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Whispers From The Abyss 2: The Horrors That Were and Shall Be Kindle Edition
Praise for Whispers from the Abyss Vol. 1:
“…the authors within its pages are no slavish Elvis tribute acts. Instead, they are his mutant bastard offspring, whose mission is to misbehave dreadfully and have a wonderful time doing so. These Children of the Night run amok, gleefully trashing the very idea of florid prose and pseudo-intellectual claptrap of which the Great Old One himself was sometimes guilty. Instead, they tear down the walls, splinter the timbers, rip out the wiring and delight in sending to the bottom of the ocean the HMS Lovecraft – and all who sail in her.” -Amazing Stories Magazine
“…many fine moments!” -Black Static Magazine
“…a solid anthology front to back…”. - Innsmouth Free Press
“…the horror that follows are the most vivid and memorable from this accomplished collection.” - SFFWorld.com
“A great, engrossing and varied anthology of Lovecraftian fiction…” - Dark Discoveries Magazine
“All about that moment I love, the moment where something approaches. The moment where you close your eyes and hope it goes away. It will. But there’ll be another story right behind it. And another. And another.” -Alasdair Stuart, host of the PSEUDOPOD podcast.
WORD COUNT: 84,549
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by Michele Brittany
“We Are Not These Bodies, Strung Between the Stars” by A.C. Wise
“His Carnivorous Regard” by John C. Foster
“The Labyrinth of Sleep” by Orrin Grey
“Death May Die” by Nathan Wunner
“Knot” by Dennis Detwiller
“Skoptsy “ by Jonathan Sharp
“Red America” by Cody Goodfellow
“Shadow Transit” by Ferrett Steinmet
“Baby Rhyme Time” by Deborah Walker
“Nyarlathotep's Way” by Tom Pinchuk
“Strident Caller” by Laird Barron
“Lucky Chuck Takes the Sunshine Express” by John Palisano
“Five Minutes or Less” by Michael Hudson
“Notebook Concerning the Class Struggle in Dunwich, Found in the Ruins of a Construction Site” by Kevin Wetmore
“The Baby Downstairs” by Chad Fifer
“Gifts “ by Robert Stahl
“Now We are Nine” by Joel Enos
“The Great Old Thing in the Fridge” by Samuel Poots
“God Does Damn the Mind” by Marc E. Fitch
“In the Light” by Greg Stolze
“Kickstarter” by Richard Lee Byers
“The Vindication of Y'ha-Nthlei” by David Busboom
“Echoes in Porcelain” by Konstantine Paradise
“Shadows of the Darkest Jade” by Sarah Hans
“The Dreadful Machine” by Hunter James Martin
Whispers of the Abyss Volume 2 is successful at delivering Lovecraft-inspired stories on a short scale. The intended audience may be folks on the go, but a wider audience will definitely appreciate them. --Nicholas Diak / Fanbase Press --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
- ASIN : B0165N1WRU
- Publisher : 01Publishing (October 3, 2015)
- Publication date : October 3, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2440 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 280 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,699 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I looking at 01Publishing's website, I was right off the bat assaulted by some messaging against political correctness and 'No Safe Spaces.' Which, incidentally, is also the name of the podcast that Rocha and Finney run, which is pretty aggressive in its anti-pc talk. The slogan is also on some of their graphics, which seem like sf/horror versions of a some of the skull (punisher skull, skull mask, etc.) iconography used by the far right these days. Symbolism not helped by it being flag coloured/patterned. Doing some digging on twitter, it looks like Rocha (the editor as well, for the record) has changed accounts a few times, with the most recent one talking about moving to Parler in the bio. Some of her older accounts appear to have followed accounts espousing uniting traditional conservatives and libertarians to 'take back our culture.' In some of her Youtube videos there use of the alt-right slur 'soyboy', during which Patton Oswalt of all people is pictured.
