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I did enjoy the Bicycle Centaur - very odd indeed. The Welsh humour had me grinning at times, and the writing is very good at describing the wierdness and feeling of places and the history.
I am a collector of Cthulhu material and must recommend this book, though short and brief and of only 9 stories, but what stories! Croeso........
Kudos to editor Mark Howard Jones for bringing this beast to life. And his story 'Pilgrimage' is one of the weirder offerings here, though several of the other tales give him a run for his money.
this unique spin on Cthulhu and Co. definitely left me wanting more (which is a good thing). Volume 2, maybe?
The central conceit, having all the tales set in Wales, works well, and there is a satisfying Welshness to proceedings with plenty of nods to Arthur Machen. The short format means the tales tend towards boy-meets-monster without a lot of plot, but so e of it really captures the Lovecraftian spirit: the hallucinogenic train ride of The Pilgrimmage and the spooky atmospherics of Song of Summoning in particular. The Bicycle Centaur is every bit the shaggy-dog story the title suggests; Caul of Cthulhu is tastier than it sounds.
Makes an interesting contrast to Shadows from Norwood which came out at the same time, and also uses the idea of a shared setting - south London rather than the land of leeks and daffodils - but links the stories together (and Shadows gives you about three times as many pages to get your teeth into).
Altogether a very worthwhile project, and with ST Joshis blessing and Preface. I don't know if it will bring many more tourists over the border though...
An enjoyable collection which is worth keeping to read again when you fancy a trip to the Border country.
Besides stories being brief, there was no way I was going to put this book down till I read them all nine in one night.
Although a newbie to "Lovecraftian" tales, looking at the wonderful illustrations of the cthulhu brought back my childhood visits to my local library ...maybe I had seen him then.. but chose to avoid.. but now...
Each story feels entirely unique and original while also capturing the feel, and the atmosphere demanded, of Lovecraftian literature.
Who'd have thunk Wales would be such a natural setting for the terrible beasties and burdens borne along with Cthulu and his brethren...
It makes me proud to be Welsh.
The writing is good, and in particular I enjoyed "Periphery" by Paul Lewis... but the problem that I have, as with so many products that use the Lovecraft label is that it has all be done before.
Lovecraft was cutting edge... FOR HIS TIME. The reader is now well used to dimensional portals, magic that backfires, things that fall from the sky and devour men. The current generation has been raised on a diet of Hellraiser, X-Files, and Freddy Krueger and such things no longer inspire either a sense of weirdness or terror.
If you have never read any Lovecraft inspired fiction, then you will love this. If, however, you are looking for something a bit different but still dark and weird, then check out the chilling The Call of The Black River (The Spirals of Danu)
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