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The Grimscribe's Puppets Paperback – Import, 1 June 2013
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- Publisher : Miskatonic River Press; paperback / softback edition (1 June 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937408019
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937408015
- Item Weight : 354 g
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.62 x 21.6 cm
- Country of Origin : India
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In some ways I prefer this anthology to reading a Ligotti collection. Whereas with one of Ligotti’s collections I feel like I want to read a story then put the book aside to come back to later, this anthology of stories inspired by his work is a great read cover to cover. Part of this is credit to the writers, but much of it I think is due to the often under appreciated art of the anthology editor in choosing the order to put the stories in. The flow of this anthology from one story to the next is seamless.
Note on Kindle version: The formatting could use some polishing up. The “sguiggly” line separating sections could—should—be centered with some space above and below it. The formatting flaws are especially annoying in Gemma Files’ story which is a told in an almost epistolary style so everything just flows together, section into section. That said the Kindle version is still very good. Would give the Kindle a 4-star review but I'm not an a-hole. ;-) Worth getting!
These are all nightmares worth having, and they are all diabolically unique. Whether dark fantasy in uncertain worlds or a trip to a town that could be on your way home; a claustrophobic prison made of shadows or the subtle menace of the shadows in your shrink's office. You will only recognize these visions in parts drawn from what you can understand, but they lead to things that no one wants to understand.
Each story is a sort of lexical rorschach, so the effects will be as individual as the reader. The stories which lingered with me are parts abstract, experimental, "meta" and visceral. "The Xenambulist: A Fable in Four Acts" (Robin Spriggs), a Book of the Dead as imagined by an amoral H. Bosch, "Pieces of Blackness"(Michael Kelly), a tale of parenthood driven through with an obsidian stake, "20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism" (Jon Padgett), a meta-tale that winds a horror trope into a barbed knot puzzle, "After the Final"(Richard Gavin), which gives us the Macabrist, "Eyes Exchange Bank" (Scott Nicholay), a terror where the world you recognize is rend into total collapse, "By Invisible Hands" (Simon Strantzas), a demonic tale of puppetry suspended by embalming thread, and "Oubliette" (Gemma Files), a cinematic tale that takes the light away like a rusted jail door.
This is dense and heady stuff, probably not for the casual or shock horror fan. The shadow of Grimscribe falls long and wide across the entire book, but thankfully homage never slides into parody or imitation. Many of these stories could fit as well in a literary anthology, and I mean that as a compliment. I believe this is overall a vision of horror at its most artful. So, it is easy to understand that while my neighbors slept with their noses in their paperbacks, I stared out the window at the endless dark and wished for a comforting dream.