Adding a new feature of my blog, 'From the Starry Wisdom Library' aka where I talk about my favorite things in the world, books. So get your reading glasses and get into your favorite chair, and lets look at a book.
Cthulhu rises, the Deep Ones come ashore, the Whatleys finally let the
Old Ones back into our world. So what happens next? This has been a
question for the Mythos fandom for years, and a number of authors have
taken a stab at it. Latest, from Dark Regions Press, is 'Return of the
Old Ones'. 19 stories in 3 sections, pre-apocalypse, as the tentacles
hit, and life after the world as we know it ends.
First though, some disclaimers. One, Brian M. Sammons, the editor of
the collection sent me an eARC in exchange for a fair review. Second,
I'm not the biggest fan of post-apocalypse fiction, Cthulhu or no Cthulhu.
I find the afterward of the end of the world to be kind of depressing,
and I read Mythos as escapist fiction. (and yes, I know what kind of nut
I sound like saying that).
But when I read the ToC, I knew I'd enjoy this collection. Favorites
like Jeffrey Thomas, Tim Curran, and William Meikle, among many others.
Honestly, even the authors that aren't my 'favorites' are still ones I
cheerfully will read in any collection. And you get all kinds of stories,
from apartments full of cultists, and why conspiracy theorists might
lead us to the apocalypse, to zombies from beyond space-time and DARPA
vs Deep ones, to finally we go true post Cthulhu Singularity, with colonies
hiding underground, or in the swamps, or even a truly bizarre story
that is equal bits 'Star Trek', trans-humanistic, and bizarro. No matter
how you view the Mythos, there will be stories you love, and others you
enjoy. I did find this to be a collection I read in sections, as some of
the stories were dark in a way that Mythos doesn't generally hit for me.
Currently Dark Regions Press is doing an
Indiegogo for this as well as two other collections,
which is dark scifi, and 'The Children of Gla'aki', a tribute to Ramsey
Campbell. They will be released in retail format after the Indiegogo is
complete, and the backers have gotten their goodies. I've backed a number
of their crowdfundings in the past, and I've always enjoyed what I received.
So if you like your Mythos dark, and your human meat-snacks on the run, I'd
recommend 'Return of the Old Ones'.
Oh, and while I don't recommend judging a book by it's cover, but check out the cover...