[Read] (Cirsova Issue #5) Author P. Alexander
T s academics creating a contrast with his tales but classic pulp in the vein of Conan already includes the trope of magic that is foul and illogical weakening the impact of cosmicism Thus although the stories are likely to provide pleasingly fresh
stories of people facing adversity and accepting their agency for fans of pulp action those fans of of people facing adversity and accepting their agency for fans of pulp action those fans of who consider the insignificance of humans as the core trait of his work might disagree with Alexander
S Claim That The Stories claim that the stories a change from authors sticking some mythos trappings on and calling it LovecraftianOverall I enjoyed this edition of the magazine immensely I recommend it to readers seeking less cerebral Lovecraftian plot arcs or rollicking fantasy stories This whole magazine issues takes place in a shared universe of Lovecraftian origin I had no starting point for this universe an I will admit that I am really ashamed of myself when it comes to this review copy It was my first print review copy And actually I started reading it right away after receiving it Although perhaps my mistake was making this our bedtime buddy read with my boyfriend and one ear later we are still buddy reading it I thought it would make a interesting review if me and our DD Dungeon Master reviewed it together but I can t get said Dungeon Master to read it often enough with me We can only read so much before we fall asleepRegardless I will also admit that perhaps it was just not too much to our liking Perhaps we d have finished it sooner if we liked it I will definitely agree that it is VERY DD etc themed So fans should enjoy it But it was maybe a little bit too odd in places Maybe just not for me If Edge of Chaos Sons of Chaos MC you re a tentacle and Lovecraft fan though Definitelyes It s all about the weird creatures prehistoric tech loads of tentacles and anything that eats humans mostly Barbarians The ideas are definitely cool and if Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you re a fan of any of those themes go for it It is also a collection of many different authors so ifou don t like a story or two ou will probably enjoy the rest I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy in exchange to my honest review This has not affected my opinionRead Post On My Blog My Bookstagram Bookish Twitter The Lovecraft Burroughs marriage is a rocky one but Eldritch Earth shows potential as an authorial environment The best stuff in this collection is very good indeed with highlights from Burnett Mansouri And Hernstrom The Only Way That and Hernstrom The only way that Cthulhu Mythos works nowadays is for some enterprising author to recontextualize the material either exploring new ways for their characters to interact with it I still need to read Lovecraft Country and The Ballad of Black Tom or using the raw material in a different genre A Hill of Stars from this magazine s first issue was like that using the Lovecraftian prehuman history of Earth as setting for adventure stories that the editor pegs as Burroughsian but to me smacks of Robert E Howard Cthulhu purists may uibble about details especially about tone and the presence of humans but we don t need that kind of negativity around hereWhat s genius is opening the Eldritch Earth setting in an organized way to other authorsThe collection itself is strong going for the most straightforward adventure type stories but nobody really asked for otherwise Another great issue full of exciting pulp stories this one with a special theme of Burroughsian adventure set on a prehistoric Lovecraftian Earth the Eldritch Earth The two standout stories for me this time were by authors who I had discovered in previous issues of Cirsova Schuyler Hernstrom s novella The First American and A Killing in Karkesh by Adrian Cole An intriguing read Lots of variety I loved the Eldritch Earth stories Will probably try to read of these. H Mansouri Through the Star Thorn Maze by Lynn Rushlau The Bears of 1812 by Michael Tierney A Killing in Karkesh by Adrian Cole Poetry My Name is John Carter Pt 4 by James Hutchin.
Est for vengeance with hyper science that sits in the liminal zone between magic and futurism Thus while this is a solid action piece with strong characters some readers might find the juxtaposition of hunter gatherer tribes with modern science a touch jarring Through the Star Thorn Maze by Lynn Rushlau A mere archivist in a rigidly hierarchical society Corree s only way to escape the lecherous Sir Trahan is to flee the Citadel but that would reuire navigating the deadly maze that surrounds it Her only hope is to free Lark Waymaker a slave who was once an honoured visitor from beyond the maze Focusing on character and fear of the unknown rather than overt magics and strangeness Rushlau reframes the heist or jailbreak narrative for a fantasy world The Bears of 1812 by Michael Tierney When hunters killed a grizzly and gave her cubs to the President of the United States as a gift natives warned they would bring a curse down on themselves As British troops advance on the White House one US army officer is tasked with bringing a native guide back to appease the spirits Deviating from the official story of her death Tierney speculates that Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark expedition was summoned to Washington by the First Lady in case the curse on taking grizzly bear cubs was true With few documents providing insight into the real Sacagawea and native oral tradition contradicting some of them it is hard to tell whether readers with a specific interest in her life will find her portrayal convincing or not however the characterisation is plausible and the spiritual aspects subtle rather than overt so those interested in alternate histories and colonial war stories are
