- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Innsmouth Free Press (May 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781927990001
- ISBN-13: 978-1927990001
- ASIN: 1927990009
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,674,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sword & Mythos Paperback – May 1 2014
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About the Author
SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA is the author the critically acclaimed novel "Signal to Noise" and the short story collection "This Strange Way of Dying", which was a finalist for the Sunburst Award in Canada. She was a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize, and a recipient of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Award for Best Emerging Writer. She has edited or co-edited seven anthologies, and is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press, a Canadian press that specializes in horror and dark speculative fiction. "Certain Dark Things" is her second novel.
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I can't really give it less than 3 stars, as what would you expect from a book with this title, but a collection of mediocre fanfiction? Unfortunately, that is exactly what you get. However, the definite merit and saving grace of this book is the beautiful collection of various non-Western cultures, apparently all depicted by people with actual roots and connections to those cultures, and the extremely empowering and positive handling of gender and race in some of the stories.
The downside, however, is quite pronounced. The English of some non-native speaking writers is extremely choppy - to the point of being irritating, and suffers greatly from the absence of a strong editor's hand. Many of the stories are little more than bad attempts at inserting various Lovecraftian names into otherwise unrelated legends. Sometimes it gets as bad as devolving into a ridiculous roll-call of the entire pantheon of Derleth and Lovecraft, more evoking embarrassed chuckling from the reader rather than anything else ("The Serpents of Albion" definitely steps over the line of self-parody, in a rather bombastic moment of self-destruction.)
I'd go as far and state that the most powerful stories are in fact suffering greatly from the hamfisted insertion of these Lovecraftian names and Derlethian worldview. Again, it is to be expected, but barely any of the stories reach back to Lovecraft himself, or his genuine cosmicism, and rather follow the ludicruous dualist "Mythos" of Derleth and his followers, including the unfortunate flood of mediocre "Yog-Sotothery" unleashed by Chaosium in the 90s.
It's not all as horrible though as I just made it sound. It's exactly what you'd expect when buying a book like this. There ARE good moments in it. Very good ones. You can read better stories on some online fanfiction portals, but this time you get to support young writers. So yea, while it's juvenile and pretty bad overall, if you like fantasy, I'd say buy it. At least you'll get to chuckle at Merlin quoting up the entire bestiary of Derleth and Lovecraft in a ridiculously undramatic botch of monologue writing. It's Ed Wood bad. It's so bad it's good. It's so bad you want to read it.
Jon Carver of Barzoon, You Misunderstood by Graham Darling is a powerful prose poem that brilliantly brings to life a faraway world with vivid, alien imagery...
The Wood of Ephraim by Edward M Erdelac is for me the stand out piece in the collection. Erdelac firmly places his tale in the time of King David and writes the creepiest, most gruesome of the entries here that kept me turning page after page to get to the end, only to turn around and start it over again...
Truth Is Order and Order Is Truth by Nadia Bulkin is a beautifully written tale that incorporates Father Dagon and Mother Hydra into the story of Princess Dhani and her search for the land of her dead mother, fabled Jungkuno...
The Bones of Heroes by Orrin Grey is a short, dark tale the real horror hiding behind the story of a child abducting witch...
The Serpents of Albion by Adrian Chamberlin brings the Cthulhu and Arthurian mythologies together in a wonderful mash up that cleverly reimagines the fall of King Arthur to Mordred...
In Xochitl in Cuicatl in Shub-Niggurath by Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas (translated from the Spanish by Silvia Moreno-Garcia) is exotic tale of warriors, blood sacrifice and ancient gods. I should definitely look for more from this author...
The collection is rounded out by informative essays from G W Thomas, Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R Stiles that detail how, in many cultures and media, "sword and mythos" has really been around for awhile.
SWORD AND MYTHOS is a great collection of stories that answers the question "What if..." by blending the Cthulhu Mythos throughout history, across the oceans and on other worlds, taking the beloved Mythos in new, wonderful directions. I cannot recommend it enough; it's a must read for lovers of weird fiction and disciples of Cthulhu both!