Review: Red Equinox


By Martha Hubbard


Wynne, Douglas. Red Equinox. JournalStone, 2015. 377 pages. ISBN: 978-1-940161.


Set in and around a semi-post-apocalyptic Boston, Red Equinox envelops the reader in a set of circumstances and events that in today’s crazies-filled world are only-too-possible. We first meet our reluctant heroine Becca Philips on her way to her grandmother Catherine’s funeral. “(she) … hadn’t been to Arkham in years, hadn’t worn a dress in almost as long and now here she was stepping off the …

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Review: Letters to Lovecraft


By Allen Griffin


Jesse Bullington, ed. Letters to Lovecraft. Stone Skin Press (December 1, 2014). Paperback: 280 pages. ISBN-10:1908983108 ISBN-13:978-1908983107.


Letters to Lovecraft is another anthology released in the recent embarrassment of riches available to the modern Lovecraftian. Yet this book, published in December of 2014 from Stone Skin Press, attempts to set itself apart from the pack with a unique concept and great line-up of authors.

Let’s tackle the concept issue first. This anthology neither attempts to directly …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: The Book of the Black Sun II: The Book Collector


By Randy Stafford


Thomas, G.W. Book of the Black Sun II: The Book Collector. RAGE m a c h i n e Books: 2014. Kindle USD $4.99. ASIN: B00JV252XS.

I always like to see one of G.W. Thomas’ “Writing the Mythos” articles show up here at Innsmouth Free Press. His various essays on pulp authors and genres, available on his website, are worth reading as well. So, I was eager to read some actual fiction by him.

Thomas has …

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Review: The Last Weekend


By Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Mamatas, Nick. The Last Weekend. Jacketed Hardcover (February 2014). 224 pages. ISBN: 978-1-848637-21-4. Price: £20.00


This is a book about an alcoholic writer, but at least it has zombies. That’s how Nick Mamatas described his latest novel on social media. And that’s pretty much the pitch, though going in, you should know the book has more in common with Corey Redekop’s Husk than Night of the Living Dead. Not that there are no gross moments, …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Ghosts of Punktown


By Randy Stafford


Thomas, Jeffrey Ghosts of Punktown. Dark Regions Press, 2014. Paperback: USD $12.74; Kindle: $2.99. ISBN: 978-1-62641-012-1.


On my first big trip to Punktown, I learned three things.

Punktown is not a place for families.

Punktown is not the place to find love.

Punktown is not the place to find your life’s purpose.

Thomas says these are mostly “flat-out horror stories,” whatever their science fiction trappings. But the horror isn’t the strange aliens or the violent gangs. …

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Review: Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six


By Alison J. McKenzie


Datlow, Ellen, ed. The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6. Night Shade Books (June 3, 2014). Paperback: 448 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1597805032.


I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies. Going in, I can typically expect the following: a couple of outstanding stories, some pretty good ones, some “blah” ones, and one or two that make me want to chuck my Kindle at a wall. The gamble is really in the balance of quality versus dreck. …

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Review: Lovecraft’s Monsters


By Allen Griffin


Datlow, Ellen. Lovecraft’s Monsters. Tachyon Publications (April 15, 2014) Paperback: 432 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1616961213.


There is little doubt that H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos has penetrated the Western world’s popular culture, from Cthulhu’s cameo on South Park to plushy toys adorned with tentacle visages, H.P.’s monsters are ubiquitous.

However, many who see these images are unaware that they are even derived from a corpus of literature at all. Meanwhile, within the literary sub-genre of Lovecraftian horror, the monsters …

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Review: The New Gothic


By KL Pereira


Lewis, Beth K., ed. The New Gothic. Stone Skin Press, 2013. ISBN: 9781908983053.


I’m a sucker for gloomy moors, craggy manor houses, and the errant spectre flitting through echoey halls, so I was pretty excited to read The New Gothic. In the introduction, the editor describes her own obsessions with this literary mode, which include a love of Wuthering Heights and works that display a commitment to emotional intensity. What marks this anthology as one …

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Review: Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Nicolay, Scott. Ana Kai Tangata: Tales of the Outer the Other the Damned and the Doomed. Fedogan and Bremer (2014).

“Horseshoe arches crammed both floors, most opening on nothing. Dense mocarabe toothed them all, suggesting stalactites and giving even those that tramed only wall a more cavern-like appearance. Mosaics sprawled across every intact inch of the ground floor facade. The white had lost its purity, red was faded with shades of crusted blood or rust, and …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: The Dark Rites of Cthulhu


By Randy Stafford


Sammons, Brian M., ed. The Dark Rites of Cthulhu. April Moon Books, 2014. Paperback: USD $15.74; Kindle: USD $2.99. ISBN: 978-0-9937180-0-7.


April Moon Books’ first title doesn’t go off the editorial rails at any point. Each story fulfills the promise of the title. None is bad; a few are outstanding. Whatever your definition of “Lovecraftian” fiction is – cosmic horror and futility, soul crushing knowledge, monsters, or blasphemous books – I think you’ll find one to …

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Review: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8

By Josh Storey


Strahan, Jonathan, ed. The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8. Solaris (April 10, 2014). USD $19.99, paperback. ISBN 978-1-78108-216-4.


Gathered from across publishing media – from traditional print to online magazines and single-serving digital downloads – The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 8. paints a picture of the current state of science fiction and fantasy. So, if a year’s best anthology is a snapshot of the last 365 days …

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Review: The Book of the Dead


Shurin, Jared, ed. The Book of the Dead. Jurassic London (2013). Softcover: 362 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0957646254.


I’m a sucker for a good mummy story. Unfortunately, mummy stories – whether good, bad, or indifferent – are pretty thin on the ground. While the mummy has captured the public imagination in Europe and America since the turn of the century, it has mostly found its manifestation in film rather than print and, like the werewolf, never really had any agreed-upon ur

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