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Reimagining Lovecraft: Four Tor.com Novellas: (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe, Hammers on Bone, Agents of Dreamland) Kindle Edition
Four new Lovecraftian tales told by four amazing talents in this ebundle, Reimagining Lovecraft. Government agents, monstrous P.I.s, walkers of dreams and magical hustlers meet in the pages of this astonishing anthology of four novellas.
The Ballad of Black Tom — the Nebula Award-nominated novella from Victor LaValle.
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe — the Nebula Award-nominated novella from Kij Johnson.
Hammers on Bone — from Cassandra Khaw, an amazing new voice on the dark fiction scene.
Agents of Dreamland — from the multi award-winning Caitlín R. Kiernan.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
- ASIN : B071KZ1CDF
- Publisher : Tordotcom (October 10, 2017)
- Publication date : October 10, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 9712 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 342 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #658,256 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Ballad of Black Tom: (4.5 out of 5)
This story follows a young hustler from Harlem who gets involved in the events described in Lovecraft’s "The Horror at Red Hook." Having a relatively sympathetic black protagonist showing us “what really happened” turns a lot of the story’s racism and xenophobia on its head. This is the only straight-up retelling in this collection, and a knowledge of the Lovecraft original definitely gives it some extra punch.
The Dream Quest of Vellit Boe: (3.5 out of 5)
I find Lovecraft’s “dreamland” stories to be his least interesting (preferring his alien god-monsters), so this novella set in the world of "The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath" wasn’t my favorite. That said, it was clever to reverse the story by featuring a resident of dreamland on a quest to the waking world rather than the other way around. At times the author seems to be more interested in making a statement (“patriarchy & theism bad”) than telling a story, but overall this tale of a middle-aged woman on a reverse dream quest was a more interesting than the original.
Hammers on Bone: (4.5 out of 5)
This novella fuses hardboiled detective fiction with the Cthulhu mythos and places it in a more-or-less modern setting. The author doesn’t follow any particular Lovecraft story, but rather pulls elements from all over the mythos. It’s really weird (and gross), but it definitely works.
Agents of Dreamland: (4 out of 5)
This first installment in the aptly named Tinfoil Dossier combines Area 51/tinfoil hat/black helicopters style conspiracy theories with Lovecraftian horror (especially The Whisperer in Darkness). It’s trippy, disturbing, and pretty open-ended...another well-thought out reimagining of the mythos.