book review

Book review: Cthulhu Fhtagn! edited by Ross E. Lockhart, Word Horde

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A new, and highly personal, take on the legacy of the Cthulhu Mythos emerges shuddering and gibbering from the R’lyehian depths in the bloated tentacular shape of Cthulhu Fhtagn!, conceived and collated by Ross E. Lockhart, whose stature as an anthologist and creator of The Book of Cthulhu I [...]

Book review: Strange Tales V edited by Rosalie Parker, Tartarus Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The fifth in an award-winning series of speculative fiction anthologies from Tartarus Press, Strange Tales V contains some outstanding instances of dark, strange, bizarre, and disturbing writing. No surprise when you see that they were chosen by Rosalie Parker, who, as her Wikipedia entry states, [...]

Book review: The Unquiet House by Alison Littlewood, Jo Fletcher Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 4 Comments

Yorkshire-based UK horror and dark fiction writer Alison Littlewood has already produced some very fine horror novels, and this, her third, has been nominated for Best Novel in this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards. The Unquiet House could be considered a brave choice for the Shirley Jackson [...]

Book Review: Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, StoryBundle offered a writing workshop bundle—a number of how-to guides covering different aspects of writing and publishing. I apparently didn’t see fit to mention it on TeleRead at the time; I wish I had. Regardless, today I had the opportunity to read one of the [...]

Book review: After the People Lights Have Gone Off, by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

This collection by Stephen Graham Jones has been cropping up on slate after slate for this year’s awards, with Best Collection nominations in the Bram Stoker Awards and Shirley Jackson Awards, and a win as Best Collection from This Is Horror. After the People Lights Have Gone Off comprises [...]

Book review: Things that go Bump in the Night, selected by Douglas Draa and David A. Riley, Parallel Universe Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

In these ebook days, compilations of public domain material can be a waste of money if they carry a price tag, or a great value add. Certainly, Things That go Bump in the Night: A Treasury of Classic Weird is one of those volumes of classic reprints whose contents you (mostly) could put together [...]

Book review: The Rhesus Chart, by Charles Stross, Little, Brown

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

Successors to the Lovecraftian legacy are many and variable, but Charles Stross‘s Laundry Files cycle is among the most distinguished. Scientific rigour combined with bleak pessimism would surely appeal to HPL himself, especially when seasoned with the same genre spice as Weird Tales days [...]

Book review: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory, Tachyon Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

The July 2014 publication We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory is one of the nominees in the Novella category for this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards nominations, and comes fairly well garlanded already with recommendations and plaudits. Are they justified? The answer is a polite "FUCK [...]

Book review: Unseaming, by Mike Allen, Antimatter Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

This year’s Shirley Jackson Awards nominations have produced a particularly distinguished slate in almost every category. In fact, Laird Barron, himself one of the aces in the current pack of horror and dark fiction writers, does a particularly fine thumbnail sketch of the strength of the [...]

Book review: Arthur Symons: The Symbolist Movement in Literature, Archive.org

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

  This is another review of a long-extant book (originally published in 1899), but a new digitization of this hard-to-find work over at Archive.org made a good case for this. The Symbolist Movement in Literature, by the English sometime poet and critic Arthur Symons, has not been made [...]

Book review: Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond, edited by Scott R. Jones, Martian Migraine Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Considering how famous he is for the tentacles, mad gods, and assorted Yog-Sothothery of the Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft produced some of his best and most evocative shorter tales quite outside that sub-genre. One such is “From Beyond,” which inspires and kicks off this volume, and [...]

Book review: The Black Spider, by Jeremias Gotthelf, New York Review Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the more interesting recent translated titles from New York Review Books, The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf, translated by Susan Bernofsky, resurrects a classic tale of horror from a Swiss pastor and sometime author who in his lifetime was one of the most popular German-language [...]

Book review: A Mirror of Shalott, by R.H. Benson, Archive.org

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

English Catholic priest and author Robert Hugh Benson was one of the more eccentric and gifted scions of the family that also produced E.F. Benson (of ghost story and Mapp and Lucia fame) and A.C. Benson (author of “Land of Hope and Glory”). Son of an Archbishop of Canterbury, he left [...]

Book review: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors, by Livia Llewellyn, Lethe Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Livia Llewellyn has quickly established herself as one of the most prominent female voices of the current New Weird/nouvelle strange renaissance of dark and weird fiction. Much of that is on the strength of the stories contained in her first collection: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other [...]

Book review: Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas, Undertow Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

The influence of Robert Fordyce Aickman continues to grow as part of the current renaissance of strange/weird fiction  – perhaps because he offers something more adult and sophisticated than the tentacular effusions of Lovecraftian horror; perhaps just because of how good he was. As Peter [...]

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