Private Life of Elder Things reviewed

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The Private Life of Elder Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Keris McDonald and Adam Gauntlett has received an excellent review on the Blasphemous Tomes website:

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.

 

 

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Elder Things

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Coming your way this September: The Private Life of Elder Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Adam Gauntlett and Keris McDonald is launched at FantasyCon 2016.

Cover image by Christopher Shy

From the wastes of the sea to the shadows of our own cities, we are not alone. But what happens where the human world touches the domain of races ancient and alien?

Museum curators, surveyors, police officers, archaeologists, mathematicians; from derelict buildings to country houses to the London Underground, another world is just a breath away, around the corner, watching and waiting for you to step into its power.

The Private Life of Elder Things is a collection of new Lovecraftian fiction about confronting, discovering and living alongside the creatures of the Mythos.

  • A terrible secret beneath Paddington Station that is about to turn the Circle line into a Shoggoth trap
  • An old archaeologist haunted all her life by a death she caused, and the shadowy creature she invoked to do it.
  • A string of terrible deaths associated with lurid graffiti of a hound
  • A lost mariner in a strange Sargasso where the ships are picked clean of humans by strange slave-takers.
  • A new “legal high” from a machine that opens the mind to another world, and makes users visible to those creatures
  • A visitor to a country house charged with finding its lost rooms
  • A gifted mathematician’s apparently flawed theories attract the attention of beings to whom her numbers make perfect sense.

The Private Life of Elder Things will be available via Amazon and other online bookshops in print and eBook formats.

If you would like to receive a review PDF please get in touch — let me know which magazine or website you review for. Thanks.

 

 

Nick Nightmare reviewed

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Here’s a new review of Adrian Cole’s Nick Nightmare Investigates:

The writing is SUPERB! After you have got hold of the book, and have read it, you would feel like banging the door of the author demanding answer to a simple query: “When is the next collection of NN stories going to be released”?

Riju Ganguly

You can read the full review on the Goodreads website.

Nick Nightmare Investigates is the winner of the Best Collection Award presented by the British Fantasy Society ate this year’s FantasyCon. NNI is available as a signed. limited edition from The Alchemy Press.