Hieroglyphs Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

The excellent Des Lewis is undertaking one of his “real-time reviews” of HIEROGLYPHS OF BLOOD AND BONE.

LINK:

https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-michael-griffin/

In these real-time reviews, he offers comments along the way, throughout his reading of a book or story, rather than reading the whole thing then summarizing his thoughts at th end. It’s always interesting to see what Des thinks of a story! He’s just started on this one, so if you want to see his reactions to the latter parts of the book, it will be necessary to keep checking back at the above link.

Hieroglyphs Reviewed at This Is Horror

The first review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone just appeared on This is Horror. You’ll have to follow the link to read the whole review, but here’s a pull quote:

“The relentless sense of foreboding which has built from the first page until the very last remains with the reader long after the book is closed.”

LINK: http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-hieroglyphs-of-blood-and-bone-by-michael-griffin/

My thanks to reviewer Kev Harrison for the coverage!

Nightscript 2 Real-Time Review by Des Lewis

Any observer of Weird/Horror Fiction over the past several years has probably see the Real-Time Reviews of Des Lewis, in which Des posts commentary along the way while reading a book. His insights are always interesting, and worth a look.


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Des has just begun his real-time review of Nightscript II, starting off with the lead story, my own “The Carnival Arrives in Darkness.” The page for the Nightscript II review is HERE. You’ll need to scroll down to see what Des thinks of each story in the comments below.

I plan to check back, day by day, and see what he thinks of the rest of the book! For now, I thank Des for his remarks on my contribution.

Review of An Ideal Retreat at This Is Horror

Thomas Joyce at This Is Horror has wonderful things to say about AN IDEAL RETREAT, my novella upcoming from Dim Shores. Among other things, the reviewer says:

“Griffin’s command of language is clear: his prose is exquisite, his descriptions divine.”

The full review is HERE.

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You can pre-order AN IDEAL RETREAT HERE.

The book will be 112 pages, printed in an edition of 200 copies, which appears to be already roughly 1/3 sold out with a few more weeks left in the preorder period.

My sincere thanks to Thomas Joyce and This Is Horror for the kind words.

Teodor Reljic on “The Human Alchemy”

Teodor Relic’s ongoing read-through and story-by-story analysis of Eternal Frankenstein has reached my novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”

He finishes with “An urbane and superbly structured little chiller that is intellectually engaging more than it is viscerally scary, but that is all the more rewarding for it,” and has a lot more to say leading up to that. Read the full review HERE.

My thanks to Teodor for the interesting appraisal and analysis of my story, not to mention all the other stories in the book he’s already covered, as well as those to come.

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Eternal Frankenstein Reviewed in Rue Morgue

The latest issue of Rue Morgue magazine includes Dejan Ognjanovic’s review of ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN, the Ross E. Lockhart edited anthology in tribute to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

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I can’t quote the review here, so you’ll have to seek out Rue Morgue for yourself, but I’m pleased to see that Dejan referred used the phrase “The best of the bunch” to refer to my novelette, “The Human Alchemy.”

So far, reaction to ETERNAL FRANKENSTEIN has been very positive, and I look forward to additional feedback as more readers get their hands on a copy. We sold and signed quite a few copies at HPLFF on Saturday!

At Word Horde – http://wordhorde.com/product/frankenstein-bundle/
At Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Eternal-Frankenstein-Autumn-Christian-ebook/dp/B01KFAZR52

Benoit Lelievre Review at Dead End Follies

It’s been quite a week for reviews of The Lure of Devouring Light. First S.T. Joshi, then John Claude Smith. This morning, Benoit Lelievre has posted a review on his blog, Dead End Follies.

http://www.deadendfollies.com/blog/book-review-michael-griffin-the-lure-of-devouring-light-2016

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Lelievre also references points brought up in previous reviews by Bob Pastorella at This Is Horror, and this week’s controversial Joshi review.

It’s always interesting to see the ways different reviewers see the same book — not just whether they like it or don’t, but which pieces they hold up as particular strengths, and what aspects they consider to be weaknesses. I believe the best way to get a sense of any given book is to read many reviews of the same work in different places, and I’m very pleased to see my book receiving such a variety of coverage. My thanks to Benoit Lelievre for this review.

John Claude Smith Reviews Lure and Others

John Claude Smith, himself one of the best and most interesting writers currently happening in weird/horror, blog reviews a number of this year’s books, including The Lure of Devouring Light. Among the other items covered are some of my own favorite reads of the year so far.

http://thewildernesswithinbyjohnclaudesmith.blogspot.com/2016/10/reviews-for-horror-fiction-weird.html

Items reviewed, in order:
Noctuidae—Scott Nicolay (King Shot Press)
Stag in Flight—S.P. Miskowski (Dim Shores)
Altar—Philip Fracassi (Dunhams Manor Press)
The Visible Filth—Nathan Ballingrud (This Is Horror)
The Operating Theater—Christopher Ropes (Dunhams Manor Press)
Greener Pastures—Michael Wehunt (Shock Totem Publications)
The Lure of Devouring Light—Michael Griffin (Word Horde)
Creeping Waves—Matthew M. Bartlett (Muzzleland Press)

This is well worth checking out in its entirety, apart from whether you’re interested in reading another appraisal of my book. Thanks to John Claude Smith.

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!

Lure Reviewed on Teleread by Paul StJohn Mackintosh

Paul StJohn Mackintosh has just posted an in-depth review of The Lure of Devouring Light on Teleread.

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If you want the tl;dr version, here’s how it was distilled down to its minimum essence by my publisher:

“Griffin is a craftsman of the highest order… Highly recommended.”

But really, you should read the whole thing. I enjoyed seeing a reviewer mention one of the less-discussed stories in the book, “The Jewel in the Eye,” which is also one of my own favorites. It also pleases me to see yet another reviewer call out “The Black Vein Runs Deep” as a highlight.

My thanks to Paul StJohn Mackintosh and Telereads for the REVIEW.