Black Wings of Cthulhu 2: Eighteen Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

Black Wings of Cthulhu Eighteen Tales of Lovecraftian Horror This second instalment of S T Joshi s critically acclaimed Black Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers all drawing upon themes images and ideas from the life and wo

  • Title: Black Wings of Cthulhu 2: Eighteen Tales of Lovecraftian Horror
  • Author: S.T. Joshi Melanie Tem Tom Fletcher Darrell Schweitzer Richard Gavin Donald Tyson Don Webb Chet Williamson
  • ISBN: 9780857687845
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • This second instalment of S T Joshi s critically acclaimed Black Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers, all drawing upon themes, images, and ideas from the life and work of H P Lovecraft Caitl n R Kiernan has written a poetic reinterpretation of The Hound, while Nicholas Royle plays a fascinating riff on the existential horror of TThis second instalment of S T Joshi s critically acclaimed Black Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers, all drawing upon themes, images, and ideas from the life and work of H P Lovecraft Caitl n R Kiernan has written a poetic reinterpretation of The Hound, while Nicholas Royle plays a fascinating riff on the existential horror of The Outsider Three separate tales, by Jason C Eckhardt, Brian Evenson, and Jonathan Thomas, ring changes on Lovecraft s seminal story, The Call of Cthulhu Nick Mamatas writes an ingenious elaboration of The Whisperer in Darkness The cosmic indifferentism that is the core of Lovecraft s fiction is treated in various ways by John Langan, Melanie Tem, Tom Fletcher, Darrell Schweitzer, and Richard Gavin The archaeological horror that we find in some of Lovecraft s most powerful tales is revivified by Donald Tyson, while Lovecraft s media presence is made the subject of half comic, half horrific tales by Don Webb and Chet Williamson John Shirley, Rick Dakan, and Jason V Brock use Lovecraft s life and outlook as springboards for imaginative tales of psychological and supernatural horror.All in all, Black Wings II affords a rich feast of terror inspired by the twentieth century s greatest writer of the supernatural.

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    1. S.T. Joshi Melanie Tem Tom Fletcher Darrell Schweitzer Richard Gavin Donald Tyson Don Webb Chet Williamson

      Sunand Tryambak Joshi b 22 June 1958 in Pune, India is an Indian American literary scholar, and a leading figure in the study of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other authors Besides what some critics consider to be the definitive biography of Lovecraft H P Lovecraft A Life, 1996 , Joshi has written about Ambrose Bierce, H L Mencken, Lord Dunsany, and M.R James, and has edited collections of their works.His literary criticism is notable for its emphases upon readability and the dominant worldviews of the authors in question his The Weird Tale looks at six acknowledged masters of horror and fantasy namely Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Dunsany, M R James, Bierce and Lovecraft , and discusses their respective worldviews in depth and with authority A follow up volume, The Modern Weird Tale, examines the work of modern writers, including Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, Robert Aickman, Thomas Ligotti, T E D Klein and others, from a similar philosophically oriented viewpoint The Evolution of the Weird Tale 2004 includes essays on Dennis Etchison, L P Hartley, Les Daniels, E F Benson, Rudyard Kipling, David J Schow, Robert Bloch, L P Davies, Edward Lucas White, Rod Serling, Poppy Z Brite and others.Joshi is the editor of the small press literary journals Lovecraft Studies and Studies in Weird Fiction, published by Necronomicon Press He is also the editor of Lovecraft Annual and co editor of Dead Reckonings, both small press journals published by Hippocampus Press.At the time of writing, Joshi is working towards the publication of the collected poetry of Clark Ashton Smith and George Sterling, and Lovecraft s Collected Essays.In addition to literary criticism, Joshi has also edited books on atheism and social relations, including Documents of American Prejudice 1999 , an annotated collection of American racist writings In Her Place 2006 , which collects written examples of prejudice against women and Atheism A Reader 2000 , which collects atheistic writings by such people as Antony Flew, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, Gore Vidal and Carl Sagan, among others An Agnostic Reader, collecting pieces by such writers as Isaac Asimov, John William Draper, Albert Einstein, Frederic Harrison, Thomas Henry Huxley, Robert Ingersoll, Corliss Lamont, Arthur Schopenhauer and Edward Westermarck, was published in 2007.Joshi is also the author of God s Defenders What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong 2003 , an anti religious polemic against various writers including C S Lewis, G K Chesterton, T S Eliot, William F Buckley, Jr William James, Stephen L Carter, Annie Dillard, Reynolds Price, Elisabeth K bler Ross, Guenter Lewy, Neale Donald Walsch and Jerry Falwell, which is dedicated to theologian and fellow Lovecraft critic Robert M Price.In 2006 he published The Angry Right Why Conservatives Keep Getting It Wrong, which criticised the political writings of such commentators as William F Buckley, Jr Russell Kirk, David and Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Phyllis Schlafly, William Bennett, Gertrude Himmelfarb and Irving and William Kristol, arguing that, despite the efforts of right wing polemicists, the values of the American people have become steadily liberal over time.Joshi, who lives with his wife in Moravia, NY, has stated on his website that his most noteworthy achievements thus far have been his biography of Lovecraft, H P Lovecraft A Life and The Weird Tale.

