Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (Black Wings, #1)
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Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

by S. T. Joshi
Release date: April 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horrorweird fiction, anthology
Tags: cthulhu mythos

Edited by S. T. Joshi. Cover art by Jason Van Hollander.

World Fantasy Award nominee 2011.

The work of H. P. Lovecraft continues to inspire many of the leading contemporary authors of horror and the supernatural. In this anthology, S. T. Joshi, the world’s leading expert on Lovecraft and the author of the lively treatise The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos, tries his hand at assembling a modern-day Lovecraftian anthology, casting his net on both sides of the Atlantic and producing a volume that radically expands our notions of what constitutes “Lovecraftian” fiction.

Caitlín R. Kiernan, Brian Stableford, and Nicholas Royle produce innovative deconstructions of Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model” and “The Hound.” Michael Shea transfers the Cthulhu Mythos to San Francisco, Laird Barron  and Philip Haldeman set their Lovecraftian horrors in the Pacific Northwest, and Donald R. Burleson and William Browning Spencer enliven the parched Southwest with cosmic monsters. Ramsey Campbell, Jonathan Thomas, Jason Van Hollander, and others make Lovecraft himself a character in tales of cosmic menace, while David J. Schow and Michael Cisco ring new changes on the Lovecraftian concept of the forbidden book.

These and other stories by Michael Marshall Smith, Norman Partridge, W. H. Pugmire, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Darrell Schweitzer, Donald R. and Mollie L. Burleson, Sam Gafford, and Adam Niswander all reveal how vital and vibrant the Lovecraftian idiom remains... and how terrifying.


  • Foreword: Michael Marshall Smith
  • Introduction: S. T. Joshi
  • Pickman’s Other Model (1929): Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Desert Dreams: Donald R. Burleson
  • Engravings: Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
  • Copping Squid: Michael Shea
  • Passing Spirits: Sam Gafford
  • The Broadsword: Laird Barron
  • Usurped: William Browning Spencer
  • Denker’s Book: David J. Schow
  • Inhabitants of Wraithwood: W. H. Pugmire
  • The Dome: Mollie L. Burleson
  • Rotterdam: Nicholas Royle
  • Tempting Providence: Jonathan Thomas
  • Howling in the Dark: Darrell Schweitzer
  • The Truth about Pickman: Brian Stableford
  • Tunnels: Philip Haldeman
  • Violence, Child of Trust: Michael Cisco
  • Lesser Demons: Norman Partridge
  • The Correspondence of Cameron Thaddeus Nash: Ramsey Campbell
  • An Eldritch Matter: Adam Niswander
  • Susie: Jason Van Hollander
  • Substitutions: Michael Marshall Smith
updated 2012-06-22

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