Short Story Review: “A Shadow of Thine Own Design” by W. H. Pugmire

2 of 5 stars.

This vignette reads as fan fiction deeply embedded into the landscape and peoples of Lovecraft’s lore. It emulates his tone and adds a small footnote to the magical, occult underbelly of Arkham, MA.

A fan of occult artist Pickman goes in hunt of one of Pickman’s most famous models after he finds out she’s still alive nearly a century later. Their meeting shows their mutual respect for the late artist and the magical underpinnings to what it represented. She’s more than a surviving footnote to a bygone era, in that she has works and knowledge hidden away in her ancient house . . .

This tale appears in the New Lovecraftian anthology, The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu edited by Paula Guran. I received my copy of the anthology directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously read this author’s “They Smell of Thunder”.
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