I read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, didn’t particularly love it, and haven’t read any of hers since. It’s about to change, though, because on September 2nd (in just a few days!), there is this. Maplecroft: The Borden dispatches. IO9 brought it to my attention. Here’s the blurb from the amazon page:
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one….
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.
But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.
This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
See? This looks silly-awesome. I always need more silly-awesome. I also need to remind myself that it won’t be anything like the Laundry books, and not every Lovecrafty thingy is all that great. Still, though.
(I have never read any full-length genuine Lovecraft. A few short stories, yes, but that’s all I can take. His purple prose is in many ways more horrifying than what he described. Eesh.)