    662 thoughts on “Black Wings of Cthulhu 2: Eighteen Tales of Lovecraftian Horror”

    1. I could only give it three stars. Too many weak stories to offset the good and mediocre. It becomes difficult for authors once confined to a sub-genre to really excel. There are just too many Cthulhu books out now, it's almost like zombie fare, there just cannot be that many good stories in a sub-genre like this. I'll stick to Laird barron and Caitlin Kiernan. My favorite was actually the Jason Brock story.


    2. I received this book from a giveaway to read and review. When I seen this collection was being edited by S.T. Joshi I was rather excited and had really high hopes for the quality of tales to be read, what I got was rather middle of the road. I felt that he would of been better able to piece together a solid book of stories than he did. With that being said, it is true every story can't be perfect, especially with such a diverse bunch of writers, and there are some really solid stories that did [...]


    3. Anthologies are always a mixed bag, and this one is a mix of good stuff and great stuff. Of all of the Lovecraftian collections, these two books would be the ones I would recommend to people wanting to know what the adjective "Lovecraftian" should mean.


    4. I read this a bit ago, during the proofing stage. Once again, Joshi proves why he is the master of recognizing the weird in modern literature. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book!



    5. There are some outstanding stories here but the overall standard is slightly uneven.opionator.wordpress/2012/1



    6. Det är en salig blandning även i del två av denna serie. Ibland (som t.ex. "Dahlias", som var bra men obegriplig, av Melanie Tem) undrar jag verkligen varför de finns med i en samling dedikerad till skräck i Lovecrafts anda. Men det är bra ändå, precis som den första volymen. Förmodligen bättre än den, till och med. Topparna är nog inte riktigt lika höga, utom Darrell Schweitzers (även ansvarig för fantastiska "Howling in the Dark" från förra boken) novell “The Clockwork King [...]


    7. This collection of short stories are not all based on the style of HP Lovecraft, but more in the tradition of spooky/eerie tales that Lovecraft explored. In other words, it is sometimes said "Lovecraft never met and adjective he didn't like." The writes of these 18 shorts do not try to mimic his writing style, but used Lovecraft's themes to create unique, updated stories based on Lovecraft (the man) , the region (New England), and themes.I bought this book for $1.00, and got far better stories t [...]


    8. Another Lovecraftian anthology I picked up for $1 at a Dollar Tree (sadly, they did not have volume 1) . . . as with most anthologies, it's a little hit-or-miss, but far more hits than misses. There are some really enjoyable and wonderfully creepy stories in this one. I enjoyed it.



    9. Embryonic Lovecraft geek that I am, it was high time I tried one of the billion or so Cthulhu anthologies on the market and Black Wings of Cthulhu 2 happened to be the first to hand. Here we have eighteen authors with as many stories and as many radically varied interpretations of what it means to be ‘Lovecraftian’. The commonality here is certainly thematic rather than stylistic.Some take it quite literally by openly discussing the author – to the extent that two stories feature character [...]


