Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Songs of the Shattered World: The Broken Hymns of Hastur


By Randy Stafford


Allen, John, ed. Songs of the Shattered World: The Broken Hymns of Hastur Limited Edition. Tickety Boo Press: 2016. Chapbook UK £12.00. 40 pages.


Oh the sin of writing such words, — words which are clear as crystal, limpid and musical as bubbling springs, words which sparkle and glow like the poisoned diamonds of the Medicis! Oh the wickedness, the hopeless damnation of a soul who could fascinate and paralyze human creatures with such words, — …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Article: Fantastic Fiction and the Great War


By Randy Stafford


Arnyvelde, Andre. Translated by Brian Stableford. The Ark. Black Coat Press (August 15, 2015). Paperback USD $22.95. 313 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1612274324.

Atherton, Gertrude Franklin Horn. The White Morning: A Novel of the Power of the German Women in Wartime. Amazon Digital Services (March 6, 2012). Kindle USD $0. 124 pages. ASIN: B007HT2OGA.

Benson, Stella. Living Alone. Amazon Digital Services (May 17, 2012). Kindle USD $0. 280 pages. ASIN: B0084BB9YI.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice. The Lost

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Expiration Date


By Randy Stafford


Kilpatrick, Nancy, ed. Expiration Date. EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2015. Kindle USD $5.99. ISBN: 978-1-77053-063-8. Paperback USD $15.95. 288 pages. ISBN: 978-1-77053-062-1.


An anthology that promises stories that “examine all sorts of expirings, but mainly the ones that are personal,” seems like a good idea. The execution? That’s another matter.

First off, all but four stories – by a generous count – personify Death.

Yes, that sounds like fun. We all like stories about …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Cthulhu Lives!: An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft


By Randy Stafford


Jones, Salomé, ed. Cthulhu Lives! An Eldritch Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. Ghostwoods Books: 2014. Kindle USD $3.03. Paperback USD $9.89. 272 pages. ASIN: B00MWBXP8Y. ISBN: 978-0957627147.


A collection of no-name authors … but, if they keep up this standard of work, that won’t be true for long.

Salomé Jones has put together an enjoyable collection of Lovecraftian stories. As S.T. Joshi notes in his afterword, these aren’t mechanical pastiches of the same old plots, same old …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4)


By Randy Stafford


Blackmore, Keith C. Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4). Amazon Digital Services Inc.: 2014. Kindle USD $4.99. Paperback USD $14.39, 545 pages. ASIN: B00PY8IA78.


It’s been about four years since the zombie plague struck Newfoundland and, presumably, the rest of the world. Now, a new day is dawning.

Oh, there still are wild zombies around – pathetic crawlers because they’ve worn their legs down to stumps. But mostly, zombies have become weaponized, tools for sadistic pleasure. …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Andersonville


By Randy Stafford


Erdelac, Edward M. Andersonville. Hydra: 2015. Kindle USD $5.12. ASIN: B00TWDZZGK.


If they didn’t invent it, they were early adaptors of the term “dead-line” at Andersonville. That’s “deadline” as in cross it and you’ll be shot dead.

Eighty years before the world saw the corpses and the unflensed walking dead of Auschwitz and Treblinka, it saw photos of the survivors of Andersonville. More than forty-five thousand Union prisoners of war entered its gates during the American …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Scary Neary: Punk Shaman and Death’s Photographer


By Randy Stafford


Hand, Elizabeth. Generation Loss. Small Beer Press, 2007. Kindle USD $5.95. ASIN: B00140IU98.

Hand, Elizabeth. Available Dark. Minotaur Books, 2012. Kindle USD $9.99. ASIN: B00603TY5S.


There is plenty of crime in the Cass Neary novels of Elizabeth Hand. That’s why they’re labeled crime fiction. And a fair amount of that crime is committed by Cass herself. Hand has described her as “a prototypical amoral speedfreak crankhead kleptomaniac murderous rage-filled alcoholic bisexual heavily-tattooed American female photographer.”…

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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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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Whom the Gods Would Destroy


By Randy Stafford


Hodge, Brian. Whom the Gods Would Destroy. DarkFuse: 2013. Kindle USD $2.99. ASIN: B00H7KAV00.


Damien Phipps has some family problems. He has some questionable memories, too.
Did his mother really handcuff him to a steering wheel when he was four? Did he really escape to see her and his older half-brother beat a man, lashed to a tree, under a night sky ablaze with light?

A troubling memory of mystery and blood, sure, but also the …

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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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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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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future


Sammons, Brian M. and Barrass, Glynn Owen, eds. Eldritch Chrome: Unquiet Tales of a Mythos-Haunted Future. Chaosium, 2013. $17.95. ISBN: 978-1568823898.


Past, present, or future, you’re always screwed in a Lovecraftian universe. Even victories are only temporary and sanity precarious. Computers, capitalism and corporations only add to the problem.

The literary genes of the Man from Providence have proven quite good at splicing themselves into other genre genomes. Out in the disrupted publishing ecosystem we have now, they’ve swapped …

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