The Lure of Devouring Light Reviewed by S.T. Joshi

Lovecraft historian and biographer S.T. Joshi has reviewed The Lure of Devouring Light on his blog, HERE.

I was actually pleasantly surprised to see the amount of praise contained in the review, because in the past Joshi has expressed what seemed to be undiluted disdain for my work. The strong negativity did not surprise me, and though I was too busy to say much about it — Lena and I are getting ready to put our house on the market — I did comment on Facebook as follows:

“I really don’t mind receiving a mixed review, especially from a reviewer I would have expected to find no merit in my work.”

I meant this, and was not trying to be snippy, or to score points. What I didn’t anticipate was that over the following 24 hours, an eruption would occur of anger at Joshi’s review, partly for the more harshly negative of his statements regarding my book, but mostly for a few nasty personal asides about Laird Barron and Scott Nicolay.

These reactions by others didn’t exactly surprise me, because I recall instances when S.T. Joshi’s reviews and comments have inflamed many in the Weird Fiction, Lovecraftian and Horror Fiction communities. Though I understand people taking issue with insults toward different writers sprinkled into a review of my book, I should make clear that as pertains to the portion of the review that was actually a review of my book, I have no problem with the negativity. Writers must accept with equanimity the harsher judgments that fall upon them if they wish at other times to bask in whatever praise they might receive. The two go together.

This whole matter led to a flood of people reaching out to me with comments, or tagging me on social media posts of their own. A wonderful side effect was that many people let me know how much they had enjoyed The Lure of Devouring Light, which they may not have bothered to tell me if this hadn’t happened. Best of all, many others stated that the discussion had inspired them to order the book for themselves. Maybe it will lead you to buy the book and read it, if you haven’t, or review it, if you have!

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