Friday, January 18, 2013

TOC for The Grimscribe's Puppets edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.

The first book I reviewed on The Arkham Digest was A Season In Carcosa. Joseph S. Pulver joined forces with the wonderful Miskatonic River Press to bring readers a brilliant tribute anthology, focusing on the King in Yellow stories created by author Robert M. Chambers. Pulver has always been very passionate about anything to do with the saffron-colored monarch, and his love and respect for the material was evident in the stories he selected. Overall the anthology was brilliant.

The partnership of Pulver and Miskatonic River Press did not stop there, and sometime within the next few months readers are going to be treated to another anthology that I can not wait to get my eager hands on. The Grimscribe's Puppets is another anthology, this time in tribute to Thomas Ligotti. Any serious reader of horror or the weird should be familiar with Ligotti, who undoubtedly is one of the very best the genre has ever had to offer. Some find Ligotti's works to be too depressing, but his brand of "philosophical horror" should not be missed by any. His works often display surrealism and typically eschew in-your-face violence, preferring to build up atmosphere and tone. Some of his tales show a heavy Lovecraft influence as well, so fans of Lovecraft in general should be familiar with some of Ligotti's stories.

Recently the table of contents for The Grimscribe's Puppets has been released, and a quick glance is all that's needed to know that this should be a good one. The majority of authors on this list have already proven themselves time and time again. The one name I'm sad to not see on the list is Laird Barron, who had a great story in A Season in Carcosa. I'm not that bummed though, because with names like Llewellyn, Mills, Cisco, Goodfellow, Gavin, Strantzas, Thomas, Langan, Files and a few others, there is a lot to look forward to here.

And here is the table of contents:

“Furnace” by Livia Llewellyn
“The Lord Came at Twilight” by Daniel Mills
“The Secrets of the Universe” by Michael Cisco
“The Human Moth” by Kaaron Warren
“Basement Angels” by Joel Lane
“No Signal” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The Xenambulist: A Fable in Four Acts” by Robin Spriggs
“The Company Town” by Nicole Cushing
“The Man Who Escaped This Story” by Cody Goodfellow
“Pieces of Blackness” by Michael Kelly
“The Blue Star” by Eddie M. Angerhuber
“20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism” by Jon Padgett

"The Holiness of Desolation" by Robert M. Price
“Diamond Dust” by Mike Griffin
“After the Final” by Richard Gavin
“Eyes Exchange Bank” by Scott Nicolay
“By Invisible Hands” by Simon Strantzas
“Where We Will All Be” by Paul Tremblay
“Gailestis” by Ally Bird
“The Prosthesis” by Jeff Thomas
“Into the Darkness, Fearlessly” by John Langan
“Oubliette” by Gemma Files

Are any readers Ligotti fans?

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