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Imagine earthy Tolkienesque characters in a setting full of cemeteries, graverobbers, necromancers, corpse-eaters--even a huge labyrinthine necropolis. Imagine mephitic gardens where the sarcophage, selenotrope, and necrophilium bloom. Then throw in star-crossed lovers, crazed zealots, stalwart heroes, bloodthirsty renegade armies, hideous monsters, and likeable misfits. YImagine earthy Tolkienesque characters in a setting full of cemeteries, graverobbers, necromancers, corpse-eaters--even a huge labyrinthine necropolis. Imagine mephitic gardens where the sarcophage, selenotrope, and necrophilium bloom. Then throw in star-crossed lovers, crazed zealots, stalwart heroes, bloodthirsty renegade armies, hideous monsters, and likeable misfits. You've got just a hint of the wondrous and original visions in the dark fantasy world of Brian McNaughton. Horror scholar S. T. Joshi, in the afterword to this collection of stories, notes the strong influence of Clark Ashton Smith, Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Greco-Roman decadent works such as Petronius's Satyricon. "McNaughton seems to have mastered one of the most difficult of literary arts: to draw upon the classics of the field without losing his own voice.... The world that McNaughton has created in this book is the world of the ghoul; and who knows but that The Throne of Bones will become the standard textbook for the care and feeding of ghouls just as Dracula has become that for vampires?"Contents:Ringard and Dendra (1996)The Throne of Bones (1997)The Vendren Worm (1990)Meryphillia (1990)Reunion in Cephalune (1997)The Art of Tiphytsorn Glocque (1997)A Scholar from Sythiphore (1995)Vendriel and Vendreela (1988)The Retrograde Necromancer (1993)The Return of Liron Wolfbaiter (1997)...

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The Throne of Bones Reviews

  • knig
    2019-01-24 07:34

    Finished packing for a jolly abroad at 3 am: that’s a preposterous hour to finish anything, too late to sleep, too early to get up. Read a book, then. Never mind that I have my own Pisa book stack teetering over right next to my bed: that’s just, too…..reasonable, and not grumpy at all, one needs to throw ones weight around somehow, at 3 am in the morning. Soooo, kindle download: Brian McNaughton’s Throne of Bones (just to give Mark a chance to redeem himself).Looks, feels, and reads like a Lovecraft, but on steroids. Idle deep google trawls gets me here: the only horror I feel at this point is that my reading list may quadruple yet again. This is unacceptable. One life is. Just. Not. Enough. Time. I may have to give the list a miss, but then, of course, I read that McNaughton was also paying a tribute to Clark Ashton Smith as well. I read this with a some dismay. On the one hand, I know this guy, and I have, in the past, read and loved every single one of his poems here:’m really, really keen on Clark Ashton Smith: when he talks, I listen. Trouble is, I thought he was a poet. Didn’t know he was in some nefarious trifecta with Lovecraft and Howard writing up his own gorefest. This is how inside out and upside down and at a remove from everyone else and marching to my own drumbeat I can be: I bet most people would probably know Smith as a horror writer and not as a poet at all. Now, I have to read ‘Weird Tales’ as well. The thing is, deep trawls on the net, always come at a steep price, I’m beginning to surmise.So, the stories: its ghouls, guts and gore, but …intelligent like. (unlike me, obviously). Think William Hope Hodgson and his ‘misty swine faces,with quivering mouth dripping with a continual phosphorescent slaver’. But, the swine Things don’t seem to DO much.Still, it’s a step progression from Lovecraft, where we know there are ‘Things’ but we can’t really see them; they’re just ‘disgusting’ and ‘horrible’. McNaughton gets on this bandwagon then, and now we have action! Ever made love in a coffin? No? Where you been, then? This is how to do it:‘In some ways it was a vile experience. Leakage from the corpse had permeated the porous stone, and the coffin trapped the odor…To cup my buttocks with my hands, I had to work my fingers through a film of slime that held unspeakable shreds, and some of them moved……..her pretty bottom was smeared with my handprints in human decay, and as she padded across the room a crushed maggot dropped loose from one flexing cheek.’Its not all this gross (OK, some bits are grosser). Still, what else is a girl to do at 3 am in the morning? Solid three and a half stars. Its intelligent like, I still maintain.

