Reviewed by Matthew Scott Baker
When it comes to H.P. Lovecraft, I am constantly amazed at the number of authors that delve into the worlds and mythos that he created. There is a vast diversity in these authors, which in turn gives a wide-ranging selection of stories. This is certainly not a bad thing, either; on the contrary, it is nice to see new and original takes on the man’s concepts. The Lovecraft eZine does an excellent job of offering some of these new and newer stories to Lovecraft geeks like me. If you’re any kind of fan of horror fiction, then you must give this ezine a look.
If you are not familiar with the Lovecraft eZine Megapack, here is the plot synopsis:
The Lovecraft eZine is a monthly magazine featuring Lovecraftian horror and the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft eZine was given a “thumbs-up” by S.T. Joshi, and regularly publishes well-known writers such as Stephen Mark Rainey, W.H. Pugmire, Ann K. Schwader, Joseph S. Pulver, SR., William Meikle, and many more. The goal of The Lovecraft eZine is to provide high quality Lovecraftian fiction at a reasonable price.
Speaking of reasonable price, these megapacks are an amazing deal for the money. For only $0.99, you get over 30 stories and over 500 pages of good, weird fun. Each pack is also illustrated throughout to give you a visual glimpse into the madness and macabre of Lovecraftian influenced fiction within.
The first megapack features issues 1-9 of the ezine and it is chocked full of talent, both new and old. There are stories here that will make you think, stories that will make you want to vomit, and even stories that will pull at your heartstrings. This pack contains something for everyone.
Each story is written well and conveys a unique voice. The authors appear to have done their homework, too, for each story appears to be a smaller piece to a bigger puzzle, as if H.P. Lovecraft himself gave guidance or opinions.
One of my favorite stories is “Things We Are Not” by Brandon H. Bell. I had to read this story three times to make sure I caught everything in it. This tale is a bizarre trip about a man searching for love in surrealistic world where viruses have mutated humanity and animals alike. I enjoyed this story for its far-reaching scope and vivid imagery.
The Lovecraft eZine Megapacks are a definite win for me, and I highly recommend them. Even if you are not familiar with Lovecraft’s work, you will still appreciate the solid writing and interesting tales within each issue.