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Sword & Mythos

Sword & Mythos [Kindle Edition]

Silvia Moreno-Garcia , Paula R. Stiles

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The blades of heroes clash against the darkest sorcery.

Aztec warriors ready for battle, intent on conquering a neighboring tribe, but different gods protect the Matlazinca.

For Arthur Pendragon, the dream of Camelot has ended. What remains is a nightmarish battle against his own son, who is not quite human.

Master Yue, the great swordsman, sets off to discover what happened to a hamlet that was mysteriously abandoned. He finds evil.

Sunsorrow, the ancient dreaming sword, pried from the heart of the glass god, yearns for Carcosa.

Fifteen writers, drawing inspiration from the pulp sub-genres of sword and sorcery and the Cthulhu Mythos, seed stories of adventure, of darkness, of magic and monstrosities. From Africa to realms of neverwhere, here is heroic fantasy with a twist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Innsmouth Free Press (14 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWORD AND MYTHOS 20 April 2014
By Benito R. Corral - Published on
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SWORDS AND MYTHOS is the latest anthology from Innsmouth Free Press, combining tropes of heroic sword and sorcery with classic Cthulhu Mythos elements. I'd been looking forward to reading this since I first heard of it's coming out and was pleased to be able to include it in my "Year In Weird". It is a very strong collection of stories and essays that excels in not only paying homage to the classic sword and sorcery genre but also explores the Mythos in new and original ways; many of the stories include non-traditional protagonists and take place in unusual settings. For me, themed anthologies are normally a mixed bag but with SWORD AND MYTHOS I was reading gem after gem and it was hard to pick out my favorites. Here are the stories that stayed with me:

Jon Carver of Barzoon, You Misunderstood by Graham Darling is a powerful prose poem that brilliantly brings to life a faraway world with vivid, alien imagery...

The Wood of Ephraim by Edward M Erdelac is for me the stand out piece in the collection. Erdelac firmly places his tale in the time of King David and writes the creepiest, most gruesome of the entries here that kept me turning page after page to get to the end, only to turn around and start it over again...

Truth Is Order and Order Is Truth by Nadia Bulkin is a beautifully written tale that incorporates Father Dagon and Mother Hydra into the story of Princess Dhani and her search for the land of her dead mother, fabled Jungkuno...

The Bones of Heroes by Orrin Grey is a short, dark tale the real horror hiding behind the story of a child abducting witch...

The Serpents of Albion by Adrian Chamberlin brings the Cthulhu and Arthurian mythologies together in a wonderful mash up that cleverly reimagines the fall of King Arthur to Mordred...

In Xochitl in Cuicatl in Shub-Niggurath by Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas (translated from the Spanish by Silvia Moreno-Garcia) is exotic tale of warriors, blood sacrifice and ancient gods. I should definitely look for more from this author...

The collection is rounded out by informative essays from G W Thomas, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R Stiles that detail how, in many cultures and media, "sword and mythos" has really been around for awhile.

SWORD AND MYTHOS is a great collection of stories that answers the question "What if..." by blending the Cthulhu Mythos throughout history, across the oceans and on other worlds, taking the beloved Mythos in new, wonderful directions. I cannot recommend it enough; it's a must read for lovers of weird fiction and disciples of Cthulhu both!

Happy reading!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you want from Robert E. Howard, minus the questionable race and gender views. 15 Jun 2014
By Fenrix - Published on
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Sword & Mythos: everything you want from Robert E. Howard, minus the questionable race and gender views.

(Or at least an entirely different and self-aware set of views.) If you like sword and sorcery stories, there's something in here for you. If you like your fantasy creatures to be born of nightmare, there's something in here for you.

LIGHT by Diana L. Paxson is my favorite of the anthology by a safe margin. It is the perfect mix of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and THE CAIRN ON THE HEADLAND that sprouted from the seed of a nested story in the CALL OF CTHULHU. It also included solid details about the Society for Creative Anachronism, providing a plausible mechanism for the protagonist to have training with medieval weapons. I just wish she had more opportunities to show off her knightly skills.

THE BONES OF HEROES by Orrin Grey comes in second. This little flash piece is beautifully chilling in its simplicity.

In SUN SORROW by Paul Jessup we get to see the world from the perspective of one who has read The King in Yellow. The reader is led to wonder what is real and what is a haunting delusion.

TRUTH IS ORDER AND ORDER IS TRUTH by Nadia Bulkin does a very nice job establishing the society that Obed Marsh meets on his expeditions.

IN XOCHITL IN CUICATL IN SHUB-NIGGURATH by Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas drenches the blood sacrifices of the Incas in the trappings of the Elder Gods. There's some gorgeous gore and imagery in this one.

THE SERPENTS OF ALBION by Adrian Chamberlin take on the Arthurian legend has some of the most gorgeously drawn and florid gore that I have ever read.

THE SORROW OF QINGFENG by Grey Yuen has the sword & sorcery element firmly lodged in a fantastical kung-fu movie. You can't even see the wires.
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