Review: Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

By Orrin Grey

Joshi, S.T. Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror. PS Publishing, 2010. US $40. ISBN 978-1848630611.

Over the years, countless anthologies of original “Lovecraftian” fiction have been released, but when S.T. Joshi’s Black Wings was announced on the heels of Ellen Datlow’s Lovecraft Unbound, it seemed inevitable that the two volumes would be compared. Not only were they two major anthologies with a similar theme being released by two luminaries in the field, their tables …

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Review: The Anthology of Dark Wisdom – the Best of Dark Fiction

By Mike Griffiths

Jones, William, ed. The Anthology of Dark Wisdom – the Best of Dark Fiction. Elder Signs Press; (October 2009). ISBN-13: 978-1934501146

This collection of 25 stories is one of the best anthologies that I have read in years. The stories centre around darker themes, as one might guess from the title, but most of them are not what one would call “classic” horror. Many are in more of a dark fantasy vein, where heroes have come …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #16

By Paula R. Stiles

Supernatural Magazine. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2010. Issue #16, May 2010. 67pp. US $6.99, CAN $7.99. ISSN: 1752-945X.

[some spoilers for season five, both past and future episodes]

This issue is not officially supposed to come out until April 6, but, for whatever reason, my local bookstore had it last week. So, I had a chance to check it over before reviewing it. Except that a cat is lying on it no matter where I …

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Review: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon

By Paula R. Stiles

DeCandido, Keith R.A. Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon. London: Titan Books, February 16, 2010. 320pp. US $7.99/CAN $8.99/UK £6.99. ISBN: 978-1848566002.

In Japan, a wandering ronin is tricked by a demon, who gets him burned to death by a group of dirt-dumb peasants straight out of The Seven Samurai. A century and a half later, his descendant calls him back to earth in the form of a flaming harbinger of death called the “Heart …

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Review: Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead

By Lyndsey Holder

Kilpatrick, Nancy, ed. Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead. Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (September 15, 2010). $15.95 USD; $16.95, CAN. ISBN-13: 978-1894063333.

I’ve read more than a few anthologies in the decades I’ve spent as a confirmed bibliophile, and I have found that the general rule of thumb is to find an editor whose tastes run parallel to yours. Compilations of stories are much the same as compilations of music – full of …

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Review: Supernatural: Beginning’s End: Issue #3

By Paula R. Stiles

Dabb, Andrew. Loflin, Daniel. Supernatural: Beginning’s End. Issue #3. Matthew Dow Smith, Diego Olmos, art. Marta Martinez, colors. Wes Abbott, letters. Ben Abernathy, Kristy Quinn, eds. Wildstorm Comics, March 17, 2010 [date on comic cover, May 3, 2010]. $2.99 USD. 32 pp.

Going stir-crazy in the motel room, with Sam and John at each other’s throats, Dean “discovers” a hunt at the Museum of Natural History (one of the funnest museums in the world, as …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #15

By Paula R. Stiles

Supernatural Magazine. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., 2010. Issue #15, March/April 2010. 67pp. US $6.99, CAN $7.99. ISSN: 1752-645X.

[some spoilers for season five episodes, both recent and future]

This issue is a “relatively” short one, by which I mean that it’s not a hundred-page monster. But it still has some nice tidbits in it, notably, interviews with Jensen Ackles, Richard Speight Jr. (Trickster/Gabriel), Rob Benedict (Chuck), Mark Sheppard (Crowley the demon), Steven Williams (Rufus), and …

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Review: Supernatural: Beginning’s End: Issue #2

By Paula R. Stiles

Dabb, Andrew. Loflin, Daniel. Supernatural: Beginning’s End. Issue #2. Diego Olmos, art. Marta Martinez, colors. Wes Abbott, letters. Ben Abernathy, Kristy Quinn, eds. Wildstorm Comics, February 17, 2010. $2.99 USD. 31 pp.

Issue #2 of Supernatural: Beginning’s End is heavily Sam-centric, which has its good and bad points. After his huge blowout with John last issue, which culminated in John hitting Sam, Sam takes off and hits the mean streets of New York. He ends …

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Review: Tails of Wonder and Imagination

By Michelle Crabb

Ed. Datlow, Ellen. Tails of Wonder and Imagination. Night Shade Books (February 15, 2010). US $15.95 ISBN-13: 978-1597801706

Tails of Wonder and Imagination, edited by Ellen Datlow, does a wonderful job of catering to those of us who prefer a more feline sort of company. The anthology featured an excellent variety of stories in different genres; there was everything from macabre to sci-fi, literary fiction to fantasy. So, there is something for everyone. Most of …

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Review: Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. Tachyon Publications, March 2010. CA$ 16.93/US$15.95. ISBN: 978-1892391957.

I’ve been gravitating towards Datlow’s anthologies for several years now and find them among the more interesting offerings available out there. She usually puts out several of them a year. In 2010, there’s a couple I’ve been watching out for: Haunted Legends with Nick Mamatas and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror.

In her introduction to the book, …

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Review: Pallid Light

By Pamela K. Kinney

Jones, William. Pallid Light: The Walking Dead. Elder Signs Press, January 2010. ISBN: 978-1934501115

Pallid Light: The Walking Dead is the newest horror novel by William Jones, with zombies as the monsters. The story begins with the hero (though he acts more like an anti-hero, especially at the beginning), Rand, as his apartment becomes dark when the power goes. Rain is coming down in a torrent, with odd lights flashing across the sky. A friend …

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Review: Tentacles of Love

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Carter, Margaret L. Tentacles of Love.  Ellora’s Cave (Kindle version: November 1, 2009)

When I was putting together the content for the Blood and Kisses week, I had a hard time finding any novels or stories that combined romance and Lovecraft. Lovecraft wrote about fish-people and things from other dimensions getting it on with humans, but even though there’s plenty of implicit sex in his unholy lineages of New England families, it never goes the way …

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