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Old 07-08-2017   #1
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Looming Low Available for Pre-order

The Limited hardcover has art by Marcela Bolivar and is limited to 150 copies. The paperback has cover art by Yves Tourigny is available direct from Dim Shores but will eventually be on Amazon as well. Featuring 26 new weird horror stories from:

Nadia Bulkin
Michael Cisco
Kristi DeMeester
Brian Evenson
Kurt Fawver
Gemma Files
Richard Gavin
Craig Laurance Gidney
Michael Griffin
Lisa L. Hannett
Livia Llewellyn
Anya Martin
Daniel Mills
S.P. Miskowski
Sunny Moraine
Scott Nicolay
Betty Rocksteady
Christopher Slatsky
Lucy A. Snyder
Simon Strantzas
Jeffrey Thomas
Damien Angelica Walters
Brooke Warra
Kaaron Warren
Michael Wehunt
A.C. Wise

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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

This is the Deluxe Hardcover art by Marcela Bolívar:



And this is the Trade Paperback art by Yves Tourigny:



As Justin mentioned, the Deluxe Hardcover is limited to 150 hand-numbered copies and is available at the Dim Shores website. Ziesing's bookstore in California and the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences store in Rhode Island will each have a handful of copies too.

The first 150 copies of the Trade Paperback will also only be available at the Dim Shores web store, plus Ziesings and LAS. The Trade Paperback will show up on Amazon soon-ish, probably in October. There will eventually be an e-book later in the fall.

Both editions are 7" x 10" and printed on a nice 60# natural cream paper, 344 pages. The Deluxe Hardcover is Smyth sewn, with printed endpapers and a foil stamp on the front cover and spine. And each edition will include a high-quality print of its cover art sans text.

LOOMING LOW will debut at NecronomiCon Providence (August 17-20) and will start shipping out on August 24. Books can also be pre-ordered and picked up at NecronomiCon.

All stories are brand new and many were written specifically for LOOMING LOW. Here is the full table of contents, in order with story titles. Of the 26 authors represented, 11 have sub-forums here on TLO and are marked with asterisk below.

“The Convexity of Our Youth” - Kurt Fawver
“The Stories We Tell About Ghosts” - A.C. Wise
“In Canada” - Michael Wehunt
“The Second Door” - Brian Evenson
“The Christiansen Deaths” - Daniel Mills*
“Dusk Urchin” - Betty Rocksteady
“The Gin House, 1935” - Livia Llewellyn*
“This Unquiet Space” - Damien Angelica Walters*
“We Grope Together, and Avoid Speech” - Sunny Moraine
“Heirloom” - Brooke Warra
“That Which Does Not Kill You” - Lucy A. Snyder
“Doused by Night” - Simon Strantzas*
“We Are All Bone Inside” - Kaaron Warren
“Outside, a Drifter” - Lisa L. Hannett
“The Small Deaths of Skin and Plastic” - Kristi DeMeester
“When the Blue Sky Breaks” - Scott Nicolay*
“Mirror Bias” - Craig Laurance Gidney
“Boisea trivittata” - Anya Martin
“Rock n' Roll Death Squad” - Michael Cisco*
“Alligator Point” - S.P. Miskowski
“Stranger in the House” - Jeffrey Thomas*
“SPARAGMOS” - Christopher Slatsky*
“Banishments” - Richard Gavin*
​​​​​​​“The Sound of Black Dissects the Sun” - Michael Griffin*
“Live Through This” - Nadia Bulkin
“Distant Dark Places” - Gemma Files*

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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

Perhaps it’s easy to miss the point of the Kurt Fawver story...
Looming Low | THE DES LEWIS GESTALT REAL-TIME REVIEW

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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

Joshi certainly did

http://stjoshi.org/review_loominglow1.html
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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

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I like the sound of the Fawver, the DeMeester and the Walters' actually. Any of them available online. Bizarre sounding plot ideas like that tempt me to buy the antho more than modernised Lovecraftian forrays of the 'archeology or occult history reveals ancient alien beings' type.

