Welcome to our weekly list of Lovecraftian short story favorites. Note this is not a “Top Five” list, just a list of five favorites by Lovecraftian authors, editors, reviewers, etc.
This week, author Laird Barron gives us his list:
- Children of the Kingdom, by T.E.D. Klein. (In Dark Gods.) Exactly what was the cause of the 1977 New York City blackout?
- Black Man With a Horn, by T.E.D. Klein. (In Dark Gods, The Book of Cthulhu.) An author becomes involved in a mystery after a chance encounter with a missionary while traveling.
- Riding the White Bull, by Caitlin R. Kiernan. (In A is for Alien.) A chilling tale of first contact.
- Fat Face, by Michael Shea. (In The Book of Cthulhu, The Autopsy and Other Tales.) A classic and probably the most well known of Shea’s short stories.
- The Autopsy, by Michael Shea. (In The Autopsy and Other Tales.) In Laird’s words: “The first horror story to really scare the hell out of me.”
Next week: Rick Lai‘s list!
Speaking of Michael Shea: Most of you probably know that he died recently. This Sunday’s Lovecraft eZine video chat (watch here at 6:00pm Eastern time) will be devoted to him.
I’ve read four of these tales, the exception being the Kiernan entry, and have to agree that they are superb stories!!!
Fantastic, Mike! I am really happy you guys will honor Shea with a special show. Thanks so much.
And I am really enjoying these lists. Very interesting to get writer’s perspectives on all the Lovecraftian stories that are floating around out there.