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She Walks in Shadows

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They emerge from the shadows, to claim the night ….

Women from around the world delve into Lovecraftian depths, penning and illustrating a variety of Weird horrors. The pale and secretive Lavinia wanders through the woods, Asenath is a precocious teenager with an attitude, and the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Nitocris has found a new body in distant America. And do you have tim
Paperback, 303 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Innsmouth Free Press
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Overall this is a strong collection of stories, diversifying Lovecraft's stories and managing to do it in a very natural way. For me, though, it could have used more variation in tone and mood to really shine.

There were some standouts that I absolutely loved - De Deabus Minoribus Exterioris Theomagicae, by Jilly Dreadful, plays with the idea of a woman performing a bibliographic study on a book that would have been better left unread. The tone shift over the course of the story is a masterpiece
K.J. Charles
A cracking anthology with barely a dud among the long list. Very impressive stuff. Powerfully feminist and diverse (wouldn't ol' HP have hated that), creepy to scary, well edited, and a good variety. Standouts for me were The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad by Molly Tanzer (great title, horrific playout), the poetically creepy Bring the Moon to Me by Amelia Gorman, and Eight Seconds by Pandora Hope, which was one of the very few stories to have a message of anything other than the eternal darkne ...more
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
My horror book club is reading a selection of Lovecraft in October, and this anthology will follow in November as a well-crafted response to his works. This is a collection worth sharing with all your friends. There's so many great deconstructions of Lovecraft's work, along with some refreshingly new approaches. "Bitter Perfurme" is a great riff on "Cool Air" that is subtle and brings in entirely different fears of mortality. Additionally, on a closer second read, it includes some really interes ...more
An Redman
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I recommend this collection to everyone that enjoys Lovecraft (duh) but also for folks that want a very well rounded, diverse and thoughtful reading experience. The rich background of the writers has created a very compelling take on horror.

When I broke down my ratings of individual stories it worked out to 70.8% approval. Some of the medium-rare range stories (early middle to middle) didn't work with me. Upon finishing the book and some reflection I wish there had been more women adventurers, g
Orrin Grey
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to read this book in manuscript form. The first of two long-needed all-women Lovecraft anthologies--both funded by Kickstarter, both of which I backed, both of which funded nicely, showing the demand for this sort of thing. The second, Dreams from the Witch House is coming from Dark Regions Press and editor Lynne Jamneck soon.

This volume shows that not only is there a demand for Lovecraftian stories by diverse writers, there's a wealth of great material to be mined there. Fill
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first time in five years that I've read a short story anthology cover-to-cover. There were one or two stories that didn't really work for me, but the vast majority were enjoyable. I'll provide mini-reviews for the ones that I especially enjoyed.

There were also some Lovecraftian visual art pieces in the anthology. I read the paper copy of this book but I suspect they'd display better in the electronic version; the printing didn't do them justice.

De Deum Minoribus Exterioris Theomagica
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This became a bit of a slog to get through - especially when I was already despairing and dark-moody.

To its credit, none of the stories felt repetitive, which seems like a risk in a Lovecraft anthology - but I also didn't find anything particularly empowering or strikingly transformative of the source material. Maybe my expectations were too high, having recently read The Ballad of Black Tom, which was a knock-out.

Highlights for me were "De Deabus Minoribus Exterioris Theomagicae" by Jilly Drea
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of my rating is due simply towards my apathy to the tentacled horrors and the self-consciousness of the bizarre in Lovecraftian weird fiction. Many of his tropes are such cliches that I read them as pastiche, along the lines of "And it was all a dream and she woke up", except more like "And she saw a many-tentacled, reeking creature rise up from the serpentine depths of the buried ancient temple of Xyzzzgz, and she went mad."

Not being familiar with Lovecraft, I probably missed most of the s
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
The cure, or at least a step in the right direction, for anyone who enjoys weird sci-fi/horror but has ever finished a Lovecraft story thinking "wow, that was pretty racist!" or "why were there absolutely no women in that entire story?" ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't like every story in this collection equally well. Interestingly this doesn't mean it is an uneven collection - it is not. It just attests to the variety on display here.

