The Haunted House by Jen Prenkowski
This pop up book was originally published in 1979 and is a classic. It is a loving depiction of a horror house with a saw, creepy paintings, a weird attic, creatures in the kitchen, a thing in the bathroom, a creepy bed and a thing under the stairs.
Cthulhu Lives! edited by Salome Jones, part 2
On The Banks Of The River Jordan
The secrets of a suburban park are told in the soppiest tones of impending doom. This degrades.
A man uses his brohurt as an excuse to kill his girlfriend. Not sensibly constructed and dreadful in every way.
A short tale of art. There is no multifacededness present in this shallow, lacklustre and haphazardly constructed chaotic tale.
Demon In Glass
A 19th century photographer goes on about his doctrine of aesthetic functionality. This eschews sense and is hysterical multi-climactic filled pap.
Scales From Balor’s Eye
A man looks into family history with righteous idealism. This was nonchalantly dull.
“Milk that tastes like water because the full-fat is ’bad’ for you.”
Of The Faceless Crowd
Stultified inaccessible crap.
The village has always had a rat catcher, until now. There’s something malicious in the woods. This is an excellent beguiling tale of intense discomfort, hopelessness and social conditioning.
“People with gleaming teeth began to use ominous phrases such as “development plan” and “diversification of revenue streams”.”
“Their non-threatening colourful ties.”
A boy fishes with undisguised relish while dealing with psychological violence. Boring.
A techie is immersed in his work until he realises his megalomaniacal boss has taking leveraging intellectual properties in a whole new/old direction. Mediocre.
“In Egypt they called me ‘Lord and Master’, in a language that no living man still speaks.”
“They’re not the enemy! We are!”
The Thing In The Printer
The college weirdo uses a 3D printer for disturbing ventures. Excellent.
The Old Ones
A man visits his former teacher in a nursing home and learns what his ‘mentor’ really is. Very funny and excellent.
“I figured I’d put my walk-in closet to good use by making it a portal to another dimension. It took a few tries to get the incantation right.”
A boy is unhappy about his parents’ separation and his mother’s new boyfriend. But there’s a twist. Excellent.
“Mum does everything anxiously.”
“I can sit on my own stairs, can’t I?”
The Highland Air
A man’s malefic son causes strife. Ugh.