The Best Horror Of The Year Volume Six edited by Ellen Datlow, part 2
This and ‘Lovecraft’s Monsters’ were piss and I am not sure I’ll bother with ‘Fearful Symmetries’, ‘Nightmare Carnival’ and ‘The Cutting Room’.
Bones of Crow
A woman finds giant eggs on the roof. This was intrinsically awful.
Introduction To The Body In Fairy Tales
A very creepy short poem.
The Tin House
An utterly awful tale of people paying for the sins of their ancestors.
By Conrad Williams. A family go camping and the father’s childhood sins come back to haunt him in this unpleasant story.
Stemming The Tide
A loony and zombies and still this was boring.
The Anatomist’s Mnemonic
A man with a hand fetish seeks love. This was ugubriously rubbish.
The Monster Makers
I don’t know what the hell this indecipherable crap was about.
The Only Ending We Have
By Kim Newman. This is about the making of ‘Psycho’ and there is no historicity here as a body double hides out at a motel run by weirdoes. This was terrible.
“Or trust young men with twitchy smiles who liked to stuff (and mount) birds.”
The Dog’s Paw
A WTF tale of honour killings.
Fine In The Fire
Why did Peter’s golden boy brother Toby end up despised and in an asylum? It’s an ugly secret that Peter uncovers. Okay.
“Sometimes when a boy cries wolf, there really are teeth at his neck,”
A war story and a bad one to boot.
A necromancer tries to save a boy. Mediocre.
“You are a morally repugnant individual.”
Down To A Sunless Sea
By Neil Gaiman. A short tale of loss.
Jaws Of Saturn
By Laird Barron. A middling Lovecraftian tale.
“We are the dream of something greater and more dreadful than you could imagine.”
A plan crash reveals a secret. Good.
The Same Deep Waters As You
A good Innsmouth tale reprinted from ‘Lovecraft’s Monsters’.
Acolytes of Cthulhu edited by Robert M. Price, part 1
A collection of short stories inspired by H.P Lovecraft originally published from 1936 to 1998. The introduction is borderline incoherent.
Doom Of The House of Duryea
A man is reunited with his father and learns of their family’s vampire demon curse. This was utterly dull and derivative, so much so that the twist ending didn’t have the impact it should.
The Seventh Incantation
An SOB decides to play at Darkest Magick, his amateur foosterings lead to the inevitable. Mediocre.
From The Pits Of Elder Blasphemy
An anthropologist goes looking into worship of the Old Ones. Iffy.
The Jewels Of Charlotte
An utterly incoherent tale of Yith.
The Letters Of Cold Fire
Two magicians fight it out - magically - over a mysterious book. Very good.
“That name will be great in hell.”
Horror At Vecra
Two men go to Lovecraft country and one’s bad boy villainy leads to doom. Good.
“He used to mention They sort of reverent like.”
Out Of The Jar
A man frees a Jinni. Good.
The Earth Brain
The Earth is in a high degree of volatility. What is causing this instability? Derivative.
“Travis and Skeel are dead and they’re lucky.”
“It’s a kind of rock geology’s not even heard of!”
Through The Alien Angle
A student heads off with a strange man to look at his books. Bad things happen. Dull.
Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion Season 2 by David Bassom
This 2006 guide to the re-imagined show’s uneven 2nd season is not immersive. The interviews, photos and making of info are arbitrary and dull.
Inside The Hub: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Torchwood Season One by Stephen James Walker
This is an in-depth guide to the wildly uneven and excruciatingly predictable season 1 of ‘Torchwood’ as well as various spin off books. It is a yawner.