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Strange Eons What s the best way to write a Lovecraftian book Be a member of the Lovecraft Circle.Robert Bloch, having sold his first story at 18, is a near endless source of wonder and envy for me Having known H.P Lovecraft, he s one of the few perfect choices to play in Howie s sandbox I ve wanted to see how it turned out for years, but until a dear friend and talented podcaster sent me a copy, I couldn t get my hands on one.Now that I have it, I can legitimately say this is wonderfully different than What s the best way to write a Lovecraftian book Be a member of the Lovecraft Circle.Robert Bloch, having sold his first story at 18, is a near endless source of wonder and envy for me Having known H.P Lovecraft, he s one of the few perfect choices to play in Howie s sandbox I ve wanted to see how it turned out for years, but until a dear friend and talented podcaster sent me a copy, I couldn t get my hands on one.Now that I have it, I can legitimately say this is wonderfully different than any Lovecraftian story I ve read.Move Cthulhu Mythos books start with a slow burn, leading to the revealing of the cult or the finding of the journal blog cave writing Things start to pick up until tentacles start flying everywhere I assumed something similar would happen here.Did I mention Robert Bloch wrote Psycho Bloch, master of human horror, focuses on that oft neglected member of the Lovecraftian ecosystem the cultist He wants you to know exactly how scary a world spanning conspiracy of murderous religious fanatics would be, and it works The humans are the real monsters, and they rethan enough to replace the ubiquitous shoggoths and elder gods that usually pop up.The original The Call of Cthulhu certainly laid the groundwork We learn that the protagonist s relative was jostled by a sailor and died unexpectantly and that narrator dies at the cults hands by page two Yeah, The Madness from the Sea section is the story s money shot, but the cult s lethality hangs over the beginning and end of that seminal text.So too with Bloch Why have monsters tear people apart when paranoia and tension do the same job Hell, he pulls one of the same plot twists early on that Psycho does, and it is absolutely as effective The Cthulhu Cult is well equiped, omnipresent, bloody minded, and thorough.Also, they ve read Lovecraft and try to keep a sense of humor about the thing.Things go about as well for the protagonists as you d expect, and it s a great ride along the way It makes me want to seeCthulhu Mythos stories with cultists as the antagonists instead of the appetizers If you can get your hands on a copy, give it a shot Its difference from the mass of Lovecraft imitators may unsettle you Hell, it may shake your very sanity.But we all go a little mad sometimes I love the cold, cosmic horror H.P Lovecraft gave to the world I love the darkly grinning and malevolently winking nightmares of Robert Bloch Combine the two and you get one hell of a book any fan of the Cthulhu Mythos, Mr Bloch, and especially those who love both, should read at once This right here is the good stuff. Honores y desorden, con la mejor de las intenciones G nero Narrativa fant stica.Lo que nos cuenta El habitante m s conocido de R lyeh va a salir de su sue o muy pronto, y la compra de un inquietante cuadro desencadena una serie inesperada de acontecimientos Quiere saber m s del libro, sin spoilers Visite Honores y desorden, con la mejor de las intenciones G nero Narrativa fant stica.Lo que nos cuenta El habitante m s conocido de R lyeh va a salir de su sue o muy pronto, y la compra de un inquietante cuadro desencadena una serie inesperada de acontecimientos Quiere saber m s del libro, sin spoilers Visite I don t often make it a habit to read Lovecraft pastiches, seeing as how with some exceptions to the rule the end results are often on the dire side however, this book is often namechecked by the occultist Kenneth Grant in the latter volumes of his Typhonian Trilogies, so naturally I was somewhat curious about its contents it was also highly praised by S.T Joshi in his book The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos, though he was also quick to point out that as good as it was, it was still no I don t often make it a habit to read Lovecraft pastiches, seeing as how with some exceptions to the rule the end results are often on the dire side however, this book is often namechecked by the occultist Kenneth Grant in the latter volumes of his Typhonian Trilogies, so naturally I was somewhat curious about its contents it was also highly praised by S.T Joshi in his book