I don’t often read reviews, but I’ve seen so little response to New Maps of Dream I thought it’d be interesting to see what the reviewer thought of the book. I sincerely have no idea if “Fearful is the Ancient Evil of Their Faces” is a Dreamlands story, as my knowledge of Lovecraftian literature is superficial at best, and my interest in any story I’ve written stops once it’s accepted for publication and the money shows up in my Paypal account. I leave it to the publisher(s) and reader(s) to determine whether the tale I’ve told fits the theme of whatever anthology it appears in. Having said that, I really appreciate Pete Rawlik’s review here. I’m glad he seems to have enjoyed it.
Christopher Slatsky presents a rather troublesome tale. “Fearful is the Ancient Evil of Their Faces” is a high fantasy drawing on Mayan mythology to detail an armed invasion of the moon to plunder the underworld of Xibalba. It’s a fascinating and engrossing read, reminiscent of the strange fusions of science and sorcery that I associate with China Mieville, and filled with the same fantastic non-western kind of imagery. But as much as I enjoyed it, I have a hard time categorizing this as a Dreamlands story. That is unless one takes into account the transformations and evolutions implied in Bartlett’s piece, S.P. Miskowski’s “If I Could Be Any Animal I Would Be…” , and Christine Morgan’s “At the Crossroads” – that the world of dreams, the collective Dreamland is constantly evolving, changing as new dreamers are added, and old ones fall away. Imagine what the Dreamland of five hundred years past must have been like?