Although every story in The Private Life of Elder Things is a reinvention, none feels like a simple pastiche. It is all too easy to reuse elements of the work of Lovecraft and his peers in trite, obvious ways. Every story here makes its subject new and weird again, whether this is simply by moving it to an unusual setting or by transforming into something surprising.
What makes The Private Life of Elder Things stand out from most Mythos anthologies, however, is the emotional content and humanity of many of the stories. At its best, Lovecraftian fiction is unsettling, imaginative and weird, but it is rarely moving. The poignancy of stories like Season of Sacrifice and Resurrection and Devo Nodenti is all the more powerful for its presence in such an unexpected place.
You can read the full review here. The Private Life of Elder Things is available from Amazon and other online bookstores.
The Dark Musings website has selected its best horror books of the year. We are honoured to be chosen as the best anthology with Something Remains:
My choice as the best anthology of 2016 however, goes to Something Remains, a book dedicated to the memory of Joel Lane who died three years ago. The stories within are inspired by, and based on, notes left by Joel and each individual author has done a remarkable job in creating them in such a way that you would believe Joel had written them himself. It’s a superbly produced book and I can think of no better way to honour his memory.
If you are looking for beautifully written literary strange fiction and weird fiction, Something Remains is what you have been looking for. It contains excellent and impressive stories that surprise, thrill and shock readers in equal measure. Something Remains is something different for those who want to read quality fiction, so please, take a look at it and let yourself be charmed by uncanny stories. Highly recommended!
Visit the website to read the full review and then pop over to Amazon (or another online bookstore) to get a copy of the book. You’ll love it.
As mentioned previously, Des Lewis is writing real-time reviews of Something Remains, He began these reviews here and now continues them here. You need to scroll to the comments section of both blog to read Des’ comments on each story.
Des Lewis runs a blog in which be publishes “real-time” reviews — reviews of books as he reads them, usually posting comments on a daily basis. Des begins the review of Something Remains today. The first story he reviews is that by Tim Lebbon. Des says:
This is a frightening portrait of alienation even from a friend, with a scene in a dance club that will stay with you.
The Risingshadow website has just posted a rather good – indeed, an excellent – review of The Private Life of Elder Things. The book, they say:
…belongs to the bookshelf of everyone who is fascinated by Lovecraftian weird fiction. It’s one of the best weird fiction collections of the year and deserves to be read by ardent and enthusiastic fans of the genre. Weird fiction doesn’t get more entertaining than this, so please invest a bit of time into reading this marvellous collection. Highly recommended!
The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a hugely enjoyable collection of stories. My favourite type of supernatural fiction is the ghost story. Sinister presences, strange noises, spooky events, bad omens and a sense of foreboding do more for me than blood and gore . . . The collection reminded me of the work of Arthur Conan Doyle and M.R James. ‘The Hounds of the Hearth’opens the collection with a bang. This is an excellent story . . . The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a must for fans of ghost stories.
The Complete Weird Epistles is available in print from Amazon and other online dealers. Also available for the Kindle.