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Reviews of Cthulhu Mythos Fiction


H.P. Lovecraft is one of horror's most notable and influential authors.  He created a world filled with demonic elder gods, alien beings with no compassion or mercy who seek to dominate, torment, and kill all humans. Since his passing many other authors have written books set in Lovecraft's Cthulhu world mythos.   Jamie Blackman has authored a Collection Development Guide for H.P. Lovecraft's work.


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Hive 2: The Spawning by Tim Curran*New Review

Severed Press, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1478237839

Available:  Paperback, Kindle edition


         Hive 2: The Spawning is set in Antarctica, and takes place after the events at Kharkov Station in The Hive. It begins when Mount Hobb, a British research station, is found, with seventeen of the station members missing.  Meanwhile, at Polar Clime Station, Nicky Coyle, an old hand at surviving and working in Antarctica, starts to witness dark and malevolent supernatural events.  As the members of Polar Clime succumb to the otherworldly presence, Coyle struggles to determine what is happening and how to survive it.


        Curran has done an incredibly effective job of giving the reader the feel of working at an Antarctic research station. While there is very much a physical threat to the members of the camp, the emotional and psychological terror that the staff experiences is just as deadly.   Curran is a very versatile author, and his work has touched many different sub-genres in horror. With  Hive 2: The Spawning, he has proven again he can write Lovecraftian horror with the best of them.  It will be interesting to see where the next volume leads: at the end of  Hive 2, the reader is left with the impression that the horror that has been localized in Antarctica is starting to go global.  Highly recommended

Reviewed by The Monster Librarian



Aaron Fletecher does a take two review of Island Life offered below.


Island Life by William Meikle*New Review

Gryphonwood Press, 2013

ISBN-13:  978-1940095035

Available:  Paperback, Kindle edition


     Island Life tells the tale of life in an isolated village in the Outer Hebridean Islands of Scotland.  The village is populated with a half-dozen people, who welcome the occasional tourist and scientific researcher to break up the tedium.  This particular summer has brought a jackpot to the local economy, in the form of a dozen archaeology students excavating an ancient burial mound.  Not all of the island's residents are happy about the project, though; Tom, the lighthouse keeper, complains that the old tales of evil ghouls trapped within the mound are true, and warns that they should not be disturbed. Still, things seem to be going along fine until a heavy fog starts to emanate from the dig site, blanketing the island.  Strange, heavily muscled, and clawed nightmarish creatures emerge from their prison.  The time has come for them to rise from the ashes of their past.  This time no one will stand in their way.   


     I liked this story.  It was a lot of fun to read.  The way it is told is unique; it is told in chronological parts, with each part told from the perspective of a different character, including the dog.  Each part overlaps just enough to keep the thread of the plot going.  Each character has a distinctive voice and is easy to identify.  The descriptions establish the setting and set the gloomy mood very well.  The monsters are great.  I really like the way backstory was blended  gradually throughout the story; this gave the monsters more depth and texture. I have read Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror by this author. Recommended for adult audiences.


Contains:  Gore, Sexual Situations, Adult Language


Reviewed by Aaron Fletcher


Here is the original review by The Monster Librarian

Island Life by William Meikle

Spectral Visions, November 1, 2001
ISBN: 1931402205

Available: New

    In Island Life, William Meikle tells of an isolated community on a small Scottish island with a hidden terror, released by a group of archaeology students, which hunts unseen in the mist. The island's lighthouse keepers and the daughter of the couple who run the local pub must find a way to survive.

    Meikle takes the time to make his characters come alive, so when they become prey to the creatures in the mist you

really care. Meikle doesn't rely on excessive gore or explicit sexual situations to grab the reader's attention. He doesn't have to. The plot is solid, the writing is imaginative, and the reader will continue turning the pages not just to see what happens to the island's inhabitants, but also to uncover the secret and story of the creatures in the mist.  Island Life has a higher level of writing than many other horror books. I highly recommend this book for any library's horror/Lovecraft collection.   Contains : Violence.





