Mass Market Paperback ☆ Dark Gods PDF Á

Mass Market Paperback  ☆ Dark Gods PDF Á
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 261 pages
  • Dark Gods
  • T.E.D. Klein
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 055325801X

Dark Gods[PDF / Epub] ★ Dark Gods By T.E.D. Klein – Essayreview.co.uk TED Klein s highly acclaimed first novel The Ceremonies which Stephen King called the most exciting novel in my field to come along since Straub s Ghost Story established him in the top rank of horror TED Klein s highly acclaimed first novel The Ceremonies which Stephen King called the most exciting novel in my field to come along since Straub s Ghost Story established him in the top rank of horror writers Now, with the four novellas gathered here, Klein proves himself to be a master of this classic shorter formThe collection opens with Children of the Kingdom , a beautifully crafted chiller that gradually reveals the horrors that lurk behind the shadows of the city In Petey , George and Phyllis and the die hards at their housewarming think that their new rural retreat is quite a steal unaware that foreclosure, in a particularly monstrous form, is heading their wayIn the insidiously terrifying Black Man with a Horn , a homage to Lovecraft, a chance encounter with a missionary priest over the Atlantic lures a traveller into a web of ancient mystery and fiendish retribution And in Nadelman s God , the protagonist discovers, degree by shocking degree, that the demons of our imaginations are not always imaginary.


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10 thoughts on “Dark Gods

  1. says:

    First, I would like to say thank you to my friend Ryan Cagle for so kindly sending me a copy of this book Thanks, Ryan Second, this collection of 4 novellas was a find example of literary horror fiction The stories were well written, dripping with creepy atmosphere, and thought provoking There were some Lovecraftian references that I enjoyed, as well as a few shudder provoking scenes most especially with the first novella, Children of the Kingdom Well done Highly recommend for fans of liter First, I would like to say thank you to my friend Ryan Cagle for so kindly sending me a copy of this book Thanks, Ryan Second, this collection of 4 novellas was a find example of literary horror fiction The stories were well written, dripping with creepy atmosphere, and thought provoking There were some Lovecraftian references that I enjoyed, as well as a few shudder provoking scenes most especially with the first novella, Children of the Kingdom Well done Highly recommend for fans of literary horror fiction

  2. says:

