>first half is gothic explorations of madness and occultism with a spooky, cryptic motif connecting each story
>second half is overly-florid, boring, francophile circlejerking without anything that made the first half interesting
Well that was disappointing.
i didn't 'get' it either. is this supposed to be a single piece of work, or is it just a collection of, sometimes, loosely connected short stories. and why is this one guy in the mademoiselle d'ys story called hastur, this has to be of some significance.
I thought the same. The first part was pretty good. I really enjoyed In the Court of the Dragon and The Yellow Sign, specially. I couldn't get even to the half of the second part though.