Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: AGENTS OF DREAMLAND by Caitlin R. Kiernan
To open any fiction by Caitlin R. Kiernan is to open oneself to a world of infinite possibilities. In her works of horror, of course, many of these possibilities are life-changing and even world-ending. They are also frequently unforgettable. From my personal Lovecraft-obsessed viewpoint, Ms. Kiernan "gets" the Lovecraft Mythos in a degree unsurpassable. Here in the novella AGENTS OF DREAMLAND, she creates not just a contemporary ecological disaster brought by summoning from another dimension but very toxic to humanity; she interweaves alien incursions and natural disasters of the past and a post-apocalyptic near future that is almost unsurvivable--and it's not nuclear, nor EMP, nor solar flare. It came from Out There, and it's implacable. (and Lovecraftian). I will never erase it from my mind. What a glorious read for February, Women in Horror Month.
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