As a big fan of HP Lovecraft, I'm also unavoidably a fan of Chaosium's collections of Mythos-related original fiction. This book is, as others I've read, very good, over all.
The stories range in tone from adventure-driven, to near-mysteries, to Lovecraft pastiches, but are almost universally engaging and well-written. Cody Goodfellow, very much of a favorite of mine, delivers the crown jewel of the book (pun intended) with "The Devil's Diamonds." Also of note is Penelope Love's "The Whisper of Ancient Secrets," which was bizarre, perversely mystifying and kept me reading full-speed, eager to see its conclusion not only because it was a good read, but because her characters spawn such feelings of repulsion that I wanted to be done with them as soon as possible. Kudos for creating such an immersive and evocative tale!
The only exception in this other-wise excellent book is the painfully, astonishingly bad "The Nature of Faith." The story is rambling and pointless and the writing is just plain bad. It is replete with misused homonyms, misspellings (even when not trying to mimic accents), inconsistent and completely inaccurate attempts at creating a regional dialect the writer had obviously never heard and characters that are thinner than the paper the book was printed on. How this managed to work its way into the book, I can't imagine.
That being said, don't let one bad piece scare you off an otherwise very worthwhile anthology.
- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Chaosium Inc.; 1st edition (9 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568822359
- ISBN-13: 978-1568822358
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
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