Short Story Review: “Deep Eden” by Richard Gavin

3 of 5 stars.

Like something out of a Stephen King novel, and yet inspired by Lovecraft, this tale depicts a remote locality affected by an unexplained phenomenon that all but wipes them off the map. If the event was more widespread, it’d be considered apocalyptic, but the rest of the world seems to not have noticed what has emerged in the old coal mining town.

A tragic tunnel collapse followed by corporate bankruptcy shuts down the coal mining in a small town. A decade later, local mythos says a child got lost in the local mine. What’s clear is that a team of people–rescuers?–find a brilliant green light eminating from a deep tunnel. They speak of its beauty.

Soon, citizens abandon their houses and businesses to move into the surface chambers of the mine. Others start to move deeper into the chambers to get closer to the light not emerging even to the higher chambers . . .

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.
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