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Ashes and Entropy

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Nightscape Press is proud to present ASHES AND ENTROPY edited by Robert S. Wilson, an anthology of cosmic horror, noir and neo-noir including stories by Laird Barron, Damien Angelica Walters, John Langan, Kristi DeMeester, Jon Padgett, Lucy A. Snyder, Matthew M. Bartlett, Jessica McHugh, Tim Waggoner, and many more. Ashes and Entropy will be beautifully illustrated by Luke ...more
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Published December 2018 by Nightscape Press
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Janie C.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fully immersive and intoxicating mix of cosmic horror, calamitous wonder and gritty twists of fate. Each author in this collection creates situations that make us believe the impossible in an intimate fashion. Every story is forwarded by an illustration that entices us further into the unknown. This collection is a must for every seeker of dark possibilities.
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Interior artwork by Luke Spooner

007 - "The Gray Room" - by Tim Waggoner
019 - "The Head on the Door" - by Erinn L. Kemper
031 - "Flesh Without Blood" - by Nadia Bulkin
045 - "Scraps" - by Max Booth, III
059 - "Yellow House" - by Jon Padgett
065 - "What Finds Its Way Back" - by Damien Angelica Walters
079 - "We All Speak Black" - by Lynne Jamneck
095 - "Ain't Much Pride" - by Nate Southard
109 - "The Choir of the Tunnels" - by Matthew B. Hare
115 - "Amity in Bloom" - by Jessica McHugh
129 - "Red S
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Το Ashes and Entropy είναι μια ανθολογία διηγημάτων τρόμου, από συγγραφείς οι οποίοι για τον ανυποψίαστο βρίσκονται στην αφάνεια. Ωστόσο, ανάμεσα στα πολλά νέα ονόματα, ο ενημερωμένος αναγνώστης θα αναγνωρίσει πολλούς από αυτούς που είναι στην προμετωπίδα της άνθησης που γνωρίζει ο χώρος. Ναι, ο τρόμος περνάει μια άνθηση, μια χρυσή περίοδο, περισσότερο λογοτεχνική και λιγοτέρο δημοφιλίας, και βιβλία σαν αυτό είναι μια τρανή απόδειξη. Φυσικά, ο κόσμος δεν θα σταματήσει να διαβάζει σαχλαμάρες. Τα ...more
Bill Hsu
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, anthologies
I did not find the first two stories a promising beginning, and was starting to wonder if this was going to end up on the "abandoned" shelf.

Then Nadia Bulkin makes an entrance with "Flesh without Blood", probably as strong as anything in She Said Destroy. I usually prefer her Indonesian pieces to her middle-American pieces (like FwB), but this is a memorable tale about the tangled relationships between religion, sports, and power. The arc is not surprising, but the main character is nicely sketc
Merl Fluin
Having read three of these stories for my "42 short stories in 42 days" binge (scroll down for my reviews of those), I came back to finish the rest of the collection, hoping that a complete reading would raise above the two stars I gave it on the strength of those three stories.

Well, I was wrong.

Apart from the Bulkin story I had already read, the only one I really enjoyed was Greg Sisco's "The One About Maggie", which started weakly but became compelling.

The rest was a fiesta of meh. Even the
Mike D
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashes & Entropy kind of snuck in there during the last days of 2018 and because of the busy season many of us may have missed it, but despite its late entry it is without a doubt one of my favorite anthologies of short horror fiction from 2018. Ashes & Entropy delivers jaw-dropping cutting edge horror from some of the best and brightest literary talents working today. Full stop. This isn't some average, just fine thank you, there was a good story or two, horror anthology. Seriously, did I menti ...more
Suz Jay
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
ASHES AND ENTROPY is a great collection of cosmic horror stories. The project was funded through Kickstarter and resulted in offerings of a handsome color paperback with the choice of three different covers.

While each story is unique and a worthwhile read, several pieces became my favorites of the collection including “The Gray Room” by Tim Waggoner, “Scraps” by Max Booth III, “Shadow Machine” by Autumn Christian, “The One About Maggie” by Greg Sisco, and “The Kind Detective” by Lucy A. Snyder.
Sam Edwards
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an unthemed weird anthology, akin to Looming Low from Dim Shores. Fans of contemporary weird fiction will recognize a few names: Laird Barron, John Langan, Kristi DeMeester and many more. It spans a number of different subjects, ranging from a "sports horror" story from Nadia Bulkin to a very interesting Kaiju/Cthulhu story from Lynne Jamneck. Damien Angelica Walters has a phenomenal story, as do Greg Cisco and Max Booth III. Dr. 999, from Matthew M. Bartlett is my favorite story from hi ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, ebook, horror, owned
This anthology is fantastic. It's been a while since I read such unabashedly strange horror, with such a range of tones and styles. Definitely preferred some stories over others, but even the ones not to my taste were amazingly written. ...more
(3.5 Stars)
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cool book. Bought if for the new Laird story but still enjoyed all the other offerings. Familiar faces like John Langan and Nate Southard also gave stand-out stories, but the best of the collection was a tale called Shadowmachine from an author I hadn't heard of before named Autumn Christian. Overall, it's worth picking up for fans of Weird Fiction. ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mild 3* for this one.As anthologies go, it was typical - some stories were good, some were fair, some were poor. This collection contains numerous speculative and cosmic tales, but also several that are hard to quantify or are just plain weird. The first nine entries are fairly decent, with the standouts being "We All Speak Black", a cross-genre South African Lovecraftian tale by Lynne Jamneck, and"Ain't Much Pride" by Nate Southard, a loosely Lovecraftian story that shines as one of the very ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, horror
It's 3.5 stars... probably, but there wasn't a real "whoomph" story in the collection, you know? There was only one really bad one (Red Stars / White Snow / Black Metal), and also one that felt uncannily like an old Zack Parsons SA frontpage article (Dr. 999). The rest mostly fell into "meh/fine" territory, nothing I regret reading but nothing to ruffle the hair, either. Even my boy John Langan's story felt like a bad phoned in echo of Sefira.

