Weird Shadows over Innsmouth by Stephen Jones
Respected horror anthologist Stephen Jones edits this collection of twelve stories by some of the worlds most prominent Lovecraftian authors, including H.P Lovecraft himself, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, John Glasby, Paul McAuley, Steve Rasnic Tem, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Brian Lumley, Basil Copper, Hugh B. Cave, and Richard Lupoff.
This is a follow up to Shadows Over Innsmouth and is once again edited by Stephen Jones. With new short stories by various authors based either around the original story of Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft or following the mythos to other places around the world at various times in the years after 1929. I think that this surprisingly might also be a good anthology to read even if you have never read anything by H. P. Lovecraft, although if you haven’t read The Shadow over Innsmouth the anthology may just inspire you to pick the original up to see how other people’s ideas on his story overlap or are inspired by his original story.
Weird Shadows over Innsmouth only has a discarded draft of the original story which gives you a good idea of what you can expect in terms of the building of suspense during the snippets included. The stories that follow are each very different in writing style but give you a good idea of each author's writing, and like all good anthologies should do it makes you want to look into what else they have written.
I found that all eleven stories were of a high quality and filled in gaps of the mythos or expanded them in ways that even Lovecraft may not have imagined, with stories being set in London, the Californian desert and - slightly more obvious - the coast of Cornwall. Innsmouth itself is home to The Deep Ones, beings who are neither man or fish, worshippers of the god Dagon and most of these stories have some affinity with the sea, which makes for some very interesting stories when some of these authors veer off from this angle.
My favourite stories in this collection:
- Voices in the Water by Basil Cooper. Set in a small village in Sussex the story focuses on Roberts, an artist who has just moved into a renovated mill for the relative peacefulness that he would need for his artwork, but is it the solitude or something else that is making his retreat so haunting?
- Another Fish Story by Kim Newman, a man is moving through the 60’s enjoying the changing times, is he more than he seems and if so what is he searching for in the desert? And are a group of misfits helping him to find what he is searching for or are bigger games afoot?
- The last story I want to mention is The Taint by Brian Lumley, which although set decades after Innsmouth is linked in a very clever way back to the original story, even though this story is set in a small village with a cast of characters who have many secrets to hide or is it just the usual village gossip that you would expect when everyone knows everyone else’s business?
The other stories here were also of a very high standard, which I can only hope would be the case for all anthologies in any genre. I am impressed by the level and thought that has gone into this selection and will look into more anthologies collated by Stephen Jones.
This Weird Shadows over Innsmouth book review was written by Michelle Herbert
Have you read Weird Shadows over Innsmouth?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Weird Shadows over Innsmouth reader reviews
9/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
love songs for the shy and cynical
The first love song in the world, as composed by a pig in the Garden of Eden... The Devil, alarmed when his hobby of writing romantic fiction begins to upstage his day job....
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters is a collection of 23 stories focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. The a...
The Crimson Pact: Volume 3
The Crimson Pact Volume 3 features fifteen action-packed and frightening short stories, including, "That Which We Fear" by New York Times' bestselling author ...
George RR Martin
George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois have put together a towering anthology of specially-commissioned stories from the most stellar names in the genre, set in a number of ...
The Crimson Pact: Volume 2
The dark fantasy and adventure continues as volume two mixes sequels from Gloria Weber, Sarah Kanning, Justin Swapp, and Isaac Bell with new stories from Lester Smith, Kath...
The Crimson Pact: Volume 1
The moment of the demons' defeat became their greatest victory. In the carnage after the last great battle against the demons, a doomed general discovers their hidden v...
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 8
From the inner realms of humanity to the far reaches of space, these are the science fiction and fantasy tales that are shaping the genre and the way we think about the fut...
Josie Brown Rose Mambert and Bill Racicot
Tales of lust, betrayal, murder and... elves. 20 original stories enchant, intrigue, and delight as they explore the theme of "Elf Love" in a variety of genres: f...
The Pan Book of Horror Stories
22 terrifying tales of horror by such famous authors as Peter Fleming, C. S. Forester, Bram Stoker, Angus Wilson, Noel Langley, Jack Finney and L. P. Hartley. Stories of th...
Alt Hist: Issue 3
The third issue of Alt Hist includes two stories about the American Civil War, one about the great Tesla, a tale of post-war revenge set in Dublin, and a compelling story a...
Alt Hist: Issue 2
Alt Hist is the new magazine of historical fiction and alternate history. The second issue features eight new stories and also three book reviews. From ancient Egypt to Wor...
George RR Martin
Sixteen all-new stories by science fiction’s top talents collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multiple-award-winning editor Gardner Dozois. It turn...
John Joseph Adams
Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our tech...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remaining Treasures. With all seven under his command, he ...
For Kivrin Engle, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the four...
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures...
The Creeping Shadow
Lucy has left Lockwood & Co. A freelance operative, she is hiring herself out to other agencies – agencies that might value her ever-improving skills. But now Loc...
The Burning Page
When it's your job to save the day - where do you start? Librarian spy Irene has standards to maintain, especially while on probation. And absconding from a mission via...
The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm challenging all who oppose his holy crusade. Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of...