Sci-fi (and scary) Friday
Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell (Tor Teen, $17.99).
Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tachyon Publications, $16.95).
Sunrise by Mike Mullen (Tanglewood Press, $17.99).
The Terminals: Spark by Michael F. Stewart (Non Sequitur Press, $4.99 ebook).
They Shall Begin Again by Giacomo Papi, translated by Clarissa Ghelli and Oonagh Stransky (Enaudi/Open Road Media, $9.99 ebook).
Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler, with an introduction by Walter Mosley (Open Road Media, $3.99 ebook).
Just in time for the weekend, here’s a round-up of some science fiction and horror genre fiction to add to some relaxing downtime.
Now, moving on to the monstrous, the queen of anthologies, Ellen Datlow, has brought together the usual outstanding group of writers with stories that either portray or invoke in tone the monstrous things that inhabited the work of H.P. Lovecraft. For some reason, Lovecraftian monsters have always been the most disturbing for this reader, and these tales don’t disappoint.
The only complaint is that kicking off with Neil Gaiman’s “Only the End of the World Again” and Laird Barron’s (he’s the king of Cthulu in the Northwest) “Bulldozer” is setting a pretty high bar. The other stories–including one by Elizabeth Bear–are mostly up to the task, but still.
The overall verdict? This is a must-have anthology for fans of things that go squick in the night.
Read the rest of Lit/Rant’s round-up on their tumblr page.
For more information on Lovecraft’s Monsters, visit the Tachyon site.
Cover and illustration by John Coulthart.