  • Robert
    2019-01-09 03:27

    "Throne of Bones" is a masterpiece of dark fantasy. The book contains a collection of short stories and one novella, all of which take place in the same rich and seedy world of Brian McNaughton's Seelura: a place of sprawling urban secrets and decay, of necromancy and lust, of unfulfilled dreams and star-crossed love. Shades of Jack Vance, Clark Ashton Smith and H.P. Lovecraft are to be found in McNaughton's work, yet he manages to capture a vibrant grasp of humanity in his writing that none of those men were able to touch. These tales are populated by ghouls, sorcerers, pornographers and wanderers -- characters all struggling with the frustrating quest not for magic rings, ancient secrets or the keys to kingdoms, but for purpose in their own lives and a reason to shine among all the other countless lives around them in the urban sprawl. These tales are full of horror and gallows humor, as well as the kind of desperate beauty that occupies the corners of such dark and claustrophobic settings. It's one of my all time favorite books, a tome I savor like a fine wine.Update: Just as beautiful and grotesque upon rereading a number of these tales. It's interesting to read them again, having learned more about the author's life. For instance, he was apparently estranged from his family and "estrangement" is certainly a quality that shows up in the characters he crafts. These are beautiful tales, but they are certainly not the products of a perfect, happy life. But what art is?

  • Bill
    2018-12-24 08:19

    A very well done collection of 10 interconnected, dark fantasy stories. I typically would not seek out fantasy type reads, but I have been meaning to get to this one for a long time. It was surprisingly funny with plenty of gore and much “darker” than “fantasy”. Bring out the ghouls!

