Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth

Jones, Stephen, ed. Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth. Fedogan & Bremer: 2013. $35. ISBN: 978-1-878252-07-4.

In the Lovecraft universe, Innsmouth is the most blighted piece of real estate on Earth. Arkham may have its pockets of oddities. You may want to stay out of subterranean Boston and the Vermont woods, but the whole town of Innsmouth has never been the same since Captain Marsh started with his South Sea imports.

It’s no wonder rotting, run-down Innsmouth has inspired so many …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Cthulhu Cymraeg: Lovecraftian Tales from Wales

Jones, Mark Howard, ed. Cthulhu Cymraeg: Lovecraftian Tales from Wales. Screaming Dreams, 2013. $12.99. ISBN 978-1-906652-21-0.

Unless you’re Welsh, I doubt you’re going to like this book.

All right. That’s a bit strong. I don’t think you’re going to like all this book unless you have very catholic tastes in what constitutes Lovecraftian fiction. On the flip side, I am almost certain you’ll find something to like in this book.

Arguably, the title is rather redundant. As S.T. Joshi’s …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo

Miyabe, Miyuke. Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo. Haikasoru, 2013. $14.99. ISBN 978-1-4215-6742-6.

Ghosts are monsters of human connection, links to the dead and their past, their grudges and obsessions, crimes and appetites, and sometimes their affection. Belief in ghosts and interest in stories of ghosts is so universal and strong that, of course, they are often thought to be creatures of fact and not just fancy.

In the Anglophone tradition, as shown in R.C. Finucane’s Appearances of the Dead

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Shotguns v. Cthulhu: Double-barreled Action in the Horrific World of H.P. Lovecraft

Laws, Robin D., ed. Shotguns v. Cthulhu: Double-barreled Action in the Horrific World of H. P. Lovecraft. Stone Skin Press, 2013. 292 pp. USD $13.99 print; USD $6.99 Kindle. ISBN 978-1-908983-83-1.

No, there are no Weird Westerns here. Yes, there are spies and cops and robbers here. But what this book mainly has are shotgun-toting heroes and heroines not going gently into that stygian night, but raging against Cthulhu’s coming light. Editor Laws assures us that shotguns were not …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: The Weird Western Adventures of Haakon Jones

 

Larson, Aaron B. The Weird Western Adventures of Haakon Jones. Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 1999. CDN $30.00. ISBN 1-55246-164-5.

In 1874, 17-year-old Haakon Jones leaves Minnesota, his mother dead, his older brother set to inherit the farm. Trading in his prized violin for a Colt Army revolver, which is going to see a whole lot of use in the next 32 years, he wanders the American West and beyond, ending up in San Francisco just in time to…
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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Hellifax (Mountain Man Book 3)

 

Blackmore, Keith C. Hellifax (Mountain Man Book 3). Amazon Digital Services Inc, 2012. USD $3.99 Kindle; USD $14.99 paperback. ISBN 1481875876.

As the cover blurb says, “There are worse things than the dead.”

Here, that would be the first two batches of characters we meet. The first are the Norsemen: “…born killers, once unaware of their true potential, which had been unleashed after the fall of civilization.” This hairy, tattooed crew is completely unfazed by the undead. They …

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