Weird new terrors spawn in H.P. Lovecraft's sea-shadowed town. Written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' forms a major link in the author's renowned "Cthulhu Mythos", featuring a race of ichthyoid Deep Ones which over the years have inter-bred with humans in strange and terrifying ways. Following on from his World Fantasy Award-nominated anthology Shadows Over Innsmouth, editor Stephen Jones returns to Lovecraft's decaying Massachusetts seaport as such established writers as Ramsey Campbell, Hugh B. Cave, Basil Copper, John Glasby, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Richard A. Lupoff, Kim Newman, Paul McAuley, Michael Marshall Smith and Steve Rasnic Tem once again relate a fictional history of Innsmouth and its batrachian inhabitants. The book also includes a discarded draft of Lovecraft's seminal story about that foetid, forsaken New England fishing town with its sparkling treasure and loathsome denizens, along with a major new Lovecraftian novella by international best-selling author Brian Lumley, written especially for this volume. In these stories, as the decades pass, Dagon's scaly spawn continues to spread out from America's east coast to cast its malignant influence over the rest of the world. Meanwhile, mankind finally discovers the true nature of the unspeakable evil that lies hidden beneath the waves out beyond the reef, biding its time until it is ready to rise once again . . .
|INTRODUCTION: WEIRD SHADOWS . . .
|DISCARDED DRAFT OF 'THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH'
|THE QUEST FOR Y'HA-NTHLEI
||Richard A. Lupoff|
|VOICES IN THE WATER
|ANOTHER FISH STORY
|TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
||Hugh B. Cave|
||Steve Rasnic Tem|
|FROM CABINET 34, DRAWER 6
||Caitlín R. Kiernan|
|RAISED BY THE MOON
||Michael Marshall Smith|
|AFTERWORDS: CONTRIBUTORS' NOTES
Nominated for the 2006 World Fantasy Award
Nominated for the 2005 HWA Bram Stoker Award
"It comes as no surprise, since Mr. Jones is the premier genre anthologist living today, that Weird Shadows is an exceptionally strong anthology . . . There isn't a stinker in the bunch . . . And the illustrations by Randy Broecker, Les Edwards, Bob Eggleton, and Allan Servos are a great big fat cherry topping it all off."
WEIRD TALES: THE WEIRD BOOKSHELF, April 27 2014
"Fascinating and recommended"
ALL HALLOWS #41, February 2006
"Not just H.P. Lovecraft fans will revel in this fine follow-up to Jones' Shadow Over Innsmouth (1994), a World Fantasy finalist. As in its predecessor, the stories in this anthology draw inspiration from Lovecraft's classic novelette of alien miscegenation, 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth', but avoid Cthulhu Mythos clichés."
"Jones has brought together some of the industry's top-notch authors . . . This collection is strongly recommended for Mythos fans. Due to the overall quality of the writing, though, it is strongly recommended for everyone else, too."
HELLNOTES NEWSLETTER, Vol.9 No.48, December 15, 2005