  • S.E. Lindberg
    2019-01-08 07:41

    Fresh, Disturbing Escapism I am biased toward enjoying provocative fantasy/horror, and Throne of Bones delivers a pleasantly disturbing escape that is too shocking for young adults. The first tale, Ringard and Dendra, admittedly should prove digestible to many. Less so are the next six stories, which are a connected set (the titular Throne of Bones sequence) and should prove weird and jarring even to mature dark fantasy readers (can you say "ghoul erotica"?). Here, the timid and disoriented may want to leave the book unfinished. But hang in there. With each successive story, the connection between characters clarifies as does the "rules" of being a ghoul. All is consistent. And Bizzare. Excellent. The book won a 1997 World Fantasy Award and remains fresh and daring, even now (2012).Oddly-placed, but well-done, is a stylistic humor reminiscent of that presented in Cohen Brothers movies (Fargo 1996, Burn After Reading 2008); the situations are so dire and characters so pathetic, that you cannot help but laugh at their choices and predicaments. I was originally hooked by Alan Rogers introductory comments:“You hold in your hands a book of stories that forced Brian McNaughton to write. Make no mistake: I don’t exaggerate. There’s a reason this book won the World Fantasy Award. The stories inside it are rich, fascinating stuff—creepy and unsettling and phantasmic. Imagine what Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings would have been like if Tolkien had tried to tell that story sympathetically from the point of view of the human denizens of Mordor and you’ll have the slightest sense of what you’re about to wade into—but only just a sense. These stories will make the same demands on you that they made on Brian: they will command and compel you, and fill you full of terrible wonder. And when you’ve finished them you’ll find yourself wanting more.” —Alan RodgersI disagree with the Tolkien call-out since it raises the expectation that the book would resemble Sword & Sorcery or Epic Fantasy (this book fits neither sub-genre). The world is medieval, but there is little military or melee action (however, it is decidedly "dark fantasy"). Otherwise, Rodgers' note is accurate.Abject People/Artists: Many paint the entire book as being "about ghouls." True the Throne of Bones sequence is ghoul focused, but that comprises only 6 of the 15 tales. More generally, themes explore being an abject person, often with regard to being a misunderstood artist. Many characters are artists and it seems very possible that Brian McNaughton was conveying his own ability to create and enjoy dark art (while not being appreciated by others). Examples:In the first tale, Ringard, a sculptor, and his painter wife Dendra, struggle to live in a world that shuns their union. The snipet below captures the protagonists ability to see hidden subjects and the ability of his father to not appreciate that skill: "In every stick I [Ringard] saw hidden shapes, and I became obsessed with revealing them. My father fretted that I meant to ruin him by turning his valuable firewood into whimsies. I perversely maintained that my carvings had more worth than kindling, that they even justified the sacrifice of living trees. Those captive owls and trout were really there. Why would the gods let me see them, if not to set me the challenge of liberating them?" Ringard and DendraThen there was Asterial Vendren, a misunderstood writer of horror fiction:"I [Asteriel Vendren, writer] seldom give readings anymore. I am sick of women who scream or faint, men who grumble, "Barbarous!" or "Obscene!", sick of the self-righteous show they make of stamping out before I finish. And half of those who remain, of course, will approach me to ask if I really skinned my mistress to preserve her exquisite tattoos, and might they not call on me to examine the artwork?" The Vendren WormAnd ... the body painter Tiphytsorn Glocque (who continually strives to find unique, brilliant ways to decorate skin) laments as he is arrested and brought before a magistrate for being a lunatic:"How could anyone understand his Art when they couldn't even see it? " The Art of Tiphystorn Glocque Many more examples pervade the book. Amplifying the artistic themes are a dozen grotesque, full-page paintings from the cover artist, Jamie Oberschlake. Incidentally, he continues to produce disturbing paintings.No maps or index? I was taken by the promise on the Dust Jacket by publisher Ken Abner (Terminal Fright) that promised that he had a genuine map and promised to published it with additional material at a later date. Sadly, that was claimed in 1997, I cannot find any related sequels for sale, and Brian has passed away in 2004. Jeff Van Dermeer Interview did interview the author in 1999 (available online) and revealed that Brian was not keen on sharing his map:JVD: The dust jacket for the book includes an appreciation by the publisher, Ken Abner. He mentions you have a whole chronology and set of maps for Seelura. You didn't want these published with the collection. Abner mentions those items as "crutches." Could you elaborate on why you didn't want the chronology and maps published?Brian McNaughton: None of that stuff is really finished -- and if it were, I would feel less inclined to write fiction about my imaginary world. A certain sense of discovery is necessary for me. Besides, I feel strongly that the stories should stand on their own. I have to know as much about the world as possible in order to convince the readers that I know what I'm writing about, and that my characters weren't found yesterday under a cabbage leaf. The late Lin Carter deserves our admiration and gratitude for all he did to bring dark fantasy to the attention of the public, but he's the last sort of person I would want messing around with my creations. Maps and chronologies only encourage such people.Ultimately, a map was not critical to enjoy the book. However, an index would have been much appreciated as the names of people and places proved disorienting. When ghouls begin taking the pace of other people, an index would have helped keep me grounded. Brian McNaughton was a great artist. Read this when you feel like everything in your book queue is derivative, shallow fluff.

  • Danna
    2019-01-03 04:29

    This book was loaned to me long ago with rave reviews and was then lost in the vast pile of books in my study. When I found it again last week, I finally gave it a go. I can understand from an academic perspective why this fellow is lauded as a gifted writer and one of the greats in his genre, this title in particular being considered as foundational for ghouls as Dracula is for vampires. I knew what to expect so the gore was not surprising, and I'm typically not squeamish anyway. I definitely liked the first story in this collection, a dark fairy tale that felt similar to an Edgar Allen Poe short story, but after that...egad! While I appreciate the internal consistency and writing craft, I've discovered that I just can't hang with ghoul porn. In other words, even the best slasher film is still a slasher film, and I've always preferred a more cerebral sort of horror and suspense. I skimmed a bit of the rest, but had to pass. I'm sticking with Edgar Allen.

  • Joseph
    2018-12-30 07:20

    A loosely-linked collection of short stories (one of which is, itself, a novel-length loosely-linked collection of short stories) in the tradition of Clark Ashton Smith or of Lovecraft's Dreamlands stories (especially the more ghoul-heavy portions of Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath) but turned up to NC-17.Contains RDA of three of your four basic necros: -mancy, -phagy and -philia. (n.b. I'm not sure what the fourth necro would be.)

