H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror - #3
Wildside Press Zine
Date: Fall 2006 /
H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror - #3 – Fall 2006
Table of Contents: Spotlight on Brian Lumley: On Lovecraft and Legacies by Darrell Schweitzer * A Life in Letters (Bibliographic History) by Stephen Jones * The Man Who Killed Kew Gardens by Brian Lumley * The Hymn by Brian Lumley Non-Fiction: The Outsider's Desk by Marvin Kaye * Eldritch Lore by Craig Shaw Gardner * Unspeakable Occurances: Lovecraft in Culture by Peter Cannon * Visions of Darkness by Ian McDowell Fiction: Strange Wisdoms of the Dead by Mike Allen and Charles M. Saplak * Daddy by Earl Godwin * Exeunt Demon King by Jonathan L. Howard * The Paramount Importance of Pictures by Lynne Jamneck * The Class of 666 by Andrew Wilson * Sugar Skulls by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
It has taken me a while to catch up with H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror but I intend to put it on my regular list from now on. All the stories in the Fall 2006 issue got a Very Good from me and I think H.P. Lovecraft would have liked all of them.
This issue has a special "Spotlight on Brian Lumley" with an interview, biography and two stories. "The Man Who Killed Kew Gardens" has been published before but I'm glad I read it now. Earth has been invaded not by little green men but spores that have mutated plant life in a very deadly way. This is a grim tale that will chill your bones. Lumley contributes a new story with "The Hymn". A group calling itself The Mythos Investigation is studying a strange artifact found in the Iraqi desert. They are using two men with special psychic powers to see how this artifact affects them with deadly results.
Mike Allen & Charles M. Saplak collaborate with "Strange Wisdoms of the Dead". John Sharkey must tow dead bodies away to be burned but things do not go easy. The issue features another reprint in "Daddy" by the late Earl Godwin. I'm sure I read this more than 20 years ago when it was first published but enjoyed reading it again. A man picks up a woman in a bar and takes her home. Needless to say, this is not your typical one-night stand. Jonathan L. Howard's "Exeunt Demon King" features necromancer John Cabal investigating a series of strange deaths in a theater. Cabal is not your typical altruistic hero but I hope to read more stories featuring him. "The Paramount Importance of Pictures" by Lynne Jamneck is a funny tale about a movie that is having some troubles in its production. Andrew Wilson's "Class of 666" is a delightful spoof of the adventures of a famous boy wizard. Last, the wonderful Chelsea Quinn Yarbro gives us a nice little story about the custom of making "Sugar Skulls" for Mexico's Day of the Dead.
This magazine is a delight from start to finish and I absolutely recommend it.
(Source: Wildside Press)