Objects of Worship: Reviews

“Minimalist in style, plenary in scope, elliptical in sensibility, and abrim with sardonic humour” — James Morrow

 

  • “Twelve strong stories of science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror.” —Ellen Datlow, The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 2
  • “Lalumière’s astounding imagination has birthed entire worlds for each story … If you’re hungry for original genre content, Objects of Worship is just the nectar you’ve been praying for.” —Rue Morgue Magazine
  • “Freaking awesome!” —The Left Hand of Dorkness
  • “Takes us on a journey of the weird … A most engrossing and disturbing collection.” —The Novel Blog
  • “Twelve superb and sometimes quite disturbing stories …  a great collection and I strongly recommend it for every lover of literate speculative fiction.” —Fantasy Book Critic
  • “Fun and disgusting.” —Montreal Review of Books
  • Objects of Worship has the eldritch quality of a Lovecraftian nightmarescape.” —Tangent Online
  • “Enjoyable and thought-provoking … Powerful and creative.” —RoverArts
  • “Highly enjoyable, ranging from humourous allegories to exciting yarns, with the odd detour into strange erotica.” —Montreal Mirror
  • “Intensely memorable.” —Publishers Weekly
  • “Aiming at unmediated connection with the source of myth … There’s a sensibility here unlike any others.” —Hochelaga Depicta
  • “Lalumière’s trick is to make the fantastic appear mundane and then to amplify what one may consider mundane to fantastical proportions.” —The Link
  • “Lalumière is a gifted writer, thoroughly in control of his text.” —Strange Horizons
  • Objects of Worship is a tight, powerful collection and easily elevates Lalumière as one of my favorite writers.” —Bibliophile Stalker
  • “Fueled by a rich inner psychology … potent, memorable stuff.” —The New York Review of Science Fiction
  • “The single best short story collection ever published.” —examiner.com
  • “Claude is a regular mythomaniac. He takes not only mythologies of the past, but the pop cultures of recent decades, and weaves them into something new, wonderful, dazzling. Gods and monsters frolic with superheroes and zombies in poetic, surrealistic worlds.” —Mondo Ernesto
  • “These stories are terrifically creepy. And not unlike Edgar Allen Poe or Potted Meat Product, they gave me the willies.” —Christopher Moore, author of Lamb
  • “Claude Lalumière has a poet’s sensibility. He suggests; never overstates. This finely crafted, stylishly dark collection is a vitrine of objets and curios, a specimen cabinet of elegant bizarrerie. I recommend it to all connoisseurs of lyricism and things passing strange.” —Richard Calder, author of Dead Girls
  • “You hear about kids locked away in attics, their only toys broken clothespins, a few pipe cleaners, a spool of yarn. Yet with these toys, they manage to concoct imaginary worlds of great wonder and beauty. Claude must have grown up in an attic because he writes like one of those kids.” —Neil Smith, author of Bang Crunch
  • “Claude Lalumière knows many pages lost from our common experience, and gives the willing reader a chance to discover what he has found. In these stories, life still aches after death, spirits leave the flesh and return, and the only people comfortable with their bodies are rotting zombies. Disturbing and funny, sexy and psychedelic, this collection marks the debut of a highly original voice in fantastic fiction. Read it for the thrill of getting lost, or the pleasure of letting an author lead you into undiscovered places.” —Jan Lars Jensen, author of Nervous System
  • “Claude Lalumière’s stories are dark, mordant, precisely formed. His first collection is extraordinarily accomplished in its craft and subversive intent.” —Lucius Shepard, author of A Handbook of American Prayer 
  • “Claude Lalumière juggles impossibilities in story after story, with always the same aplomb. This is the opposite of comfort literature, as Lalumière’s deadpan surrealism invades a reality that was marginal to start with. Lust, wonder and terror fill these tales, and their characters’ struggles are all the more poignant for taking place in a universe overflowing with dark miracles … A provocative writer, daring you to follow the whirl of his ideas into dangerous territory.” —Yves Meynard, author of The Book of Knights
  • “Claude Lalumière’s extravagant imagination is matched by only two other qualities: his compassion for his characters, and his sparkling facility with language. His stories resound with the clash of ideas, the music of hearts and the howls of indignation that any sensitive creator emits when confronted with a universe less esthetically pleasing and fair-minded than the ones he daily strives to create.” —Paul Di Filippo, author of Ribofunk
  • “There is a deep thoughtfulness here. Sometimes, there is a mix of both poignancy and playful fun. Humour comes when you least expect it, and his timing is perfect. His endings are often bittersweet. ‘Bittersweet’ is a good word to end this on, as Lalumière’s stories are delicious in just that way.” —Anna Tambour, author of Spotted Lilly
  • “One could never mistake a Claude Lalumière story for the work of any other writer. His stories are always daring — pushing language into unmapped spaces, folding up narrative like origami — rarely less than outrageous, and often corrosively funny. Each is uniquely crafted, filled with gorgeous blasphemies, forgotten wonders, strange ecstasies. Most of all, they are forthright protests, in defense of the heart that aches for the Other, in praise of the body consumed by desire.” —Glenn Grant, author of Burning Days