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Book Reviews: Best Horror of the Year Volume Three +The Mall of Cthulhu +The Book of Cthulhu

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three edited by Ellen Datlow, part 2

Was She Wicked? Was She Good?

A little girl torments fairies. This just ends and makes no sense.

The Fear
Film fans track down the story behind a brilliant unfinished film. This was very good.

Til The Morning Comes
A boy and a closet monster or something. I've no idea what is going on here.

Shomer
A man watches over a dead relative, not horror.

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
A chav tries to escape a rundown rotting seaside resort. It does not work out. The ending is dumb beyond words.

The Obscure Bird
Man turns into owl. Next!

Transfiguration
Ice road truckers: the horror story. No.

The Days of Flaming Motorcycles
Zombies have taken over and a girl is stuck with her zombie deadbeat abusive dad. Ok.

The Folding Man
Killer nuns chase punks, is not as good as it sounds.

Just Another Desert Night With Blood
A wretched ramble.

Black and White Sky
A magpie apocalypse. Okay.

At Night When The Demons Come
Woman hating crap.

The Revel
A werewolf tale. Too slow.

In short, this volume is a wretched mess. Avoid it.

~
The Mall of Cthulhu by Seamus Cooper

A slacker barista named Ted and his best buddy FBI Agent Laura stumble onto a plan by a group of angry cultists to bring forth eldritch horrors. So now Ted and Laura must save the day from non-euclidian geometry. This is a very good and very funny Lovecraft parody.

Best Line:
"The Old Ones and their nameless horrible horror, and bad geometry. Or something like that."

~
The Book of Cthulhu edited by Ross E. Lochart, part 1

From the publishing house who brought us 'The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', 'By Blood We Live', 'Wastelands' and 'The Living Dead 2' comes this wonderful collection of stories inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.

Andromeda Among The Stones
A creepy tale of a family that guard a doorway at great cost. Very very good.

The Tugging
A wandering planet is passing cose to Earth. But is it really a planet? A man is tormented by dreams that suggest otherwise. Okay.

A Colder War
The cold war went very differently with Great Cthulhu involved. Dark, bleak and depressing. Good.

The Unthinkable
A very different Earth make a terrible alliance with Lovecraftian horrors. Good.

Flash Frame
A man sneaks into a cult meeting and sees an old film that he can't get out of his head. Good.

Some Buried Memory
Dreadful tale about a mysterious woman.

The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins
A 1700's historical romp about twins touched with eldritch. Excellent.
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