Hugh B. Cave: Bitter/Sweet, illustrated by Jason C. Eckhardt, Necronomicon Press Fiction, $4.95
For more than six decades, Hugh B. Cave has enthralled readers with his tales of monsters and mayhem. The two stories that comprise Bitter/Sweet probe personal and social concerns as fearsome any evoked in his classic fiction: the assault on fundamental human values in the world at large, and the personal trauma of unspoken loneliness. In this diptych, the author of Murgunstrumm and Others and Death Stalks the Night reminds us that there is no darkness from within or without too great for our enlightenment to dispel. Includes "By Heaven!" and "Aiyana and the Gallant Rider", both written especially for this volume.