No works by the eponymous legator himself are included in this tribute to the master of horror in his centennial year. His "legacy" is the theme around which these 14 stories are assembled, with an introduction by Robert Bloch, who acknowledges his personal debt to Lovecraft, and afterwords to each of the tales by such authors as Gene Wolfe, Hugh B. Cave and Ed Gorman. Gahan Wilson's "H.P.L." manages to sustain Lovecraft's antiquated and baroque style. F. Paul Wilson invokes the concept of "cosmic horror" in the afterword to final story, "The Barrens . " Indeed, the progression of the stories suggests that they were arranged to lead up to this "concept of another reality impinging on ours," giving rise to an all-encompassing fear that lies beyond humanity's comprehension. These tales feature, among other things, maggots eating the eyes of dead bodies, cancerous monsters consuming the world, aristocratic schemers in pursuit of immortality, out-of-body travel, demons resurrected, murderous lizards, voodoo, ghouls and soulsuckers. Of generally high caliber, this homage itals as per intro to the master is an imaginative collection.
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YA-- In honor of the master's centennial, two well-known anthologists have assembled this collection of 13 horror stories written for the occasion. As with most anthologies, the quality is somewhat uneven, but the best stories deliver a truly Lovecraftian frisson. Particularly piquant are two tales in which Howard Phillips Lovecraft actually appears, albeit obliquely. Each tale is accompanied by a note from its author. Since the ways in which the stories reflect the Lovecraft influence vary widely, it is interesting to read the authors' interpretations and intents. Librarians unfamiliar with Lovecraft should acquire the perennially YA-pleasing tales of H. P. L. himself; those attempting to satisfy fans who have already devoured the mythos should find this one useful. Just be prepared when they come back demanding to reread the Lovecraft stories that inspired Legacy .
- Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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