There are so many Lovecraftian collections out there that suggest the genre is a boy's club. This collection amply displays that women writers have much to say and much to contribute to the eldritch tale. Many of these stories focus on female figures from Lovecraft's tales - Lavinia Whatelay, Asenath Whaite and memorabl
Ana Mardoll
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
She Walks in Shadows / B014NLK4EI

SWiS out of Innsmouth Free Press is an all-woman Lovecraftian anthology of original stories and art, and it is a lovely addition to any library. I read it over Halloween, dragging myself out of a particularly nasty reading slump, and was delightfully terrified by several of the stories. (I never before thought I would be terrified of corn, ya'll. Corn.)

Let's get the warnings and shopper-caveats out of the way first.

1. As with any anthology, some of the stories
Reviews are hard for me to write, and I've been doing them more rarely than I'd like.

This book is really really good.

The stories have a huge range of setting, of style, of tone. There's the light humour of door-to-door evangelism for Shub-Niggurath, the bravery and horror in "Eight Seconds", the slow familial chill of "Bitter Perfume", the language and construction of "Lockbox"...

Oh my goodness, "Lockbox".

This is a book that brings the Mythos into everything from knitting to rodeo riding, cheerl
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, horror
When you delve into Lovecraftian territories, it's often difficult to please everyone. Perhaps you enjoy the Mythos stories, but not the Dreamlands types of tales, or vice versa. Perhaps you're reading for the language, or for the ideas, or for the horror. 

It is supremely difficult to deliver on all of them.

This book does a pretty good job of walking that line. 

The stories here are all creepy in a very Lovecraftian way, though some are quiet and intimate tales, while others are death and destruc
K.T. Katzmann
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans, Anyone Who Hasn't Read "The Thing On The Cheerleading Squad"
I can instantly name the story that blew my socks off. Trouble is, I have a hard time naming another one.

She Walks in Shadows is a collection of Lovecraftian tales by women about women. That's a great premise; it instantly earned my dollar, and probably always will. There's a story I'm praised over Twitter quite a bit, the amazing The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad by Molly Tanzer. She said she could write a whole series spun off of this, people; start throwing money at her until she does. Hell
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-grade, fantasy, horror
Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

This collection has adventure and horror, sex, violence, and some very dark humor. The one thing missing from this anthology is any romance – that’s not surprising, since the Lovecraft style is not terribly conducive to romance. There are examples of lust, and there are crushes (including lust between men and women, women and women, and men and men), but there aren’t any romantic relationships that I would describe as truly loving.

The stories have divers
Favorite stories :
Bring the Moon to Me by Amelia Gorman
De Deabus Minoribus Exterioris Theomagicae by Jilly Dreadful
Lavinia's Wood by Angela Slatter
Lockbox by E. Catherine Tobler
Magna Mater by Arinn Dembo
Shub-Niggurath's Witnesses by Valerie Valdes
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Highlights: Turn Out the Light; Violet is the Color of Your Energy; The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad

this started out really strong but by the end i was forcing myself to finish the stories. i have a hit or miss relationship with short story/anthologies and this one was kind of a miss. i should say that i have little knowledge about lovecraftian monsters so a lot of this went over my head and were just confusing. if you are familiar with lovecraft i imagine this would be a fantastic read! ther
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Really enjoyed these stories. I've always had a problem with Lovecraft, because while I love his lore I don't love his writing. So seeing cosmic horror stories with a more modern take, and on top of that written by women was absolutely fantastic.
In here, we get to see Lovecraft's women like Asenath as rebellious teenagers, a cult that goes around asking people if they have a moment to talk about their Mother Shub-Nigurath, a laboratory where a species found in the Dead Sea called H. Chtuhlu is b
Arka Chakraborty
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it

This took me a while to finish, but a decent collection, and some of the finest Lovecraftian re-writes. Though I was expecting "Cthulhu of the dead sea" to be a knockout, but it turned out to be a solid dud!
Sophie Yorkston
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
There’s an outdated perception that women, either as characters or writers in the Lovecraftian realms, don’t belong. She Walks in Shadows comes off the back of a quite successful Indiegogo campaign, suggesting that the reading public are looking for this myth to be dispelled.