    Dark Gods is a collection of novellas that bring to mind something that I could imagine HP Lovecraft writing if he was a baby boomer Or maybe that isn t quite right Because I think T.E.D Klein has a subtle, grounded approach that distances him from Lovecraft s style in a crucial way for this reader Klein seems to eschew melodrama, and Lovecraft embodies it in his writing The similiarities to Lovecraft liein his overall fatalistic viewpoint and his character choices I had to say I was Dark Gods is a collection of novellas that bring to mind something that I could imagine HP Lovecraft writing if he was a baby boomer Or maybe that isn t quite right Because I think T.E.D Klein has a subtle, grounded approach that distances him from Lovecraft s style in a crucial way for this reader Klein seems to eschew melodrama, and Lovecraft embodies it in his writing The similiarities to Lovecraft liein his overall fatalistic viewpoint and his character choices I had to say I wasn t quite comfortable with the way race is handled in these stories Characters are labeled far too quickly by race and ethnicity, also by social status That definitely made me think of how Lovecraft would view the melting pot of NYC in the modern age I want to say that this was done on purpose That these characters in the stories are people who don t see the world in a rosy way They don t look past skin color, ethnicity, or social status They are way too disenchanted, too immersed in the world s darkness to see things in a higher way The worldview also brings to mind Lovecraft His fatalistic view of the world, in which doom is certain, in which goodness cannot prevail, and mankind is merely going through the motions And then there are the references to those in the know when it comes to the occult and the arcane, those who have pierced the veil The doomed fate of those who seek to knowthan they should That s here as well.How is this different from Lovecraft Well, I touched on that in the writing style Mr Klein has a smooth writing style, a modern well at that time, which is like the late 70s early 80s or so feel to his work His ideas might bring to mind some of the pulp notions, but they are entirely his own I m not much for the dark, sure doom approach when it comes to horror, but for that type of story, he writes it well Mr Klein has a way of building atmosphere in a very subtle manner Before I know it, I feel my stomach tighten with unease, just by a mere sentence Things seemed normal and okay , and suddenly there is that suggestion of dread where I didn t see it before And before I knew it, the point of no return had passed for the character in the story Maybe he didn t intend for some aspects to be funny, but they were I guess it s my weirdo sense of humor at work, because I laughed out loud at some parts, and then I almost shuddered at some other part What I thought about each story Children of the Kingdom This story was just kind of twisted Some aspects were pretty sick, but kind of absurd, in that way that has you wanting to laugh until the idea that this is not played for laughs hits you It s not so funny if you re actually in this story, and this utter weirdness is playing out around you and involves you in ways you really don t want to be involved This story makes me think that Klein writes in a subversive way to bring race relations to the reader s mind and to make one consider how absurd racism largely due to unfounded fears behind it is In this case, the main characters fear the blacks and what they seem to represent seen as the arbiters and cause of social decay in the neighborhood What they should fear is lurking in the sewers, and they aren t black, and hardly even human They are a primitive version of humanity that could care less about race, other than furthering their own once great civilization This was an eerie and disturbing, like a stomach ache, story Petey Petey seems to be a look at the Yuppie drive to have and to flaunt what one has In this case, George and Phyllis have gotten a huge mansion way out in the boondocks for a song, and they throw a party to show it off Actually they got the mansion for a steal , and they will find it s going to cost a lotthan they bargained for Klein shows just how different his writing is from Lovecraft, even with a story that could have come out of the master of horror s imagination In this case, this story is so subtle, it takes some careful reading to look for the threads of threat and horror My personal opinion is that Lovecraft is not a subtle writer They are there, but the social commentary seems to beof a focus in this story However, careful reading assures the reader that they are not mistaken about the wrongness of it all This is definitely a horror story I felt the ending was too abrupt, and that disappointed me But it was a good story overall Black Man with a Horn Definitely a story that could have come out of the pulps with the fears of the Yellow invasion and the antiquated views towards black people bestial, subhuman, you name it , also that fear of native tribal cultures This story felt the most like Lovecraft to me, and probably in the ways that make his stories hardest to read as far as racist elements What I liked about this story is that the narrator is a contemporary of Lovecraft, who was seen as a protege of Lovecraft instead of a respected colleague That smarts, and you find outthan once as you read the story He views the world through an aging lens One gets the impression that his views on race are expected for a man of his age, even if they made me uncomfortable This one is a double edged sword for me, as I liked the pulpy feel, although not the undesirable aspects see above sentences of pulp literature You have an idea of what s going on here, but there s still an ambiguity to the threat And when the story ends, that is a huge component of the unease that is left behind It s as though you can only see what you have seen, and no , without losing your grip on sanity That s very Lovecraft right there Nadelman s God This story was the most interesting, and the most disturbing one in the collection Heavy shades of black magic here It makes one afraid of what lurks in your imagination Could I create something with this malevolent force behind it On one level, I could wonder if it s Nadelman s very lack of positive belief and optimism that created the spark that brought this creature to life If religion is seen as an opiate, could it not also serve as a protective force against something much darker, muchdetrimental to mankind Instead of belief hurting, maybe belief could protect And its absence opens a doorway to a dark force that hates all good in the world When this story concluded, I felt that fear like a weight on my back that it left behind.Dark Gods is a good book to read around Halloween It will have you reaching for lighter fare afterwards, though

  3. says:

    4 stories out of which only one is less than 5 stars Petey

  4. says:

    Reality is never enough for some people.Subtle horror Realism Truth can kill.

  5. says:

    This islike it While Reassuring Tales was something of a let down, Dark Gods was exactly what I was looking for It was reading Black Man with a Horn for what I thought was the second time but was actually the first that drove me to pick this up I was pretty sure I d read it before, but I turned out to be dead wrong Everything in it was new to me except Black Man, which I d just read in The Book of Cthulhu , and everything in it was pretty much superb.Now if someone would just pack This islike it While Reassuring Tales was something of a let down, Dark Gods was exactly what I was looking for It was reading Black Man with a Horn for what I thought was the second time but was actually the first that drove me to pick this up I was pretty sure I d read it before, but I turned out to be dead wrong Everything in it was new to me except Black Man, which I d just read in The Book of Cthulhu , and everything in it was pretty much superb.Now if someone would just package these up with Events at Poroth Farm and then take my money, please

  6. says:

