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A Volume for the Dedicated Fan,
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This review is from: Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre (Hardcover)
Let's be clear, if you are looking for an introductory volume to this author, then buy the brick-like hard back that is the Necronomicon from the same publisher.
This volume is not a part two, this is a collection of fiction, poems and essays for the hardcore fan. And, as a hardcore fan, I think have their have done a valuable job in collecting this content together and getting into one matching volume.
It's not that the quality of the stories or content is somehow 'less' but I would certainly say it is different and not as accessiable to the general reader.
The look and feel of the book is similar to the Necronomicon, we have the black cover, embossed title and spooky feel. The two certainly belong together but rather than a part two or brother, this collection is rather like a bizare and unruly cousin.
Poetry warning - if you can't handle some weird poetry then avoid this. I love it, it's part of the mythos but if you aren't a reader of it, then you can pick up these stories elsewhere although many are widely scattered.
This volume includes Lovecraft's amazing essay on horror which is a set text in the genre and content by Stephen Jones, whose creditionals are impressive.
Some reviewers have rightly warned that this is not a volume for a reader new to this author and I can only agree with this. It's a dark and twisted corner which may not be to everyone's taste so don't go wandering unless you are prepared to mix it up with some of the less well-known stories, some collaborations and poems. You have been warned!