Friday, January 16, 2015

Not Dead

O--PS Publishing!!!  Whut Lovecraftian delights ye bequeath unto us!  Not only Black Wings IV and ye three new volumes of ye Lovecraft Illustrated series--nigh, the above tome of historical Mythos fiction!  Ia!  From editor Schweitzer's Introduction:

"Experienced readers of H. P. Lovecraft will immediately recognize the source of this book's title.  It comes from the 'unexplainable couplet' of Abdul Alhazred:
That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.
In reality, Abdul Alhazred was a name H. P. Lovecraft either made up or came across as a child, when he'd just discovered The Arabian Nights and liked to play Arab.  But as an adult, he put the name to more intriguing literary use.  In 'The Nameless City' (1921), he told us that this 'mad poet' dreamed of an incredibly ancient, ruined city in the desert the night before he 'sang' the couplet."

This remarkable anthology is a recording of Mythos events throughout ye world in aeons past, a magnificent idea!  Ye Contents:

Herald of Chaos, by Keith Taylor (Mesopota Egypt, 1200 BC)
What a Girl Needs, by Esther Friesner (mia, second millennium BC)
The Horn of the World's Ending, by John Langdon (Judaea, second century AD)
Monsters in the Mountains at the Edge of the World, by Jay Lake (Central Asia, second century AD)
Come, Follow Me, by Darrell Schweitzer (Palestine, Asia Minor, and Central Asai, late eleventh and mid twelfth centuries AD)
Ophiuchus, by Don Webb (England 1605)
Of Queens and Pawns, by Lois H. Gresh (Russia, late seventeenth century)
Smoking Mirror, by Will Murray (Mexico, 1753)
Incident at Ferney, by S. T. Joshi (France, 1762)
Anno Domini Azothoth, by John R. Fultz (Arizona Territory, 1781)
Slowness, by Don Webb (Massachusetts, USA, early twentieth century.  Italy, early nineteenth century)
The Salamanca Encounter, by Richard A Lupoff (Massachusetts, USA, and Spain, late nineteenth century)
Old Time Entombed, by W. H. Pugmire (Seattle, Washington, USA, 1889)
Nine Drowned Churches, by Harry Turtledove (England, twenty-first century and the Middle Ages)

Ia!!  Cthulhu fhtagn!!

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