Deep Like the River

I have been looking forward to Deep Like the River by Tim Waggoner since Dark Regions Press began teasing this novella. The story description reminds me of the theme of The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, and the impressions I have read of the story so far also hints at Deep Like the River being working with the same atmosphere and theme. The novella was published yesterday and I picked up a copy right away. The book and ebook can be ordered from Dark Regions or Amazon. Review to follow soon.

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Description:

It was supposed to be fun. A chance to get away. An opportunity for two sisters to bond and for one sister to heal. It was a small river, calm, slow-moving. Perfect for a leisurely canoe trip on a beautiful summer day. But then they hear a baby crying on the shore, abandoned and overheated. Alie and Carin have to take her with them. They can’t just leave her there. A simple canoe trip becomes a rescue mission. But there’s something on the shore, hidden by the trees. Something that’s following them every step of the way – watching, waiting . . . Around every bend, the river becomes stranger, darker, more dangerous, until Alie isn’t sure what’s real and what isn’t. The river wants the child for itself, but no matter what it throws at her, Alie’s determined to get the baby to safety. She’s already lost one child. But she’ll have to fight the darkness that haunts the river – as well as the darkness within herself – if she doesn’t want to lose another.

Deep Like the River at Dark Region Press in hardcover, trade paperback and ebook here

 

Galveston: A Novel

Nic Pizzolatto has created one of the best shows in many years. True Detective is an enchanting story which hints at The King in Yellow, introduces the broad audience to not only that masterpiece but the philosophical works of Thomas Ligotti as well. Add Lovecraftian atmosphere and you got a unique piece of television history.

After watching True Detective I wanted to explore the other works of Nic Pizzolatto. I purchased Galveston: A Novel and read it in a day.

There is the blurb:

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 On the same day that Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he senses that his boss, a dangerous loan-sharking bar-owner, wants him dead. Known “without affection” to members of the boss’s crew as “Big Country” on account of his long hair, beard, and cowboy boots, Roy is alert to the possibility that a routine assignment could be a deathtrap. Which it is. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy Cady is not the same as what he does to them, which is to say that after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is mostly alive.

Before Roy makes his getaway, he realizes there are two women in the apartment, one of them still breathing, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that causes a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he goes on the run from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas—an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. The girl’s name is Rocky, and she is too young, too tough, too sexy—and far too much trouble. Roy, Rocky, and her sister hide in the battered seascape of Galveston’s country-western bars and fleabag hotels, a world of treacherous drifters, pickup trucks, and ashed-out hopes. Any chance that they will find safety there is soon lost. Rocky is a girl with quite a story to tell, one that will pursue and damage Roy for a very long time to come.

This is without a doubt one of the most bleak novels I have read in a long time. The seed for True Detective is obvious throughout the novel, and this is simply a must-read for fans of the show. I will not spoil the book by going into any details. Just do yourself a favor, buy it!

The Hole

I am impressed by the productivity of William Meikle and his ability to still keep a high standard in his publications. I finished reading Island Life last week, and I really enjoyed that book. It combines the atmosphere of Scotland with the classic monster story (watch any monster movie from the 1950’s and you get a glimpse into the atmosphere of Island Life) and Cthulhu Mythos. I was genuinely  surprised by the direct reference to Cthulhu in the story, but it made sense to do so, and it fit perfectly into the plot.

Today Darkfuse published his latest novel, The Hole, which I have ordered.

Official description:

It starts with a hum that brings headaches and nosebleeds to the inhabitants of a sleepy country town. The next morning a sinkhole is noticed on a local landowner’s property. In that first day the town doctor tends to an increasing stream of patients, and the Sheriff tries to handle an ever growing subsidence problem. Two workmen, Fred and Charlie, are almost the first fatalities, working on the edge of the sinkhole when a fresh collapse begins, one that signals the start of holes forming all over town.

Soon the town is a disaster zone of collapsed houses, roads and lost people. And reports start to come in of things in the holes. Strange reports that vary wildly dependent on the persons seeing the phenomena. 

Things get worse. When the survivors try to flee the town, they find that the authorities have barricaded them in, and are shooting anyone who tries to leave. A small band take refuge in a local diner, hostage to both the CDC and more frequent visits from the creatures coming up out of the holes.

The matter comes to a climax when 6 survivors descend into the collapsed area, trying to survive while facing their worst fears, and looking for a way to save what is left of their town. Sacrifices have to be made. 

But will they be enough?

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This should be interesting.

Crustaceans

Willilam Meikle is making some of his Kindle editions free from time to time. It has so far been his stort stories, but now he has made available the novel Crustaceans for free for a limited time here.

Official description:

It begins with a dead whale on a Boston shoreline–not in itself an unusual occurrence. But the things that claw their way out of the blubber are very unusual indeed. A cast of giant crabs, evolved over centuries, descends on a small coastal town and, having feasted, make their way to the city using the sewer system. Soon they are swarming around Manhattan, hunted and harried by a SWAT team tasked with ridding the city of the menace…before the menace gets big enough to rid itself of the city.

I encourage you to read this and also explore his other works as well.

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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Reanimators in the void?

There is a new Mythos book about to be published soon which has caught my attention. Reanimators by Peter Rawlik was supposed to be published on June 27th 2013 in Europe, but as Night Shade Books recently ceased its operations the future of this publication is uncertain. At least nothing official has been announced yet. It is my hopes this book is being picked up by another publishing house soon.

Description from Amazon.com:

Two men, a bitter rivalry, and a quarter-century of unspeakable horrors. Herbert West’s crimes against nature are well-known to those familiar with the darkest secrets of science and resurrection. Obsessed with finding a cure for mankind’s oldest malady, death itself, he has experimented upon the living and dead, leaving behind a trail of monsters, mayhem, and madness. But the story of his greatest rival has never been told — until now. Dr. Stuart Hartwell, a colleague and contemporary of West, sets out to destroy him by uncovering the secrets of his terrible experiments, only to become what he initially despised: a reanimator of the dead. For more than twenty years, the two scientists race each other to master the mysteries of life . . . and unlife. From the grisly battlefields of the Great War to the haunted coasts of Dunwich and Innsmouth, from the halls of fabled Miskatonic University to the sinking of the Titanic, their unholy quests leave their mark upon the world — and create monsters of them both.
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