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That Ain't Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley

(Mad Scientist Journal Presents #1)

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"Growing up in Arkham, you hear things. Ghost stories wrapped in magickal moon lore with a heaping helping of elder gods and forbidden books, all swapped between boys and girls over dwindling campfires. We collected alternate histories like kids on TV traded baseball cards. As a child of Arkham, you just took for granted you lived in a special town, but seeing that differe ...more
Paperback, Print Edition, 278 pages
Published August 31st 2014 by DefCon One Publishing
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Amy Sturgis
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.

I usually don't spare book covers a moment's notice, because I'm too focused on getting to the text, but the cover art by Shannon Legler is both beautiful and effective in setting the mood for these stories. I found myself staring at it more than once.

That Ain't Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley collects eighteen stories told from the point of view of characters who have encountered - lived in, worked in, or simp
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Frances
Honestly, I expected a much more constrained set of stories, since I knew that the MSJ conceit was that they all needed to be presented as first-person accounts. However, the range of subject matter and story types was amazing, and in several cases I'm actively looking up other works by the authors. Highly recommended. ...more
John
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I am friends with the editors as well as some of the authors, and also backed the book's Kickstarter.

This is a really solid collection of Lovecraftian or Lovecraft-inspired stories, assembled by the editors of the Mad Scientist Journal e-zine. For me it gets off to bit of a rocky start, with a couple tales that suffer from a flaw common to a lot of so-so horror fiction; describing the flaw would constitute spoilers, so I'll refrain. Then again, it could be just me that is bothered by
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Skjam!
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cthulhu fans, literate horror fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

Howard Phillips “H.P.” Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a minor writer of horror fiction in the early 20th Century. But thanks to a gift for purple prose, a strong philosophical unity in his stories’ viewpoints and (most importantly) a willingness to share his ideas, he’s been immensely influential in the development of the horror field. He’s best known for the Cthulhu Mythos, a series of stories involving co
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Nick Nafpliotis
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A well curated collection of tales in a perfect setting for Lovecraftian fiction.
CJ Jones
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I'm a friend of the editors.

Given that, I feel confident saying that this is a satisfying and solid read--solid in that there aren't any filler stories propped up by the works around them. Each one of these is good on their own merit. I had concerns that I would have the same trouble with this as I do with Lovecraft, that it would devolve into a morass of malicious fogs, squamous shadows, things that couldn't be but definitely were, and everybody going quite quite mad. But these
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Kate
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I stumbled over this book, and am very glad I took the time to download and read it. As a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos, I found the 18 tales in this book to be a solid addition to the expanding universe of weird tales. Written as journal articles, each story explores a facet of life in the Miskatonic Valley as if it is being studied by academic researchers.
Deborah
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A bit uneven, but a "guilty pleasure" read nonetheless. ...more
Elizabeth
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great anthology. Some were surprising fare others were more stereotypical of Cosmic horror but All the stories had creeping tension, questioned morality and plenty of madness.
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