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A Season in Carcosa

cover artwork (c) Daniele Serra

Book Trailer for A Season in Carcosa (c) Brendan Peterson

In A Season In Carcosa readers will find the strange and mysterious places of heart and mind that spring from madness, and those minds and the places touched by it are the realms that are mined. Chambers' legacy of the worms and soft decay that spring from reading the King In Yellow play stir both new and established talents in the world of weird fiction and horror to contribute all new tales that pay homage to these eerie nightmares. In Carcosa twilight comes and minds lost in the mirrors of lust and fear, are awash in legacies of shadows, not mercy. . .

Haunting the pages of this tome are the following voices:

Joel Lane: "My Voice is Dead"
Simon Strantzas: "Beyond the Banks of the River Seine"
Don Webb: "Movie Night at Phil's"
Daniel Mills: "MS Found in a Chicago Hotel Room"
Gary McMahon: "it sees me when I’m not looking"
Ann K. Schwader: "Finale, Act Two"
Cate Gardner: "Yellow Bird Strings"
Edward Morris: "The Teatre & Its Double"
Richard Gavin: "The Hymn of the Hyades"
Gemma Files: "Slick Black Bones and Soft Black Stars"
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.: "Not Enough Hope"
Kristin Prevallet: "Whose Hearts are Pure Gold"
Richard A. Lupoff: "April Dawn"
Anna Tambour: "King Wolf"
Michael Kelly: "The White-Face at Dawn"
Cody Goodfellow: "Wishing Well"
John Langan: "Sweetums"
Pearce Hansen: "The King is Yellow"
Laird Barron: "D T"
Robin Spriggs: "Salvation in Yellow"
Allyson Bird: "The Beat Hotel"

"A Season in Carcosa (Miskatonic River Press, 2012), edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (something of a `new' weird fiction savant and auteur himself), is a themed anthology inspired by Rovert W. Chambers' celebrated work, The King in Yellow. After an interesting introduction by Pulver detailing the backstory behind the long road to the completion of this project, the grim festivities are kicked off by Joel Lane with "My Voice is Dead," the very contemporary story of a dying man named Stephen who will do anything to live, including grasping at the last straws of electronic hope via the Internet, leading him to a representation of the mysterious Carcosa and a chilling encounter with the King in Yellow. Lane's story is macabre and spell-binding, beautiful in its darkness and bitter religious undertones. It is also a wise choice by Pulver to lead with this one, since the story provides a broad stroke synopsis of KIY for those unfamiliar with it. Allyson Bird closes the collection by checking us into "The Beat Hotel," a clever and wonderfully resonant tale that introduces the reader to latter-day (late 1960's) French Decadents Juliette, Michel, Henry and Charles--oh, and once again, that Dread Fellow in Yellow."

- Walt Hicks (Hellbound Times)