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Silvia Moreno-Garcia was born and raised in Mexico. She moved to Canada several years ago and now lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. She writes speculative fiction (from magic realism to horror). Her short stories have appeared in professional publications such as Fantasy Magazine and Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction. She is a member of SF Canada, SFWA and HWA.
Silvia is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press, a Canadian micro-publishing venture specializing in horror and dark speculative fiction. The Innsmouth Free Press website features daily non-fiction and tri-annual fiction issues. Innsmouth Free Press publishes several high-quality anthologies and novels during the year.
on June 25, 2013 :
Science Fiction and Lovecraft, what more could one want?
I follow Silvia's blog and tweets. She does good work, and produces pretty good material. I saw her plea for honest reviews about this book and decided to purchase it and give it a go. She mentioned this was the highest pirated book out of all of the ones released by her, but also one of the lowest rated.
I think I know why now.
Like many, I picked this up because it was Lovecraftian themed. Anything with Lovecraft in the title will draw the masses of fans, read to get their tentacles onto another collection of fiction that will entice them and make them dream forbidden dreams. Hence the high level of piracy in regards to this book. You tap into something so popular as Lovecraft, and people will come and snap it up as fast as possible. I was excited to read this anthology, especially after having read Space Eldritch (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16118770-space-eldritch) which in itself was a sci-fi Lovecraftian themed anthology.
Reading this anthology was like riding a roller coaster with huge peaks and very low valleys. There are some really, really good stories in this collection. "In The Hall Of The Yellow King", "The Labyrinth of Sleep", "Deep Blue Dreams", "The Comet Called Ithaqua", and "The Door From Earth" were some of the stories that I enjoyed the most. Wonderfully written, they contained Lovecraftian themes, even the ones that didn't contain his monsters. They were entertaining, understandable, and were a good mix of sci-fi and horror. I will probably go back and read these on a future date if I want to brave the bad stories of this anthology.
And that's where we run into the issue with this anthology. There were some stories in this collection that were hard to enjoy and most of the time felt as if I was being force fed a joke such as in the story "Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Nyarlathotep", or shoehorned into the anthology such as "The Library Twins And Nekrobees". (actually, more than one story felt shoehorned into the anthology)
In the end, this anthology is only middle of the road when it comes to Lovecraftian themed collections. If you are a fan of Lovecraft, then you might like this anthology. Just understand you might have to do some digging in the rough to find those diamonds.
(reviewed long after purchase)