Black Helicopters by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Black Helicopters

A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original.Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency’s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable.Something strange is happening on the shores of New England. Something s...

Details Black Helicopters

TitleBlack Helicopters
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreHorror, Novella, Science Fiction, Lovecraftian, Fantasy, Fiction

Reviews Black Helicopters

  • Jason
    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the new weird. Her writing is off the charts and other often require the reader to work with it and to delve into it. Caitlin R. Kiernan will change your world if you are wil...
  • Tim Martin
    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn’t understand this book. I don’t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the reviews and my understanding of the story it involved perhaps some sort of quantum entanglement between two people, of how their actions impacted each other not only ...
  • Steve
    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal optimist in me. Ironic, no?
  • Still
    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella.At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters.For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shifting to assorted characters' points of view.Lots of strutting out Wm S Burroughsian passages here and there but why the pseudo-beat riffing?Why not just tell the goddamn ...
  • David
    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished.Having the events and mindf*cks of the book stay in your head is a triumph for the book.Cosmic horror is known to keep ideas vague and fragmented, to play deeply on the fear of the unknown, and to re...
  • James
    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if non-existent nearly, except possibly in implication... sure, Shoggoths and the Old Ones and Lovecraft were words in the text, but as parts of the tale? i must have mi...
  • Maggie Gordon
    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, but it deals with its own set of characters and weird magical/paranormal happenings. The tale is told in a non-linear manner, so at times it is hard to parce what is ...
  • Himanish Prabhakar
    My review is 4 stars.This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn good. This is my first read by the author and I really enjoyed it and now I'm going to read more from her.When I heard that this book is based on the Lovecraft that is a...
  • Dave
    Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recognizable sight and sound and smells and that masterfully grants a sense of how any great or near great city is never the same, never as good as they last time it was vi...
  • Amy Sturgis
    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a satisfying way for a dramatic conclusion. This just felt scattered without resolution. Or perhaps it simply reflects its origins as a shorter work that was "padded...
  • Ysabeaux
    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel like nothing really happened in this one, just a lot of crazy people using really big words to make the story seem smarter than it really was. This one felt like a se...
  • Atleb
    Disjointed with needless rants in FrenchPreorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it.So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less anchor the story.And then a multi page rant in, because hey - for no reason - French. Porquio? Whilst got the gist, and kindle has translate, it disrupts an already disjoint...
  • Ingrid
    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún.No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo tan oxidado como para no entenderlo), y palabras sueltas en alemán, japonés y hebreo. Incluso una pizca de spanglish.Aún así, la prosa de Kiernan para mí sigue s...
  • Myo Denis
    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-hard Lovecraft fan was was especially tickled to come across a Cthulhu-mythos-inspired thread running through the story. The back-and-forth temporal jumps required ...
  • Tim Buck
    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words “noir” and “dystopian” are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dilation?) is used in a delightfully effective manner to cast the shadowy agencies attempting to run or ruin things. Awesome read!
  • Thomas
    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is and it isn't, though; it's an expanded revision of a story originally published only in a limited release through Subterranean Press which loosely ties in to Agents ...
  • Nathanael
    I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take on the world. Now to read Agents of Dreamland and hope for sequels.
  • Michael
    If you've read Black Helicopters in its original chap-book form, or in a Kiernan anthology, you haven't read the entire story. Due to publishing constraints, Kiernan didn't type out the story as she saw it in her head, she had to leave out several chapters. In this current publication, those ditched chapters are back, this is Black Helicopters as it was intended to be experienced.
  • Erin
    it's hard to ever say what exactly is going on in a kiernan novel, but you know it isn't goodand again, we have a lovecraftian horror coming from the deep, crossing time and space, and that might not even be the scariest thing going oni love the way kiernan always keeps something back, leaves a hole for the reader's mind to fill in
  • steven duane
    A nice companion piece to 'agents of dreamland'Not really a sequel to, I would say a companion piece to her great novel 'agents of dreamland'. The story flows in a non-linear manner which is pretty easy to follow. I would purchase again.-steven
  • Dennis
    I enjoyed Agents of Dreamland very much. This book has such a different feel to it and as other reviewers have stated, I struggled to keep up with what was going on. I read words and understood words but had no idea of the story the author was trying to tell.
  • Becky Spratford
    Review coming to Booklist and the blog soon
  • Audrey
    What in the world did I just read?
  • Philip Herendeen
    I couldn't finish this book, maybe I'll come back and try. I'm still unsure why there was a chapter that was 90% in French, I hope I didn't miss anything important.