The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos, though he was also quick to point out that as good as it was, it was still not a masterpiece of literature I haven t read all that much of Bloch s work, aside from a few of his Mythos short stories and, of course, his novel Psycho As for this book, I agree with Joshi that, while entertaining, it is not a masterpiece, but still enjoyable enough, and a good way to kill a few days The version of this book I own a first edition hardcover is quite a nice product I like the quasi psychedelic artwork on the front and back cover courtesy of Richard Powers , and the black white illustrations by John Stewart in the book s interior sections are quite nice as well As for the actual story, it s fun in a pulpy way, written in a fairly evocative prose style, with a lot of shout outs and in jokes to the life and work of Lovecraft and some surprising plot twists though some of the plot twists are also, at the same time, fairly obvious if you can t figure out, just from the way he s physically described in the first scene, that Reverend Nye is actually Nyarlathotep, then you obviously have not read a lot of Lovecraft Part of the fun of the book is that it is for the most part set in Los Angeles in what was then modern day 1978, and as a result there is a lot of dated pop culture references and lingo, such as Sonny Cher, Women s Lib, the Hare Krishna, characters using words and phrases like far out, tripping, and so on it s also probably the only novel set in the Cthulhu Mythos universe that has Nyarlathotep saying dialogue like Who is this turkey and what s all this far out jive he s laying on us My only real issue with the book is its third and final part, which seems oddly abbreviated and not as fleshed out as the first two sections, though there is some nice apocalyptic imagery employed On a side note, I seriously wonder if Alan Moore has ever read the book in his Lovecraftian researches, because some of the major plot points from his Lovecraft comic books such as The Courtyard, Neonomicon and Providence , can first be found here namely, a woman becoming pregnant with the literal seed of Cthulhu and characters investigating the possibility that Lovecraft was secretly writing factual material, not fiction Great, heartfelt love letter to the Cthulhu Mythos fiction of HP Lovecraft The storyline assumes that Lovecraft wasn t writing fiction at all he was trying to warn people The book consists of three novellas, all of which allude to various stories from Lovecraft Great stuff. Honores y desorden, con la mejor de las intenciones G nero Narrativa fant stica.Lo que nos cuenta El habitante m s conocido de R lyeh va a salir de su sue o muy pronto, y la compra de un inquietante cuadro desencadena una serie inesperada de acontecimientos Quiere saber m s del libro, sin spoilers Visite Honores y desorden, con la mejor de las intenciones G nero Narrativa fant stica.Lo que nos cuenta El habitante m s conocido de R lyeh va a salir de su sue o muy pronto, y la compra de un inquietante cuadro desencadena una serie inesperada de acontecimientos Quiere saber m s del libro, sin spoilers Visite Robert Bloch s best book after Psycho and one of the best novels based on Lovecraft s Cthulhu Mythos. L incipit buono, fa rivivere le atmofere un po polverose ma sempre affascinanti dei vecchi romanzi dell orrore di inizio Novecento Poi la trama diventa pi concreta, attuale e ingarbugliata, tra complotti, servizi segreti e sette sataniche fino all inevitabile spiegone finale.Un omaggio a Lovecraft riuscito a met a causa di una storia che non cattura abbastanza e di personaggi poco caratterizzati.Mi aspettavo meglio. What men know is called science what they have not yet learned they call magic But both are real In the world of today and the near future, three people inexorably linked by a common interest in the work of H P Lovecraft, discover that the legendary creatures he created in his fantasies have hideous counterparts in reality that his fiction is incredible fact that his message is a warningBloch was a prot ge of H P Lovecraft, and, at the age of fifteen, the youngest member of the Lovecraft Circle This book, based on Lovecraftian themes, is his homage to the manOf all the Lovecraft pastiches, Strange Eons most emphatically takes the bleak implications of his mythos to their logical conclusionCover Art by David Hada This book is, in my opinion, the BEST Lovecraft Mythos paniche out there written with love and admiration for Lovecraft and his concepts A terrific terror novel, and well worth finding on your own

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