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Book Review: Black Wings Of Cthulhu 6, part 2

Black Wings Of Cthulhu 6 edited by S.T. Joshi, part 2

Your Shadows That In Darkness Dwell
A man abandons his wife and children and goes for a walk that is described for pages upon pages. This is boring and badly written purple prose.

Best Line:
“One devoid of any idea of human mercy.”

The Ballad Of Asenath Waite
Utterly terrible.

The Visitor
A weak man gets a visitation. This tries for screamingly funny but is a calamity.

The Gaunt
A man returns to Arkahm in this weak story.

Best Line:
“Thought tea was evidence of witchcraft.”

Missing At The Morgue
A daft tale of a ghoul.

The Shard
A good tale of Gla’aki.

Best Lines:
“The devil’s cabbage.”

“Closed to us.”

The Mystery Of The Cursed Cottage
A locked room mystery has a Lovecraftian solution. This was okay.

To Court The Night
A terrible poem.

To Move Beneath Autumnal Oaks
A ridiculous Lovecratian pastiche that would have been dated in the 1960s but is even more dated now.

Best Line:
“Do you think that children can call to Outer Darkness in ritual and not be answered.”

Mister Ainsley
A malediction is stumbled across and shows off his diseased moral condition.

Best Line:
“Outside the parameters of the favored class.”
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