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Black Wings by S.T. Joshi
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Mar 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories, fantastical
Read in May, 2011

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 of Trust." Anyone who has known Providence and laments the loss of some of its classic landmarks should read "Tempting Providence" by Jonathan Thomas--but really, all of these stories are worth reading.
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