  • Bandit
    2018-12-26 03:30

    Inspired by such classics as Smith, Howard and Lovecraft, McNaughton creates a unique bizarre grotesque and spellbinding world populated with the much ignored monsters that are ghouls. This book won a fantasy award, but the author blends genres and there is plenty of horror in here for horror fans. This is a collection of interconnected stories set in an unnamed place and time, yet they are written with fairly modern dialogue and teriffic sporadic humor. Vivid descriptions and good pacing make this a much easier read than say Lovecraft. Plus one gets to find out lots and lots of information about ghouls. This might very well be a definitive volume of ghouls. Also worth mentioning is that every story has one page of original black and white art, which I liked. Very interesting read. Recommended for those who prefer some substance amid the gore.

  • Gregor Xane
    2019-01-06 08:25

    This thing just needs to be read.

  • Redri9hthand
    2019-01-01 06:34

    Picked this up on a recommendation for a horror book with strong fantasy elements. The stories are about unfortunate humans who stumble upon or in many cases seek out the kingdom of the Ghouls. Who wouldn't like more stories about ghouls? I was pretty excited getting into it because the writing is really good. However, I became disgusted by the explicit bucket list of sexual depravity (rape, sodomy, bestiality, incest, and of course necrophelia) that seemed to be a part of every story that I ended up not doing a complete cover to cover read. Had all the warty maggot-ridden "poo-poo" deviance been a part of only one story, it would have been "ok" but it quickly breached the limit of what I consider pleasurable reading.

  • Arun Divakar
    2019-01-01 11:26

    Every so often there is a book that I chance upon which does not hesitate even a bit in grabbing hold of me and shoving me headlong down pathways that I never dared venture.Sure I call myself a fan of horror as a genre but am I deeply read in the genre ? Well since you put it that Look at the standard props in horror that borders fantasy and there is an outpouring of certain cliches : vampires, werewolves, witches et al which are now no more scary. There was however one such denizen of the night who I had not read much about until this book : the ghoul. And now thanks to Brian McNoughton, I have had enough to last me a bloody long time. Exquisitely and garishly crafted, this set of tales is monstrous to behold !The author of this book is a twisted literary genius. Allow me to explain : his genius for writing can be easily felt in the way he creates his fictional world and populates it with characters whose jibes at society and its dubious morals is a delight to behold. The throne of bones is one of those central stories of the book around which all the other tales revolve. The stories blend in seamlessly with one leading the way to another, well written and intricately plotted. Now we come to the twisted part and here is where McNoughton outdoes even Lovecraft for his ghouls are hideous monsters. Their lives are filled with cannibalism, necrophilia,incest and murder and the author does not spare any gory details. Every single pore of the stories spit out ghouls and they infest the stories like viruses. Some instances are greatly disturbing and the sex and gore are rather graphic but consider that these are stories about creatures which are closer to beasts than they will ever be to a human being. The plotting and the writing skills deserve to be applauded but this is an incredibly graphic book. It will perhaps give GoT a run for its money if it ever gets made into a T.V. series (the chances for which are too remote to even contemplate !).

  • Sohail
    2018-12-24 10:15

    This is a very shallow, meaningless and worthless book. There are some parts that are interesting, but one can not ignore the fact that this book is not horror, but the most disgusting kind of porn - necrophilia - disguised as horror. And the erotic parts are not just bad, they are extremely juvenile, the kind of daydreaming that you'd expect from a 15 year old, hormone driven boy. From a supposedly 'grown up' author, I expected a lot more. I did not expect a literary masterpiece, not even some decency, no. But at least the kind of thought that befits a grown up man, and not an adolescent, was expected.

  • Michael
    2019-01-13 03:33

    Read it because an author I respect recommended it. In the end it came off as gory and gross for the sake of shock rather than contributing to the story. Well written just not very engaging.

