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I was fortunate enough to purchase a copy of Chaosium’s Legacy of the Reanimator: Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West, edited by Peter Rawlik and Brian M. Sammons at the NecronomiCon in August of this year. In fact I was lucky enough to purchase a copy signed by Peter Rawlik and one of the contributor Rick Lai. “Herbert West – Reanimator” is a very unique story of Lovecraft’s. It’s not a Cthulhu Mythos tale, it’s not a Dreamlands tale or one of his early gothic stories. If anything it can potentially be grouped together with some of his other “scientific tales” such as “Cool Air”, “From Beyond” and “Beyond the Walls of Sleep.” I kept thinking of this idea and then in the Afterword Brian Sammons made these same comments. I guess I just “reanimated” them. So what about the book? Well if you like Lovecraft’s Herbert West or Stuart Gordon’s film version you will love this collection. The stories are presented in a chronological fashion, starting with Herbert West in school then college, followed by his experiences at Miskatonic University and beyond as chronicled by Lovecraft. Following this are two sets of round robin stories where each author tries to outdo the previous one. The last set of tales document what happens to West’s assistant and provides some information on what West’s decedents are up to. All of the stories are enjoyable but the round robins are the best part. In particular, I found myself both laughing and repulsed by the contributions made by Donald R. Burleson and then Charles Hoffman. The concluding tale in the second set of round robin tales by Michael Cisco was an incredible way to end that collection of stories. Overall, I strongly recommend buying this book once it is available, particularly if you have a place for Dr. Herbert West in your reanimated heart.
I have been a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft's Re - Animator stories (and the movies upon which they are based ) for a very long time, and was incredibly excited when this collection was announced. I was lucky enough to score an autographed copy from Pete Rawlik (who is an awesome person) when he was offering them through the convention circuit.
As I had hoped, this collection is brilliant! It includes the original Lovecraft tales (which I was already quite familiar with) as well as the great, and incredibly hard to find, round - robin tales from the old Lovecraft 'zine "Crypt of Cthulhu" - which I had been looking for for some time.
Great stories all around that expanded on Herbert West's adventures both before and after Lovecraft's original works.
Presented in basically chronological order, the stories give us a bit of insight into Herbert West, and let us know where he may be again.
Each story, while now connected through this book, can be enjoyed on its own or as a part of the whole - a sign of a great anthology work.
Fans of Lovecraft, Herbert West, or simply great stories will not go wrong with this book!
Normally I am a hard sell when it comes to an anthology, but with the talent of the team involved and my love for the groundwork Lovecraft gave us, this was an easy buy for me. Because of the brilliant minds who have been able to evolve the stories giving them a life of there own, this was a risk I was glad I took. The stories in this anthology are not only the weird fiction that I know and love, but they range rom horrific to humorous and everything in between. I often shudder when someone attempts to put a spin on a classic, but in this case these authors know what they are doing. Give it a go if you are so inclined.
If you are a fan of anything Herbert West and that good ole reagent of his you'll love this collection. Peter Rawlik and Brian Sammons are mad geniuses for putting this group of stories together. Getting a collection of stories and round robins of Herbert West's life from childhood and beyond gives the creepy character more depth and death than you can imagine. Includes the Lovecraft's story as well as other contributions from some of today's best cosmic horror and weird fiction authors. Can't recommend it more for fans of the original story or the movie.
H.P. Lovecraft's mad doctor, Herbert West, makes a welcome return in this collection of more of his adventures in scientific necromancy. Chillingly crafted by diverse (severed) hands, this collection includes Lovecraft's original tales, before expanding Dr West's past and future history in fine style. I loved this anthology so much I bought a physical copy to adorn my shelves as well as a digital one to grace my kindle reader.