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Encounters with Enoch Coffin [Kindle Edition]

W.H. Pugmire , Jeffrey Thomas , Santiago Caruso , Clint Leduc , Joe Morey

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Book Description

This ebook edition is revised to include all interior illustrations by artist Clint R. Leduc (one accompanying each story) and the original front cover and back cover artwork by Santiago Caruso.

Enoch Coffin is a proud inhabitant of Massachusetts, an artist following in the footsteps of local legend Richard Upton Pickman. Coffin is an artist with a singular quest: to capture in paint, or ink, or clay -- however he might -- sights that no mortal has ever portrayed in art before...and lived to exhibit. His quest will take him throughout actual New England locations, and that other New England of H. P. Lovecraft, where his models will be doomed souls, ravening ghouls, and entities from beyond the veil.

Individually acclaimed for their weird fiction, in this collection of short stories authors W. H. Pugmire and Jeffrey Thomas collaborate to paint the portrait of a character every bit as fascinating and unique as the subjects of his artistic encounters.

Praise for W.H. Pugmire

"The prose-poet of the horror/fantasy field; he may be the best prose-poet we have...perhaps the leading Lovecraftian author writing today." - S. T. Joshi

"An important figure in the fields of modern horror and the weird." - Laird Barron

"Stylistically he owes as much to Oscar Wilde and Henry James as to HPL and Poe, creating a truly unholy fusion that defies academic boundaries between ‘mainstream’ and ‘genre’ fiction." - Editor and scholar Scott Connors

Praise for Jeffrey Thomas

"In time he will, in this reviewer’s opinion, be listed alongside King, Barker, Koontz, and McCammon." - Brian Keene

"Jeffrey Thomas’ imagination is as twisted as it is relentless." - F. Paul Wilson

"With brutal elegance and chilling subtlety, Thomas pulls his readers into his dark visions immediately from every opening line." - Paul Di Filippo

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About the Author

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire has been writing Lovecraftian weird fiction since he was a young girl in the 1970s. His first American collection was published by Jeffrey Thomas, through his Necropolitan Press, in 1997. Pugmire's books include The Tangled Muse, Some Unknown Gulf of Night, The Strange Dark One, Uncommon Places, The Fungal Stain, and Gathered Dust and Others. In April of this year Arcane Wisdom Press will publish a new collection, Bohemians of Sesqua Valley. Wilum is currently writing his first novel, inspired by Derleth's The Lurker at the Threshold, and he will be working on an Enoch Coffin novel with Jeff in some dim future aeon. Jeffrey Thomas is the author of such novels as Deadstock, Blue War, Letters from Hades, and The Fall of Hades, and such short story collections as Punktown, Nocturnal Emissions, Thirteen Specimens, and Unholy Dimensions. His stories have appeared in the anthologies The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Year’s Best Horror Stories, Leviathan 3, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, and The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction. Forthcoming from Miskatonic River Press is a role-playing game based upon Thomas’ universe of Punktown. Thomas is also an artist, and lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3663 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1626410003
  • Publisher: Dark Regions Press (22 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DK19EF8
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb feast of horror 30 April 2013
By R. Lai - Published on
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This book contains twelve stories (six by W. H. Pugmire, six by Jeffrey Thomas) about Enoch Coffin, a Boston artist who seems to be a disciple of H. P. Lovecraft's Richard Upton Pickman. In the course of his exploits, he discovers other artists and critics who have been drawn to the cosmic entities of Lovecraft's mythology. The tales are a superb evocation of unrelenting horror and skillfully avoid the overused clichés of Lovecraftian fiction. The best story by Pugmire is "They Smell of Thunder" in which Coffin visits the decaying town of Dunwich. The best entry by Thomas is "Fearless Symmetry." This story, which has continuity with "Through Obscure Glass" from the author's UNHOLY DIMENSIONS, deals with the denizens of Lovecraft's Dreamlands.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esoteric Rock and Roll! 3 Oct. 2013
By Jason Wayne Allen - Published on
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Encounters with Enoch Coffin is a poetic, artistically intellectual, and stunning display of collaborative storytelling by two legends of Yog-Sothery.

W.H. Pugmire and Jeffrey Thomas are the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards--the Toxic Twins!--of Lovecraftian fiction. With storytelling that is distinctly different but work well in harmony. Baroque, sweeping, and pulsing poetic prose that coalesce and bleed pure story in this Lovecraftian jam session of eldritch tales.