Could these all be individual red flags that ultimately amount to nothing? Sure. But taken as a collection of facts, as well as some other bits and pieces of catch phrases, rhetoric, and political figures the editors seem to follow, its cause for some concern. I have queries out to some authors that have worked with this publisher and Rocha to see if I can get anything more concrete. But at this points, especially with some of the youtube video comments about lovely, humane people, I can't endorse anything put out by this publisher. Which is a shame because I dearly love some of the authors included here. If you really want to check it out, please buy it used and don't support a publisher that endorses such problematic views. I know Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer have made the stories they had in this and the subsequent collection available as audio stories through Witch House Media and the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast. You may want to check them out there.
I really respect and enjoy a lot of the authors included in these...Chad Fifer's 'The Baby Downstairs' is probably the funniest and creepiest two page story I've every seen (or heard). Orrin Grey's 'The Labyrinth of Sleep' shows up in some other collections by other publishers, and is an fantastic integration of some of my favorite elements of both dreamlands and non-dreamlands elements. John C. Foster's 'His Carniverous Regard' brings lovecraftian weird fiction elements to science fiction, and we have another great entry by Greg Stolze of White Wolf fame. Other talented, recognizable names like Barron and Byers also make memorable appearances. Its a great collection of talent and ideas. But I just can't give a positive rating to a publisher with seemingly such disturbing political stances.
The great thing about Lovecraft inspired works and Lovecraft fan fiction is that it isn’t by Lovecraft. Authors taking these long dropped reins do so focussing on the finer qualities of a man with a great imagination, a good sense of how to fabricate dread and a whole wack load of downside.
Taking the good bits and leaving behind the rest, this collection rides waves originally made about a century ago. Tentacle tickling, fleshy volume page-flipping and a sense of permanence often permeating in the sub-genre of horror and strange fiction.
There’s little chance of presenting a perfect collection, ever. Whispers from the Abyss 2 offers much more good than mediocre and in a few cases pretty awesome.
This collection starts by pitting the English language against itself in a social crusade, but this quickly steadily settles into a good groove, and upon reaching His Carnivorous Regard by John C. Foster, it begins to take off. The story is set in space with a backdrop of cosmic suggestions impending. A true sense of dread seeps in around the multi-layered characters and their reasonably human ways, demanding of an emotional response.
Orrin Grey’s tale follows and drags the theme into oddity with The Labyrinth of Sleep. Told with a particular focus on surroundings and scenery than the characters therein. The story invokes a strong sense of mystery and intrigue.
Bumping along as if settled onto a path, meeting dips and lulls, staggering now and then until Ferrett Steinmetz’ tale Shadow Transit claws at the heart and opens a wide wound to reveal a new terror that towers over all else. The desperation installed works perfectly and fear is palpable beyond the pages.
Humor shows its face a few times in this collection, perhaps to remind the reader that despite the universe crumbling, there might be worse things.
Michael Hudson, Chad Fifer and Samuel Poots all offer life in the middle-classes, homes invaded by dread. Endearing for different reasons, yet achieving similar outcomes, these authors carry the collection closer to a finish.
I Saw the Light by Greg Stolze drips horror, thick and consuming. It is dark from beginning to end and shows just how dark it can get. This story strangles dread until choking away all chances of hope in the future.
Closing in, Sarah Hans offers up a quiet mounting of torment in Shadows of the Darkest Jade. Trudging through rural communities, set on sending a lord’s message, monks learn, or relearn, that there other gods hanging out at the town pool, demanding offerings and praise of a grimmer fashion.
I’ve tried to like Lovecraft on a handful occasions, given his work more chances (and will likely give him more chances in the future) to prove itself worthy of the heaping praise it receives.
Characters are important to me, above all else. If I don’t care about the characters, why does it matter if the world falls around them? Lovecraft put his efforts elsewhere and, thusly, my eyes rove elsewhere. It's possible that my lacking mental Lovecraft database missed some of the fun. Nostalgia and familiarity are wonderful tools used to gather acceptance, something like a referral program in sales, a Lovecraft enthusiast will connect dots not apparent to me.
There are stories within this collection that show a mastery of dread and ooze suspense. Other pin hopelessness against the promise of more, mounting punishment and terror on an infinite path. Mostly, this collection is quite good and at moments, it proves great.