  • Mjhancock
    2018-12-25 03:35

    Call it a 3.5. Dark fantasy is a bit hard to put a finger on. It's not Lovecraftian fantasy, as it tends away from Lovecraft's combination of real world science and undefinable horror. It's different from the "gritty" trend of current fantasy in that it's more likely to embrace magic and monsters than any sense of realism. And it's not quite gothic either, though it certainly tends towards a lot of the tropes--gothic, generally, requires a certain touch of real world approach as well. A sort of makeshift definition is that it's secondary fantasy but with a focus on death, the grotesque, and the macabre. In that sense, Throne of Bones is quintessential dark fantasy. The book is a collection of short stories, all loosely set in a fantasy world populated with decadent, feuding families, decaying legacies, and, apparently, a really really big number of crypts. The collection is not for the squeamish; for example, the longest story, the titular Throne of Bones, concerns the figure of the ghoul, and dwells lovingly on the desecration of corpses and feeding on humans and dead bodies. In case the last paragraph and subject description didn't point in this direction already, it's an incredibly dark set of stories, to the point where it's a pleasant but rare surprise when a protagonist manages to avoid both death and undeath. The stories are all about reaching a certain tone, and they certainly do that. The semi-shared universe of the stories help a lot with that; certain names and subjects are repeated, but with slight variations that made me question if I had them right. The confusion contributed a lot to sense of foreboding throughout the book. It's certainly not a set of stories I'll forget in a hurry.On the other hand, that's the problem with the book too--while there are some variations between stories, it's mostly terrible things happening to mostly unlikeable protagonists, which can get old over time. It's always a hard balance in a short story collection--if the stories are too different, it feels dissonant, but if they're too the same, it blurs together. And that happens a bit here. It's not a book I'd recommend for the squeamish, and its violence and grotesqueness makes Game of Thrones look somewhat tame. But if you've got a taste for the macabre and take it in small doses, you'll never look at ghouls the same way again.PS. There's afterword by Joshi, perhaps best known as a Lovecraft scholar, that does a nice job highlighting McNaughton's creativity and skill.

  • Erika
    2019-01-20 03:29

    This book's got everything. Ghouls, vampires, ghosts, witches, necrophilia, pedophilia, incest, cannibalism, rape... Man, I could go on listing stuff. But I won't, read it and find out for yourself.It's hard rating a compilation of stories, even if they're all from the same author. In my perspective this books is made of "The Throne of Bones" (main long story) and lots of filler (other short stories). The way stories intertwined going back and forward on 'The Throne of Bones' section was interesting. It's bold and action packed, which I liked very much, but after the fifth necrophiliac ghoulish rape scene I started losing interest. Most of the stories follow a similar patter: Introduction of a deviant pariah type of character - Said character meets supernatural creature - Sex - Someone dies or turns into a monster. Once you finish the long "Throne of Bones" chapter you've seen most of what the author's got to give, so the rest of the stories can feel like a drag to go through.Other thing I wasn't so happy about is the big load of names (given names, places, tribes, nobility and military titles, and deities) tossed at you without real explanations. And I personally am not a fan of first-person narrative, so there's that too.This books is different and forward, I quite enjoyed it, but in my opinion it could have been better if it were shorter.

