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Black Wings: New Tales Of Lovecraftian Horror (Black Wings #1)

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In this title, the modern masters of Lovecraftian horror offer up to 21 brand-new, utterly horrifying tales taking their inspiration from stories by Lovecraft himself. Well-known writers such as Caitlin R. Kiernan, Brian Stableford, and Ramsey Campbell delve deep into the psyche to terrify and entertain. Editor S.T. Joshi has assembled a star-studded line-up essential for ...more
Paperback, 507 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Titan Books
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Doug
In The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos , S.T. Joshi accomplishes two primary things. First off, he gives us probably the best summation of H.P. Lovecraft and his "successors" (some more literal than others...I think pun intended) that has ever been put to pages and secondly, he manages to convey his great dissatisfaction with the majority of anything ever referred to as Lovecraftian. For those without much time to read but a desire to take in something a bit "bile-ridden", look up the chapt ...more
Sub_zero
Si te gustan las historias oscuras, tenebrosas, macabras y espeluznantes hasta niveles que están más allá de la imaginación, enhorabuena: Alas tenebrosas es tu libro. Esta antología de 21 cuentos -editada por S.T. Joshi (considerado una auténtica autoridad en la materia)- supone una perfecta representación de ese horror lovecraftiano al que rinden homenaje autores contemporáneos como Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron o Donald R. Burleson (cuyas piezas, por cierto, hacen que merezca la pena adquir ...more
Oscar
Que H.P. Lovecraft está más vivo que nunca, es evidente. No son pocas las antologías del Maestro y sus adeptos, así como sus constantes reediciones. Pero las últimas generaciones de escritores también se interesan por Lovecraft y lo lovecraftiano, ya sea en forma de pastiche o de homenaje. ‘Alas tenebrosas: 21 nuevos cuentos de horror lovecraftiano’, antología cuyos relatos han sido seleccionados por el especialista en el de Providence, S.T. Joshi, es un buen ejemplo de lo anterior. Estos son lo ...more
John Goodrich
Wonderful. A Lovecraftian anthology that stands among the best in the field. This belongs with Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos and New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos as one of the greatest collections of stories in tribute to Lovecraft.
Henrik
Dec 28, 2010 Henrik is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Félix
Calificar una antología es un asunto peliagudo. Creo que no extrañará a nadie que diga que entre los 21 relatos que componen esta se encuentran algunos que son prescindibles...asunto subjetivo donde los haya, claro. Lo que no es tan subjetivo es la intención del editor y su voluntad de servir de canon del actual relato de horror cósmico, cosa que parece que está consiguiendo con un segundo volumen publicado y un tercero que ya ha anunciado su aparición.

Además de esto, creo que una recopilación d
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Nancy Oakes
I've rounded my rating to 4 on this one from about 3.8; while pretty well written, some of the stories just didn't do it for me. I have a longer review here; feel free to bounce over and take a look.

In Joshi's anthology, Black Wings of Cthulhu, although the stories are not all limited to the dreaming god himself, he does make an appearance or two. For the most part, the cosmic horror Lovecraft was able to convey so well is maintained, as is his focus on the utter helplessness of human beings in
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Tim Pendry
My heart generally sinks when I pick up a genre anthology - I usually end up severely disappointed and not a little resentful at the pot-boilers I have had to wade through - but this is a wonderful exception.

Not that it is perfect. Lovecraftian stories do not easily translate to the American South West and California and it is usually, though not always, a mistake to set such stories in deserts and sunshine.

