Episode 72

The story Episode 72 by Don Webb is a piece of art. Do yourself a favor of reading it. The story is available here

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Island Life

It was only recently that I discovered the Works of William Meikle. A friend pointed me in the direction of The Amulet which is the first book in The Midnight Eye Files series. The Midnight Eye Files is a wonderful Lovecraftian noir series in the vein of Lovecraft meets Chandler, and I read the three books in the series in no time. I have since then bought most of his work available in print and a number of his short stories only available on Kindle. Besides The Midnight Eye Files series I in particular enjoy his Dark Melodies Collection, Carnacki: Heaven and Hell, The Creeping Kelp, The Invasion and Clockwork Dolls.

There is one book which is highly acclaimed among the readers of William Meikle. It is Island Life. the official description is:

On a small, sparsely populated island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, a group of archaeology students are opening what seems to be an early Neolithic burial mound. Marine biologist Duncan McKenzie is also working on the island, staying with the lighthouse caretakers, Dick and Tom, while he completes his studies of the local water supply.

One afternoon the three men are disturbed in their work by the appearance of a dazed female student from the excavation, who is badly traumatized. She tells of the slaughter of the rest of her party by something released from the mound.

Soon everyone Duncan knows is either missing or dead and there are things moving in the fog.

Large, hulking, unholy things.

Things with a taste for human flesh.

It is praised as some of his best work, and I have been wanting to read it ever since learning about this book. Only problem is, I prefer printed books over digital copies any day, and Island Life has been out of print for quite a while. Used copies are selling for high prices, and I have been waiting for a new edition to surface.

This time has finally come. Gryphonwood Press published the new printed edition on June 4th and it is now available on Amazon

Island Life

 

Gryphonwood Press is also planning to publish Berserker in print for the first time. My inner bibliophile is very pleased.

Prayer to the Gods of the Night

They are lying down, the Great Ones
The bars have fallen, the bolts are shot,
The crowds and all the people rest,
The open gates are locked.
The gods of the land, the goddesses,
Šamaš, Sin, Adad, Ištar,
Sun, Moon, turmoil, love
Lie down to sleep in heaven.
The judgment seat is empty now,
For no god now is still at work.
Night has drawn down the curtain,
The temples and sanctuaries are silent, dark.
Now the traveler calls to his god,
Defendant and plaintiff sleep in peace,
For the judge of truth, the father of the fatherless, Šamaš, has gone to his chamber.
‘O Great Ones, Princes of the Night,
Bright Ones, Gibil the furnace,
Irra war-lord of the Underworld,
Bow-star and Yoke, Orion, Pleiades, Dragon,
The Wild Bull, the Goat, and the Great Bear, Stand by me in my divination.
By this lamb that I am offering,
May truth appear!

-Mesopotamian Prayer, ca. 3,000 B.C.E.

The Rising Star of Miskatonic River Press

In a World of ever expanding Mythos anthologies there is a number of shining stars among the publishing houses. One of my favorite publishing houses is Miskatonic River Press. I was surprised by the quality of Dead But Dreaming and Dead But Dreaming 2 when MRP published them, and The Strange Dark One by W. H. Pugmire completely blew me away. Yet MRP gives the impression of these three Lovecraftian anthologies to just be the beginning.

Last year MRP raised the bar by putting Joe Pulver  in charge of an The King in Yellow anthology titled A Season in Carcosa.

A Season in Carcosa

This anthology peeked behind the Mask of Madness of The King in Yellow, and it is by far one of the best publications I have read in a very long time. The stories by Daniel Mills, Don Webb, Richard Gavin and Laird Barron in particluar left me speechless. This volume is not to be missed. You can order it here from MRP, and the review from the Lovecraft eZine is here.

Miskatonic River Press has put Joe Pulver in charge of another anthology, and this time it is in celebration of another one of my favorite authors. The Grimscribe’s Puppets is an anthology paying homage to Thomas Ligotti, and Joe Pulver has once again managed to gather some of the best weird fiction writers of today.

Grimscribe

The Grimscribe’s Puppets is available for preorder here and I am really looking forward to this anthology. Review will follow.

Now, can MRP possibly have more in store which will make me praise them even more for celebrating the Masters of weird fiction?

Yes, they have.

Miskatonic River Press recently announced Deepest, Darkest Eden edited by Cody Goodfellow. It is an anthology paying homage to the great Clark Ashton Smith.

Clark Ashton Smith

According to the official website it should be available soon.

Miskatonic River Press has impressed me greatly so far. But I sense this is just the beginning.