Book review: The Lure of Devouring Light, by Michael Griffin, Word Horde


Portland-based weird fiction writer Michael Griffin has quietly been building himself a reputation for quiet horror with regular appearances in key outlets like Black Static and Apex Magazine, as well as several anthologies, and this has now burgeoned with his first collection, The Lure of Devouring Light, from Word Horde. It’s a very generous and ambitious, collection, given that the eleven stories are often multi-part novelettes, or even novellas like “Far From Streets,” and quite a few are first-time appearances, like the equally lengthy “The Black Vein Runs Deep.”

Griffin is a craftsman of the highest order, and all of the works mark out their place with measured, well-turned prose. Sometimes the numinous content that situates Griffin in the weird camp feels as though it’s intruding among highly developed, edgy conceptions that could have already taken the story into arcane dimensions without supernatural aid, but that may be largely a matter…

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