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Our Lady Of Darkness by Fritz Leiber
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May 16, 12

bookshelves: horror
Recommended for: Lovecraftians, fans of Clark Ashton Smith
Read from April 27 to May 15, 2012

Disclaimer: this is very much a YMMV review. Unless you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft or Clark Ashton Smith, or interested in that circle of writers, this elegant dark fantasy might only come in at 4 stars for you. It is not "Mythos," but it does involve the life of Clark Ashton Smith (in possibly fictional detail) & refers more than once to Lovecraft & his works.

Our Lady of Darkness is an atmospheric, tightly written tale of curses, haunting, occult texts, & mystery. Although set in 1970s San Francisco, it delivers a full Gothic experience in an economical number of pages, & with very little graphic gore. Franz Westen, the haunted (in several senses) writer of weird fiction at the heart of this narrative, is a fully fleshed-out character -- as are his fellow apartment-dwellers caught in the increasingly grim mystery of what might or might not be sharing Westen's apartment. What happens to these people matters to the reader. Although the story takes a couple of chapters getting up to speed, no detail in these chapters is unimportant -- & everything comes together in a satisfyingly chilling way.

Lovers of quiet horror, modern ghost stories, or traditional creepfests should not miss this one.
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message 1: by Marge (new)

Marge Simon It's on my "to-read" unannounced list too, Ann! Bruce says it's even better than Conjure Wife.


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