The Weird by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer*New Review

Tor Books; Reprint edition, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-0765333629

Available: Hardback, Paperback, New, Used and E-Book


        The VanderMeers’ tantalizing anthology consists of 110 stories spanning a century of “the weird,” originally defined by H.P. Lovecraft as that which has a supernatural element but is not a traditional ghost story or Gothic tale. These stories, chronologically arranged, and including some novellas, have elements of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with bits of surrealism and magical realism. No zombies, vampires or werewolves allowed. The book has a lengthy “Foreweird” by Michael Moorcock, an introduction by the VanderMeers, and an “Afterweird” by China Mieville. They attempt many definitions of “weird”, but all agree that the genre evokes that frisson of the unknown, the disturbing, and the visionary, leaving the reader with more questions than answers. Authors represented here include M.R. James, Saki, Franz Kafka, Lovecraft, Hagiwara Sakutaro, Fritz Leiber, Leonora Carrington, Ray Bradbury, Jorge Luis Borges, Shirley Jackson, Robert Bloch, Mervyn Peake, Daphne Du Maurier, George R.R. Martin, Octavia Butler, Harlan Ellison, Joyce Carol Oates, Poppy Z. Brite, Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Michael Chabon, China Mieville, Jeff VanderMeer, and Neil Gaiman. Writers of all ethnicities and genders are represented. I’d call it a textbook of the weird but textbook might sound boring; each story is a scary delight that beckons you to read yet another and another. China Mieville suggests in the “Afterweird” that the word derives from the Anglo Saxon “wyrd” meaning fate, destiny, or doom…and that these stories are the “wyrms” that watch us from holes and burrow into our minds. Highly recommended for all libraries.
Reviewed by: Julie Adams



At The Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

2005 Modern Library Definitive Edition (Original 1931)

ISBN: 9780812974416

Available: Paperback, Kindle


        At The Mountains of Madness is a stand-alone novel by the father of 20th Century horror fiction, H.P. Lovecraft. In it, we meet Dr. William Dyer of Miskatonic University. Dr. Dyer is hospitalized at the Arkham, MA sanitarium – a hospital for the mentally ill. He recounts an expedition to Antarctica he and some colleagues undertook with grant money. While they were down there, looking for the origins of the human race, they discover a mountain range. Just beyond the range is a city filled with buildings that are of odd and disturbing architectural design. While there, they discover the remains of aliens who clearly lived on Earth way before humans.


        The expedition does not end well, and Dr. Dyer and his lab assistant are the only survivors. I will not ruin what actually happens in that city. That will be for you to discover. This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of Alien, monsters, and stories of the dark arts and occult. If you’re feeling particularly brave, it's good for shivers late at night before you go to bed.

Contains: Violence, Graphic Images.


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The Creeping Kelp by William Meikle

Dark Regions Press, 2011

ISBN: 9781937128159

Available: New


               If Guy N. Smith decided to write a Lovecraftian tale, he might come up with something similar to The Creeping Kelp.  Environmentalist Dave Noble and scientist Suzie Jules are researching a giant plastic pool of pollution in the Atlantic, only to be attacked by black oily tendrils arising from the sea.    The massive body of pollution and seaweed makes its way to the shores of Britain and begins attacking beach goers. It is up to Dave and Suzie to find a way to stop the deadly creeping kelp creatures.  

               While there isn’t a great deal of character development in The Creeping Kelp, the fast pace of the story keeps the reader turning pages.  The book starts with action right away, and keeps going, although there are brief breaks as we learn more about the kelp creatures' history through journal entries as Suzie writes up her research.   The Creeping Kelp would make for a great beach read, and will give you shivers the next time you step on a piece of seaweed in the water. Highly recommended.

Contains: Violence

Reviewed by: Dylan Kowalewski



That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley

JournalStone Press, 2011

ISBN 978-1936564149

Available new paperback


When Carter Weston, a student at Miskatonic University, is asked by his professor, Dr. Thayerson, to retrieve a book with a powerful reputation, he has no idea what he was getting himself into.  Weston is sent to the town of Anchorhead during a blizzard to find the Incendium Maleficarum, or Flame of the Witch.  While in a tavern he meets four men, each of whom has a very interesting story to tell.  Jack tells Weston of his encounter with the legendary Wendigo while on a trapping expedition.  Daniel tells of his misadventure in Eastern Europe where he inadvertently stumbled upon a cult of women intent on bringing a demon into this world.  William’s story involves an insane asylum, a professor at Miskatonic University, and a cult trying to unsuccessfully awaken Cthulhu with the Necronomicon. 


