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Book Review: Black Wings Of Cthulhu 4, part 2

Black Wings Of Cthulhu 4 edited by S.T. Joshi, part 2

Half Lost In Shadow
I had a paucity of interest in this tale of weird melancholy.

The Rasping Absence
A reporter becomes obsessed by his story on dark energy. This starts out well but has a constitutional aversion to making sense.

Black Ships Seen South Of Heaven
By Caitlin R. Kiernan. This is a grim and excellent tale of what happens after R’lyeh rises.

The Dark Sea Within
My initial dubiousness about this tale was right. A fraught couple have existential doubt and badly written sex scenes.

Sealed By The Moon
A dysfunctional couple go to look at a special cave. Cue no dread-inducing horror or uncompromising creativity. Nothing particularly convincing happens.

Broken Sleep
A grimdark tale of a dream quest and a seemingly irrecoverably damaged boy.

Best Line:
“You’re probably a brain in a bucket with some jumper cables on it by now.”

A Prism Of Darkness
A tale of John Dee. All the clichés are dully trotted out.

Night Of The Piper
By Ann K. Schwader. Something is breaking through. Okay.

Best Lines:
“Reeked of sixties-era social worker.”

“Some ancient cultures should stay buried.”

We Are Made Of Stars
An inextricable mixture of babble and jabber. No.

Best Line:
“The city’s social dregs.”
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