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Space Eldritch II: The Haunted Stars [Kindle Edition]

Larry Correia , Howard Tayler , Michaelbrent Collings , Eric James Stone , Steven L. Peck , Michael R. Collings , Robert J Defendi , D.J. Butler , David J. West , Nathan Shumate

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The cold of interstellar space is again closer than you think as eleven authors -- including New York Times bestseller Larry Correia, Nebula winner Eric James Stone, Amazon #1 bestseller Michaelbrent Collings, and multiple Hugo nominee Howard Tayler -- explore what happens when space opera meets Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

A Darklight Call’d on the Long Last Night of the Soul – Michaelbrent Collings
Dead Waits Dreaming – Larry Correia
The Implant – Robert J Defendi
Plague Ship – Steven L. Peck
From Within the Walls – Steven Diamond
Space Opera: Episode Two—The Great Old One Strikes Back – Michael R. Collings
The Queen in Shadow – David J. West
The Humans in the Walls – Eric James Stone
Seed – D.J. Butler
Full Dark – Nathan Shumate
Fall of the Runewrought – Howard Tayler

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061591859X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cold Fusion Media (10 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Anthology 31 Oct. 2013
By D. Ray Daniels - Published on
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After reading and enjoying the first Space Eldritch anthology, I eagerly bought the second one the day it became available. I've spent the last few days reading it, and I liked Space Eldritch II even more than the first. Several authors whose work I usually enjoy appeared here, namely Larry Correia, Steve Diamond, Howard Tayler, and Eric James Stone. As I expected, they delivered, with some excellent and creepy cosmic horror.

In addition, I've now been exposed to the mind-shattering insanity that the other authors I wasn't familiar with came up with, who one and all did a great job with their stories. I was thoroughly entertained, and this is coming from a guy who usually isn't all that big a fan of space fiction. So to keep my interest from beginning to end is saying a lot.

Excellent work, fellas. Hope to see you all again in Space Eldritch III.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is madness! 31 Oct. 2013
By Pyre Dynaty - Published on
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The basic formula for writing a Space Eldritch story: create an awesome space oriented setting, give your characters something to live for, and then destroy it all with a big bad Elder beastie.

Hopefully this becomes an annual thing. This followup has a few direct sequels and a couple new writers. It was great to further explore the ramifications of the revisited settings. All the stories were great, my particular favorites this time were Eric James Stone's The Humans in the Walls and Howard Tayler's Fall of the Runewrought. There at the end Tayler achieves a musicality of language that matches the madness of the situation and finds the beauty in the horror.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first Space Eldritch collection 5 Feb. 2014
By Joel E. Mitchell - Published on
This collection was definitely superior to the first Space Eldritch collection. Most of the stories in this second collection do a much better job of incorporating not just Lovecraftian hyper-intelligent evil tentacle-monsters, but also a true Lovecraftian atmosphere and themes (e.g. seeming insignificance of humanity as compared to the cosmos, human inability to understand vastly superior alien intellects, paranoia that there is something completely "other" somewhere "out there," etc.).

Once again, the contribution by Howard Tayler ("Fall of the Runewrought") was far and away the best story in the collection. As with his previous story ("Flight of the Runewright", which is set in the same world), it is a great updated take on the concept of madness-inducing "forbidden knowledge" that lies at the heart of so many eldritch tales (and it's a solid, action-packed military/special forces sci-fi story to boot).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour De force 2 Feb. 2014
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I don't know that it was a real 'Tour de Force' but it was a very good read. I bought it for Howard Taylor's contribution, a continuation of his world from the first book, expecting it to be very well done. Mr. Taylor, or as I like to call him, Mr. Taylor, crafts an exceptional tale of what can go wrong when humanity uses Eldritch powers on an extensive and continual basis. 'With cheap power comes horrible risks,'

There are at least two other episodes in the book that reexamine universes from the first book as well, both well done.

I'm waiting for the third, fourth, fifth books and for Mr. Taylor to come out with a full length novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as scary as it should have been. 1 July 2014
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This should have been a real rip-snorter but sadly wasn't as scary as it could have been. Think about it: H. P Lovecraft-style goings-on in outer space? They say no one can hear you scream out there! Most of these fell way short of the scream factor for me. There were a few exceptions such as "A Darklight Call'd On The Long Last Night Of The Soul" in which terraforming goes badly awry, and "Seed," that gave a hard and nasty twist to the old idea that Mars needs women. One thing that I found amusing about these stories was something that perhaps only a native Utahn like myself would notice, namely that most or perhaps all of the authors are Mormons and mostly based in Utah. How did I know? Well, "The Queen In Shadow" gave it away pretty badly. So if the idea of H. P. Lovecraft in space and filtered through a sometimes too obvious Mormon point of view sounds fun to you, buy it. If not, run like Cthulhu's tentacles are after you!
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