Shout outs:

What Finds Its Way Back was actually legit
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-books
I just finished this for High Fever Books. So my full review will go there, but holy crap do yourself a favor and get this book! One of the best anthologies I've read in a very long time. I'll post a bit of my review here, but seriously, just go get the book.

There’s something terrifying about the unknown. It can be anything, hidden anywhere, and have an agenda that we can’t understand. In Ashes and Entropy, edited by Robert S. Wilson, we find ourselves appreciating this fear while trying to sear
Armand Rosamilia
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
As with any collection of short stories, there are always going to be hits and misses. The hits far outweigh the misses in this collection. Only a couple of the stories meandered and fell flat for me, most above average and more than making up for them. Highlights for me include tales from Tim Lebbon, Paul Michael Anderson and Tim Waggoner, although there are so many more great stories in this one.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn, was that a trip and a half! Almost no missteps in the TOC, the best crowdfunded project it was my pleasure to throw money at (but then, I still haven't read Nox Pareidolia and a few others, so this is a momentary assessment). Thumbs up all the way. ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had to debate myself on rating this book 3 or 4 stars, but ultimately, I have to give it 4. The stories in here that were good were outstanding. Standouts to me include John Langan's, Nadia Bulkin's, Paul Michael Anderson's, Greg Sisco's, Lucy A. Snyder's, and Tim Waggoner's. There were other that I liked, as well, but there were a few duds in this collection. I won't name those names, because I don't feel that's necessary and I don't want to seem mean spirited about not liking a person's stor ...more
David Thirteen
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some amazingly strong and powerful stories in this collection. Although not every story hit me as hard as some, they were mostly all worth reading. There was only one where the writing style put me off and I didn’t finish, which is pretty good for a diverse collection of 22 tales. Ashes and Entropy is presented as being cosmic horror, but it treats this theme quite broadly. I didn’t mind that, but it may not meet some readers’ expectations. I read the colored illustrated edition and it ...more
Joseph VanBuren
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome collection of cosmic horror, weird fiction, and neo-noir, and every story in this anthology is amazing in its own way. I am not sure I've ever said that before. I love anthologies, but there is usually a dud or three. Not in this one. While I did enjoy some more than others, every story is well-written. 22 twisted tales from some authors I already liked and a bunch I'd never read before. If you like weird and/or creepy short stories with a side of poetic prose, this is a must- ...more
Bruce Baugh
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous anthology this is! I can't recall when I last read a horror anthology so immensely strong from start to finish, and casting a wide net through what's good in horror fiction at the moment. Here are stories of cosmic horror (Lucy Snyder's "The Kind Detective" is, I think, my personal favorite of the volume) and of intimate personal strangeness; stories in which what's wrong with the characters' world is spelled out in intense clarity and stories in which their transgressions and t ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-read

I had some time this afternoon and wasn’t all that excited to pick up the novel I’m working my way through, but it was cold and raining and I wanted to read, so I bought the kindle edition of this book, which I’d very much been looking forward to, and picked three stories to read almost at random. I read two by authors I’d never heard of before, and one by an author I’d been wanting to read but hadn’t had the chance to delve into yet. I think it bodes very well for this collection that all three
Tony Ciak
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
delightful romp in current fiction - nice moment in time by quite a few authors. Wonderful.
Bruce Blanchard
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Collections are out there in spades and the readers go Another short collection? Get past that attitude and do check out the stories in this book. It is edited by Robert S. Wilson who knows quality writing and has proved that with his own stories. The same level of quality is part of each of the 22 stories which if you dive down into the meat of the stories, flow between their words, and drink of what's being said, you will discover these stories aren't just something somebody put together and h ...more
Amy Mills
Mar 12, 2020 is currently reading it
Starting with the stories in the Tor Lovecraft reread, then I'll probably go back and start from the beginning with the rest.
The Gray Room by Tim Waggoner
The Head On the Door by Erinn L. Kemper
Flesh Without Blood by Nadia Bulkin
Scraps by Max Booth III
Yellow House by Jon Padgett
What Finds Its Way Back by Damien Angelica Walters
We All Speak Black by Lynne Jamneck
Ain't Much Pride by Nate Southard
The Choir of the Tunnels by Matthew B. Hare
Amity In Bloom by Jessica McHugh
Red Stars / White Snow / Blac
Ben Rogus
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you hear the one about Maggie?

One of many great stories in this anthology. There are some strange and horrifying, yet interesting tales in this book. I liked Erinn L. Kemper's piece about two friends refinishing a house that manifests a supernatural phenomena connected to local disappearances; other pieces that stuck out for me include sci-fi like horror tales from Lynne Jamneck and Autumn Christian, and a gangster-at-sea story by Nate Southard. Lucy Snyder's tale about a lovable detective i
Cat Voleur
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't love every story in this collection, but it was more than worth it for the several entries that really took my breath away.

Some of the standouts for me were "Amity in Bloom" "Shadowmachine" and "The Leevee Breaks" although there were many others that got me very invested.

I was surprised at just how many stories were included and how much range they covered in terms of perspective and content alike.

The stories that felt weaker to me were less appealing because of my personal preferences,
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Robert S. Wilson was an author once. Now he spends every day trying to swim out of an unending slush pile and back into the dark moneyless void of being a writer. He continues to fail. He’s also the editor of Nox Pareidolia and Ashes and Entropy.

Robert's short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including ​Vastarien: A Literary Journal, ​Nature Futures, Daily Science Fiction, ​Factor Fou

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