Edited by Lois H. Gresh.
This all-Innsmouth anthology features original stories by leading writers of weird fiction. If you think you’ve read everything possible about Innsmouth, then you’re in for a major treat because these stories are gems.
Lavie Tidhar brings Truman Capote to Innsmouth to find the truth behind murder in Cold Blood, and John Shirley dishes up an explosive futuristic blast with a finale that will blow your mind. Laird Barron’s Innsmouth is pure technopunk with a mad scientist laboratory, a spook, and a tough-as-nuts heiress.
Paul Kane’s jittery young woman is anxious to impress her future in-laws, and if you haven’t guessed, wedding bells aren’t exactly chiming. Tim Lebbon’s hero is lost at sea on a lifeboat driven by bizarre currents.
William F. Nolan pops in with a bittersweet tale about a man who honeymoons in the wrong place, and S.T. Joshi supplies a thrilling novellete about Maxwell Gilman and the evils of humanity.
Both Steve Rasnic Tem and John Langan write about vacations unlike any others, and it’s certainly no vacation when Nancy Kilpatrick’s heroine returns to Innsmouth to honor her dead mother’s wishes.
Richard Gavin’s girl seeks her lost Daddy in Innsmouth, and Lisa Morton’s girl enters puberty, but the “change” isn’t what you think it is. Nancy Holder’s teenagers seek cool “hippie” gifts from Innsmouth - not with good results. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. beautifully captures Innsmouth adolescent angst.
The love-sopped fellow in James A. Moore’s tale should take a cue from the weird hag who runs the local diner, and he should run for the hills. But he doesn't. Of course. Anyone in Innsmouth’s Marsh Care Facility should also run for the hills when Donald Tyson’s nurse shows up, but they don’t... of course.
Also featured are great original stories by Wilum Pugmire, Tim Waggoner, Jonathan Thomas, and Jason V Brock. The anthology is rounded out with a powerful tale by Caitlin R. Kiernan.
Lois H. Gresh is author of 15 pop science/culture books and 4 science fiction novels from John Wiley & Sons, Random House, and St. Martin's Press. Gresh has also written dozens of short stories, and her work spans genres such as mysteries, thriller, suspense, dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is probably best known for her early weird science fiction stories, which blend computer technology with biology, botany, and post-cyberpunk. She was a staff book reviewer for Science Fiction Weekly from November 2004 through December 2008.
Her books have been translated into many languages and are in print worldwide: Italy, Japan, Spain, Russia, Germany, Portugal, France, Brazil, Thailand, Korea, China, Estonia, ... (more)