Issue #7, October 2011: Introduction

Mike Davis here — welcome to the 7th issue of The Lovecraft eZine!  Are you enjoying October?  I am, and I’m very excited about this issue.  I have five chilling stories for you by some very talented writers — I know you’ll enjoy these Lovecraftian tales!  And, we have some new artists on the team: Please welcome Galen Dara, Mike Dominic, and Ronnie Tucker.  Be sure to check out their websites for more of their art.  The issue 7 cover is done by the very talented Mimulux — thank you, Pat!

I would also like to thank author A.J. French for the help he has given me with the reading and editing process, and Cthulhu Chick for creating the Kindle and Nook versions of The Lovecraft eZine.  I appreciate you guys.  This is not a one-man show, and this magazine would not be possible without the help of the artists and people like A.J. French and Cthulhu Chick… and of course the writers!

And for those of you who don’t know: The Lovecraft eZine got a real shot in the arm several weeks ago. S.T. Joshi, the world’s leading Lovecraftian scholar, gave this magazine a big thumbs-up!.  He said that he was very impressed with this website — and for those of you who don’t know, he’s not a man who gives praise lightly.  He’s not easy to please, and if he doesn’t like a Lovecraftian story or book, he says so.  So this means a lot.  The Lovecraft eZine has the S.T. Joshi stamp of approval!

Anyway, enough intro… on to the stories!

Sky Full of Fire, by Corinna Sara Bechko: Worse than seeing the shadow person is what happens at night now. Something is walking. I don’t know what it is, and don’t want to know. But something, or somethings are abroad. They cast no shadow even when the moon is up. I hear them though. Sometimes there’s a low thumping, like a distant steam piston. Sometimes there’s a sort of clacking, like a train going over the trestles of a bridge…

The Lord of Endings, by John R. Fultz: The full moon floated above like a golden sphere, obscured by vapors of green and violet and scarlet, the shifting auroras of an unearthly sky. Alien constellations glittered, and a stray comet passed across the inky vault, a streak of burning sapphire…

Loaners, by Aaron Polson: Drawings and handwritten equations had been tacked, taped, or stapled to almost every inch of available wall space, along with several articles which looked like they’d been clipped from newspapers or printed from the internet. The walls were covered, except a large mirror next to the computer. For a moment, and perhaps her eyes played a trick, the mirror seemed to reflect another, almost twin mirror which must have been leaning against a half wall which divided the room…

The Prophecy of Zarah, by Jenne Kaivo: It should be noted that the translators make the ridiculous assertion that more writing appeared from the start to the completion of their reconstruction of this text, and indeed that vague impressions of letters have already formed below the last sentence, which now ends at “the”. This should be taken as a highly unprofessional attempt at explaining away the slow process of translation. The grisly suicides of, as of this writing, two of the original translation team, should likewise be ignored…

The Stranger From Out of Town, by John Prescott: “Trust me, the signs are clear. The lines draw and intersect on this lake, along with the date. It is time, and no force on earth can stop it by conventional means. If this thing would get through to our world, it would be utter chaos. Bloodshed would follow, along with the breakdown of many governments and religion…”

I hope that you enjoy this issue.  If you do, please consider donating to keep this magazine going; even a couple of dollars helps.  It also helps The Lovecraft eZine when you click the Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter sharing buttons at the end of each story.  And be sure to comment — if you’re enjoying the magazine, let me know!

Happy Halloween,

Mike Davis
Founder and Publisher

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