Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales

by on Jan.19, 2018

Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos TalesFor more than thirty years, Michael Shea has been making his own distinctive contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos devised by H. P. Lovecraft—an entire universe of gods and monsters that hundreds of writers have imitated. But Shea has done a lot more than merely mimic Lovecraft’s prose or add a new god or “forbidden book” to the Mythos. In his Mythos tales, Shea has infused his own unique vision and perspective.

The much-reprinted “Fat Face” takes us into the seedy underworld of prostitutes and drug dealers in San Francisco, while other tales such as “Dagoniad,” “Copping Squid,” and “Tsathoggua” vividly meld Lovecraftian cosmic horror with the contemporary world of California, with its swimming pools and beachcombers. Shea was also fascinated with Lovecraft’s novel of Antarctic horror, At the Mountains of Madness, and his stories “Under the Shelf” and “Beneath the Beardmore” take us to that frozen land of death and terror.

The title story, “Demiurge,” is a previously unpublished novella that draws upon Lovecraft’s tales of psychic possession in its chilling portrayal of a nameless monster who may be the harbinger of the overthrow of the entire human race.

Michael Shea (1946–2014) was the award-winning author of The Color out of Time, the Nifft the Lean series of fantasy novels, and the classic tales “Polyphemus” and “The Autopsy.” This volume of his complete Cthulhu Mythos tales has been assembled by S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on Lovecraft and the Mythos.

Dark Regions Press in Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales of Micheal Shea Edited by S. T. Joshi.

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Audio Reading of Michael Shea’s Cthulhu Story: Beneath the Beardmore

by on May.02, 2017

Many thanks to Morgan Scorpion for a wonderful reading of Michael’s Cthulhu Mythos story: BENEATH THE BEARDMORE.

A Mountain Walked Paperback frontYou can also read BENEATH THE BEARDMORE in A Mountain Walked, edited by S T Joshi and published by Dark Regions Press in 2014.

It is also released May 2017 by Dark Regions Press in Demiurge: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales of Micheal Shea Edited by S. T. Joshi.

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REVIEW: And Death Shall Have No Dominion: A Tribute to Michael Shea

by on Jan.26, 2017

BOOK from HIPPOCAMPUS PRESS “And Death Shall Have No Dominion: A Tribute to Michael Shea”

NEW BOOK from HIPPOCAMPUS PRESS “And Death Shall Have No Dominion: A Tribute to Michael Shea”

Devotees of World Fantasy Award–winner Michael Shea’s work will welcome this tribute volume, a labor of love put together by his widow, Linda, and weird fiction expert Joshi. The entries range from poems to excerpts from his longer fiction, including the epic fantasy series Nifft the Lean.

There are enough glimpses of Shea’s impressive imagination to make newcomers seek out more of his writings. One highlight is an unpublished novella, the moving “Credit Card,” in which the lead, Ricky Deuce, journeys to see his cancer-stricken wife, Angie, who has to impersonate her sister to get insurance coverage.

A number of talented writers, including Laird Barron and Jessica Amanda Salmonson, share their memories of Shea. The last word, appropriately, belongs to the author himself, in the form of a short meditation about horror in which he lyrically describes humankind as “spinning inside a discus of dust and fire flung out by the first heartbeat of time.”

Review from Publishers Weekly.

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Morgan Scorpion Reading the Autopsy

by on Aug.18, 2016

For me, having had tales read out loud to me remain some of my most treasured moments. In the luxury of not having to do the work of reading itself, but instead be able to lean back and, in the way humanity has for centuries, just listen, one hears things differently. I was delighted when Morgan Scorpion asked for permission to record Michael’s WF Award winning novella, THE AUTOPSY.

Morgan has recorded posted hundreds of dark contemporary, as well as classic readings. She has “the voice” for sure, and I am very grateful for this gift. What a wonderful resource for all of us!

Another review by Scott Thomas can be found here.

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NEW BOOK from HIPPOCAMPUS PRESS “And Death Shall Have No Dominion: A Tribute to Michael Shea”

by on Jul.31, 2016

This new volume contains 120 pages of Michael‘s Epic Verse taken from novels and stories, both published and not yet published.  Contained within are also four tales:  one new novella,  two new short stories and the World Fantasy Award Winner, in the novella category, The Growlimb.

Michael Whelan, Alan Clark, Alan Kozlowski, Steve Gilbert and John Stewart’s illustrations of Shea work are also in the books as well as tributes and remembrances written by people in the field:  Laird Barron, Sam Hamm, Jessica Salmonsen, Wilum Pugmire, just to name a few.

Michael first came to writing, intending to be a poet and one can always hear his love of meter and song in all of his prose.

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