Roc Trade, 2014.
Steampunk author Cherie Priest takes the historical horror parody genre that has produced such “classics” as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and plays it straight in this Lovecraftian examination of Lizzie Borden.
Filled with the tension and impending dread that fuels Lovecraft’s best work, but without the racism, Maplecroft features Borden as Cthulhu whacker, saving her loved ones and her town of Fall River from an onslaught of humanoid fish creatures.
And it effectively balances fact with fiction, incorporating real-life incidents and people from Borden’s life into the dark, chilling narrative.
Read my full review at WSFA’s The Nameless Zine.