My personal antipathy for the man aside Joshi really does appear to have a problem with nuance. Everything is either terrible, risible, embarrassing et cetera or astonishing/truly cosmic.
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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

Agree that the DeMeester one sounds interesting.

Oof- at Joshi's recent Brian Keene overview.

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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

Far be it from me to criticise Joshi, but I found aspects of his review for this book deeply worrying. There is more than a little sense of elitism involved in his discussion of the books list of authors, as though any book which doesn't contain the usual suspects of Campbell, Kiernan, Barron, etc, is immediately substandard. Even with the caveat that 'this is not to say lesser-known authors cannot do good work', he seems to suggest a closed door policy within the realm of weird fiction; one in which if you're not already 'one of us', then you have no place within his estimations.

Again, I appreciate that Joshi has likely forgotten more than I shall ever know regarding the topic, but the review seems to me to be confused as to the very nature of 'weird fiction'. He seems to purport the need for the stories involved to A.) Include aspects of the supernatural (which I don't think is a necessary requirement in order to be 'weird'), and, B.) to fully explain away any weird happenings which occur within the story, which for me would completely destroy any semblance of horror towards the unknown which a given story might have been attempting.
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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

Quote Originally Posted by In A Dark Light View Post
Far be it from me to criticise Joshi, but I found aspects of his review for this book deeply worrying. There is more than a little sense of elitism involved in his discussion of the books list of authors, as though any book which doesn't contain the usual suspects of Campbell, Kiernan, Barron, etc, is immediately substandard. Even with the caveat that 'this is not to say lesser-known authors cannot do good work', he seems to suggest a closed door policy within the realm of weird fiction; one in which if you're not already 'one of us', then you have no place within his estimations.
In his defense I think he took issue with the insinuation that the anthology was a collection of the 'stars' of modern weird fiction (read established 'stars'). So he claims it promises to give an array of the contemporary best but does not fulfill that promise.

I'm glad he included Reggie in that list though - otherwise he seems to have a tendency to ignore British writers.
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Far be it from me to criticise Joshi, but I found aspects of his review for this book deeply worrying. There is more than a little sense of elitism involved in his discussion of the books list of authors, as though any book which doesn't contain the usual suspects of Campbell, Kiernan, Barron, etc, is immediately substandard. Even with the caveat that 'this is not to say lesser-known authors cannot do good work', he seems to suggest a closed door policy within the realm of weird fiction; one in which if you're not already 'one of us', then you have no place within his estimations.
In his defense I think he took issue with the insinuation that the anthology was a collection of the 'stars' of modern weird fiction (read established 'stars'). So he claims it promises to give an array of the contemporary best but does not fulfill that promise.

I'm glad he included Reggie in that list though - otherwise he seems to have a tendency to ignore British writers.
Quite likely you're right. I just think that's a somewhat minor point for him to have raised in such a laborious fashion. Personally, I don't think an anthology needs any reasoning behind its own existence other than to attempt to provide the reader with quality short fiction. That's very much my own opinion on the matter, however, and as such is far from being gospel.
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Re: Looming Low Available for Pre-order

I don’t like to address reviews, but do want to clarify one thing. Looming Low Volume I was never intended or represented to be anything other than what it is - in the words of the back cover, “LOOMING LOW presents 26 wondrous and unsettling tales that represent some of the best writing from the new golden age of strange literature.” I realize the phrase some of the best writing is very subjective but Justin and I were comfortable with using it.

As it happens, Looming Low Volume I is now available in paperback and e-book editions through Book Depository, Amazon, BN.com, and probably elsewhere.

None of these stories have been posted online, but you can use Amazon’s Look Inside feature to read much of the first story, Kurt Fawver’s “The Convexity of Our Youth.” Mr. Joshi was not fond of that one, but then again we seem to have fairly different opinions on what constitutes good weird fiction. Both Justin and I loved it, and it leads off the book for a reason.

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