The book follows the enigmatic, Enoch Coffin through his adventures through places like Dunwich, Innsmouth, the Dreamlands and Pugmire's enchanting Sesqua Valley.
The stories are clever as they are creepy, dark and sensual, with a flamboyantly Gothic flare, and also intellectually enlightening.
If you're the type of Lovecraftian who wants plenty of monsters and damnable abominations and the like...there is plenty of eldritch beasts of esoteric lore lurking here, too.

I think the best Lovecraftian fiction is that which adds to the Mythos and Encounters with Enoch coffin does that and then some.
A great collection by two great writers. A must for readers of the Cthulhu Mythos.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich tales and a wonderful character 10 Mar. 2014
By Zach @ The Mouths Of Madness Podcast - Published on
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Enoch Coffin is a Massachusetts artist and purveyor of occult practices drawn toward individuals and locations with a dark presence or esoteric history. He seeks to capture, in various medium, the true darkness and nature of things.

In "Encounters" we, the reader, experience twelve stories of Enoch seeking or finding inspiration for his artwork. Sometimes by chance other times by intended conjuration. In Arkham, Dunwich and Innsmouth there still resides dark and unseen creatures and Enoch seeks to capture this by way of oils and clay.

The fluid and dark prose is immediately riveting, giving all of the characters, creatures and environments involved a certain depth and sense of being. They all feel like tangible things that can be experienced. It's like reading Lovecraft tales without the sterile, clinical Lovecraft writing style. And each story left me yearning for more as the character of Enoch Coffin seems able and destined for grand things. I'd love to experience a full length novel. I can easily envision an Allan Quatermain/ Indiana Jones type of sprawling occult adventure/ mystery. I think that I want this right now.

This is my first read for either author and definitely not my last.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collaborative Storytelling at its Finest 4 Aug. 2013
By "Odysseus" - Published on
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One of the finest collaborative efforts I've read in years, ENCOUNTERS WITH ENOCH COFFIN is a Kubrickian foray into the deepest and darkest corners of the Lovecraft mythos. Readers will find Coffin to be delightfully unique in his singular ability to be both antiquarian and post-modern, the epitome of Edwardian de riguer while simultaneously a simulacrum outré and near-parody of Warhol. Unique to this collection is that the tales are complementary when read together, yet may easily stand alone on their individual merit. There are several outstanding stories, primarily Pugmire's opening salvo, "Ye Unkempt Thing", a voyage into the dementia found in the unchecked exploration of one's personal art, very reminiscent of early Clive Barker. Also of significant note is Thomas' "Matter of Truth and Death", a classic-style tale written in a deliberate and stunningly poetic, beautiful form that is a pure joy to read aloud. An absolute must-read for fans of Lovecraftian literature and general horror alike. Five Stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and sinister 30 Jan. 2015
By Julie - Published on
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Finally, finally… finally! I'm posting a review. It's much easier to leave reviews for things I like or kinda like or dislike. It’s much more difficult to review a thing I love. And this book, these stories I love. I bought the ebook in addition to the hardback, so I could have it with me. The only other volumes accorded that honor are "The Complete Works of HP Lovecraft", "I Am Providence" and uh... "A Guide to Japanese Grammar" (so much for my theme).

Between them, Messrs Pugmire and Thomas have produced twelve beautiful, terrible tales of the immensely talented, completely amoral and somewhat sinister artist, Enoch Coffin. And so, of course, he is fascinating. This is, as another reviewer put it, "Probably the best Lovecraftian collection I've ever read." To give you a better idea, I will conclude my review with two quotes from the book. Fair warning: these are a bit spoilery.

"She blew the stuff into my eyes, and I blinked and blinked again as my vision altered, as I was able to see the darkness as never before, and that which lurks therein, as the cosmos whistled and shrieked idiotically all around me, and something, some dark thing, kissed at last my eye.” Ye Unkempt Thing by WH Pugmire.

“He was wrenched off his feet, falling in such a way that his belly slammed hard against the rim of the hatchway. The force of impact caused him to let go of the axe, which clattered to the floor. He scrabbled to hold on to the rim, and for a moment his eyes locked on mine in a horror so profound I wish I had captured it in a photograph. I would have loved to paint it.” Fearless Symmetry by Jeffrey Thomas.

Oh Enoch.
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