Dness induced by a statue of Big C and one of the traditional weird fiction tales here And the Sea Gave Up the Dead by Jason C Eckhardt comes closest of all the stories to the style of Lovecraft himself being a retelling of a voyage of Captain Cook via some mysteriously re discovered journals As a or less preuel to The Call of Cthulhu it is excellently realisedSome stories fell rather flat as I felt they were trying a little too hard with the tentacle monsters and people driven to sudden violence and the like even if they had some clever ideas whilst doing so Bloom by John Lagan for example was a competent but clich d take on the discovery of mysterious object brings gradually impinging doom style of horror The Skinless Face by Donald Tyson had a fascinating Michael Crichton meets Robert E Howard setup that felt too rapidly discarded in favour of over the top horrorIndeed the stories also varied wildly as to their place on the spectrum of subtlety The Clockwork King the ueen of Glass and the Man with the Hundred Knives by Darrell Schweitzer went through an exceedingly bizarre looking glass with its themes of multiverses colliding and an even darker take on a Lewis Carroll esue fantasy world The openly unreliable narrator sold it perfectly thoughOn the other hand you had Dahlias by Melanie Tem a story so subtle I feel it will take a re read or two to comprehend what was supposed to have happened Indeed my favourite story of all in this collection was among the shortest and subtlest The Other Man by Nicholas Royle executes one of the best Lovecraftian endings I ve yet encountered No tentacle monsters here simply a mundane setting an inexplicable horror and a conclusion that offers only With No Hint Of #with hint of
resolutionOh and one honourable mention if I may King of Cat Swamp by Jonathan Thomas wasn t especially notable other and one honourable mention if I may King of Cat Swamp by Jonathan Thomas wasn t especially notable other having the first ending to a horror story I ve read in my adult life which genuinely discomforted me That has to be worth a cookieIn all this is definitely a worthwhile read for Lovecraft fans but even for them I would stop short of calling it essential. Is revivified by Donald Tyson while Lovecraft’s media presence is made the subject of half comic half horrific tales by Don Webb and Chet Williamson John Shirley Rick Dakan and Jason V Brock use Lovecraft’s life and outlook as springboards for imaginative tales of psychological and supernatural horror All in all Black Wings II affords a rich feast of terror inspired by the twentieth century’s greatest writer of the supernatur. Most anthologies are hit and miss Sadly I
skipped along through this one as a good along through this one as a good of it just didn t catch my fancy I m admittedly a fan of Lovecraft specifically and not horror generally It s not fair of me to demand Lovecraft nock offs from authors but when things stray too far outside the Cthulhu Mythos I start losing interest I was disappointed at the fact that several stories included in this lacked a Lovecraftian feel in my opinion which really undercuts an anthology with Lovecraftian in the title This book is a great read Anthologies are always a mixed bag and this one is a mix of good stuff and great stuff Of all of the Lovecraftian collections these two books would be the ones I
would recommend to people wanting to now what the adjective Lovecraftian recommend to people wanting to now what the adjective Lovecraftian mean #I COULD ONLY GIVE IT THREE STARS TOO MANY #could only give it three stars Too many stories to offset the good and mediocre It becomes difficult for authors once confined to a sub genre to really excel There are just too many Cthulhu books out now it s almost like zombie fare there just cannot be that many good stories in a sub genre like this I ll stick to Laird barron and Caitlin Kiernan My favorite was actually the Jason Brock story This collection of short stories are not all based on the style of HP Lovecraft but in the tradition of spookyeerie tales that Lovecraft explored In other words it is sometimes said Lovecraft never met and adjective he didn t like The writes of these 18 shorts do not try to mimic his writing style but used Lovecraft s themes to create uniue updated stories based on Lovecraft the man the region New England and themesI bought this book for 100 and got far better stories than I anticipated but I also don t think I ll read any additional Black Wings anthologies I read this a bit ago during the proofing stage Once again Joshi proves why he is the master of recognizing the weird in modern literature Do yourself a favor and pick up this book I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway to read and review When I seen this collection was being edited by ST Joshi I was rather excited and had really high hopes for. This second instalment of S T Joshi’s critically acclaimed Black Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers all drawing upon themes images and ideas from the life and work of H P Lovecraft Caitlín R Kiernan has written a poetic reinterpretation of “The Hound” while Nicholas Royle plays a fascinating riff on the existential horror of “The Outsider” Three separate tales by Jason C Eckhardt Brian. ,
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The uality of tales to be read what I got was rather middle of the road I felt that he would of been better able to piece together a solid book of stories than he "Did With That Being Said It Is "With that being said it is every story can t be perfect especially with such a diverse bunch of writers and there are some really solid stories that did rise to the top I would say that King of Cat Swamp The Abject And the Sea Gave Up The Dead Casting Call Correlated Discontents The Skinless Face and Appointed are definitely
the best stories in the book which is about half of the bookbest stories in the book which is about half of the book I think about it I would be interested in comparing these stories to the first volume as well as the third one which came out a few months ago Lovely collection of Lovecraftian stories There are some outstanding stories here but the overall standard is slightly unevenhttpopionatorwordpresscom20121 Embryonic Lovecraft geek that I am it was high time I tried one of the billion or so Cthulhu anthologies on the market and Black Wings of Cthulhu 2 happened to be the first to hand Here we have eighteen authors with as many stories and as many radically varied interpretations of what it means to be Lovecraftian The commonality here is certainly thematic rather than stylisticSome take it uite literally by openly discussing the author to the extent that two stories feature characters channelling the spirit of the man himself Meanwhile Casting Call by Don Webb claws gleefully at the fourth wall in its tale of an actor auditioning for a role in a 1972 television adaptation of Lovecraft s Pickman s Model An adaptation incidentally which really happened Suffice it say that one gets a little meta in the modern parlanceThen there are the in universe takes Houndwife by Caitlin R Kiernan is a direct seuel to Lovecraft s The Hound and disconcerts the reader by freuently jumping between numerous points in the timeline Unfortunately the story underlying the experiment in narrative flow didn t elicit than a figurative shrugCthulhu itself only comes close to appearing in two tales The Wilcox Reminder by Brian Evenson is an exploration of the ma. Evenson and Jonathan Thomas ring changes on Lovecraft’s seminal story “The Call of Cthulhu” Nick Mamatas writes an ingenious elaboration of “The Whisperer in Darkness” The cosmic indifferentism that is the core of Lovecraft’s fiction is treated in various ways by John Langan Melanie Tem Tom Fletcher Darrell Schweitzer and Richard Gavin The archaeological horror that we find in some of Lovecraft’s most powerful tales.