    10. “When Death Wakes Me to Myself” by John Shirley – 2,5*“View” by Tom Fletcher – 4*“Houndwife” by Caitlín R. Kiernan – 4,5* - Caitlín does not dissapoint, though I liked her story from the previous volume a spec more.“King of Cat Swamp” by Jonathan Thomas – 3*“Dead Media” by Nick Mamatas – 3,5“The Abject” by Richard Gavin – 5* - Came to me as a big surprise but this was one of the pinnacles of the anthology for me. The bleak atmosphere of the trip and the even [...]



    11. De media un poco peor que el volumen uno, tanto por la ausencia de obras maestras del calibre de "Pickman's other model", "Copping squid" o "Lesser demons" (que de todas formas alguna hay, pero menos) como por la presencia de un número nada despreciable de relatos que están porque tiene que haber de todo."Houndwife", de Kiernan, y "The abject", de Gavin, son mis favoritos, aunque el cuento de Jason C. Eckhard, "And the sea gave up the dead" me sorprendió muy gratamente. John Shirley y Don Web [...]


    12. I’ve not read the first one, but I had to pick this up in the library when I saw it. Its format is lovely, I like the style of the font and illuminated start letters. Plus, this states in the header which story you are on, which not all anthologies do, and that’s very helpful. The content was the usual mix of stories I quite liked, some I didn’t like, and some I was neutral on – with one exception that I didn’t really know how to feel about. ‘Casting Call’ walks the line of being o [...]


    13. I have won a few First Reads giveaway books, but was most excited by this one. I LOVE Lovecraft. I find myself reading one of his stories or poems at least monthly.None of these stories are his, but I think he'd have enjoyed them. Usually, when someone writes something they consider "Lovecraftian," they try unsuccessfully to replicate the density of his writing around a stumbling plot of a person going crazy. These are generally as painful to read as they certainly must have been to write.The s [...]


    14. At first I wanted to dwell over each and every story of this book, but eventually it is going to be a rather short review. "Black Wings" are merely acceptable. I'm a deeply devoted Lovecraft fan, I absolutely understand the incredible amount and quality of inspiration his tales have been for numerous writers over the decades, hence my disappointment. Many of the stories included are not "lovecraftian" in any way, some are poorly written, some are just boring and/or awkward. I found only 2 or 3 o [...]


    15. I received this book as a GiveawayLike all compilations, this book was a mix of the good, the mediocre, and the not so great.It's a tough genre, and living and writing in the world of H.P. Lovecraft can be a challenge. Overall, the good stories aren't enough to counter-balance the weaker ones, and the book requires a bit of a feat of strength to finish. If you are a fan of the genre, or of Lovecraft himself, this book is worth a look over if you can find it at your local library. Other reviewer [...]


    16. Z dvojky mám poněkud rozpačité pocity. Má svá plus: vybrané povídky působí tematicky i kvalitativně uceleněji, jsou poměrně krátké, takže četba příjemně ubíhá, a žádná není vyloženě špatná. Jenže ve výsledku mi kniha přišla nezajímavá. Povídky sice mě bavily, některé se mi vážně líbily, ale žádná ve mně nezanechala výraznější dojem. Horko těžko si teď, nějakou dobu po přečtení, vzpomenu, o čem jaká povídka vlastně byla.


    17. Was given this as a gift by a kind student. Enjoyed about half of the stories, but as previous people mentioned, there are many weaker stories included. I would recommend a library trip for it before I'd fork over cash. Fans of Lovecraft will find entertaining but not consistent offerings in here.


    18. The first collection had a bunch of stories that seemed to require direct knowledge of Lovecraft's works to really get it. These stories were more along the lines of applying the principles of Lovecraft's stories to modern times. I liked this second collection much more than the first.


    19. The star rating of this book would be higher if the book had more stronger stories over the weaker ones. I done something I have never done before that was to skip two stories from this anthology.



    20. Solidly weird, although many of the stories weren't particularly Lovecraftian.Definitely a worthwhile addition to your weird fiction collection.


    21. While a couple of the stories seemed to have rather abrupt endings, Joshi is always able to choose tales that bring true horror to life.


    22. Nuž, po druhej knihe môžem povedať že Howie F. Lovecraft by sa v hrobe neobracal. Som zvedavý na tretiu knihu.



    23. First two stories are really good. Starting the third. I bought this book as a gift for my fiance but ended up reading it because I didn't have my book handy. Pleasantly surprised by the spookiness.


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