Saturday, 14 December 2013

Short Story Saturday: World War Cthulhu review

World War Cthulhu - the anthology of Mythos stories set at the time of the Second World War - has received a glowing review over at, with Yours Truly getting a special mention.

Jonathan Oliver has taken an obvious but welcome step in combining these two sources in World War Cthulhu, evocative (and often provocative) Lovecraftian tales set amid the authentic horrors of World War II. With stories by Jonathan Green, Weston Ochse, Simon Bestwick, Sarah Newton, James Lovegrove, and nine other highly effective storytellers, the anthology never falters regardless of the frequent shifts in landscape, mood, and theme. Every one of the stories works, and works well...

One might expect stories of perfidious Nazis performing obscene occult rituals to call forth the Lovecraftian unnameables and enlist their effort in defeating the Allies. And they are there, as in John Llewellyn Prober’s ghastly “The Death House.” But Oliver—and Cthulhu—does not play favourites. Almost as intriguing and certainly as uncomfortable are those in which the Allies succumb to temptation…and themselves seek the services of darkness. Jonathan Green’s “The Scottish Patient,” set in a dream-like England, explores this possibility. 

You can pick up your copy of World War Cthulhu, featuring my story The Scottish Patient, here.

And don't forget, The Scottish Patient is a sort of prequel to my novella The Serpent's Egg, which is one of the four stories that make up Dreaming in Darkness.

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