It is the fourth man, Captain Grey, who has the book Weston is searching for.  Grey’s story of how he found the book in the first place describes a magic powerful enough to trap Grey’s ship and bring back the dead.  Grey gives up the book willingly but it is only after Weston has brought the book back to the University that he realizes his mistake.  Carter Weston must now stop Thayerson from doing what a former professor at Miskatonic failed to do—awaken Cthulhu.


Winner of JournalStone’s horror novel writing contest, Brett J. Talley has written a wonderful homage to occult horror.  Each of the stories told to our protagonist is unique and scary by itself while adding to the overall atmosphere and theme of the novel as a whole.  Each character is nicely fleshed-out and their individual stories come together beautifully.  With references to Lovecraft, Stoker and even the Bible, That Which Should Not Be reads like the best 19th and early 20th century horror stories about the occult and ancient god-like monsters.  I look forward to reading more by Talley in the future. Highly recommended.


(Full disclosure: I was a judge for JournalStone’s contest and gave this novel high marks)


Contains: Violence, gore and sexual situations


Reviewed by: Colleen Wanglund




Historical Lovecraft Edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula StilesInnsmouth Free Press, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0986686405

Available: New paperback, Kindle and Nook formats

I love the concept of this collection. Ever since Lovecraft encouraged others to play with his mythos, that open door has lead almost everyone to crash the party. I am a little underwhelmed with the execution. Certainly, different periods of history are all there, but I found the stories to be a little ho-hum, and not very memorable.

Some stories like Sarah Hans' “Shadow of the Darkest Jade” had a great concept, but the first paragraph copied Lovecraft’s opening style so closely I found myself rolling my eyes. In her defense, we have all done it writing mythos stuff. One thing I did like is that the stories were all pretty short. Sometimes I think was a curse that Lovecraft was paid by the word.

If you are serious about having a complete Loveraftian collection this book could be an important addition. I think there are plenty of nuggets for the readers who are addicted to all things from the unknowable and unspeakable beyond. For the general reader or fan of Lovecraftian fiction, I don't think much new ground is explored, and to me that is a problem. I am not sure if it was on purpose, but authors who are almost always in Lovecraftian collections such as Michael Shea, CJ Henderson and Cody Goodfellow were absent. That hurt this book in my opinion, as those three authors not only understand the mythos deeply, they are consistent about breaking new and interesting ground.

That was the piece that was missing for me. That is not to say there were not cool stories, but Hardboiled Cthulu is a better example of an anthology that explored Lovecraft in a a new genre.

Reviewed by: David Agranoff




The Innswich Horror by Edward Lee
Deadite Press, 2010

ISBN: 978-1936383115

Available: New

          Edward Lee is known for his very modern, very splatterpunk-influenced, extreme horror. I have not always been a huge fan of his work, although I liked Flesh Gothic, which reminded me of a more extreme Eyes Wide Shut. However, I can say that I was very impressed with his recent take on the Lovecraftian mythos, the Innswich Horror.

          If you are a fan of the classic Lovecraft novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth just stop reading this review. Just trust me and pick up this book. I think of it as a sequel or companion piece. Lee is not as known for mythos fiction as C.J. Henderson or Brian Lumley, but I would say Lee has created as strong an entry to the mythos cannon. Some writers have devoted entire careers to playing in Lovecraft’s sandbox, but here in this short, quick volume, Lee shows a deep understanding of Lovecraft and his work.

          The story follows Foster Morley, a Lovecraft devotee who traces Lovecraft’s path and research and finds a city and location similar to the events in the Lovecraft story. Lee builds the mystery and suspense perfectly, and to me this is his best work to date. Mythos writing is as tired and overdone as gothic vampire romance, but Lee knocked this mythos novel out of the park. Lovecraft fans will enjoy this work, and it should be in your collection.


Reviewed by: David Agranoff



Queen Of K’n-Yan by Asamatsu Ken, translated by Kathleen Taji

Kurodahan Press, 2008

ISBN: 9784902075236

Available: New

    Some of the most bizarre films the world has ever seen came from the small island of Japan. Some of the nastiest and most ear-damaging punk rock have come from the same island. Attention has been paid to Koji Suzuki, the horror fiction author of the Ring series which is Japan-horror's most famous export. Several of Suzuki's novels have made it into English, but I was very interested in going further with Japanese horror fiction. Why not try a Japanese take on one of the 20th century American horror mythos of H.P. Lovecraft?

