Monstrous Aftermath by W. H. Pugmire
Trade Paperback – Hippocampus Press – Aug 2015 – 268 pages
Here we have stories inspired not only by Lovecraft but by Oscar Wilde and Robert W. Chambers. Many of them are set in the Sesqua Valley, that magical realm in the Pacific Northwest that Pugmire has devised as a parallel to the constellation of New England towns—Arkham, Innsmouth, Dunwich, and others—that Lovecraft fashioned in his tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.
The capstone to the collection is a substantially revised version of Pugmire’s classic prose rendering of Lovecraft’s Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle. This work, Some Unknown Gulf of Night, exhibits the full range of Pugmire’s imagination. As a bonus, Lovecraft’s poem is included so that readers can appreciate Pugmire’s transmutation of verse into prose that is scarcely less poetic than the original.