shea s Passing Spirits which isexistential than cosmic horror We cannot be sure if the Lovecraftian elements are caused by a brain tumour.Laird Barron s The Broadsword is genuinely horrific with Lovecraftian themes being directed at bloody effects that cause genuine discomfort Tunnels by Philip Haldeman makes similar effective use of place as unstable Barron gives us that American meme, the sinister hotel, and Haldeman forces us to worry about instinctual forces beneath us.The murder of a child and their fear will always tug at us Barron s tale and Howling in the Dark by Darrell Schweitzer play here with the borderline between madness and psychopathy to great effect.W H Pugmire s Gothic fantasy is also genuinely disturbing in the way we find in some East European symbolic literature or the works of Ligotti It is indescribably mournful and sinister I strongly recommend it.Nicholas Royle s Rotterdam is deceptively pedestrian compared to the other tales and is perhaps only indirectly Lovecraftian but it still works as a picture of murderous psychosis in a frustrated man.Jonathan Thomas Tempting Providence has moments of excessive literariness and description but it builds up to an exciting climax that does what cosmic horror should do unsettle us about reality.Norman Partidge s Lesser Demons was probably my favourite because of its creative subversion of the all conquering zombie meme into an invasion of ghouls and lesser demons It works I wanted.Perhaps my second favourite was a wry and very British tale of English town life by Michael Marshall Smith that beautifully suggested the monstrous beneath the normal and our preference for simply not knowing.None of these stories represent pastiche and some manage to do something very difficult show a wry humour about the horrible without making the horrible any less horrible Very twenty first century.Just because I have not mentioned something does not mean that it is not good This is a superb collection and Joshi, the authors and Titan Books are to be congratulated