This is my third collection with RDSP. The first two, While the Black Stars Burn and Soft Apocalypses, both won Bram Stoker Awards. This collection (as you might guess from the title) contains various kinds of Lovecraftian fiction along with dark science fiction stories and fantasy tales. As with my previous collections, most of the stories’ protagonists are women survivors who’ve had to deal with personal loss or trauma before they encounter dangerous supernatural intrusions into their lives.
Some stories are quiet; others are action-packed adventures. I wrote most of the stories in the past couple of years, so the collection reflects my latest work as a writer. There’s more story here, too: this book is about 20 pages longer than either of my last two RDSP titles.
- “That Which Does Not Kill You”
Originally appeared in Looming Low, Dim Shores, September 2017.
- “Sunset on Mott Island”
Originally appeared in Shadows Over Main Street, Vol. 2, Cutting Block Books, October 2017.
- “The Gentleman Caller”
Originally appeared in Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror, Dark Regions Press, February 2017.
- “Executive Functions”
Originally appeared in You, Human, Dark Regions Press, December 2016.
- “The Yellow Death”
Originally appeared in Seize The Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror, Gallery Books, October 2015.
- “Santa Muerte”
Originally appeared in Streets of Shadows, Alliteration Ink, September 2014.
- “Dark of the Moon”
Originally appeared in Gamut Magazine, December 2017.
- “A Noble Endeavor”
Originally appeared in Steampunk Universe, Alliteration Ink, January 2018.
- “Blossoms Blackened Like Dead Stars”
Originally appeared in Ride The Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird, Broken Eye Books, September 2017.
- “A Hero of Grünjord”
First appearing in Hath No Fury, Outland Entertainment, August 2018.
- “The Warlady’s Daughter”
Originally appeared in Champions of Aetaltis, Mechanical Muse, April 2016.
The collection received a very nice early review from Library Journal: “Garden of Eldritch Delights, a horror story collection by a modern master of the form, Lucy A. Snyder, offers explosive tales of trauma and survival, featuring memorable monsters while also looking back to Lovecraft for inspiration.”
Other stories in this collection have gotten nods from reviewers:
“Stoker-winner Lucy A. Snyder’s superbly creepy ‘Blossoms Blackened like Dead Stars’ is about a woman recruited to eradicate alien spawn before they can attack Earth who becomes something more than human in the process.”
– Publishers Weekly
“This story features some serious vampires. Well done.”
– Cemetery Dance on “The Yellow Death”
“Snyder’s piece subtly lures you in on the waves, while bringing on the impending doom. Charmingly cryptic to the end.”
– Reviewer Glenn Rolfe on “Sunset on Mott Island”
“(O)ne of the best of the anthology … unforgettable.”
– The Horror Fiction Review on “The Gentleman Caller”
More book info:
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press (October 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1947879081
- ISBN-13: 9781947879089