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TOC: ‘Black Wings II – New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror’ Edited by S.T. Joshi

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…

  1. “When Death Wakes Me to Myself” by John Shirley
  2. “View” by Tom Fletcher
  3. “Houndwife” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  4. “King of Cat Swamp” by Jonathan Thomas
  5. “Dead Media” by Nick Mamatas
  6. “The Abject” by Richard Gavin
  7. “Dahlias” by Melanie Tem
  8. “Bloom” by John Langan
  9. “And the Sea Gave Up the Dead” by Jason C. Eckhardt
  10. “Casting Call” by Don Webb
  11. “The Clockwork King, the Queen of Glass, and the Man with the Hundred Knives” by Darrell Schweitzer
  12. “The Other Man” by Nicholas Royle
  13. “Waiting at the Crossroads Motel” by Steve Rasnic Tem
  14. “The Wilcox Remainder” by Brian Evenson
  15. “Correlated Discontents” by Rick Dakan
  16. “The Skinless Face” by Donald Tyson
  17. “The History of a Letter” by Jason V Brock
  18. “Appointed” by Chet Williamson
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1 Comment on TOC: ‘Black Wings II – New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror’ Edited by S.T. Joshi

  1. Picked up these as Kindle editions (the first one point five, since the second I bought was not called “II”), so I’m looking forward to the “real II” as well!

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