    That is what this novel, written by Japanese horror author Asamatu Ken, is.

    Lovecraft reinvented the horror fiction genre in the the early half of the 20th century by excusing himself from the traditional tropes of vampires and werewolves. He created his own mythology of cosmic monsters whose very existence was hard for the human mind to handle. I often think of the mythos being placed in Lovecraft's native New England, but authors around the globe have been playing on Lovecraft's unhallowed ground since he was alive.

    Lovecraft encouraged other writers to create using his mythos. I am not sure how Lovecraft, who at times had some nice things to say about the Japanese (but mostly racist things) would have felt about this translation. Nonetheless, Ken has created an excellent mythos story that, as a fan of Asian cinema, feels of its culture.

    The story centers around biologist Anri Morisita, hired by a corporation to study the remains of a mummy unearthed in China. As the research continues, the corporation and its motives are revealed, along with its knowledge of the mummy's ancient origin.This sets up an amazingly timed and delivered chapter break at the end of the fifth chapter. The setting in the JGE's headquarters named the Leviathan tower suggests a Clive Barker influence. The inside of the building, with various elevators connecting only certain floors with each other, seems perfect for a Resident Evil-style game.

    Anri is a well-developed character who has flashbacks to the cruel treatment of the Chinese at the hands of the Japanese prior to World War II. It suggests a deeper plot, but one of the few weaknesses of the narrative is that the flashbacks happen so fast. With no narrative transition, I often got confused and had to scan back. Once it's established in the novel that is less of a concern. .

    Beautifully packaged with amazing artwork by Kojima Ayami the Queen of K’n-Yan is a textbook example of why we need a healthy and thriving small press. Kurodahan Press has translated and provided a book that no major publisher in New York would bother with, but it is an important and fun book none the less.

    Queen of K’n-Yan is a short and effectively written story that deserves its place as one of the finest modern takes of the Cthulhu mythos. Lovecraft devotees should not miss this book. Libraries in Japanese districts and ones interested in having a complete and diverse genre collection should get this book for sure. This is an excellent work of horror fiction and it tells me that I should be investing in the collections of Japanese mythos fiction released by the same press and edited by the author.

Review by David Agranoff



Cthulhu Unbound, Volume One edited by Thomas Brannan and John Sunseri
Permuted Press, 2009

ISBN: 9781934861134

Available: New

    H.P. Lovecraft’s intricate mythos of chthonic alien monstrosities and human madness is an industry onto itself, spawning role-playing and computer games, pastiches in all shapes and sizes, and influencing literature and film ad nauseam. The latest anthology to drape itself in the cloak of Lovecraft’s dark creation comes from Permuted Press. Cthulhu Unbound, the first of two volumes, attempts to unshackle the mythos from preconceived boundaries of the genre, but the anthology that is uneven at best. Some of the tales are quite good, such as Kim Paffenroth’s “The Covenant” and D.L. Snell’s “Blood Bags and Tentacles”, but most fall embarrassingly flat. The crowning achievement in the anthology goes to John Goodrich’s “The Patriot”, a ghoulishly creepy war story that was atmospheric and a delight to the end. The anthology is worth the price of admission for those three stories alone. For public or private collections. 

Contains: violence, adult language, and adult situations.

Review by Bob Freeman




Horrors Beyond 2: Stories of Strange Creations ed. by William Jones

Elder Signs Press, 2008

ISBN: 0977987639

Available: New

The second volume in the Horrors Beyond series, Stories of Strange Creations, is another solid collection from Elder Signs Press. The theme of the book is to examine the Cthulhu mythos through the lens of invention, and it succeeds on many levels.  William Jones has compiled 21 short stories by an outstanding collection of authors. Every story in this collection was compelling, and some were downright horrific. Standouts include Stephen Mark Rainey’s “Ghost Lens,” in which a medical imaging device not only allows you to see into the patient, but has something inside staring right back at you, and Robert Weinberg’s “The Margins,” a gory tale with an original take on Lovecraft’s extradimensional hounds. My personal favorite was Lucien Soulban’s “Serenade,” a pure and unadulterated Lovecraftian story centered on deciphering an ancient chant. Horrors Beyond 2 is a fantastic read, thrilling from cover to cover, another outstanding work from a terrific publisher. Readers advisory note: Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos and H.P. Lovecraft, will enjoy this title, though more the former than the latter.

