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Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas Paperback – February 10, 2022
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Ancient peoples knew there were lands given over to shadow and spirit. The world is full of haunted places that exact a terrible toll on trespassers. Our forebears paid a heavy price to earn the wisdom and the warning they bequeathed to future generations.
Time transformed their precious knowledge into superstition, but there are those whose hearts beat in rhythm with the past and whose vision is not clouded by modernity. Seeking to reclaim humanity’s early secrets, the Umbra Arca Society was forged. For centuries, this private league of explorers dedicated their lives to uncovering the oldest mysteries of the Americas. Armed with boldness and guile, and equipped with only a compass, a journal, and devotion to truth, these adventurers braved cursed landscapes, dared unnatural adversaries, and exposed hidden civilizations.
Many did not survive.
None were forgotten.
Their stories are maps revealing the topography and contours of landscapes unimaginable and dark. The Shadow Atlas collects their adventures.
With Fiction and Poetry by:
Mario Acevedo • Colleen Anderson • Kay Chronister • Sara Cleto • David Davies • Sean Eads • Anastasia Garcia • Owl Goingback • Maxwell I. Gold • Warren Hammond • Angie Hodapp • Jimena Jurado • Starlene Justice • Gwendolyn Kiste • Gerri Leen • Josh Malerman • Juliana Spink Mills • Tiffany Morris • Lee Murray • Annie Neugebauer • Gerardo Horacio Porcayo • Cameron E. Quinn • Sarah Read • Kathryn Reilly • Julia Rios • Betty Rocksteady • Marge Simon • Angela Yuriko Smith • Christina Sng • Jeanne C. Stein • Tim Waggoner • Brittany Warman • Christa Wojciechowski • Stephanie M. Wytovich • Mercedes M. Yardley • Jane Yolen • E. Lily Yu • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge and Joshua Viola
Illustrated by Aaron Lovett
“Shadow Atlas is a rare, beguiling treat, a collective fantasy with teeth, vision, and grounded in urgent, ancient truths.”
--BookLife by Publishers Weekly (Editor's Pick)
"A host of sublime writers and settings create an entertainingly macabre collection."
"Think The DaVinci Code or Indiana Jones, but with more literary force."
--Midwest Book Review
- Publisher : Hex Publishers (February 10, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 439 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1736596411
- ISBN-13 : 978-1736596418
- Item Weight : 1.41 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,675,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some lands belong to shadows and spirits, and these haunted places are not for the living. They exact a terrible price and those who explored them in the past left behind instructions for the living, which eventually became superstition and ghost stories. To reclaim this lost knowledge, the Umbra Arca Society was created and maps were drawn of the explorers' travels.
This collection of short stories and poetry is edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Joshua Viola. Cover and interior art are from Aaron Lovett. The authors are well known for writing fiction and fantasy; Amazon lists this anthology as horror. The memos, notes, and such within the text of the book reminds me of the novel House of Leaves, in the sense of a story-within-a-story-within-a-story framework, with typographic changes for different layers, and a sense of unease permeating them. (wanna get freaked out? Try that book. Seriously, it'll twist your brain inside out.)
Over the course of the book, we're introduced to the Umbra Arca, the collection materials, and the legends themselves within the text of the stories. They do carry the creepy and faintly horror-laden atmosphere of legends. Wives that don't die, people that go missing, creatures from stories that are indeed real, the will o' the wisp, etc. I have a hard time picking out which is my favorite because the stories are all well done, and I liked the drawings highlighting the stories. While reading the book I lost track of time, absorbed in the collection's premise of being a collection of true stories collected by a number of talented authors. It's not just the myths of the United States involved, but other parts of the world as well. I really enjoyed the spooky atmosphere and legends that were written about.
The excellent authors/writers and settings have created an excellent anthology. I loved how each story seamed together that made me think I was reading a novel at times. The stories and poetry flowed perfectly from one to the next. This is an anthology is not to be missed.
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I wasn’t obligated to write a favorable review or any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
All I can say is wow, wow, WOW. I just loved everything about this book. This collection was magical to me because it's just so unique. From the "emails" to the poetry; from the short stories to the "case files." And the artwork! I absolutely loved the artistic components of this book, both the wordful and the pictures. I read a lot, but it's not often I can lose myself in a book. When reading Shadow Atlas, I became enveloped by it and engrossed by it.
A collection by various authors with their own styles, each piece of Shadow Atlas fits together like an intricate and beautiful jigsaw puzzle . . .
I loved it!