Sorrow’s Coin

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

—Mary Oliver, The Uses of Sorrow

Photo (2021) by Sanguine Woods
JFK: gift from Joe Quinn 09-10-21 Friday
Reverse image: from the cover of The Ballad of Black Tom a 2016 novella by Victor LaValle (Tor)

The Ballad of Black Tom Takes Lovecraft for a Ride—All the way back to Red Hook

Inspired by an H. P. Lovecraft story called “The Horror at Red Hook” (Weird Tales 1925), which is considered to have racist undertones that support racist ideas attested to by Lovecraft’s ex-wife, Sonia Greene, and his own letters to Clarke Ashton Smith and others. Shirley Jackson Award-winning writer Victor LaValle has set his novella in the same Red Hook area of New York used by Lovecraft in his 1925 story. LaValle turns the tables on things in the Lovecraft story that make this a fun and important read. Cover art by Robert Hunt (Tor Books 2016).