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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...

Rules for Healthy Relationships (with Deep Ones): Shibata Yoshiki’s “Love for Who Speaks”

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 Shibata Yoshiki’s “Love for Who Speaks,” translated into English by Stephen A. Carter. This version is first published in Asamatsu Ken’s 2002 Night Voices, Night Journeys anthology; we haven’t been able to find publication information for the original Japanese version. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Fear Not! Or Maybe Fear After All: Christopher Golden and James A. Moore’s “In Their Presence”

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 Christopher Golden and James A. Moore’s “In Their Presence,” first Aaron J. French’s 2015 The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft anthology. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Finding God (Possibly the Wrong One): Robert M. Price’s “The Shining Trapezohedron”

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 Robert M. Price’s “The Shining Trapezohedron,” first published in the 2018 issue of John B. Ford and Steve Lines’s Lovecraft’s Disciples. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

When You Stare Into the Abyss, the Abyss Gets Judgy: Wendy Nikel’s “Leaves of Dust”

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 Wendy Nikel’s “Leaves of Dust,” first published in Robert S. Wilson’s 2018 Ashes and Entropy anthology. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Not the Magna Mater They Had in Mind: Stephen King’s “Graveyard Shift”

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 Stephen King’s “Graveyard Shift,” first published in the October 1970 issue of Cavalier. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

ROUSes? I Don’t Think They Work With Mummies: Henry Kuttner’s “The Graveyard Rats”

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 Henry Kuttner’s “The Graveyard Rats,” first published in the March 1936 issue of Weird Tales. Spoilers ahead.

[“There were worse things than rats and maggots crawling in the unhallowed earth…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

It’s Very Wrong to Do Cannibalism: Alex Blechman’s “You Are the Rats in the Walls” Video 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 playing Alex Blechman’s “You Are the Rats in the Walls” video game, created in January 2020 for Techdirt’s Gaming Like It’s 1924 game jam. Play takes about 15-20 minutes, and we recommend playing! Spoilers ahead.

[“Loading rats…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Every Squamous Family Is Squamous in Their Own Way: Nadia Bulkin’s “Violet is the Color of Your Energy”

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 Nadia Bulkin’s “Violet is the Color of Your Energy,” first published in the Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles’s She Walks in Shadows anthology in 2015. Spoilers ahead.

[“Abigail Gardner nee Cuzak was sitting on the bathroom floor…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

You Will Fear the Fuchsia: Color Out of Space

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 took a break from reading to watch the new movie of Color Out of Space, released January 2020 – screenplay by Scarlett Amaris and Richard Stanley, directed by Richard Stanley, and starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson. Spoilers ahead.

[“West of Arkham, the hills rise wild.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Blame the Slime Fairies for Everything: Arthur Machen’s “Novel of the Black Seal”

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 Arthur Machen’s “Novel of the Black Seal,” first published in 1895 as part of The Three Impostors. Spoilers ahead.

[“Life, believe me, is no simple thing…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

A Language With Too Many “Awwww” Sounds: Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s “Black Flowers Blossom”

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 Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s “Black Flowers Blossom,” first published in the November/December 2019 issue of Uncanny. Spoilers ahead, but go read it yourself first (not at work, we suggest).

[“I do not offer myself freely to just anyone, even if they did save my life from an Outer Creature.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

The World’s Always Been Ending: A. C. Wise’s “Venice Burning”

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 A.C. Wise’s “Venice Burning,” first published in Jason Andrews’ 2015 anthology Apotheosis: Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods. Spoilers ahead.

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Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Great Race, My Ass: Scott R. Jones’s “The Amnesiac’s Lament”

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 Scott R. Jones’s “The Amnesiac’s Lament,” first published in his 2019 collection Shout, Kill, Revel, Repeat. (Disclaimer: he was kind enough to send us copies, which we appreciated!) Spoilers ahead.

[“Ghosts don’t sleep, or wake up. They just are, and that’s all we are…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Lone Survivors, Telling Tales: S.L. Harris’s “Into the Eye”

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 S. L. Harris’s “Into the Eye,” just published in the December 9th, 2019 issue of Strange Horizons. Spoilers ahead—but go read it first!

[“The stories of the sounds at the center of the universe are true.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

The Self-Renovating Haunted House: Madeline Yale Wynne’s “The Little Room”

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 Madeline Yale Wynne’s “The Little Room,” first published in the August 1895 issue of Harper’s Magazine. Spoilers ahead.

[“That little room has always been there,” said Aunt Hannah, “ever since the house was built.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

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