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Book Title: A Mythos Grimmly|
The author of the book: Jeremy Hochhalter
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Edition: Wanderer's Haven Publications, LLC
Date of issue: October 13th 2015
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Bear in mind that no two people will read any anthology and have the same feelings about each story!
Nearly all of these stories are interesting, and most are well written. My criticisms would be the uneven editing -- a couple are so poorly proofread that reading them is irritating. Thankfully, most of the errors are minor. I am disappointed that not all of the tales seem to adhere to the Lovecraft/Grimm guidelines. Granted, I wouldn't necessarily recognize EVERY fairy tale within this book, but I'm fairly certain "Winnie The Pooh" wouldn't be considered one of Grimm's fairy tales. However, these are pretty minor complaints about a book that is well worth reading.
My only other note would be that I wish the GoodReads listing would be updated to show the cover art on my edition -- it might be a special edition for Kickstarter participants, which would be a real shame, as the artwork is quite good.
Anthology combining the Mythos of Lovecraft with Grimm's Fairy Tales:
"The Arkham Town Musicians" by Christine Morgan
Based on "The Bremen Town Musicians", this one was well written with a very "fairy tale" feel to it, but it left me a little cold, probably because I'm not a fan of the original story. The author does give the story a funny twist towards the end, which I really enjoyed.
"The Magical Fruit" by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I loved this one! "Jack And The Beanstalk" retold in a very creepy manner -- the writer doles out the details sparingly, which adds to the suspense. I'm very anxious to see what else this author has written!
"Ginger Snap" by Michael Wentela
A retelling of "Red Riding Hood", I loved the premise here, with the predator/prey dichotomy turned on its head. It fell apart for me at the ending, however, with the introduction of the Mythos elements. There were a fair amount of typos in this one.
"A Wisdom That Is Woe, A Woe That Is Madness" by E. Catherine Tobler
Moody and atmospheric take on what I believe is the story of Rapunzel. Very interesting.
"I Am . . . " by John Claude Smith
Bluebeard's wife seeks her fate within the locked room she must never enter . . . This story scares the bejesus out of me, as she is subjected to an ordeal out of my darkest nightmares -- and that's BEFORE the Lovecraftian elements kick in.
"The Apprentice, The Muse, And The Mancer" by Michael Griffin
I didn't really understand this story -- I didn't recognize what fairy tale it's based on. The narrator in this one strives to prove to his master and his master's muse that he's ready for bigger and better things.
"L2RH" by B.A.H. Cameron
This is another one that's based on a story I'm not recognizing. I clearly saw the Lovecraft influences in this one, but I didn't really care for it. Set in space -- just not really my kind of thing.
"The Lost Book Of Grimm" by Michael M. Hughes
Another favourite! This one is written in the style of an academic paper submitted for publication -- I love when writers play with form, especially when the work is presented as nonfiction. Another author I will be looking for in future.
"The Hound Of K'n-Yan" by Jeff C. Carter
Another really fantastic entry in this anthology. This one seems to be based on Irish folk lore, wherein a mighty warrior is both more and less than he seems. I found the Irish names difficult to even imagine how to pronounce, but that's a very minor quibble.
"The Case Of Virgin Mary Smith" by L.K. Feuerstein
Unicorns and Mythos -- this was very densely written and difficult for me to connect with.
"The Lost Town" by Nick Nafpliotis
Another fairy tale that was unfamiliar to me. This story is very firmly planted in Lovecraft's world, set in Dunwich and Arkham. This has the feel of a "between the wars" British mystery.
"The Witch's Library" by Tracie McBride
Extremely successful pairing of Mythos with "Hansel & Gretel". One of the most full realized of the stories I've read so far.
"Boots Of Curious Leather" by David J. Fielding
Very eerie -- I like the premise of this one. It has a wonderful blend of Lovecraftian elements, although the fairy tale was unfamiliar to me. My apologies to the author, but I thought the writing was a bit clunky, doing a disservice to a very interesting idea. This was another story that needed a lot more proofreading.
"Donkeyskin" by Brian Kaufman
Initially a fairly straightforward telling of "Donkeyskin", the author adds a twist toward the end. Well done, but it lacks an emotional element that would have made it more compelling.
"The Batrachian Prince" by Robert M. Price
At this point I'm starting to wish there was an index or introduction that would give some clues as to what each story was based on! Yet again, I have no idea what fairy tale this is -- and I think my appreciation for it is hindered by that fact. Based completely in Lovecraft's world, there are many elements one would expect to find in a Mythos-based story.
"The Orthometrists Of Vhoorl" by Pete Rawlik
Well, I was all set not to like this one -- it's very much the sort of thing I wouldn't normally read, with a slightly "John Carter Of Mars" kind of vibe. The fairy tale here ("Goldilocks And The Three Bears") is presented as a tale-within-a-tale, which was a neat way of handling it. The final line of this story brings it all together, and is probably the best I've read so far. A lot of fun.
"The Hundred Years' Sleep" by Mary SanGiovanni
A very well done take on "The Sleeping Beauty". This is told from a male perspective, but written by what I assume is a female author -- I found the voice to be very believable. Another great story.
"The Wonderful Musician" by William Meikle
A man goes too far in his quest to release the music he hears inside his mind. Didn't care for this one, and really didn't see the fairy tale elements.
"When Light Returned To Karakossa" by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. & Tom Lynch
This was the story I was most looking forward to, having read some of Pulver's previous work. Sadly, I didn't like this one at all. While the concept of a tale combining Mythos with Chinese (I'm assuming) folk lore sounds interesting, there was too much style and not enough substance for me. There were also obvious proofreading errors, which were distracting and annoying. Very disappointing.
"The Sovereign Of Fear" by Richard Gavin
I really loved this one. Not sure what fairy tale it's meant to be based on, but it has a wonderful almost Hawthorne-ish vibe to it.
"The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot" by Desmond Reddick
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" with a Native American twist. There is a definite Lovecraftian feel to this one.
"Sticks and Stones, Skin and Bones" by Morgan Griffith
Haunting story of two brothers -- has the feel of an old Appalachian folk song. I really liked this one.
"The House Of The Sleeping Beauties" by Jason Andrew
Oh my gosh, this story is so tense, so disturbing -- I think this one will stick with me for quite a while.
"The Piper In Yellow" by Brett Talley
A fantastic spin on "The Pied Piper Of Hamelin" -- as a side note, the original "Pied Piper" is a fascinating story, supposedly based in fact, the true nature of which is still being debated today. This one is extremely well written. One of the best in this collection.
"In The Details" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
A short but chilling take on "Beauty And The Beast" -- another favorite.
"Black Goat Of The Hundred Acre Woods" by James Pratt
Oh no! What has James Pratt done to "Winnie The Pooh"?! I'm truly horrified, but I have to admit it's a very well done story that provoked a lot of questions on the nature of stories, as well as leading me to ponder the "lives" of beloved characters when their stories aren't being read . . .
"The Dunwich Ball" by J.F. Gonzalez
A retelling of "Cinderella" -- very poorly proofread, with characters' names changing and even sentences repeated one after the other. Very very sloppy. What a disappointing end to this overall terrific book. Looking at the author bios, I see that this author died last year. I can only assume that this work was finished but not polished at that time, and apparently no one made the effort to hone this one before publication. What a shame. This version is very rough, and reads like bad fan fiction. Easily the worst of the collection.
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