The Outsiders edited by Joe Mynhardt
This anthology of stories about a gated community that worships Lovecraftian horrors is terrible and dull. Nothing about this was qualitative.
“You have the psycho-mum who talks to the thing.”
“Probably wondering what kind of marine biologist would join a cult.”
“The Nameless One with the silly name is doing its thing.”
Whispers From The Abyss edited by Kat Rocha, part 1
Another anthology of Lovecraft inspired fiction.
A kidnapped scientist is set to work making monsters. Excellent.
A short creepy tale of a police interrogation. Okay.
Nation Of Disease: The Rise and Fall of A Canadian Legend
A short creepy account of a doomed band and their disturbing music. Good.
When We Change
A brief and chilling sequel to ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth’. Excellent.
A tale of a parasite. Unadorned.
Secrets In Storage
A man buys the contents of a storage locker and uncovers spooky stuff. This was excellent.
A man’s down a well but so are other things. Okay.
The Neon Morgue
A shamelessly manipulative tale of an often awful future. This was not deeply unsettling or quietly devastating drama, just insubstantial.
Fear and Loathing In Innsmouth: Richard Nixon’s Revenge
Hunter S Thompson goes to Innsmouth to find dirt on Nixon. His ranting like a Dadaist improvisational noise experiment rarely registers in respectable media. This was good apart from the 60s ideological fixations.
“Squalid, shifty bastard.”
“This is fish country.”
My Friend Fishfinger By Daisy, Age 7
A young girl writes about her ‘best friend’ unaware of the lies, evasions and layers of deceit around her. This was sweet, wistful and heartsick.
A misbegotten son plots a cultural uprising against his father. Okay.
I Do The Work Of The Bone Queen
This unlovely mindless tale was not emotionally charged.
Suck It Up, Get It Done
A hilariously exasperated sewer worker finds what utterly vile things lurk in the pipes. Good.