  • Newton Nitro
    2019-01-14 09:41

    Finalmente encarei o livro que foi vencedor do World Fantasy Award de 2000, e que tem dado o que falar nos fóruns de fãs fanáticos por Dark Fantasy, ou melhor ULTRA-DARK FANTASY que visito ocasionalmente. Brian McNaughton é uma espécie de autor cult e lenda entre os fãs de horror e fantasia sombria, e eu tinha que conhecer o trabalho desse mestre! :)Throne of Bones - Brian McNaughton | #fantasia #horror #darkfantasy #resenha | 288 páginas, Wildside Press,1997 | Lido de 12.07.17 a 15.07.17SINOPSEImagine personagens de fantasia medieval em um cenário cheio de cemitérios, graverobbers, necromantes, cadáveres - mesmo uma enorme necrópole labiríntica. Imagine jardins onde o sarcophage, selenotrope e necrophilium, plantas que devoram almas e enlouquecem mentes florescem. Em seguida, jogue amantes atraídos por um mago assassino,, fanáticos enlouquecidos, heróis sanguinários, exércitos renegados de pervertidos, monstros hediondos e inadaptados. Você tem apenas idéia das visões maravilhosas e originais no sombrio mundo fantástico de Brian McNaughton.Vencedor do World Fantasy Award. As histórias dentro desse livro são fascinantes - assustadoras e perturbadoras e fantasmagóricas. Imagine o que o Senhor dos Anéis de Tolkien teria sido como se Tolkien tivesse tentado contar essa história do ponto de vista dos habitantes humanos de Mordor...Histórias reunidas no volume:Ringard and Dendra (1996)The Throne of Bones (1997)The Vendren Worm (1990)Meryphillia (1990)Reunion in Cephalune (1997)The Art of Tiphytsorn Glocque (1997)A Scholar from Sythiphore (1995)Vendriel and Vendreela (1988)The Retrograde Necromancer (1993)The Return of Liron Wolfbaiter (1997)RESENHATHRONE OF BONES é o meu primeiro contato com a prosa perturbadora e ao mesmo tempo cheia de humor negro de um mestre "cult" do horror contemporâneo, Brian McNaughton. Brian é mais um "escritor para escritores", muito cultuado nos sub-nichos da fantasia sombria e brutal, ou melhor fantasia grotesca e estranha, mas pouco conhecido pelo grande público de literatura de fantasia.O livro é uma coleção de histórias, que, com exceção da primeira, Ringard and Dendra, são interligadas, descrevendo uma série de acontecimentos macrabros, bizarros, grotescos e que mistura horror e humor negro, junto com algumas tiradas metalinguísticas, unificados pelo tema dos GHOULS, ou Carniçais, um tipo de morto-vivo tradicional que tem superforça e se alimenta de cadáveres.As histórias se passam em Seluura, um mundo de fantasia medieval absolutamente brutal e radical, padres queimam hereges por qualquer motivo, a nobreza é totalmente decadente e viciada, e os acadêmicos e magos possuem uma devoção fanática pelas artes da necromancia e pela investigação de criaturas como os Carniçais.O que torna a prosa de Brian algo sensacional é o ponto de vista que ele adota; as narrativas são, em sua maioria, descritas pelo ponto de vista dos Carniçais, ou de personagens absolutamente pervertidos e engajados em um processo de se transformarem em Carniçais. Essa mudança de POV é muito bem feita, a descrição da subjetividade de um morto-vivo é sensacional, e feita com um senso de humor bem mordaz e inteligente.Os temas são muito sombrios, explorando psiques deformadas, sexualidade perversa, sadomasoquismo, povoados por personagens patéticos, escravizados por desejos e vícios ou simplesmente insanos, Mesmo assim, as situações são muitas vezes engraçadas de tão absurdas, como a experiência mal sucedida de um necromante em copular com uma mulher Carniçal, por exemplo.A atmosfera decadente, sinistra e ao mesmo tempo cheia de cinismo e ironia dos contos atualizam a fantasia sombria de Lovecraft e Robert H. Howard, dando voz aos monstros, tornando as narrativas bem originais e até mesmo divertidas, mesmo com cenas super-grotescas e necrofílicas, capazes até de fazerem o Clive Barker ruborizar!E o mais interessante, mesmo com monstros tão medonhos quanto os Ghouls ou Carniçais do livro, muitos dos contos mostram que os humanos são capazes de superar qualquer criatura sobrenatural em termos de crueldade, se tiverem chance para isso, é claro!Além das histórias de Carniçais, THRONE OF BONES também traz histórias de necromantes, versões pervertidas de arquimagos, e até uma espécie de recriação do poema necrofílico Ligeia de Edgar Alan Poe do ponto de vista da amada morta, ou melhor, morta-viva.Recomendo THRONE OF BONES para fãs de horror bem gráfico, fantasia sombria original , adulta e não derivativa, e para quem queira conhecer tudo o que se pode conhecer, até mesmo coisas que eu nunca desejaria ter conhecido, sobre os GHOULS! 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  • Melanti
    2019-01-13 05:33

    I'm torn on this book.I loved the writing style, the way the stories were put together and how most of them formed one cohesive world.There's some wonderful and unique ideas in the book about how ghoulism works, the idea of becoming what you eat, the treatment of souls, etc. But there's also some horrible ideas -- oddly enough, I found the necrophilia to be less disturbing than the repeated allusions to/actions of rape.I guess I'm just more used to horror writers that work with atmosphere rather than action, but all the sexual violence just really put me off.My favorite out of all of the stories was the first one.