likely to enjoy it whatever their stance on magic being real A Killing in Karkeshto enjoy it whatever their stance on magic being real A Killing in Karkesh Adrian Cole Having purged a lost city of the Cult of the Goat Arrul Voruum pursues his uarry to Karkesh However the authorities are not welcoming of witchhunters and the survivors of the cult have dispatched foul assassins to end his threat While this is a seuel to another story that featured in a previous edition Cole focuses on character and immediate issues rather than grand arcs and integrates backstory smoothly where necessary thus the story functions eually well as a solo tale in a slightly fantastical vein than Solomon Kane My Name is John Carter Part 4 by James Hutchings Captured by the monstrous Tharks Dejah Thoris attempts to win them to her side When they respond with further cruelty John Carter strikes back hard This is the fourth part of Hutchings retelling of Edgar Rice Boroughs Barsoom series as an epic poem The start and end points are well chosen to allow this to stand as a complete arc for those readers unfamiliar with the previous parts however as with the lays and sagas of Tolkien and other such authors readers are likely to either see it as a skilled use of poesy to enhance narrative or an example of an interesting story buried by form depending on their stance on poetry in general Shapes in the Fog by Brian K Lowe As Lannic and Senela race through the fog Covered Streets The Barmaid Who Served Them streets the barmaid who served them caught up in the chaos In this companion tale to War of the Ruby Lowe provides insight into some of the mysterious events of that storyWhile each of those authors who have used the Eldritch Earth setting have placed their own slant on it there are commonalities that are likely to divide reader opinion of the topic as a whole Alexander describes the setting as a mix of Lovecraft and Edgar Rice Burroughs and it is certainly both weird than either Tarzan or Mars and muscular than classic Mythos However the result is not an even division between the two points the protagonists are thieves warriors and priests each persons of action rather than Lovecraf. Hapes In the Fog by Brian K Lowe Darla of Deodanth by Louise Sorensen In the Gloaming O My Darling by Misha Burnett The ueen of Shadows by Jay Barnson Beyond the Great Divide by
Summary ½ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ P. AlexanderAlexander gathers a series of tales that suggest what might happen if people of violence and cunning rather than book learning faced Lovecraftian threatsThis edition contains eight short stories one novelette and one poem The majority of the prose works are set the Eldritch Earth an alternate prehistoric that blends classic swords and sorcery with dinosaurs and Lovecraftian weirdness War of the Ruby by Brian K Lowe With night closing in and fog choking the streets Lannic wants an evening drinking by the fire His new companion Senela would prefer
they retire to bed However dark forces searching for an artefact thatretire to bed However dark forces searching for an artefact that stole deny them both their wish This story has a strong pulp fantasy feel a less than honourable swordsman a female thief of eual morals and agency magical artefacts sorcerous priests each presented in prose that focuses on action rather than introspection Darla of Deodanth by Louise Sorensen When a rich woman hires Darla to find her missing dog it seems like easy money until the trail leads to the home of an Elder Thing one of the pre human builders of the city Sorensen s Elder Thing is a skilled blend of original source material and new setting readers familiar with At the Mountains of Madness are likely to have no doubts this is the same species but the nuances of behaviour are entirely plausible for a city where humans and Elder Things coexist as if not euals not slavetool and masteruser In the Gloaming O My Darling by Misha Burnett As the Yrrowaine age they withdraw to the depths of the sea however their ueens need to mate with human men a mating that is rumoured to seem like sex with the most beautiful woman imaginable For Tak and Michorn chained on the shore the truth is deeply relevant but how can they plan a response when there have been no known survivors Burnett reimagines how the breeding of Deep Ones and humans subtle and cultish in The Shadow Over Innsmouth might happen in a world of slavers and commonly accepted weirdness Drawing upon the commonalities between all humans however different a world they inhabit he skilfully balances the proactivity of classic pulp heroes with the dread of the incomprehensible of Lovecraft The ueen of Shadows by Jay Barnson Jorgan left Deodanth and the feuds between noble families ears ago However a letter from his sister claiming she dreads for her life draws him back into the city and into the dark spaces beneath the city that were home to its pre human builders Mixing the assassin filled politics and insane experimentation of pulp fantasy with the hyper science of Lovecraftian history Barnson besets a classic hero with betrayals and threats that offer less certainty of human victory than usual Beyond the Great Divide by SH Mansouri The insectile Slagborn are the rightful inhabitants of the euatorial wilds Certain of his place SB 13 leads a slave raid against a human tribe who dare to encroach however the visceral chaos of war is very different from the purity of the hive Mansouri skilfully walks the line between protagonists who are merely humans in rubber masks and those whose psychology is inaccessible to readers or at least offers no opportunity for sympathy providing a glimpse of an alien culture while also showing the struggle of all sentient beings to balance a glimpse of an alien culture while also showing the struggle of all sentient beings to balance and self that unites even the most ostensibly different social structures The First American by Schuyler Hernstrom When the reptilian Dryth raid his tribe and carry off his love Tyur swears vengeance But with the raiding party having withdrawn into the searing deserts he will not survive the chase unless he breaks the law of the tribe and petitions the sorcerer who lives in the peak of the mountains Hernstrom s novelette blends the trope of a barbarian warrior s epic Spring 2017 special Eldritch Earth issue Burroughsian adventure on a prehistoric Lovecraftian Earth Novella The First American by Schuyler Hernstrom Short Stories War of the RubyS. ,