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Fiction and Excerpts [3]

Fathomless

, || Sean Wyndham has tried to stay away from the lure of magic—the last time he tried to dabble in the dark studies, he inadvertently summoned a blood familiar, wreaking havoc on his town, and calling the attention of the Elder Gods. But now Sean has been offered the chance to study magic with a proper teacher...

Summoned (Excerpt)

, || While browsing in a rare book store in Arkham, Sean finds an occult book with an ad seeking an apprentice sorcerer, from a newspaper dated March 21, 1895. Even more intriguing, the ad specifically requests applicants reply by email. Sean's always been interested in magic, particularly the Lovecraftian dark mythology. Against his best friend Edna's advice, he decides to answer the ad, figuring it's a clever hoax, but hoping that it won't be. The advertiser, Reverend Redemption Orne, claims to be a master of the occult born more than 300 years ago. To prove his legitimacy, Orne gives Sean instructions to summon a harmless but useful familiar—but Sean's ceremony takes a dark turn, and he instead accidentally beckons a bloodthirsty servant to the Cthulhu Mythos god Nyarlathotep. The ritual is preemptively broken, and now Sean must find and bind the servitor, before it grows too strong to contain. But strange things are already happening in the town of Arkham...

Avoiding Angles is Still Harder Than it Sounds: Adam Gauntlett’s “New Build”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Adam Gauntlett’s “New Build,” first published in The Private Life of Elder Things in 2011. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

The Secret Lives of Serpents: Priya Sharma’s “Fabulous Beasts”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Priya Sharma’s “Fabulous Beasts,” first published here on Tor.com in July 2015. It was shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson Award, and All the Fabulous Beasts, Sharma’s collection containing it, is on this year’s shortlist (which is how we encountered it). As the original Tor.com publication warns, this story (along with our post about it) deals with difficult content and themes, including child abuse, incest, and rape. Spoilers ahead.

[“I looked into the snake’s black eyes and could see out of them into my own. The world was on the tip of her forked tongue…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

The Amphibious Weird: Mercè Rodoreda’s “The Salamander”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Mercè Rodoreda’s “The Salamander,” first published in Catalan in La Meva Cristina I altres contes, Barcelona: Edicions 62 in 1967. Our translation is by Martha Tennent, and first appeared in The Review of Contemporary Fiction: New Catalan Fiction in 2008. Spoilers ahead.

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Ikea in the Fourth Dimension: Jorge Luis Borges’ “There Are More Things”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Jorge Luis Borges’ “There Are More Things,” first published in Spanish in El Libro de Arena (The Book of Sand) in 1975. Our translation is by Andrew Hurley, and first appeared in Collected Fictions in 1998. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Run Your Fingers Down My Spine: Inoue Masahiko’s “Night Voices, Night Journeys”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Inoue Masahiko’s “Night Voices, Night Journeys,” translated by Edward Lipsett. This version is first published in Asamatsu Ken’s 2002 Night Voices, Night Journeys anthology; the publication date of the original Japanese version is surprisingly difficult to track down—or at least we haven’t managed it. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

The Normal(ish) Lovecraft: Wilfred Blanch Talman and H.P. Lovecraft’s “Two Black Bottles”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Wilfred Blanch Talman and H. P. Lovecraft’s “Two Black Bottles,” first published in the August 1927 issue of Weird Tales. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Taking School Rivalries Seriously: Seanan McGuire’s “Away Game”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Seanan McGuire’s “Away Game,” available April 16th in Jennifer Brozek’s A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods anthology. Spoilers ahead, but only minor ones—we don’t want to give more than a teaser for a story that isn’t yet available, so if you want to find out what happens you’ll just have to read for yourself!

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Mythosian Candidates for Cuddling: Keris McDonald’s “Special Needs Child”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Keris McDonald’s “Special Needs Child,” first published in The Private Life of Elder Things in 2011. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

You Can Learn a Lot From Ugly Fish: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s “Donald”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Adrian Tchaikovsky’s “Donald,” first published in The Private Life of Elder Things in 2011. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Cthulhu Versus the Long Island Expressway: N.K. Jemisin’s “The City Born Great”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading N.K. Jemisin’s “The City Born Great,” first published on Tor.com in September 2016. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Tomes: Tanith Lee’s “Red and Yellow”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Tanith Lee’s “Yellow and Red,” first published in the June 1998 issue of Interzone. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Blogging the Unbloggable: Nick Mamatas’s “That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Nick Mamatas’s “That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable,” first published in 2009 in Ellen Datlow’s Lovecraft Unbound anthology. Spoilers ahead. Trigger warning for mentions of sexual assault.

[“It’s the end of the universe and it’s a whistling squid. Greeeeat.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Ten Things You Won’t Find in the Necronomicon: Frank Belknap Long’s “The Space-Eaters”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Frank Belknap Long’s “The Space-Eaters,” first published in the July 1928 issue of Weird Tales. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Hell of a Party: Jennifer Brozek’s “Dreams of a Thousand Young”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Jennifer Brozek’s “Dreams of a Thousand Young,” first published in 2014 in Innsmouth Free Press’s Jazz Age Cthulhu collection. Spoilers ahead.

[“Helen wanted to look away, but the gleaming altar called to her.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Fast Times at Miskatonic High: Molly Tanzer’s “The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

This week, we’re reading Molly Tanzer’s “The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad,” first published in the 2015 anthology, She Walks in Shadows, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. Spoilers ahead.

[“There’s no heaven. There’s no hell. There’s only you, me and this.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

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