I began this project on February 16, 2017 and it’s been going strong ever since, with no sign of flagging (at one point I took a month or two off but that wasn’t obvious to blog readers because I typically schedule these posts way in advance). I’m still enjoying reading and reviewing the tremendous body of horror-themed short fiction in my library. The project has given me the excuse to really sit down and read it all systematically, working my way through a number of single-author collections and anthologies featuring stories by a wide variety of authors I probably should have read before now. It’s been a lot of fun.
When you’re reviewing four stories a week, one from each of four books simultaneously, you end up working your way through a lot of books. This past year I’ve reviewed all the stories from eight complete collections and have started four more (including the vast collection The Dark Descent, which I’ve been working my way through the entire year but am almost done with). Here’s the complete list:
- Weeks 1-17: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, by H.P. Lovecraft, edited by S.T. Joshi (Penguin, 1999)
- Weeks 1-ongoing: The Dark Descent, edited by David G. Hartwell (Tor, 1987)
- Weeks 1-18: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King (Scribner, 2015)
- Weeks 1-21: Black Wings of Cthulhu, edited by S.T. Joshi (Titan Books, 2010)
- Weeks 18-29: The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories, by H.P. Lovecraft, edited by S.T. Joshi (Penguin, 2001)
- Weeks 19-33: Books of Blood, Volumes One to Three, by Clive Barker (Berkley, 1998)
- Weeks 22-39: Black Wings of Cthulhu 2, edited by S.T. Joshi (Titan Books, 2012)
- Weeks 30-50: The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories, by H.P. Lovecraft, edited by S.T. Joshi (Penguin, 2004)
- Weeks 34-47: Books of Blood, Volumes Four to Six, by Clive Barker (Sphere, 2007)
- Weeks 40-ongoing: Black Wings of Cthulhu 3, edited by S.T. Joshi (Titan Books, 2015)
- Weeks 48-ongoing: The Yellow Sign and Other Stories, by Robert W. Chambers (Chaosium, 2004)
- Weeks 51-ongoing: The Book of Cthulhu, edited by Ross E. Lockhart (Night Shade Books, 2011)
I’ve learned a number of things in this project so far, including the following:
- It’s been a real joy working my way (again) through Lovecraft’s fiction. I can appreciate him on a whole new level now, after not having read him in many years.
- Clive Barker is not just good, he’s great and right up my alley. I really wish he would write more short fiction like the Books of Blood.
- Stephen King has still got it. I wasn’t impressed (at all) with the last novel of his I read (Sleeping Beauties) but his short story game is still top-notch.
- S.T. Joshi’s Black Wings of Cthulhu anthologies are pretty uneven in terms of quality and even connection to the Cthulhu Mythos/Lovecraftian fiction. I’m currently reading the fourth one, but they seem to keep going downhill in quality and I think I’ll stop with that one.
The life of a blogger is a sometimes lonely one, so let me know what you think of the reviews, or hit me with any other questions or comments you might have. As always, thanks for reading!