Cassilda’s Song is a newer book published by Chaosium, edited by Joseph S. Pulver Sr.. Featuring many fantastic and horrifying tales of weird fiction for a wonderful collection pertaining to Cassilda, Carcosa, the King in Yellow, the Yellow Sign, Hastur, and other allusions to horror and weird fiction authors of the past. These stories tend to be a bit more Robert W. Chambers & Ambrose Bierce, than HP Lovecraft & August Derleth.
Thankfully, one can only take so much of Derleth.
This is one of the first books I read for the Third season of my lovecraftian literature podcast.(PGttCM.com)
One of my favorite colors from the Pantone Color Matching System is mentioned(379c) in a wonderful story by Damien Angelica Walters called Black Stars on Canvas, a Reproduction in Acrylic. Many of these stories involve queens, the color yellow, artists, models, drugs, sex and everything else one expects in a tale from the Hastur Myth Cycle. Every story in this collection is a well written story, this is not a slapped together”True Detective/King in Yellow” cash grab.
The Neurastheniac by Selena Chambers is one of my favorites in this book, it defies typical narrative in favor of a fractured journal with poetry, it feels like an odd mix Lovecraft and Chambers. It feels informative, but not a cheap trick, as it has felt in the past. It also isn’t relied upon in many stories in this collection as I see in other collections.
I would love a second book in this series personally, or another collection with these authors. If I had a rating system I would give this Five out of Five Joe Pulver mustaches.