Editors Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles of Innsmouth Free Press looked at the disparity in this well-loved section of speculative fiction and put together a list of authors with ties to Lovecraftian mythos from all
Andrea Blythe
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lovecraft did not include many women in his mythos (maybe three or so total). This anthology responds to that absence by presenting a collection of short stories and art created by women with women at the center. It's a solid collection of stories, very few of which have anything other than a bleak ending — because when when you're playing with the elder gods, you usually end up with bloodshed, madness, or death. Regardless, the women at the center of these stories are smart or powerful or twist ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird
Taken individually: a whole bunch of terrific weird tales. Unsurprisingly, Gemma Files, Nadia Bulkin, Molly Tanzer, Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and Angela Slatter bring the awesome; new-to-me names like Inkeri Kontro, Premee Mohamed, and Laura Blackwell bring it equally; and apparently this is one of Amelia Gorman's first appearances in print - hopefully far from the last!

Taken as a whole: a memorable dialogue with Lovecraft and Lovecraftiana. (But I don't think previou
Sean Thompson
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you enjoy weird fiction, but happen to be a human being that enjoys reading a variety of voices? Are you in fact a woman, that enjoys reading the works of other women writers of the ethereal and ineffeble variety?
If so, you should try She Walks in Shadows! She Walks in Shadows is a great anthology of weird stories by wonderful purveyors of the uncanny, all of which happen to be ladies.
Sick of the sausage fest that is most weird fiction anthologies? Give She Walks in Shadows a read!
John Teehan
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really great horror short stories! Great mix of classic and modern tales, lots of smart writers and fun ideas. Stories are surprisingly short, which makes for quick reading. I was able to sit down with the book and finish a story or two while cooking dinner or cleaning the house no problem.

Some of my standout favorites were: Bring the Moon to Me, Lockbox, Cthulu of the Dead Sea, Lavinia's Wood, and The Thing on the Cheerleading Team
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely essential anthology for the Cthulhu/Lovecraft/Weird Fiction fan who vibes on witty, morbid shorts! Not just brief forays into the weird tales, these stories largely reference actual Lovecraftian characters and lore. Beautifully written, perfectly curated, I couldn't recommend this collection more! ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every story brought something unexpected, and was worth reading at least once. Some go to uncomfortable places, others are fantastical or darkly humorous. Such a unique collection... I hope there is a second anthology.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Cthulhu Mythos, the original tales by H.P. Lovecraft and for a long time the vast majority of the stories written by his friends and successors are lacking one thing (both the stories and the successors):


Both the stories and the the league of authors are almost devoid of women and I was only aware of Sonia Greene, as far as female authors are concerned. So I was delighted when a friend pointed me towards She Walks in Shadows, an anthology written entirely by female devotees of the Myth
Zeke Gonzalez
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
She Walks in Shadows is a fantastic collection from a very talented team of writers, artists, & editors. It excels and taking a modern or expanded story from the premises, characters, and concepts from Lovecraft’s body of work. In fact, many of these stories were so great that I’d love to read more fiction or watch a tv show set in their worlds! I included mini-reviews for each short story in my reading updates for this book. The main drawback of the collection for me was that although many of t ...more
Sharon Smith
This is a totally wicked cool collection, full of diverse takes on the mythos that would probably give ol' HP a heart attack (which, let's face it, he really kinda deserves. Dude could write & conceive of stories & beings that transformed an entire genre but he was still a racist, sexist d-ck.) There's some fascinatingly weird narrative choices in the stories, too. My favorite is Jilly Dreadful's "De Deabus Minoribus Exteriorsis Theomagicae", written as a PhD's notes on one of the more unusual v ...more
A diverse and fascinating Lovecraftian anthology!

There were a couple of stories that I felt missed the mark in terms of being particularly transformative, and the last few got a bit repetitive and confusing. Those in particular could really have benefited from being longer and having more context/detail. But this didn't detract from the overall experience - there were so many wonderful pieces so this was a great way to start the spooky season!

My favourites:
De Deabus Minoribus Exterioris Theomag
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of several novels, including Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow and Untamed Shore. She has also edited a number of anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. ...more

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