Tor is continuing the trend of releasing stand-alone short fiction. I suspect that at some point A Song for Quiet and others will be collected in one volume and re-released. With this novella taking place in Arkham, Massachusetts, we find an emulation and confrontation of the H.P. Lovecraft legacy that captures both manifestations of unease with entrancing subtlety. I liked this story, although I can’t say that this take is as good as others I have read recently, but the story does capture the sinister horrors that lurk behind the mundane world. Cassandra Khaw elevates a simple tale to include modern relevance and does it expertly.
Here we have a sax playing Bluesman trapped by forces outside of his control. He is most likely doomed by his destiny to a sad end. The suspense and complexity of his situation are clear and we are able to feel his fear and confusion to a great degree.
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