The Mammoth Book Of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran, part 2
Falcons and Sparrows
A man experiences angry disillusionment. I felt mounting frustration at this tale and its singular inaptitude.
A Shadow Of Thine Own Design
A tale of Arkham and Pickman’s legacy. This narrative driven subpar Lovecraft clone is a terrible disappointment. It’s stagy and strangely desultory. This had many flagrant failings.
By Norman Partridge. Two brothers live a hardscrabble existence and have an obstinate determination to overcome the grim summary of their lives. Sadly it all comes down to lethal deceit, ghastly fuss, drama and a sense of victimhood. This was shallow, dim, amateurish, relentlessly silly and overstyled. It was also shoddily written and improbable.
In The Ruins Of Mohenjo-Daro
A woman has a transformational experience as horrifying things happen to her on a school trip. This has no through line or identifiable style.
Legacy of Salt
A man is implacably opposed to the family way in this ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’ knockoff. Dull.
I Do Not Count The Hours
A woman pines for her husband who left her for a cult. But there is a twist. This was good.
“They left the door cracked open, but they don’t want me.”
This was not bristlingly atmospheric just an invoked conceit.
I Dress My Lover In Yellow
A tale of mysterious disappearances. Good.
“The tide of unpleasant - and occasionally quite public - altercations he attempted to instigate.”
Something lurks in the mine. This has no clarity as to what is going on but is creepy and okay.
The Future Eats Everything
A couple stumble across the cosmic. This was very good with comedic touches and darker emotions.
“Matthew didn’t know what sort of trouble you could have with people that had artefacts embedded in siltstone formed thousands of years from now.”
I Believe That We Will Win
A tale of mad cultists. This was dull, disenchanting and implausible.