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Secret Hours

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  4 reviews
SECRET HOURS is a collection of short stories by the International Horror Guild Award-winning author Michael Cisco. This edition collects various horror and dark fantasy short stories, as well as several Lovecraftian and Cthulhu Mythos style stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. The book features a gorgeous cover and interior artwork by Harry O. Morris, and additional interi ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published September 20th 2006 by Mythos Books LLC (first published September 1st 2006)
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mark monday
sorry, seekers of swift and forgettable pleasures (and I include myself in that number): this one is for advanced readers only... if you aren't able to hang with that, time to move on. you may not like what you see here. or hey, maybe you will.

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if you have to put a label on them, the stories in this collection would I suppose be considered Tales of Horror. they are not classic ghost stories nor are they visceral modern narratives either - some of these stories barely even have narratives. they c
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I recall the day I finished my last H.P. Lovecraft story like some people do the day Kennedy was shot. Not unlike a rainy day slush fund, I saved it for that time when everything else I would try to read didn't even touch the sides going down; we've all been there and are grateful to that work of fiction that scours off the leprous words from books with no soul. (N.B. These were the Wilderness days, pre-GR when I was alone in my choosing of next read before I knew all of you wonderful people and ...more
Nov 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous, ethereal/tactile writing. The words have a wetness, a silky-stickiness as they fall gently over their nightmare subjects. Some of these pieces feel like exercises, and Cisco, in occasional introductory statements, acknowledges that such and such a piece is done "in the style" of, or as "a pastiche" of another writer (Arthur Machen, Ramsey Cambell, T.E.D Kline). For me, "The Depredations of Mur", "Translations", "The Water Nymphs", and "Ice Age of Dreams" approach the same level of poet ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Promising from Thomas Ligotti's praise on the back cover, but doesn't strike heights anywhere near what you'd expect. Does have some intriguing elements of Ligotti and Lovecraft, but feels more like imitation than a unique rendition of their works. Forgettable stories, unlike those of the other two authors mentioned.
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Michael Cisco is an American writer and teacher currently living in New York City. He is best known for his first novel, The Divinity Student, winner of the International Horror Guild Award for Best First Novel of 1999.

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