Each writer approaches Lovecraftian themes with intelligence and originality. The writing is excellent, and shews that the weird tale is in extremely capable hands to-day, in this modern age. Hopefully the book will soon find an American publisher why it has not already seems to me quite shocking, the book is SO GOOD. S. T. Joshi has been so busy as an editor of fiction, as well as a scholar, critic, &c. He is editing a line of Cthulhu Mythos books for Perilous Press (the first of which was the awesome COPPING SQUID by Michael Shea) and continues to look for Lovecraftian and Cthulhu Mythos collections and novels to be published by Hippocampus Press. He seems anxious to follow BLACK WINGS with other anthologies of contemporary Lovecraftian weird fiction. I read about one-third of this book when S. T. sent those of us who contributed to it the file in, what's it called, PDF? I had to read the other two stories that touch on "Pickman's Model." So I read Caitlin's "Pickman's Other Model (1929)" and was utterly enchanted. Then I read Stapleford's "The Truth about Pickman" and I was astonished at how exceptional the story was, and how very different in tone from Caitlin's tale or my own. How amazing that a tale as supposedly minor as "Pickman's Model" could inspire three tales of such different nature. But there is a difference between reading a file on computer screen and reading a book held in hand. My copy of the book arrived in yesterday's post, and I have now read Caitlin's tale a second time from the book, and it impresses me more powerfully than ever, to the point where I have ordered, here at Amazon, two of her short story collections. Because I am obsessed with Lovecraft's "The Hound," I had to read "Rotterdam," by Nicholas Royle, which Joshi calls, in his Introduction, "...an ingenious take-off of 'The Hound'..." and so it is, utterly delightful. There are still some few tales that I have yet to read because I wanted to first read them from the actual book rather than from my laptop screen or a print-out thus I still have the joy of reading the tales by two of my favorite wreiters, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. and Laird Barron.
Some people will be mystified by the portion in S. T.'s Introduction that discusses Stanley C. Sargent's wonderful story, "The Black Brat of Dunwich," which was scheduled to be the book's one reprint. The publisher decided that he wanted original stories only in BLACK WINGS, and thus Sargent's tale was dropped, but its mention in the Introduction was not excised.
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