Lovecraft Alive! by John Shirley
Trade paperback – Hippocampus Press – Aug 2016 – 253 pages
Acclaimed novelist John Shirley has written novels and tales that span the spectrum of imaginative literature, from science fiction to psychological terror to supernatural horror. One of the writers that inspired him to become a writer was H. P. Lovecraft, and in this volume Shirley pays tribute to the titan of weird fiction with a series of imaginative elaborations upon Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
These stories range from narratives that feature Lovecraft himself as a shadowy character (“When Death Wakes Me to Myself”) to historical tales where Lovecraftian entities emerge at critical points in the past (“Those Who Come to Dagon,” “The Rime of the Cosmic Mariner,” “Broken on the Wheel of Time”) to vibrant tales melding Lovecraftian terror with modern technology (“At Home with Azathoth,” “The Holy Grace of Cthulhu”). The volume concludes with a scintillating unpublished novella, “Broken on the Wheel of Time,” elaborating upon conceptions found in Lovecraft’s “The Shadow out of Time.”