  • Chelsea
    2019-01-10 07:24

    An interesting horror anthology that was sold to me as something in HP Lovecraft's style. It was not. It was more a vehicle for sensational horror stories. I enjoyed two of them better than the others: Meriphylia and The Retrograde Necromancer. Other than that it just wasn't very good. I guess necrophilia just isn't my thing.

  • C
    2019-01-23 11:18

    Very refreshing.

  • Brevard
    2019-01-07 07:23

    I love this book!

  • Chris
    2019-01-14 05:31

    The Throne of Bones is a collection of short stories by Brian McNaughton in a generally horror genre. As Alan Rodgers says in the Introduction, it is more of a Fantasy Horror in the vein of J.R.R. Tolkien. All of the stories take place in the same general geographical location, which works well to tie all of the stories together. However, each story takes place at a different place in time. They are more or less in chronological order to avoid confusion. Most of the stories are centered on ghouls and, essentially, zombies. There is a great deal, more than I care for in fact, of sex, in particular necrophilia, though it isn't written in a crude romance novel sort of way. Thus, it isn't a terrible burden, but I did get a little queasy when one character was complaining of holding the butt of his mate in the muck of a rotting corpse's coffin. Besides that, the stories are pretty well written and engaging. Interesting and certainly original. My particular favorite story in this compilation is the final story entitled, Liron Wolfbaiter. It reminds me a lot of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in that everything can be questioned, because you don't know whether it is due to a dream or is actually in reality. Overall, a good book, though not excellent.

  • Paul
    2019-01-05 05:40

    These two stars reflect my liking of the very first story, delectable gothick fantasy redolent of Rappaccini's Daughter, as well as of Wayne June's typically superb narration. Rest of it tho, I found to be godawful. Ugliness for ugliness' sake, gross out fantasy that reads as if written by 90s teenager for 90s teenagers. Prose is unremarkable, stories fully subservient to their overwhelming scatological element. No artistry, no purpose or message to it. Even the disgust eventually vanishes, to be replaced by boredom and eye-rolling. I'll take it this as a lesson, I guess. If folks keep recommending something thru generic superlatives and invocations of every other famous or cult author they can think of (CAS! Dunsany! Vance! Lovecraft! Leiber!) while avoiding detailed discussion of this work they're recommending, then one is to be vary. So very vary. I still wish to check out more of McNaughton's prose, but I think I'll wait quite a bit.

  • Shannon Dale
    2019-01-09 05:32

    One thing they don't mention in the reviews that I've read is that there is a lot of sex in this book...and not sweet, romantic love - making. This book makes Game of Thrones look innocent. However, if that doesn't bother you, or you can get past it, I think it's a great book. The stories are creative. The character names are amazing. Everything sort of links together. The author clearly had an incredible imagination. I did find it a tad long. There were two short stories that I found a bit boring. Had they not been in there, I would have enjoyed the anthology much more and would not have referred to it as, "the book that will not end." I began to believe that the book was cursed and had enslaved me. I would be reading it forever. But fortunately, it did finally reach conclusion.

  • Stephen Simpson
    2019-01-07 07:28

    I really wanted to like this. There are echoes of writers I really enjoy like C.A. Smith, Lovecraft, Howard, and Lee, but unfortunately it never really goes beyond "echoes" for me. The quality was uneven, and in a couple of cases potentially excellent stories were ruined for me by going too long.

  • Lena Lane Smith
    2019-01-15 03:23

    Wonderfully written book with interwoven characters. I have read and re-read this book so much the pages are starting to fall out.

