Curtis M. Lawson's debut collection is a menagerie of supernatural horror and weird fiction that drops imperfect characters into an uncaring universe, inhabited by malevolent deities. In these pages you will find devouring gods of the yawning abyss, Japanese demons who sway mortal souls, and digital hells of man’s own creation. Follow into the darkness and walk among the gCurtis M. Lawson's debut collection is a menagerie of supernatural horror and weird fiction that drops imperfect characters into an uncaring universe, inhabited by malevolent deities. In these pages you will find devouring gods of the yawning abyss, Japanese demons who sway mortal souls, and digital hells of man’s own creation. Follow into the darkness and walk among the gods of the Black Pantheons. There is magic where they live, in the emptiness between the stars.Stories:The Obessession of Chloe ChambersDemons of ManzanarDavarionSinister Swan SongPinocchio & The Black PantheonThe Carousel HorseIrretrievable Data LossThe Labyrinth of Winter's End- A Devoured StoryHeaven's a Gamble, Hell's an InvestmentI was a Teenage Sex DemonParamnesia...
|Title||:||Black Pantheons: Collected Tales of Gnostic Dread|
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|Number of Pages||:||481 Pages|
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Black Pantheons: Collected Tales of Gnostic Dread Reviews
A very strong collection of short tales and a novella. I thought only one story missed the mark but not by far. My favorites were:1. Demons of Manzanar - a flawless story, told without an unnecessary word, excessive gore or violence, or any other glam. Just prose and substance done to perfection.2. The Carousel Horse - while I don't consider this horror necessarily, it is something completely beautiful and poetic.3. The Labyrinth of Winter's End - this is atmospheric and visual horror with a wild imagination.4. Pinnochio & the Black Pantheon - the first stage of this story is perfect, and I would have liked it to have ended there. What follows is good, too, but softens the punch of the first segment.All in all, this is definitely a collection worth picking up. The author is not afraid to tackle any topic with the veracity of a dogged journalist who isn't concerned with spin. 4.5 stars.
Review of BLACK PANTHEONS by Curtis M. LawsonPresent in this collection is a veritable feast for the discerning aficionado of dark fiction. Sometimes Lovecraftian, other times Qabalistic, yet at other turns relying on myth, legend, and Hebrew dark magic, BLACK PANTHEONS is literate and intellectual horror as it really ought to be written. I so appreciated how each entry tugged at my soul and stretched the bounds of my imagination. These are not stories you sit down to flip through during commercials; these are tales meant to be savoured, pondered, thoroughly and creatively considered. I'm inspired to look up more from this very gifted author, whose creativity finds its playground in the spaces between the stars.
Wow, what a weird ride! I am not normally a big fan of either horror or Short stories, but i am a fan of Curtis Lawsons, so I decided why not? I was not surprised the stories are well written, just surprised they hooked me so much. It is a wide variety of horror and weird, with something from all spectrums of the genre. The three true standouts to me are the The Carousel Horse, about a sick little girl who hears the call of the carousel to come ride, illness or not; the Obsession of Chloe Chambers, who learns that ambition to use magic can blind you to the consequences, that nothing is free with magic; and my personal favorite, Pinnochio and the Black Pantheons, in which Gepetto got a quite different and bloodier result in making his son than he anticipated. That wooden boy had something else working the strings, and wow, was it crazy! Overall, and excellent collection of stories, that I heartily recommend to anyone interested in the dark side of storytelling!
Black Pantheons, Curtis Lawson’s first short horror fiction collection, is more than the sum of its parts. Several of these pieces are available as separate e-books, so you may be wondering what is new, and is it worth it. As much as I enjoyed seeing the old favorites, the new pieces represent some of his best work. I particularly enjoyed the first story, “The Obsession of Chloe Chambers,” and the concluding novelette, “Paramnesia.” I liked the variety of themes and tone in short stories, flash fiction, and longer pieces in this volume. It includes straight up horror, dark fantasy, science fiction, a twisted (and hilarious) fairy tale, and a poignant look at dark chapter of American history. If you like dark fiction, you should give it a try.
Black Pantheons: Collected Tales of Gnostic Dread is the first of Lawson’s work that I’ve had the opportunity to read, and this collection shows a fantastic range of voice and original creativity. Despite the title, the eleven stories in this collection do not directly tie into Gnosticism. Rather, there is a reoccurring theme of primordial darkness that threads through a majority of the stories. There are hints of a larger cosmology at play but nothing is really fleshed out on that level, either intentionally or not I’m not sure of.Personal favorites include:“Demons of Manzanar”: An interesting insight into the subtlety of evil.“Pinocchio & the Black Pantheon”: A highly entertaining, dark, original take on the classic story. Strong tip of the hat to Lovecraft, but clearly owned by Lawson’s personal voice.“The Carousel Horse”: One of my high favorites simply because of how different it is from the other stories. A definite thematic curveball, so do not go to this story immediately. Read it after a few of the others."Labyrinth of Winter’s End- A Devoured Story": A brutal tale of darkness from many different streams. It’s rather hard to decide who you’re rooting for by the end of this story, it goes that grim."Paramnesia": A great combination of personal horror and supernatural horror. Lawson does some excellent character building in this one, a trait that really adds to some heartbreaking moments in the story.All in all, Black Pantheons: Collected Tales of Gnostic Dread shows an excellent spectrum of talent and vision from a great, new writer to watch. Definitely give it a look.