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Book Club Monthly Selections > Nominations Closed: October 2018 Fantasy Selection (Lovecraftian Horror)

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message 1: by Jeanene, Organizer (last edited Jul 31, 2018 03:25PM) (new)

Jeanene (-mjb-) | 110 comments Mod
Our Theme for October's Fantasy selection is “Lovecraftian Horror":

In honor of the spookiest month we'll try a redux of Lovecraftian Fiction. We're looking for books that feature eldritch gods, unimaginable horrors, insanity and hopelessness! Good Times. :)

Lovecraft's actual work is eligible for nomination as are Lovecraft themed Anthologies.

Comment below with your nomination. Please include a description/blurb and use the “add book/author” feature to include a cover image and link to the book’s Goodreads page.

Don't worry if you can't figure out how to add the links, I'll come through and add those if needed.

Please limit yourself to no more than two suggestions.

And the Nominations are...

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Shadows Over Baker Street by Michael Reaves
Shadows over Baker Street (anthology)

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons

Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy, #1) by Ruthanna Emrys
Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys


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Mike Hungerford | 17 comments The Atrocity Archives (and all the rest of "The Laundry Files")


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Jeanene (-mjb-) | 110 comments Mod
We already read the Atrocity Archives, Mike :)


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Mike Hungerford | 17 comments And your point is ... ?


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Roxanna | 12 comments What's the one by the African American author? I suggest that one.


message 6: by Jeanene, Organizer (last edited Jul 25, 2018 04:55PM) (new)

Jeanene (-mjb-) | 110 comments Mod
I think you mean this one:

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?


message 7: by Jeanene, Organizer (last edited Jul 25, 2018 04:57PM) (new)

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Shadows Over Baker Street by Michael Reaves
Shadows Over Baker Street authors include Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, Elizabeth Bear and more.

The terrifyingly surreal universe of horror master H. P. Lovecraft bleeds into the logical world of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s champion of rational deduction, in these stories by twenty top horror, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction writers.

A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman: A gruesome murder exposes a plot against the Crown, a seditious conspiracy so cunningly wrought that only one man in all London could have planned it—and only one man can hope to stop it.

“A Case of Royal Blood” by Steven-Elliot Altman: Sherlock Holmes and H. G. Wells join forces to protect a princess stalked by a ghost—or perhaps something far worse than a ghost.

“Art in the Blood” by Brian Stableford: One man’s horrific affliction leads Sherlock Holmes to an ancient curse that threatens to awaken the crawling chaos slumbering in the blood of all humankind.

“The Curious Case of Miss Violet Stone” by Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferguson: A girl who has not eaten in more than three years teaches Holmes and Watson that sometimes the impossible cannot be eliminated.

“The Horror of the Many Faces” by Tim Lebbon: Dr. Watson witnesses a maniacal murder in London—and recognizes the villain as none other than his friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

With thirteen other dark tales of madness, horror, and deduction, a new and terrible game is afoot:

“Tiger! Tiger!” by Elizabeth Bear
“The Case of the Wavy Black Dagger” by Steve Perry
“The Weeping Masks” by James Lowder
“The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece” by Barbara Hambly
“The Mystery of the Worm” by John Pelan
“The Mystery of the Hanged Man’s Puzzle” by Paul Finch
“The Adventure of the Arab’s Manuscript” by Michael Reaves
“The Drowned Geologist” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“A Case of Insomnia” by John P. Vourlis
“The Adventure of the Voorish Sign” by Richard A. Lupoff
“The Adventure of Exham Priory” by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
“Death Did Not Become Him” by David Niall Wilson and Patricia Lee Macomber
“Nightmare in Wax” by Simon Clark


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Mike Gonzalez (gonzojoey) | 9 comments If it's not too late, I'd like to nominate Song of Kali by Dan Simmons for the Lovecraftian month.


message 9: by Jeanene, Organizer (last edited Jul 29, 2018 09:29AM) (new)

Jeanene (-mjb-) | 110 comments Mod
It is not too late! We have room for one more nomination after this one.

Nominations will close at the end of the week, so if you want to make a nomination, keep the deadline in mind.

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons

Calcutta: a monstrous city of immense slums, disease and misery, is clasped in the foetid embrace of an ancient cult. At its decaying core is the Goddess Kali: the dark mother of pain, four-armed and eternal, her song the sound of death and destruction. Robert Luczak has been hired by Harper's to find a noted Indian poet who has reappeared, under strange circumstances, years after he was thought dead. But nothing is simple in Calcutta and Lucsak's routine assignment turns into a nightmare when he learns that the poet is rumoured to have been brought back to life in a bloody and grisly ceremony of human sacrifice.


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Stephanie (einahpets_reads) | 31 comments Is there time for one more?!? I am sorry, I didn't get a chance to check goodreads at all until today.

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emyrs

After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.


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Jeanene (-mjb-) | 110 comments Mod
Perfect! We have our final Nomination. Thread will be updated with all the appropriate info and closed. Poll coming soon!


message 12: by Mike (new)

Mike Gonzalez (gonzojoey) | 9 comments Ok so I can't make this thurs. Work thing. But . . . Of all the "westerns" I have read, Territory was the least "weird". Needs laudanum, vision quest, vultures, evil Mexicans, medicine man, brujeria, cannibals, peyote, rabid dogs, lost tribe, mirages and I think maybe circus freaks. They were a thing at the time.


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