It’s another Book Cover Smackdown! The theme this time around is short horror fiction books hitting shelves in June 2014.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it): play art critic!

Tell us what grabs your attention! What appeals to you? What works and what doesn’t work? Do any of them spark your interest?

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PS Publishing has posted ordering information for the 800-page, two-volume reference Unutterable Horror A History of Supernatural Fiction Volume 1 and Volume 2 edited by S.T. Joshi. Or, to use their full titles:

Hard to know what’s inside without a description…but color me intrigued.

PS Publishing and Subterranean have posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Black Wings II – New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror edited by S.T. Joshi.

This second instalment of S. T. Joshi’s critically acclaimed Black Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers, all drawing upon themes, images, and ideas from the life and work of H. P. Lovecraft. Caitlín R. Kiernan has written a poetic reinterpretation of “The Hound,” while Nicholas Royle plays a fascinating riff on the existential horror of “The Outsider.” Three separate tales, by Jason C. Eckhardt, Brian Evenson, and Jonathan Thomas, ring changes on Lovecraft’s seminal story, “The Call of Cthulhu.” Nick Mamatas writes an ingenious elaboration of “The Whisperer in Darkness.”

The cosmic indifferentism that is the core of Lovecraft’s fiction is treated in various ways by John Langan, Melanie Tem, Tom Fletcher, Darrell Schweitzer, and Richard Gavin. The archaeological horror that we find in some of Lovecraft’s most powerful tales is revivified by Donald Tyson, while Lovecraft’s media presence is made the subject of half-comic, half-horrific tales by Don Webb and Chet Williamson. John Shirley, Rick Dakan, and Jason V Brock use Lovecraft’s life and outlook as springboards for imaginative tales of psychological and supernatural horror.

All in all, Black Wings II affords a rich feast of terror inspired by the twentieth century’s greatest writer of the supernatural.

Here’s the table of contents…
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