“Mother” (Review)

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March 24, 2016 by Philip Fracassi

Review for my novelette MOTHER.

The Conqueror Weird

More Dunhams Manor Press! After this, I’ll be reviewing two other Dunhams books – The Operating Theater by Christopher Ropes and Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales by Christopher Slatsky – before moving onto The Witch.

Philip Fracassi Mother

Mother
by Phillip Fracassi

The Gothic genre goes largely unappreciated these days. Before Lovecraft and Machen and Smith introduced their unique pseudo-occult blend of weirdness, it was Poe and Radcliffe and Hawthorne, who wrote sweeping romanticisms of passion, hatred, and fear. It can be hard to find an equilibrium between these genres, as the Weird is predicated on abandoning all former conventions, while the Gothic has a definite vibe to it, favoring more traditional terrors to the highly unusual forces that appear in its daughter genre. But somehow, Philip Fracassi has managed to do it. Mother takes the mystery and intrigue of classic Gothic tales and blends it with the outside forces of the modern…

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