In Search Of and Others

Will Ludwigsen. Lethe (lethepressbooks.com), $15 trade paper (196p) ISBN 978-1-5902127-0-7
In this hauntingly beautiful collection of nine reprinted and six original stories, Ludwigsen (Cthulhu Fhtagn, Baby! and Other Cosmic Insolence) issues an invitation to look past preconceived notions of self and ways of being, and to take a journey to the dark side of imagination. “The Speed of Dreams” begins as a lighthearted tale told from the perspective of a teen girl but takes an abrupt turn to a resonating and viscerally powerful conclusion. “We Were Wonder Scouts” echoes the irrepressible spirit of a Heinlein protagonist while twisting it ever so slightly. The variety of viewpoints and alternation between short and long stories allow the reader to catch a breath just before being pulled deep beneath the surface of chilling wonder. Each story’s concepts remain fully accessible while still challenging the reader, and exquisite craftsmanship makes this a timeless classic for those seeking asylum from formulaic prose. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/14/2013
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