Contains: Adult language, Adult situations, Minor violence

Review by Bob Freeman

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Deeper by James A Moore

Necessary Evil Press, 2007


Available: Pre-order, January 2008 release

    James A. Moore has given us a combination of Cthulhu mythos and ghost story in Deeper. Captain Joe Bierden is hired by a team of academics to take them to Devil’s Reef to explore an underwater cave near the town of Golden Cove. Before you can say Innsmouth, Captain Bierden finds himself dealing with ghost ships and humanoid aquatic monstrosities.  Deeper is a captivating story with an excellent blend of mystery and adventure that will keep even jaded readers entertained.   While there are many elements to the story that seasoned horror readers will recognize, Moore weaves them together exceptionally well.  Deeper’s fast-paced action and Moore’s character development of the secondary characters as well as Bierden drive the story. Readers advisory note: Although Deeper will be enjoyed by readers of Cthulhu fiction, it does not require background knowledge of Lovecraft’s work, and can also stand on it own merit as a great read. Recommended.

Contains: Violence and minor gore


Horror Between the Sheets edited by Michael Amorel, Oliver Baer, and Benjamin X. Wretlind

Two Backed Books, 2005

ISBN: 1933293012

Available: New and used

    Horror Between the Sheets is a collection of “sensual horror” loosely based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. These stories all originally reared their tentacled heads between the pages of Cthulhu Sex Magazine. Rarely have I found a collection to be so devoid of merit. Glimmers of hope for this anthology were Jeremy Russell’s story Noseeums, and Brian Knight and Durant Haire’s Beyond.  Unfortunately, these are exceptions. Lovecraft must surely have spun about in his grave over this tedious and poorly formatted volume. Readers advisory note: Readers of H.P. Lovecraft in particular and dark fiction in general may find this anthology to be of interest.

Contains: Adult language, Adult situations, Fantasy violence, Mental illness, Disturbing imagery

Review by Bob Freeman



Things That Are Not There by C.J.Henderson

Elder Signs Press, 2006

ISBN: 0977987612

Available: New

    Theodore “Teddy” London is a private detective whose latest client, Lisa Hutchinson, is pursued by supernatural winged horrors.  As London investigates why Lisa is being stalked, he is drawn into the center of a cosmic struggle that could determine the fate of the world.  Henderson has written an effective and entertaining Lovecraftian tale with an eclectic group of supporting characters.  Things That Are Not There has familiar components to the story, yet is well crafted and is an enjoyable read.   Readers advisory note: This book complements the anthology Hardboiled Cthulhu, also published by Elder Signs Press.  In addition to readers of Cthulhu mythos the readers of F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack series may also be interested in Things That Are Not There.  

Contains: Violence




High Seas Cthulhu edited by William Jones

Elder Signs Press, 2007

ISBN: 1934501026

Availability: New

    High Seas Cthulhu is an anthology focused on the Cthulhu mythos as it relates to the sea.  The majority of the stories are set in the time of tall ships, but some are also set in the present day. The terrors range from the subtle to deep sea monstrosities that seek to rend flesh from bone. Elder Signs Press has collected work by several talented veteran authors. The stories are strong, with proper pacing, and most authors do a good job building the tension up quickly. Outstanding stories include Tim Curran’s “The Wreck of the Ghost,” a tale of a whaling trip where the crew runs into something far deadlier than whales, and “Havenhome,” by William Meikle, about a  cargo ship bringing supplies to a colony in the New World in 1605. Readers advisory note: While the collection involves Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos, the stories are such that prior Cthulhu knowledge is not necessary for readers to enjoy them. This makes the title an interesting gateway to mythos literature/horror for the novice but still a must read for mythos fans. Highly recommended for public libraries.

Contains: Violence, gore.