We can also do without literary experimentation in a genre where the forms are well set,
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

It's true that I don't much care for story collections, although I do have a softer spot in my heart for the related story compilation format; and I just had a chance to read two better-than-average ones, actually, Mark Brand's Thank You, Death Robot and S.T. Joshi's Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian
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Jeannie Sloan
This is just a quick opinion on this magnificent book.Joshi really outdid himself with this one.It was worth the $60 I payed for it.The stories are wonderful and don't fall into that trap of using too many thoughts and words from the Mythos of Lovecraft.There is a little similarity in the stories in that they are all interesting and well thought out.I will write more later but for now if you can afford this book-it's $43 at Bookfinders.com -then buy it!
Jordan Anderson
The dates that show when I read this are misleading. It actually took me months to finish this anthology. As it seems to be with the last few books I've read, this one sat around on my shelf for a long time while I went on to read bigger and better novels and collections.

Yes, this Lovecraft inspired anthology is perhaps one of (if not THE) weakest ones I've had the misfortune of having to read. S.T. Joshi is like the John Joseph Adams of Cthulhu collections; he values style over substance and l
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Tim Knight
Looking forward to the second one. Must read more of W.Pugmire's works.
Tarl
I had been seeing this anthology in bookstores for some time, and finally decided to pick it up. I love a good Lovecraftian anthology and looked forward to reading this. As with any anthology, there are good stories, as well as ones that are less so. I'll talk about a few of the stories below.

Pickman's Other Model (1929) by Caitlin R. Kiernan is easily one of the better stories in this anthology, if not the best. Well written, Kiernan captures a lot of the Lovecraftian theme alongside the very s
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Will N Van
Unless every selection is absolutely abysmal (not in the dreadful Lovecraftian sense of the word), I'm generally lenient with fiction compilations. The editor knows that I have a penchant for the subject matter, and if I'm not moved by a particular story or feel that it was poorly written, I can at least say "they published this garbage, so why can't I be published?" I found only two or three of the twenty-one offerings in S.T. Joshi's "Black Wings of Cthulhu" that fell into this category, the r ...more
Sarah
Sep 05, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: H.P. Lovecraft fans, fans of weird fiction
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD

30/8 - 200 pages in and I've read about 8 of the stories. So far while none of them have truly horrified me (in fact last night, after reading 4 or 5 of the stories I dreamed about a dessert buffet table where I searched for and found scones with jam and cream), they were differently weird and a bit spooky. The monsters (where applicable) were well described, I could imagine them without difficulty despite the fact that most of them were not humanoid. So far my favourite has b
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Jeff Raymond
As a fan of all things Lovecrafty, a new anthology of Mythos short fiction curated by ST Joshi, the leading Lovecraftian scholar was very exciting.

As someone who doesn't really love short fiction, and has found a lot of the mythos short story collections wanting, I was a little ambivalent about trying yet another one.

The good news, overall, is that Black Wings of Cthulhu is good. It's not superlative by any means, but it's not a disaster like many of the other compilations I've read. It's good,
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Fiona Moyler
Usually a collection of short stories such as this will get 3 stars, no matter how much I like it. Naturally no matter how good a collection of stories is, there will be differences in quality between the stories and indeed, different ones will click more or less with different readers. This book was really, really excellent. All the stories were wonderfully Lovecraftian in different ways (but mercifully, as Joshi the editor mentions in his introduction, don't try to mimic his style) and the tal ...more
Daniel
Contundente carta de presentación de otra manera de escribir acerca de los mitos, alejada de la parodia de Lovecraft. Lejos de la imposible imitación y de la réplica anodina. Un relato puede gustar más que otro, pero en conjunto forman un gran libro. Mención especial para Broadsword de Barron, un relato que como el mejor H. James admite al menos dos lecturas.
La Espada en la Tinta
Acerca de Cthulhu, nos advierte el Necronomicón que “No está muerto lo que yace eternamente, y con los eones extraños incluso la muerte puede morir ”. Del mismo modo, Lovecraft, aún yaciendo en su tumba, sigue eternamente vivo como creador y parte del ciclo de los mitos; su fantasma pálido, ahora como musa o personaje, acecha a generaciones enteras de autores.

