Copping Squid and other Mythos Tales

by on Jan.19, 2010

Lovecraft Unbound

Lovecraft Unbound

Now available exclusively from PERILOUS PRESS

COPPING SQUID, an astonishing new collection of Cthulhu Mythos fiction by World Fantasy Award winner MICHAEL SHEA, is up for ORDER NOW in a linen-jacketed, signed, limited edition of 250 copies.

Edited by renowned Lovecraftian critic S.T. JOSHI and illustrated by STEVEN GILBERTS, COPPING SQUID represents the inaugural cornerstone of
Perilous Press’s New Millennium Mythos Library, an ambitious plot to revive high-quality small press genre literature for the bibliophilic cultist on a budget.

COPPING SQUID will be available in an affordable, illustrated trade hardcover edition, wherever eldritch vistas of unfathomable transmogrification are sold.

Michael Shea and S.T. Joshi will both attend the World Fantasy Convention on Halloween weekend in San Jose, CA to celebrate the book’s release.

All WFC who purchase the book at the convention will be entered in a drawing to win a signed original Steve Gilberts illustration from Copping Squid.

“The light-crowned bridges, the long, dazzling shorelines––these seemed for all their expansiveness a trivial, weightless decoration, a constellation of fireflies hanging between the abyss of night above, and the oceanic gulf below. And that gulf breathed, as the sea always breathes, but this respiration thrummed with an added presence almost as titanic as the waters themselves, filling those waters with a darker, mightier will than their own, a lurking purpose, the waiting hunger of Something that wore the ocean like a garment.”

––from “Dagoniad” by Michael Shea

Rocked by the gentle sea, the City sleeps; but its dreams are not its own…

With eight psychotropic visions of damnation and transformation in the urban coral reef of San Francisco, COPPING SQUID forms a mosaic of otherworldly menace shot through with glimpses of awe-inspiring majesty: of invisible outsiders and self-medicating seekers whose desperate prayers and hidden rituals lead them to behold their alien reflections in the all-seeing eyes of the secret masters of creation.

With the deceptive ease and streetwise enlightenment of a weird storytelling master, Michael Shea fearlessly sounds the unplumbed depths of the Cthulhu Mythos to witness visions from which traditional cosmic horror has always averted its dark-adapted gaze.


  • “The Battery,”
  • “Tsathoggua,”
  • “The Presentation,”
  • “The Pool,”
  • “Copping Squid,”
  • “Dagoniad,”
  • “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit,”
  • “Fat-Face.”

Now available in quality illustrated hardcover and a signed, limited edition with distinctive jacket art.

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