Horrors Beyond (Tales of Terrifying Realities) edited by William Jones  

Elder Signs Press, 2005


Available: New

    Horrors Beyond is a compelling collection of eighteen cross-genre stories that utilize the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. The stories range from the gritty realism of the Roaring Twenties to the outer reaches of space in a distant future. The writing is generally solid and most stories do a reasonably good job of handling the Lovecraftian themes.  However, there are a couple of tales that stand out as excellent. The best is Tim Curran’s “The Eyes of Howard Curlix.”. Using humor and a light touch in regard to the Lovecraftian pastiche, Curran introduces us to a tabloid reporter who interviews a scientist whose experiment has left him with the ability to see beyond the normal limits of humanity. Well paced and suspenseful, this lead off story sets the tone and carries the reader through a myriad of styles, making this anthology of dark fiction well worth reading. Recommended for readers of the Lovecraftian mythos and for public libraries building general horror collections or short story collections. 

Contains: Adult themes, language, fantasy violence, minor gore 

Review by Bob Freeman

Stories included are:

The Eyes of Howard Curlix - Tim Curran
His Wonders in the Deep - William Mitchell
The Breach - Lee Clark Zumpe
Experiencing the Other - Ann K. Schwader
The Candle Room - James S. Dorr
A Little Color in Your Cheeks - Mike Minnis
One Way Conversation - Brian M. Sammons
After the War - Tony Campbell
The Blind - Gerard Houarner
The Hades Project - John Sunseri
A Form of Hospice - Richard Gavin
The Prototype - Ron Shiflet
False Containment - David Conyers
Dingbats - Richard A. Lupoff
The Orion Man - Doug Goodman
Vuuduu - C.J. Henderson
Cahokia - Cody Goodfellow
The Name of the Enemy - William Jones



Hardboiled Cthulhu edited by James AmbuehlDimension Books, 2006

ISBN: 07522971

Available: New

      Hardboiled Cthulhu  combines  elements of  the crime/detective/noir genre with Lovecraftian mythology.   The stories very in tone and content. Tim Curran’s “Eldritch Fellas” presents an irreverent tongue-in-cheek tale where Cthulhu meets Goodfellas,  to John Sunseri’s  tale of a thief  asked to steal an ancient mystical tomb, “A Little Job in Arkham.”.   The collection commits the small but forgivable sin of containing stories that don’t quite fit the theme, such as Steven L. Shrewsbury’s “Day of Iniquity”  which is more of a sword and sorcery/Cthulhu tale, and “” by Richard A. Lupoff which has more of a ‘contemporary tech meets Cthulhu’ theme. The individual stories are strong, but the book will probably be more of a gateway to noir for readers of Lovecraftian mythos than vice versa, as it helps to have a basic understanding of the Cthulhu mythos before reading the book.  Recommended for mythos readers and public libraries.  Contains: violence, gore. elder gods.

 Stories in Hardboiled Cthulhu are:

Sleeping with the Fishes (Poem) by James Ambuehl
The Pisces Club by James Ambuehl
A Change of Life by William Jones
Ache by David Witteveen
A Dangerous High by E. P. Berglund
A Little Job in Arkham by John Sunseri
Day of Iniquity by Steven L. Shrewbury
Eldritch Fellas by Tim Curran
Outside Looking In by David Conyers
Pazuzu's Children by Jeffrey Thomas
The Devil In You by Eric J. Millar
The Mouth by William Meikle
The Questioning of the Azathonthian Priest by C. J. Henderson
Some Thought on the Problem of Order by Simon Bucher-Jones
The White Mountains by Jonathan Sharp
The Terror Came by Patrick Thomas
The Prying Investigations of Edwin M. Lillibridge by Robert M. Price
The Roaches in the Walls by James Chambers
To Skin a Dead Man by Cody Goodfellow
Unfinished Business by Ron Shiflet
The Watcher From the Grave by J. F. Gonzalez by Richard A. Lupoff





Love Bites by James Newman and Donn Gash
Nocturne Press, 2005
Available: New

    Jerry is a man trapped in a sexually dull marriage. In order to spice up the relationship with his somewhat prudish wife Jerry turns to a swingers site on the internet and meets HotCouple30, an attractive swinging couple that seems the perfect solution to his sexual troubles. Little does he know that there are worse things than sexual frustration. Love Bites is a fantastically done chapbook. The cover is done in a lightly tinted bit of artwork with another cover below it showing some fantastic work by Alex McVey. The story itself captured me and wouldn't let me go as I read this chapbook cover to cover. This chapbook comes signed and numbered by both authors and the artist and is limited to 250 copies so it would make a great collection to any personal library.
Contains: Sex, Rape, Violence Review by Bret Jordan




