Book Review: Cassilda’s Song

Cassildas Song Cover

So, it’s taken me almost a week to sit down and write this review, and not because I didn’t have time.  I’m a big fan of Chaosium’s anthologies of Lovecraft related tales, and I’m a really big fan of Robert W. Chambers’s King in Yellow mythology.  And though strides have been made, female voices have been less than plentiful.  When I heard Chaosium was putting out there was going to be a collection of female writers taking on the cursed play, I was jazzed.  Unfortunately, this simply isn’t very good.  With eighteen stories, I think maybe three or four of them were worth time time it took to read.  In fact, outside of single-author volumes like one I read from Frank Belknap Long a while back, I don’t know if I’ve read an anthology with such a low ratio of good to bad.

I don’t particularly enjoy writing bad reviews.  But I really can’t recommend this book.  The few highlights include: ‘Grave Worms’ by Molly Tanzer, which I think captures the vibe very well, and plays with Ayn Randian pompous idiocy very well; ‘Yellow Bird’ by Lynda E. Rucker; and ‘In the Quad of Project 327’ by Chesya Burke.  Frankly, though, these should have been filler stories in a better book.  

Having read the King in Yellow inspired anthology Rehearsals for Oblivion a while back, I know there’s talent out there who are doing cool stuff about the subject.  Alas Cassilda’s Song isn’t the place to find it. 

 

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