Sep 13, 2017

Discover | 2 Novels In The Steps of Lovecraft


The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

Horror isn't something I enjoy, but there are always exceptions and I do read the occasional Lovecraft story. Whether it's the science fiction themes or just the way H.P. writes, there's something I like about it. Which is why these two recent releases caught my attention.



The first one A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw has a really interesting premesis where the protagonist who is a musician doesn't call up his audience from their seats, but his saophone calls up monstrosities from across dimensions. Already my minds racing, is it the person himself or is it a cursed saxophone?

The next one Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys, is a Cold War-era spy novel, where the protagonist is the only one who can help the the FBI recover magical secrets stolen from Miskatonic University, However the twist is that the US government was instrumental in destroying her family and childhood. Who does she end up helping... or harming?

Whichever one you choose, enjoy reading it with your favourite beverage!

A Song for Quiet

Persons Non Grata by Cassandra Khaw
Cassandra Khaw returns with A Song for Quiet, a new standalone Persons Non Grata novella from the world of Hammers on Bone, finalist for the British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award, and which Kameron Hurley called "a long leap into the gory, the weird, and the fantastic."

Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can't escape, and music that won't let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble — visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch.

The mad ravings chase Deacon to his next gig. His saxophone doesn't call up his audience from their seats, it calls up monstrosities from across dimensions. As Deacon flees, chased by horrors and cultists, he stumbles upon a runaway girl, who is trying to escape the destiny awaiting her. Like Deacon, she carries something deep inside her, something twisted and dangerous. Together, they seek to leave Arkham, only to find the Thousand Young lurking in the woods.

The song in Deacon’s head is growing stronger, and soon he won’t be able to ignore it any more.



Winter Tide

The Innsmouth Legacy by Ruthanna Emrys
"Winter Tide is a weird, lyrical mystery — truly strange and compellingly grim. It's an innovative gem that turns Lovecraft on his head with cleverness and heart" —Cherie Priest

After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra's life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.


In these post titled 'Discovery (or Up and Coming Reads)', I want to provide you with some suggested reading material. These are books which look interesting to me and that I'd like to share with you. The links will be affiliate links, so if you going to make a purchase at Amazon I'd appreciate you using the link. Doing so will help me buy more books so it should be a win-win for us both.

Enjoy reading more and thinking more... with your favourite beverage!



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