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Gateways to Abomination
Gateways to Abomination
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark & Disturbing Treat, 22 Jan. 2016
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If you wisely choose to purchase this linked collection of vignettes, I promise you that by the end of the first one, you'll be altogether deeply unsettled, mightily impressed, and hooked. Other reviewers have said it and it's true; there are moments when you dread turning the page. Horrific, hallucinatory, deeply weird, haunting and repulsive. What more could you want?
ps. When you're done, do yourself a favour and read 'The Wizard of OK' by Scott Nicolay, to be found in the excellent Lovecraftian anthology, 'Resonator' from Martian Migraine Press - that story made me feel like I was going mad...

Amen (iä!)


Beyond the Mountains of Madness
Beyond the Mountains of Madness
by Stephen Mark Rainey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In his foreword to 'Tales From Year Zero', the ..., 15 July 2015
In his foreword to 'Tales From Year Zero', the graphic novel prequel to Pacific Rim, Travis Beacham talks of the joys to be found in stories that present the reader with the 'frayed edges of a wider world, seductive in their brevity'. There are frayed edges galore in H.P. Lovecraft's epic novella of adventure and horror 'At the Mountains of Madness', and they leave you pondering the tale (and shivering) long after its end. BTMOM is an anthology of tales that deal with some of these seductive tatters in various exciting, chilling and deliciously dark ways, written by a clutch of talented weird fiction authors.
This is an absolute treat if you're a fan of Lovecraft's Antarctic masterpiece.


The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure
The Elder Ice: A Harry Stubbs Adventure
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Mythos., 13 July 2015
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An excellent Lovecraftian novella that deftly evokes 1920s South London, and has, in its first-person protagonist Harry Stubbs, a likeable and intriguing combination of judicious brawn and understated brains. With weird technologies, forbidden knowledge, and two-fisted derring-do, David Hambling's effortless storytelling will whisk you along to its too-soon end. The next in the series, Broken Meats, is just as good.
Highly recommended.


Broken Meats: A Harry Stubbs Adventure
Broken Meats: A Harry Stubbs Adventure
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid stuff., 13 July 2015
I'll say from the outset that I had high hopes for this novella; I've been enjoying David Hambling's incisive articles in Fortean Times for years. My hopes were realised :)
This faultlessly rendered mythos tale wears its lore lightly and eerily and convincingly, and is clearly written by he that knows his stuff. Its setting in South London in 1925 is satisfyingly rich, and was particularly vivid for me as I grew up looking at the Crystal Palace Tower from my bedroom window.
Harry Stubbs, the first-person hero, is an engaging mixture of brains and brawn, an expert pugilist and veteran of previous sanity-testing adventures as detailed in his previous tale Elder Ice, which I've yet to read.
Taoist magick, forbidden science, and gruesome necromancy entwine with fascinating historical events and characters that had me on Wikipedia several times. I wouldn't dream of revealing any story details; I shall leave that pleasure for you to discover. Suffice to say, it's tautly written, witty and chilling and grisly by turn, with an entertaining and believable cast of characters. The dialogue, which reminded me somewhat of Phil Rickman's in it's pith and crackle, is excellent.
Now, I've done things arse-about-face and read the second book first. You may well want to read them in the right order. Whenever you get to this one I'm sure you'll love it. Highly recommended


Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond
Resonator: New Lovecraftian Tales From Beyond
by Richard Lee Byers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't throw that knife-switch!, 4 July 2015
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This is a dark, delicious, disturbing anthology of tales inspired by HP Lovecraft's horrifying short story 'From Beyond'. The eponymous Resonator is a mad scientist's magnum opus, a machine that reveals the Unseen. I'll say no more of the details - I wouldn't want to spoil it for you.
The seventeen short stories begin with 'From Beyond' and from there take a wonderfully diverse journey through despair, horror, sex, and disorientating madness ('The Wizard of OK' made my head spin), all with original approaches, yet with that powerful focus of Tillinghast's Resonator at the heart of each. It really is cracking stuff. Highly recommended.


The Race For Space
The Race For Space
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, moving and uplifting masterpiece, 9 April 2015
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This review is from: The Race For Space (Audio CD)
For several weeks now, this has been my almost constant headphone companion as I go about my day. It's a hard act to follow; usually I just start it again from the top :) It's a thrilling, moving, uplifting tribute to human courage, ingenuity and goodness. And, as ever with PSB, it's musically sublime. Marvellous stuff.


Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book One: 1
Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book One: 1
by Jim Butcher
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 5 Jan. 2014
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I thought I'd give the first in this series a go as most reviewers seemed to enjoy it. I began with high hopes (based on what the blurb on the back said) but soon got bored with the paper-thin plot, poor pacing and immature writing style. Guess I've read too much GRRM and China Mieville to get much from this. Not awful, just meant for a younger (or simpler) audience.


The Spinning Top
The Spinning Top
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime acoustic masterpiece, 12 May 2009
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This review is from: The Spinning Top (Audio CD)
A beautiful, folky, (gently psychedelic at times)
album of astounding virtuosity.
Man, the guy can play!
A sublime acoustic masterpiece,
And the sound of summer nights to come.
Ahh, bring 'em on!
Purchase & enjoy. :)
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The Dictionary of Mythology: An A-Z of Themes, Legends and Heroes
The Dictionary of Mythology: An A-Z of Themes, Legends and Heroes
by J. A. Coleman
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent tome of reference., 21 Jan. 2009
A weighty & wonderfully comprehensive dictionary that no-one with an interest in myth should be without.
Power to J A Coleman; he's done his homework.
Worth every penny.


Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books Gift Book)
Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books Gift Book)
by Anthony Ashton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing..., 7 Oct. 2008
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Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music (Wooden Books Gift Book)
I'm no mathematician, & the maths involved in this little book has bent my poor beleaguered brain into some weird shapes, but that's one of the reasons i like it so much!
As a wise quote from somewhere has it,
"The similarity between the words magic & music is no coincidence"
Quite!
A feast for the mind, & for the eyes.


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