Women seldom appear in Lovecraft’s fiction. His world is a male world, with few female characters dotting the edges of the story. There is Asenath Waite, but she is possessed by the spirit of her father; Lavinia Whateley gives birth to Wilbur and quickly exits the story. The female realm holds little interest to Lovecraft.
That is why six of the seven stories in this issue of Innsmouth Free Press look at women, and not just any kind of women, but terrible women. Femme fatales, monstrous creatures, all staring at us from the darkest corners of our imagination.
First, Mary Robinette Kowal introduces us to a troubled man looking for a miracle in “Prayer at Dark River”. Nathalie Boisard-Beudin plays with a traditional symbol of femininity: a doll. But the doll of “What’s in a Shell?” has many layers, and is more dangerous than you can imagine. Lori M. Myers allows us to experience a foreboding pregnancy in “Partum”. Meanwhile, Berrien C. Henderson reveals “What Appollonius Rhodius Didn’t Say”, and no one else has lived to tell – until now. Rafe McGregor is drawn to an old town and an old lover in “The Stones at Spurn Point”. Ann K. Schwader takes us to the office and the job from hell in “Scream Saver”. Finally, Matthew Bey weaves a hypnotic web of menace in “Beneath the Red City”.
You can read these stories online or download the PDF version of our Fall 2009 fiction issue.
And remember, in 2010, Innsmouth Free Press will be publishing a special multiethnic issue. We are still open for submissions so send us your work before December 15.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles
Table of Contents
- Mary Robinette Kowal | Prayer at Dark River
- Nathalie Boisard-Beudin | What’s in a Shell?
- Lori M. Myers | Partum
- Berrien C. Henderson | What Appollonius Rhodius Didn’t Say
- Rafe McGregor | The Stones at Spurn Point
- Ann K. Schwader | Scream Saver
- Matthew Bey | Beneath the Red City
Or download PDF edition.