Swords v. Cthulhu (co-edited with Molly Tanzer)
What hope has a humble adventurer when faced with a fight against Cthulhu himself? No matter; the true swordsperson cares only for the bite of steel against flesh, whether that flesh be eldritch or more conventional. From the hottest voices in Lovecraftiana comes a collection that will take readers on a journey from ancient Rome to feudal Japan and from Dreamlands to lands that do not have names in any of the tongues of men. Glory awaits!
The contributors include: Natania Barron, Eneasz Brodski, Nathan Carson, Michael Cisco, Andrew S. Fuller, A. Scott Glancy, Orrin Grey, Jason Heller, Jonathan L. Howard, John Hornor Jacobs , John Langan, L. Lark, Remy Nakamura, Carlos Orsi, M. K. Sauer, Ben Stewart, E. Catherine Tobler, Jeremiah Tolbert, Laurie Tom, Carrie Vaughn, Wendy N. Wagner, and Caleb Wilson.
Letters to Lovecraft
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” So begins H. P. Lovecraft’s essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” arguably the most important analysis of horror ever written. Yet while hordes of writers have created works based on Lovecraft’s fiction, never before has an anthology taken its inspiration directly from the literary manifesto behind his entire mythos . . . until now.
Like cultists poring over a forbidden tome, 18 modern masters of horror have gathered here to engage with Lovecraft’s treatise. Rather than responding with articles of their own, these authors have written new short stories inspired by intriguing quotes from the essay, offering their own whispers to the darkness. They tell of monsters and madmen, of our strange past and our weirder future, of terrors stalking the winter woods, the broiling desert, and eeriest of all, our bustling cities and our family homes.
Shepherded into this physical plane by Jesse Bullington and featuring all original tales from Kirsten Alene, David Yale Ardanuy, Nadia Bulkin, Chesya Burke, Brian Evenson, Gemma Files, Jeffrey Ford, Orrin Grey, Stephen Graham Jones, Asamatsu Ken, Robin D. Laws, Tim Lebbon, Livia Llewellyn, Nick Mamatas, Cameron Pierce, Angela Slatter, Molly Tanzer, and Paul Tremblay, Letters to Lovecraft brings you startling new visions of profound terror.
“Rough Work.” Southwest Review Volume 107.3 (Halloween issue). Eds. Sarah Booker and Mónica Ojeda. Southwest Review, 2022.
“The Conspiracy Against the Twenty-third Canton” (as Alex Marshall). The King Must Fall. Eds. Adrian Collins, Mike Myers, and Sarah Chorn. Grimdark Magazine, 2022.
“Quantum Summer” (with Brent Winter). Tales from OmniPark. Ed. Ben Thomas. House Blackwood, 2021.
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“What Death Said to the Solider.” The Willows Omnbius. Ed. Ben Thomas. House Blackwood, 2020.
“Too Much Wizard Business.” Forbidden Futures # 3. Eds. Cody Goodfellow and Mike Dubisch. Forbidden Futures, 2020.
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“Stray Frog.” Mechanical Animals. Eds. Selena Chambers and Jason Heller. Hex Publishers, 2018.
“Beasts of the Burnished Chain” (as Alex Marshall). Grimdark Magazine #14. Eds. Adrian Collins and Mike Myers. Grimdark Magazine, 2018.
“The Divine Death of Jirella Morningstar” (as Alex Marshall). Evil is a Matter of Perspective. Eds. Adrian Collins and Mike Myers. Grimdark Magazine, 2017.
“October Wedding.” The Healing Monsters Vol. 1. Eds. Shawn Macomber and Kriscinda Lee Everitt . Despumation Press, 2016.
“Porn Enough at Last.” The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 13. Ed. Maxim Jakubowski. Running Press, 2015.
– Reprinted in Congress Magazine: Issue 2. Ed. Molly Tanzer. ADS, 2016.
“The Curse of the Old Ones” (with Molly Tanzer). Cthulhu Fthagn! Ed. Ross E. Lockhart. Word Horde, 2015.
“Il Tomo della Bicocca.” The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time. Ed. Nate Pedersen. PS Publishing, 2014.
“Pale Apostle” (with J.T. Glover). The Children of Old Leech. Eds. Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele. Word Horde, 2014.
“Four Seasons in the Floating World” (with Molly Tanzer). Pornokitsch Oct. 2014.
“Dive In Me” (with S.J. Chambers). The New Gothic. Ed. Beth Lewis. Stone Skin Press, 2013.