El pasado 15 de marzo fue el septuagésimo séptimo aniversario de la muerte de uno de los mayores y más influyentes maestros del terror. Ho
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Todd
A fairly typical Lovecraftian anthology which is not made any better by the fact that the editor is Joshi. His criteria of what makes a tale Lovecraftian doesn't seem much different than other anthologies I've read.
Marta García
Colección variada de nuevos relatos lovecraftianos. Con algunos altibajos, el nivel general es muy bueno. Hay textos muy originales, y nombres imprescindibles del horror actual como la gran Caitlin R. Kiernan.
Alex Long
Some of these stories are really well written and evoke a little scare at the end, and the rest of them are still pretty entertaining. But none of them really have anything that brings them above just entertainment.
Marko
A great collection of stories Lovecraftian in nature. Even those not connected directly with Mythos radiate that particular shade of uneasiness and understated dread that I associate with Lovecraft's own work.

Admittedly, some stories are pretty weak and unimpressive. There are a couple of those that start strongly, but fail to live to the expectation. And then there are those that are truly unsettling, and whose scenes and motives get stuck in your head for a long time.

But altogether, it's defi
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Rowdy Scarlett
Well, I do enjoy some horror from time to time. I was really looking forward to this collection of short Cthulhu stories as I am a big fan of Delta Green and the Cthulhu mythos. Sad to say, I was left a bit disappointed by the quality of the stories. I'd have to say that the fourth and sixth stories in the collection (Copping Squid and Passing Spirits) were personal faves while the third (Engravings) was down right awful, imho. Very much a mixed bag of uneven quality.
Honestly, it could just b
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Kathryn
One of the best Lovecraft-themed anthologies I have seen: the stories are smart and varied and tend toward actual cosmic chills rather than just throwing out references to Cthulhu and R'lyeh. Some actually use Lovecraft, or shades thereof, as a character; "Passing Spirits," by Sam Gafford, did an especially good job of this, though it was more funny (and ultimately touching) than macabre. Michael Shea's "Copping Squid," though, was genuinely frightening, as was Michael Cisco's "Violence, Child o ...more
H. Anne Stoj
Definitely some very interesting stories brought together in the anthology. Not all of them were outstanding, but the ones that were good, were really, really good. Pickman's Model is no doubt one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, so to find three new stories with ideas based on that was a high point for me. Also, I absolutely enjoyed that references in the stories weren't simply about Cthulhu, but dipped into other stories. Ramsey Campbell's The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash, Inhabita ...more
Marc
The best anthology of Lovecraftian short stories I've read thus far. In fact, I've returned to the book to read some of the shorts again, which is pretty rare for me.
Anna
Surprisingly low. I had first read the second part of this anthology and weirdly enough, it was slightly better than this one. Even for as huge Lovecraft admirer as me, these 3-4 stories I kind of liked were not enough to make up for the rest - and the rest was just awkward if not plain crappy. Though disappointed, I intend to check the third part of Black Wings - in hope it is, on the contrary to this one, not going to make me want to skip the whole stories (which is extremely rare thing to do ...more
J Simpson
very nice anthology, edited by the world's preeminent Lovecraftian scholar. Bang up tales from the likes of Laird Barron and Caitlin R. Kiernan. A useful insight into the new wave of weird authors, doing new and interesting things with the mythos, and refining the rest.

More thorough review pending...

For Lovecraftian fans, this is essential.
David Marshall
This is a somewhat uneven anthology. There are some genuinely outstanding stories but, sad to say, some real turkeys as well. On balance the excellence outweighs the mediocrity and I recommend it if you are a Lovecraft fan. I think it's out of print now so you will either hit lucky with a book dealer or get it through the library.

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Sunand Tryambak Joshi (b. 22 June 1958 in Pune, India) is an Indian American literary scholar, and a leading figure in the study of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other authors. Besides what some critics consider to be the definitive biography of Lovecraft (H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, 1996), Joshi has written about Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, Lord Dunsany, and M.R. James, and has edited collections ...more
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