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The children of Cthulhu : chilling new tales inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

by H P Lovecraft; John Pelan; Benjamin Adams;

  Print book : Fiction  |  1st trade ed

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Selected story summaries   (2018-03-23)

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by billborre

"Details" by China Miéville - A boy delivers food and reads to a madwoman who has purged her room of details as she had become obsessed with the notion that some hostile creature that only she can see exists in any amount of detail at all and waits for its chance to strike. After the boy is assaulted by a man in the hall he does not return to the woman and doesn't care to find out what happened to her. Some time later he returns to the house and finds to his surprise his key still works. In her room when he looks at the pattern on one wall he believes that he can see a figure which resembles a screaming woman with her arm pulled away behind her. In the patch of wallpaper that has fallen away which would represent where her tormentor would be, he realizes that he could see any shape at all.

"The Cabin in the Woods" by Richard Laymon - A man his wife and her brother venture to a cabin in the woods where they are set upon by a winged creature. The monster beheads first the wife's brother and then the wife when she insists that they attempt to kill the creature armed only with a shotgun. The creature returns and drops two silver cylinders at the feet of the man which contains their still-living brains.

"Visitation" by James Robert Smith - A man wishes that he could have met E.A. Poe ignoring the old adage of "Be careful what you wish for..." Before Poe's shade departs he warns the shaken man another is coming to visit him, H.P. Lovecraft.

 




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