  • Duane
    2019-01-01 08:23

    Mr McNaughton in this book has managed to suffuse the worlds of his influences with enough of his own vision that it stands apart, alone, atop the hill built of the skeletons of works that came before him. It is not easy to take the characters and situations of his forebears, especially one Old Gent from providence, and give them your own voice. The tales in this book more than accomplish that goal. I read the book once, and couldn't believe that it was that good, so I had to go through it again. The second reading was done in ONE SITTING. Brian McNaughton has an excellent command of both literary idiom and character. His beasties always talk and act like one thinks they should. He has a way with an image that has to be experienced to be believed. I was told by reputable sources that this was a book I should own, as both a reader and a writer of Lovecraftian dark fantasy, and again those sources have been on the mark. This volume has replaced Masterton's PREY and Browning's RESUME WITH MONSTERS as the best recent volume of Cthulhu Mythos-related fiction I have found. To make a long story short, I bought the expensive hardcover edition, and am happy to have spent the money. A review earlier mentioned that Brian has more of these tales. I want them. Seek out and obtain Mr. McNaughton's fiction if you like horror, dark fantasy, or good writing in general. Thanks, Brian.

  • Tazio Bettin
    2019-01-13 09:42

    The contrast between the sheer gruesomeness of the subject and the beauty of the prose make this book quite unique. It has the exquisite elegance of Lovecraft's best pose, albeit with a clearly more modern tint, and it's an absolute pleasure to read. Unless reading about people having sex with corpses and/or eating them repels you too strongly. This book doesn't pull punches when it comes to describing the most brutal scenes. It starts with a supernatural horror story which is disquieting but not too horrific, and then comes the collection of short tales which is The Throne of Bone proper. And that's all about ghouls, necromancy and people with the darkest sides you'll ever encounter in literature. All stories linked with a beautiful flow that kept me glued to every single page.The setting of the city of Crotalorn is amazing, so much that I felt compelled into drawing its landscape. The names of people and place feel like they come from ancient history rather than fantasy, and the cultures are vividly depicted.It's a marvelously executed, gruesome mosaic. A must read, in my opinion, for all the lovers of the Lovecraftian and the weird fantasy in general.

  • Patrick D'Orazio
    2019-01-14 03:30

    Its obvious that I discovered this book long after many, but I am glad that I did. What a pleasurable trip down a macabre highway this set of short stories turned out to be! I have to say, without trying to sound schticky, that McNaughton does for Ghouls what Romero does for Zombies. And yes, these two beastie types are distinctly different. I have never experienced anything ghoulish in writing and this book serves as an excellent primer on the subject. In addition to several ghoulish stories we are treated to a good array of other ghastly tales related to a new world that McNaughton has created that has many other dark and devilish treats to offer. The world he has created here is indepth and detailed to the point where you can easily get lost in it, though I am not sure I could stomach living in a realm such as this one for very long. If you have not had the chance to check out this work and are a fan of dark fantasy or horror, do yourself a favor and read this masterpiece!

  • Bill
    2019-01-09 11:16

    This book... on the one hand, for a book of short fantasy/horror stories, it's about the best thing I can ever recall reading. I really wish I could bother describing why right now. Oh well.On the other hand, there is a lot of corpse sex and eating in there. Because it's about ghouls. So there you go: if you like the idea of reading a fair number of stories that hinge on ghouls eating brains and turning into people, or if you're all right with that and just like to read good fantasy/horror writing... here's an excellent book to read.

  • Ryan Crampton
    2019-01-23 04:14

    To be honest i'd never heard of Brian McNaughton prior to reading a review on goodreads so when i came across a copy of this in my local second hand bookstore i thought i'd give it a go. I was not disappointed, while some other reviewers have accused the book of being full of gratuitous sex and violence (and there is plenty of both i admit) i never found it unnecessary to the development of the plot. A masterpiece of world building and winner of the world fantasy award winner (a sure sign of quality) Those who like their fantasy dark could do a lot worse.

  • Todd
    2019-01-06 06:22

    I'm not entirely sure why I loved this book so much, but I did. It recalls Fritz Leiber, Clark Ashton Smith, HP Lovecraft, RE Howard, Vance, etc., etc., but with a modern flair. There's horrific necrophiliac sex, there's a lot of gore, NONE of the characters are likable - it's basically a world of evil wizards, evil professors, evil innkeepers, evil mayors... basically, evil NOUNs. It's the best tribute to the early days of SFF, before horror and fantasy had their nasty breakup, that I've read.