    I learned of T.E.D Klein through my casual interest in Lovecraft s stories I can t cite a particular source for where I first heard, but Klein is often hailed as a great modern Cthulhu mythos author, despite his very scant output I read his Events at Poroth Farm in The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories and it was one of my favorite stories from that anthology Eventually it became time to track down Klein s other work, which requires some minimal online leg I learned of T.E.D Klein through my casual interest in Lovecraft s stories I can t cite a particular source for where I first heard, but Klein is often hailed as a great modern Cthulhu mythos author, despite his very scant output I read his Events at Poroth Farm in The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack 40 Modern and Classic Lovecraftian Stories and it was one of my favorite stories from that anthology Eventually it became time to track down Klein s other work, which requires some minimal online legwork His single novel, The Ceremonies, is available as an audiobook now, but neither that nor Dark Gods is in e book format, as far as I can tell I watched this title until a copy about half the price that it usually goes for materialized The four novellas long stories contained herein show a mastery of modern Lovecraft inspired horror, with an exceedingly light touch when it comes to revealing the presence of things to the reader These stories are from the 1970 s and early 1980 s and make use of social and cultural landscapes particular to those times exceedingly well Unfortunately this includes thoughts and feelings about non white races racist mindsets are very much part of these stories I have seen some reviews that attempt to portray this as Klein highlighting or poking fun at Lovecraft s now well documented racism, but I did not see it in this light There were absolutely zero efforts made to suggest that the racism in these stories was wrong or countered in any way This, regrettably, remains part of Lovecraft s legacy that is further perpetuated decades later Children of the Kingdom Racial fear and disgust is a powerful part of this story The narrator s terror of non white people in New York City is palpable, and this fear of the urban other s presence tearing down civilization, bringing crime and violence into his world, is intricately part of the mounting tension and fear of actual monsters that slowly, oh so slowly enters the tale, climaxing with the real life 1977 blackout and subsequent looting spree The urban tension and racism were certainly part of people s lived experience at that time and place and they are an essential part of this particular story, but still it left a bad taste in my mouth reading this in 2019 Petey In a way this is the scariest story in the book, because I would fear being stuck at this party with these upwardly mobile middle class extrovertsthan facing any of the monstrous creatures in this collection There is no real horror to speak of, other than the couples with their brash proclamations and thinly veiled resentment of others success and the political machinations that allowed the house owner to acquire this property Black Man with a Horn Again, racial fear is essential to the story, particularly fear of African Blacks The protagonist is an old, barely accomplished writer and one time friend of H.P Lovecraft himself, who finds himself embroiled in a mystery after he sits on a plane next to a mssionary fleeing a particular African tribe and whatever god or vengeful creature has been set loose by it Set in New York and later in Florida, where aging New Yorkers apparently have to eventually move Again, anything actually otherwordly or supernatural is very subtly and slowly introduced and has practically no physical presence until very late Nedelman s God Best story in this collection, and not only because it is the only one to not incorporate outright racism Instead another theme ascends, one of social class and fear of being bothered or invaded by those of a lesser class This is not the main point of the story, but it bears mentioning as a common theme thoughout these stories Satanic Panic is muchfront and center, with a mature story that refers to heavy metal music and lyrics, sophomoric college literary aspirations, advertising agencies, and other elements that make its early 1980 s time period stand out This is the third of four stories to make reference to writers, specifically failed writers here, clearly an identity issue for Klein who has cited severe writer s block as a reason he has not producedoutput The afterword mentions that Klein was working on another novel this collection came out after The Ceremonies , but such a thing was never completed or at least never published

  7. says:

    Four horror novellas that were influenced by the works of H P Lovecraft Though many Lovecraftian themes are present in these stories, the author has his own distinct and modern writing style One of the better examples of this horror sub genre.Children of the Kingdom 4 stars An ancient race of hidden Old Ones, living in New York City Set during the 1977 Blackout.Petey 3 stars Revenge for a shady real estate deal.Black Man With a Horn 3 and 1 2 stars A writer who was a protege of H Four horror novellas that were influenced by the works of H P Lovecraft Though many Lovecraftian themes are present in these stories, the author has his own distinct and modern writing style One of the better examples of this horror sub genre.Children of the Kingdom 4 stars An ancient race of hidden Old Ones, living in New York City Set during the 1977 Blackout.Petey 3 stars Revenge for a shady real estate deal.Black Man With a Horn 3 and 1 2 stars A writer who was a protege of H P Lovecraft finds himself in a real life drama involving characters from a Lovecraft story.Nadelman s God 4 stars An old occult poem, written by Nadelman back in his college days as an act of rebellion, is taken very seriously by a fan who s into witchcraft

  8. says:

    Four beautiful literate longer horror stories, each one a modern classic If all horror writers were like this the genre would become accepted as true literature.

  9. says:

    The lack of T.E.D Klein material out there is one of the grave sadnesses of the publishing world He s not a particularly prolific author, I ll grant that a handful of stories and a single great novel over 30 years is not exactly a Dickensian output But it should really all be in print, starting with this Four novellas that surpass the normal expectations of horror fiction by being smart, original and genuinely unsettling It contains Children of the Kingdom, set during New York s apo The lack of T.E.D Klein material out there is one of the grave sadnesses of the publishing world He s not a particularly prolific author, I ll grant that a handful of stories and a single great novel over 30 years is not exactly a Dickensian output But it should really all be in print, starting with this Four novellas that surpass the normal expectations of horror fiction by being smart, original and genuinely unsettling It contains Children of the Kingdom, set during New York s apocalyptic summer of 1977, and the eerie meditation on mortality Black Man With a Horn, which uses postmodern pastiche techniques in its loving homage to Lovecraft

  10. says:

    Love this book Mr Klein, if you read this, please writeHorror fans need you.

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