Review: Gaslight Grotesque

By Orrin Grey

Campbell, J.R. & Prepolec, Charles, ed. Gaslight Grotesque: Nightmare Tales of Sherlock Holmes. EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2009. US $16.95. ISBN 978-1894063319.

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the legendary rationality and scepticism of Sherlock Holmes, there seems to be an undeniable allure for both writers and readers in stories that place him in situations both supernatural and irrational. Gaslight Grotesque is not the first themed anthology predicated on this premise — it’s …

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Review: Lovecraft Unbound

By Orrin Grey

Datlow, Ellen, ed. Lovecraft Unbound. Dark Horse, 2009. US $19.95. ISBN 978-1595821461.

I don’t think it’s news to anyone at this point that Ellen Datlow consistently puts together some of the best anthologies in the business. So, it should come as no surprise that Lovecraft Unbound doesn’t disappoint. But it also isn’t quite what you might expect from a Lovecraftian anthology.

Datlow’s stated intent with Lovecraft Unbound was to collect works that were inspired by Lovecraft …

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Review: The Best Horror of the Year Volume One

by Orrin Grey

Datlow, Ellen. The Best Horror of the Year Volume One. Night Shade Books, 2009. US $14.95/ CA$17.55 . ISBN 978-1597801614.

There’s been a volume of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited (or co-edited) by Ellen Datlow every year for literally as long as I’ve been writing. In fact, there’s been one every year for most of my life. Until this year.

This year, in place of that venerable series (which marked its 21st anniversary last …

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Review: Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters

by Orrin Grey

Langan, John. Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters. Prime Books, 2008. US $24.95. ISBN 978-0809572496.

On the cover of John Langan’s debut collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, there’s a blurb from a Publishers Weekly review that says, “Horror readers will welcome a new voice speaking in a classic tongue.” While I hate to start a review by quoting from another, try as I might, I’ve yet to find a better way to sum …

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