Weirder Shadows over Innsmouth – Review

The Horror Hothouse


Weirder Shadows over Innsmouth is the third anthology of short stories inspired by HP Lovecraft’s novella The Shadow over Innsmouth, collected by Hothouse pal Stephen Jones.

Within there are 17 tales of terror featuring the fishy acolytes of Dagon from Lovecraft’s little town on the Massachusetts coast that was so comprehensively trashed by the FBI and the US Navy in February 1928.

There are two works by the master himself The Port and Innsmouth Clay, which was completed after Lovecraft’s death by his disciple August Derleth together and a few fairly straight (well as straight as weird fiction can get) pastiches by the likes of Caitlin R Kiernan and Angela Slatter for Lovecraft purists to enjoy. There are also some dependably traditional migrations from Innsmouth to the UK by the likes of Ramsey Campbell and Simon Kurt Unsworth, but what really drew me into the collection were the stories…

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