Blue Devil Island by Stephen Mark Rainey 

Five Star, January, 2007 
ISBN: 1594144427

Available: New

    Set in the Pacific theater during World War II, Blue Devil Island follows the Blue Devils, a Navy air squadron that arrives at their new assignment, a small supposedly deserted island. Led by Lieutenant Commander Drew McLachlan, the Blue Devils  engage the Japanese forces in spectacularly described passages.  McLachlan soon discovers that they are not alone on the island, which is occupied by a group of hostile, inhuman natives. At the same time, an otherworldly presence is haunting the dreams of the Blue Devils. Rainey has successfully written an original cross-genre story. The war novel aspect of the book is dead on. It truly draws the reader into the story and establishes a feel for the time and place.  The horror element of the story is imaginative and creepy.   The care Rainey gives to the storytelling makes the book a good gateway book for those who enjoy either war novels or horror fiction, but haven't read much outside their preferred genre.  Despite a few passages of gore, the book would also be appropriate for older teens. Recommended for public and high school libraries.  Contains: violence and a little gore. 


Tarra Khash: Hrossak! by Brian Lumley

Tor Books, March, 2006 
ISBN: 0765310759

Available: New
    Tarra Khash: Hrossak! is more of a fantasy/horror combination. Our hero, Tarra Khash, a Hrossak tribesman, has a series of adventures with a Scorpion God, a dying race of psychic people, alien guardians of an ancient king's treasure, and a demoness who takes the form of a lovely girl.  Tarra Khash is presented as a typical barbarian hero, and one cannot help but think of another cagey barbarian, Conan. Each chapter of the book makes a great stand-alone short story, and they are tied together very well with the wandering Hrossak's travels.   Lumley is able to blend Cthulhu elements well into his primal land setting. This is an excellent book for those who are looking for more of a fantasy setting with their Cthulhu fix. This  is the second book in the Tales of the Primal Land series, following House of the Cthulhu


Island Life by William Meikle

Spectral Visions, November 1, 2001
ISBN: 1931402205

Available: New

    In Island Life, William Meikle tells of an isolated community on a small Scottish island with a hidden terror, released by a group of archaeology students, which hunts unseen in the mist. The island's lighthouse keepers and the daughter of the couple who run the local pub must find a way to survive.

    Meikle takes the time to make his characters come alive, so when they become prey to the creatures in the mist you

really care. Meikle doesn't rely on excessive gore or explicit sexual situations to grab the reader's attention. He doesn't have to. The plot is solid, the writing is imaginative, and the reader will continue turning the pages not just to see what happens to the island's inhabitants, but also to uncover the secret and story of the creatures in the mist.  Island Life has a higher level of writing than many other horror books. I highly recommend this book for any library's horror/Lovecraft collection.   Contains : Violence.  


The Hive: A Novel by Tim Curran
Elder Signs Press, Inc. (May 31, 2005)
ISBN: 0975922947

Available: New
    The Hive is written as a sequel to H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. It follows Jimmy Hayes, a contractor who works at Kharkhov Station at the South Pole. Once a discovery is made of mummified remains that are far older than the time of man, the Kharkhov Station descends into chaos, as it turns out that the frozen corpses are not totally dead and are driving people mad. It is a good read that goes fairly quickly. This book makes a welcome addition to contemporary Cthulhu books and may be considered part of a new core for a Cthulhu collection. Contains violence.


The House of the Temple by Brian Lumley
Endeavor Press, November 2004
ISBN: 0972865632

Available: New
    An excellent Cthulhu Mythos story by Brian Lumley, one of the most successful of Lovecraft's disciples, who has since moved on to successfully create his own mythos: the "Necroscope" series. After the mysterious death of his uncle, author John McGilchrist returns to his ancestral home in Scotland: the ancient estate known as "Temple House." His uncle's strange will leaves everything to John—but only upon fulfillment of a most unusual condition...
The copy reviewed is a hardcover, signed, Limited Edition book, of which only 300 hand-numbered copies were produced.




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