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Review: The Book of Yig: Revelations of the Serpent: A Cthulhu Mythos Anthology (edited by David Hambling and Peter Rawlik)

03 Jun 2021 19:22 #1 :: Seregil of Rhiminee
Review: The Book of Yig: Revelations of the Serpent: A Cthulhu Mythos Anthology (edited by David Hambling and Peter Rawlik)

The Book of Yig: Revelations of the Serpent: A Cthulhu Mythos Anthology (edited by David Hambling and Peter Rawlik) was published by Macabre Ink (an imprint of Crossroad Press) in April 2021.

About The Book of Yig: Revelations of the Serpent: A Cthulhu Mythos Anthology:

Yig, known as the Serpent God, is older than humanity, and Yig’s reptilian Children once ruled the Earth. Now they are stirring in their caves, walking the Earth in forms not quite human, slowly and patiently preparing their plans. Those who stumble on their secrets are in deadly danger... but only they can prevent the return of our darkest fears.

Join us for a collection of novellas from some modern masters of Neo-Lovecraftian fiction: Peter Rawlik (Reanimator, The Weird Company), Matthew Davenport (Andrew Doran, The Trials of Obed Marsh), David Hambling (Harry Stubbs, The Dulwich Horror), and Mark Howard Jones (Cthulhu Cymraeg) telling stories of Yig’s deadly machinations.

Watch the plot unfold, from the 1920s to the present day through four chilling episodes!

REVIEW: THE BOOK OF YIG: REVELATIONS OF THE SERPENT: A CTHULHY MYTHOS ANTHOLOGY (EDITED BY DAVID HAMBLING AND PETER RAWLIK)

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04 Jun 2021 07:36 #2 :: David Hambling
Review: The Book of Yig: Revelations of the Serpent: A Cthulhu Mythos Anthology (edited by David Hambling and Peter Rawlik)
So glad you liked it -- many thanks for the review.

It was a fun project working with talented Mythos authors and working out ideas. I saw this as something like a TV series in which each episode is a stand-alone with a different director and very different style, but all building on the same plot arc climaxing with Peter Rawlik's amazing contribution. The children of Yig, moving undetected among us, , unlike many mythos entities, can easily insinuate themselves into our work, making them particularly unsettling: the sort of horror that might be sitting next to you in the train. I think all the stories capture this sense of constant unease and hidden threat.

Readers who liked The Book of Yig may be also interested in Tales of the Al-Azif, The Tales of Yog Sothoth and Time Loopers which are similar mythos-based multi-author collaborations.