The last couple of books by Laird Barron have been expanding his range beyond cosmic horror. There was the novella Man With No Name, a gore- encrusted Yakuza story which blended Miike’s and Kitano’s sensibilities with splashes of unnerving weirdness (this publication was paired with Blood and Sawdust, a brief but hugely enjoyable mad scientist
Lovecraft- inspired anthologies are a dime a dozen these days and it’s getting hard to be excited by them- or tell them apart for that matter. Props then, to Tomorrow’s Cthulhu, for managing to be one of the best short story collections of the year. Part of
Scott Nicolay’s lean, pitiless horror novella is the kind of narrative that feels slight initially, but ends up staying with you long after you’ve finished it. Experienced from the point of view of a young Asian American woman, the story follows three hikers exploring the Arizona
Rookie horror writer Colleen Danzig decides to attend The Summer Tentacular, a Providence RI convention dedicated to the work of H.P. Lovecraft. There, she meets a number of fellow authors, most of whom turn out to be antisocial weirdos. Dismayed at the insularity of the “scene”, Colleen strikes up a weary rapport with Panos Panossian, a sardonic
The apocalypse has come like we always knew it would and the dead are coming back to life. Vasilis Kostopolos is a “driller”, a San Francisco municipal employee entrusted with destroying the brains of newly- woken corpses. It’s the kind of job that would take a toll on anyone, but our Billy doesn’t particularly mind.
Kim Newman is known for his work as a journalist, film critic (most notably for Sight & Sound and Empire magazine) and cultural commentator. I have often caught him on the BBC, talking about the legacy of the video nasties, vampire lore or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or something to that effect. One aspect of
Lockhart’s magnificent Book Of Cthulhu anthologies did an excellent job in compiling weird tales from across a wide spectrum of authors. I enjoyed both volumes immensely and have been wondering whether there would be a follow- up. Cthulhu Fhtagn! is a worthy companion piece, only this time all the stories are original to the collection.
Gemma Files’ We Will All Go Down Together was one of the best books I read last year, so I was stoked to see that she has a new novel out. Experimental Film is a subtly creepy affair, the sort of book that would have been an event had it come out in the pre- horror boom
Short story collections with a specific theme can be tricky to pull off. Many of them fall into the trap of being either too generic and going over the same old tropes, or too specific, resulting in endless variations of the same concept. This is why Giallo Fantastique is such a joy to behold.
HANZAI JAPAN is the latest in a series of short story collections from the Haikasoru imprint- following the acclaimed THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE and FANTASM JAPAN. All three focus on genre fiction with a Japanese context, but this third offering is by far the widest in scope. The stories in the previous volumes could more-