Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


5.0 out of 5 stars An Eldritch Feast
The original title of this book, when it was published in hardcover by PS Publishing, was BLACK WINGS. Titan Books decided to add 'OF CTHULHU" to the title, despite the protests of the book's editor--for there is now a silly "vogue" of using the word Cthulhu as a selling gimmick. But it should be made clear to anyone ordering this book that it is NOT a collection of...
Published 20 months ago by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.

versus
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping
To be honest, I read this book a few of weeks ago now and can only really remember a few of the stories. The one about the house viewing had a nice creepy atmosphere, the lost log of Cook's south seas voyage was a nice homage as was the Lost Letter. The Skinless Face was my favourite story but even then it felt like the set-up for a CoC RPG scenario. I struggled to get...
Published 1 month ago by David Jenkins


Most Helpful First | Newest First

5.0 out of 5 stars An Eldritch Feast, 27 Nov 2012
This review is from: Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (Paperback)
The original title of this book, when it was published in hardcover by PS Publishing, was BLACK WINGS. Titan Books decided to add 'OF CTHULHU" to the title, despite the protests of the book's editor--for there is now a silly "vogue" of using the word Cthulhu as a selling gimmick. But it should be made clear to anyone ordering this book that it is NOT a collection of stories of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Having grown slightly weary of working exclusively with dead writers, the adventurous S. T. Joshi is now working, on many levels, as an editor of modern weird fiction. This book was his first anthology of original fiction (he edited an anthology of American weird fiction for Penguin Classics)--it has now been followed by BLACK WINGS II, from PS Publishing, and BLACK WINGS III will be published in 2013. There is a growing group of skilled editors who are bringing forth anthologies of Lovecraftian tales--we have NEW CTHULHU: THE RECENT WEIRD and THE BOOK OF CTHULHU in two volumes--and some of these editors, such as S. T. with this series and Ellen Datlow with LOVECRAFT UNBOUND stress that their books are NOT the usual Mythos thing. As S. T. explains in his Introduction to this book:

"The epigraph from 'Supernatural Norror in Literature' from which I have derived the title of this book was meant by Lovecraft to be the general formula governing the best weird fiction from the dawn of time to his day; but it is clear, from such phrases as 'contact with unknown spheres and powers' and 'the scratching of outside shapes and entities on the known universe's utmost rim,' that the formula applies most particularly to his own work. The core of that work, as Lovecraft well recognized, was cosmicism--a concept expressed in his now celebrated letter to Farnsworth Wright of July 5, 1927, accompanying the resubmission of his seminal tale 'The Call of Cthulhu' to Weird Tales: 'All of my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity of significance in the vast cosmos-at-large.' It was this single statement that led me, in soliciting stories for this book, to suggest that straightforward Cthulhu Mythos stories were not the only ones that woud be considered for inclusion. It can readily be seen that some writers have chosen to play ingenious variations off of other Lovecraft tales whose relation to his mythos is tangential at best. The fact that three separate writers in this volume...have chosen to compose ingenious and widely differing riffs on such a story as 'Pickman's Model'--a tale that has only the most remote connections to the Cthulhu Mythos as conventionally conceived--suggests that they do not require the presence of Cthulhu or Arkham to justify their tributes. It is for this reason that I have carefully chosen my subtitle, 'New Tales of LOVECRAFTIAN Horror.'"

The stories in this book are:
Pickman's Other Model (1929), by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Desert Dreams, by Donald R. Burleson
Engravings, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Copping Squidd, by Michael Shea
Passing Spirits, by Sam Gafford
The Broadsword, by Laird barron
Usurped, by William Browning Spencer
Denker's Book, by David J. Schow
Inhabitants of Wraithwood, by W. H. Pugmire
The Dome, by Mollie L. Burleson
Rotterdam, by Nicholas Royle
Tempting Providence, by Jonathan Thomas
Howling in the Dark, by Darrell Schweitzer
The Truth About Pickman, by Brian Stapleford
Tunnels, by Phillip Haldeman
The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash, Annotated, by Ramsey Campbell
Violence, Child of Trust, by Michael Cisco
Lesser Demons, by Norman Partridge
An Eldritch Matter, by Adam Niswander
Substitution, by Michael Marshall Smith
Susie, by Jason Van Hollander.

Jason Van Hollander has also supplied the magnificent cover illustration.

Each writer approaches Lovecraftian themes with intelligence and originality. The writing is excellent, and shews that the weird tale is in capable hands to-day. I love that other forms of Lovecraftian horror besides the tired cliches of the Mythos are inspiring new writers. Lovecraft wrote in the genres of fantasy and the then-new genre of science fiction, as well as Gothic horror. Lovecraft continues to inspire so many of us who are writer genre fiction to-day--in my case, he has given me my entire career. Peace unto his Shade.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good,but like all short story collections,different strokes..., 24 July 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (Paperback)
Some very good stories,some that didn't have quite so much appeal(to me,at least).
We're all different,and what I like you may not,but all in all,a pretty good collection of HPL themed material--I must admit,liking HPL so much,any yarn that cleaves to his style,like the opener here,appeals immensely.
Well worth the time and money expended,though,and you can't say fairer than that.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Story Evil Paradise, 25 Mar 2012
By 
Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog "Falcata T... - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (Paperback)
If you're a fan of the horror genre then you'll have at least heard the name of HP Lovecraft, even if you haven't spent time dealing with ancient gods and dodging the ravings of Abdul Al Ashrad's Necronomicon.

Here in this book is a selection of short stories from modern writers "acolytes" as they bring the terror and old world magic to work within your imagination as well as nightmares.

The book is wonderfully detailed with an author for all tastes and a selection of stories that will thrill, disgust and revile the reader in equal measure. It's great fun, top value for money and all in a title worthy of having the Lovecraft name on the cover. Add to this that it's a solid release and one that you can dip into when time allows which makes this an ideal gift for the horror aficionados in your life.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping, 6 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
To be honest, I read this book a few of weeks ago now and can only really remember a few of the stories. The one about the house viewing had a nice creepy atmosphere, the lost log of Cook's south seas voyage was a nice homage as was the Lost Letter. The Skinless Face was my favourite story but even then it felt like the set-up for a CoC RPG scenario. I struggled to get vol. one and feel I might have been happier with that.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror
Black Wings of Cthulhu: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror by S. T. Joshi (Paperback - 23 Mar 2012)
7.19
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews