Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth
Nominated for the 2006 World Fantasy Award. Nominated for the 2005 HWA Bram Stoker Award.
Edited by Stephen Jones.
Weird new terrors spawn in H.P. Lovecraft's sea-shadowed town. Written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' forms a major link in the author's renowned "Cthulhu Mythos", featuring a race of ichthyoid Deep Ones which over the years have inter-bred with humans in strange and terrifying ways. Following on from his World Fantasy Award-nominated anthology Shadows Over Innsmouth, editor Stephen Jones returns to Lovecraft's decaying Massachusetts seaport as such established writers as Ramsey Campbell, Hugh B. Cave, Basil Copper, John Glasby, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Richard A. Lupoff, Kim Newman, Paul McAuley, Michael Marshall Smith and Steve Rasnic Tem once again relate a fictional history of Innsmouth and its batrachian inhabitants. The book also includes a discarded draft of Lovecraft's seminal story about that foetid, forsaken New England fishing town with its sparkling treasure and loathsome denizens, along with a major new Lovecraftian novella by international best-selling author Brian Lumley, written especially for this volume. In these stories, as the decades pass, Dagon's scaly spawn continues to spread out from America's east coast to cast its malignant influence over the rest of the world. Meanwhile, mankind finally discovers the true nature of the unspeakable evil that lies hidden beneath the waves out beyond the reef, biding its time until it is ready to rise once again...
- Introduction: Weird Shadows... by Stephen Jones
- Discarded Draft of The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft
- The Quest for Y'ha-nthlei by John S. Glasby (as by John Glasby)
- Brackish Waters by Richard A. Lupoff
- Voices in the Water by Basil Copper
- Another Fish Story by Kim Newman
- Take Me to the River by Paul J. McAuley (as by Paul McAuley)
- The Coming by Hugh B. Cave
- Eggs by Steve Rasnic Tem
- From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6 by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Raised by the Moon by Ramsey Campbell
- Fair Exchange by Michael Marshall Smith
- The Taint by Brian Lumley
- Afterwords: Contributors' Notes
Stephen Jones (born 1953) is an acclaimed editor of numerous award-winning horror anthologies, and the author of several book-length studies of horror and fantasy films as well as an account of Lovecraft's early British publications. Jones has edited anthologies such as the Best New Horror series, Dark Terrors, The Mammoth Book of Vampires, The Mammoth Book of Zombies, The Mammoth Book of Dracula, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women, The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes and The Conan Chronicles, 1 and The Conan Chronicles, 2 by Robert E. Howard. Jones has also been co-editor of several books with Kim Newman, such as Horror: 100 Best Books and Horror: Another 100 Best Books with 200 essays on seminal horror books by acclaimed writers of this genre. Jones also edited Dancing with the Dark, a collection of stories of allegedly real life encounters with the paranormal by established horror writers. Jones has been the recipient of a Hugo award and many Bram Stoker Awards.
Shadows Over Innsmouth consists of three books. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.