Children of Lovecraft: “On These Blackened Shores of Time”

by Brian on September 27, 2016

in Fiction

Freshly spawned from the depths of the ocean and outer space, here we have editor Ellen Datlow’s latest assemblage of cosmic horror. Which I get to divvy up with the heavyweight likes of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, John Langan, Livia Llewellyn, and more.

And now I’ll just let this excerpt from the review at the New York Journal of Books take over:

“Finally, there is one other story that holds a particularly unique place in the anthology, and may well stand out as the best of the bunch. Written by veteran horror author Brian Hodge, ‘On These Blackened Shores of Time’ is a devastating tale of a family slowly tearing apart at the seams in the wake of a tragedy. After his son’s car plunges into a collapsed former mineshaft, the narrator, his wife, and his son’s twin sister are only barely scraping by. The family’s grief begins to morph into a desperate curiosity as they begin to learn about the dark history of that mineshaft; from there, the tale slowly travels toward a powerful finale that is both terrifyingly weird and densely heartbreaking.”

He gets me. He really gets me.


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