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Omens

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
OMENS is the latest publication by horror author Richard Gavin. OMENS is a haunting collection of short stories for the discriminating horror fiction enthusiast. The tales are reminiscent of the work of Robert Aickman, relying moreso on atmosphere & imagery to convey the sense of the unknown and unexplained, and also of the works of Thomas Ligotti, conveying an unsettl ...more
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Mythos Books LLC
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Orrin Grey
Apr 21, 2010 Orrin Grey rated it liked it
Prior to meeting Richard Gavin at last year's Readercon, I was unfamiliar with his work, but since then I've become something of a devotee.

There were a lot of great stories in Omens, with "What Blooms in Shadow Withers in Light," "A Form of Hospice," and "Beneath the House of Life" all being among my favorites. As lots of other people have already said, Gavin writes genuinely weird supernatural stories that evoke the best of writers like Machen, Blackwood, Campbell, and Ligotti, among others, an
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Aug 31, 2011 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it really liked it
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I'd read a couple of the stories Richard Gavin provides for free reading on his website and was taken with the intricate, deeply unsettling drift of Gavin's take on the weird. So now I'm working my way through this, his second collection of short fiction. I'll update this review with comments on each story as I read it.

In The Shadow Of The Nodding God: A reclusive man begins creating a series of strange scrapbooks filled with collages assembled from reports on dark, esoteric matters and old pho
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Simon
Feb 27, 2010 Simon rated it it was amazing
Unlike many of his peers, Richard Gavin has managed to tell a group of stories here that espouse a single Weltanschauung, yet remain varied enough to maintain the reader's interest. His prose is a baroque style reminiscent Ligotti by way of Poe and Kafka, which lends it an air of something slightly foreign — his characters feel more at home on the uneven stone streets of old Europe than the concrete sidewalks of Canada.
Ronald
Oct 05, 2014 Ronald rated it really liked it
Thus far I've read the third and fourth short fiction collection of Richard Gavin. This was his second collection. At least to my mind, Richard Gavin is at the forefront of writers of the weird tale.

Most of these stories are supernatural/occult horror, influenced by the masters in the genre.

For example, "In the Shadow of the Nodding God" is something that Ligotti might have written. A man creates a strange scrapbook assembled from on old photographs and reports on dark subjects. This hobby caus
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Charlie
Feb 15, 2016 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This collection by Richard Gavin is the second one I read by him, the previous being "At Fears Altar" which I enjoyed immensely. "Omens" begins with an introduction by the author explaining "Gnostic Nightmares" and his thoughts on the subject. The book then proceeds into its stories which easily fall into this category he has given us. "Omens" did not disappoint me one bit. The sense of atmosphere really stood out to me. These stories would get chilling enough where I would almost physically fee ...more
Ian
Nov 09, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
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Richard Gavin (along with Simon Strantzas) is a great contemporary Canadian literary horror writer. You can see the influence of writers like Aickman, Ligotti and Barron, but he also has his own voice. Now someone hook me up with reasonably-priced copies of "Charnel Wine" and "The Darkly Splendid Realm."
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Couldn't put it down. Exciting, and thrilling… husband mad because I was reading so much!
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A resident of Ontario, Canada, Richard Gavin is the author of many acclaimed works of horror and the occult, including Charnel Wine, Omens, and Primeval Wood. His non-fiction appears frequently in the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and other journals. Richard’s latest collection, The Darkly Splendid Realm, will be released by Dark Regions Press in autumn 2009.
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