Night Gauntlet is a short story written as a collaborative effort by Walter C. DeBill, Jr., Richard Gavin, Robert M. Price, W.H. Pugmire, Jeffrey Thomas, and Don Webb. This story was published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction.
This story is some kind of tribute to the collaborative work of Stanley Weinbaum, C.L. Moore, Frank Belknap Long, A. Merritt, H. P. Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard, who all contributed to a round-robin story called “The Challenge from Beyond.”
I cannot comment on the effectiveness of the tribute. The story does revolve around some kind of knowledge base that, again, I do not share. As an independent story, I thought the piece was slightly awkward. It seemed to start as one kind of story and end up as another. The parts coalesce into a semi-coherent whole by the end, but the stylistic differences are somewhat jarring. Perhaps this is a consequence of the collaborative effort, or perhaps it is consistent with a style I am unfamiliar with, as none of these writers fall within my usual reading interests.
It’s certainly a different feel and can be appreciated as a sampling. I’m not going to go out and look for their books, but I might just pick one up if I happen to see it.