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Omens by Richard Gavin
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Apr 21, 10

Read in April, 2010

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, and that's something we can't have too much of these days.

That said, Omens felt a little slight to me, for lack of a better word. Not because it was short, necessarily, but because a lot of the stories seemed somewhat insubstantial compared to others I'd read by Gavin. Fortunately, that shortcoming is handily rectified in his next collection, The Darkly Splendid Realm, which I am only a few short stories away from finishing.
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