“Holy Diver.” Despumation (Volume 1). Ed. Kriscinda Lee Everitt. Despumation Press, 2013.
“Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb.” The Book of the Dead. Ed. Jared Shurin. Jurassic London, 2013.
“The Devil’s Tontine.” Schemers. Ed. Robin D. Laws. Stone Skin Press, 2013.
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“Saturday’s Children.” The New Hero Volume 2: New Heroes for a New Age. Ed. Robin D. Laws. Stone Skin Press, 2012.
“Tubby McMungus, Fat from Fungus” (With Molly Tanzer). Fungi. Eds. Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Orrin Grey. Innsmouth Free Press, 2012.
“HISTORYBOT Saves the Future.” Zombies vs Robots: This Means War! Ed. Jeff Conner. IDW, 2012.
“The Door from Earth.” Future Lovecraft. Eds. Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. Innsmouth Free Press, 2011.
– Reprinted in Deepest, Darkest Eden: New Tales of Hyperborea. Ed. Cody Goodfellow. Miskatonic River Press, 2013.
“Stars Fell on Alabama.” Chizine Oct. 2011.
“Liminal Medicine.” Candle in the Attic Window. Eds. Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. Innsmouth Free Press, 2011.
“The Saga of Hilde Ansgardottir.” Historical Lovecraft. Eds. Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. Innsmouth Free Press, 2011.
-Reprinted in Grimdark Magazine #29. Eds. Adrian Collins and Mike Myers. Grimdark Magazine, 2022.
“Down There Where You Don’t Go.” Jabberwocky 5. Eds. Erzebet YellowBoy and Sean Wallace. Prime Books, 2010.
“The Adventures of Ernst, Who Began a Man, Became a Cyclops, and Finished a Hero.” Beneath Ceaseless Skies Feb. 2011.
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“Coffee and Conversation with Hegel and Manfried Grossbart.” BSC Review Nov. 2009.
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“A History of the Reality of the History of the Grossbarts: Part 2.” Orbit Books Nov. 2009.
“A History of the Reality of the History of the Grossbarts: Part 1.” Orbit Books Nov. 2009.
“Fucked in Fucking: A Mildly Morose Tale of the Brothers Grossbart.” A Dribble of Ink Oct. 2009.
“The Bear and the Sea.” ChiZine #40 Apr. 2009.
– Reprinted in Tales for Canterbury. Eds. Cassie Hart and Anna Caro. Random Static, 2011.
“Charlie’s Hole.” The Book of More Flesh. Ed. James Lowder. Eden Studios, 2002.
– Reprinted in The Best of All Flesh: Zombie Anthology. Ed. James Lowder. Elder Signs Press, 2010.
– Reprinted again in Extreme Zombies. Ed. Paula Guran. Prime Books, 2012.
–The Fiend with a Thousand Faces: Monsters as a Mirror for Humanity. I get a little too into lycanthropes, literature, and more at San Diego State University’s 25th Annual Adams Lecture in the Humanities.
-“Kentaro Miura, Grandmaster of Grimdark.” Lost Transmissions. Edited by Desirina Boskovich. Abrams Books, 2020.
–Outer Dark 2020 Panel: Weird World-Building with Jeffrey Ford, Natania Barron, Seb Doubinsky, L.M. Davis, and Sarah Read. The podcast version features readings by Valjeanne Jeffers, Jeff Strand, L.M. Davis, and Ian McDowell.
Outer Dark Panel 2019: The Weird in Sword & Sorcery/Sword & Soul with Milton J. Davis, Gerald L. Coleman, Nancy A. Collins, Anya Martin, Ian McDowell, and Balogun Ojetade. The podcast version features readings by Nadia Bulkin, Mike Allen, and Lesley Wheeler.
– “Dark Fantasy Worlds Can Be Inclusive, Too.” Article on Representation in Fantasy. Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, 2018.
– “Like a Bosch.” Article on Hieronymus Bosch Retrospective. Pornokitsch, 2016.
– “Films of High Adventure.” Series of Cult Film Reviews Co-written with Molly Tanzer. Ran in Pornokitsch, Fantasy Magazine, and Our Respective Websites From 2010-2015.
– “The Study of this Book is Forbidden.” Review of Nick Mamatas’ Love is the Law. LA Review of Books, 2014.
– “The Heretic Land.” Review of Tim Lebbon Novel. Strange Horizons, 2013.
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