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Short Reviews of Short Stories [5]

“The Isle of Dreams” by Charles P. Zaglanis (2007)

Mix one part Hornblower, one part Patrick O’Brian, and two dashes of Lovecraft and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what “The Isle of Dreams” by Charles P. Zaglanis is all about. Zaglanis does a fine job of creating a memorable setting aboard an English privateer whose grizzled salts are spooked by the prophetic gibberish from their fierce Captain’s nine-year-son. But at just 22 pages, the end feels a bit rushed. There was enough here in the setup for a novella’s worth of resolution, and even with the rushed ending the haunting atmosphere of the first 2/3rds of this story will stick with you.

Summary: Sailing the Southern Seas on a course straight for Hell.

–John A. Magee

“The Isle of Dreams” by Charles P. Zaglanis is in the 2007 original anthology collection High Seas Cthulhu (Swashbuckling Adventure Meets the Mythos) from Elder Signs Press.


One Response

  1. Thank you very much for the kind words. I’m glad you liked the story.



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