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The Other: Encounters With The Cthulhu Mythos Book One (The Other: The Nyarlathotep Cycle 1) Kindle Edition
It started as a typical day in a sleepy little coastal village. But little did they know everything was about to change forever.
Corporal Joe Mills of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrives at Gallou Cove, certain the reported ‘sea monster’ washed ashore would be nothing. What he found there on the beach chilled him to the core.
Dr. Adele Kramer, a marine biologist, shows up to categorize the find. The creature defies any known life found on Earth. At least, nothing originating on the planet.
So begins their introduction to ‘The Other’, the secret world of cosmic horrors plaguing humanity since before the dawn of time. They soon find themselves drawn into a plot many millennia-old to prevent the end of all existence in the universe. Can they survive the Crawling Chaos and prevent He Who Lies Dreaming from awakening?
This book is the first in a trilogy, containing six of eighteen linked novelettes and novellas meant to be read in order and set in H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
Praise for The Other
This book was great! Each chapter in this book is essentially a short story on its own but circulates through characters you’re introduced to in the first and second story, so I quite like that. There is a thread to the story that continues through them all and helps create continuity... I very much recommend this collection of stories and would recommend it to anyone who likes Lovecraftian fiction. S. Lowe, Dec 1, 2020.
I read a lot of mythos tales, some good, some bad, and some just tangential. This is one of the better ones. It keeps an up to date feel without sacrificing too much the mythos’ ‘pulp’ origins and character. M Kettlewell, Oct 25, 2020
I enjoyed this collection of stories based on the Cthulhu Mythos. The three main characters are sent on missions either together or alone. Each story is filled with mystery and horror. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Lovecraft’s creatures. Ilene, Feb 25, 2020
The book contains the following stories:
It Came From The Sea: the remains of a mysterious creature is washed ashore on a small village, forever changing the lives of all who see it.
It Slumbers Beneath The Ice: an ancient entity of cosmic evil lies trapped in Arctic ice. A mysterious cult seeks to free it from its prison, an event the investigators rush to prevent.
It Lives In The Woods: A cultist summons an entity from the Dreamlands and unleashes it on this world with deadly consequences.
It Hides In The Village: Small rural towns are breeding grounds for Mythos activity, where a dedicated group of followers assists The Black Pharoah in his plans to spread discord and chaos.
It Lurks In The Basement: An investigator is recovering from her encounters with The Other when she learns of an entity of unspeakable evil imprisoned in the basement of a home in her neighbourhood.
It Ends Where It Began: All of the investigators are brought together and return to the blighted village where their odyssey began and learn of the diabolical plan of a malign deity and one of the Mythos’ most active antagonists.
The Happenings of December 13, 2012: The story of the investigator’s mysterious handler and how The Other first drew him into its web of terror.
This is the first book in a trilogy.
Selected reviews on the individual stories.
On It Came From The Sea A Modern Cthuhlu-style tale that fits within the mythos. Great short story that feels completely plausible. Good characterization and pacing. Not the typical ending one would expect from such tales, but satisfying, nonetheless. I definitely recommend this read for anyone who likes the macabre. -ciofki, May 12, 2019
On It Slumbers Beneath The Ice: An out of this world read. This work captivated me. It was horror in your stereotypical sense but a science fiction horror that left me wanting to know more about "the Other". I have to say that Dr. Adele was a well-written character that I think accurately displayed what someone in her situation might do. -Ashley, December 27, 2019
On It Lives In The Woods: Mythos Building. I am finding that Troy Young is building his mythos and his characters by carefully building upon the stories that came before. These stories are definitely meant to be read in order. I have long been a fan of the weird tale and have read, along with Lovecraft, some of the authors who have promulgated the mythos of HPL. Each addition brings its own perspective and insight. Troy Young is bringing a thoroughly modern feel to the age-old telling of the otherworldly story. - Madelon Wilson, December 1, 2019
On It Lurks In The Basement: Atmospheric Horror. One of the truly terrifying aspects of Lovecraft's work, at least as I remember it, is derived from not actually knowing the monster in question. He terrified me with innuendo and descriptions of feelings. Troy Young is continuing this tradition of not throwing splatter and gore all over atmospheric horror. I'm sure we can all relate to that sudden noise in the middle of the night that begs investigation on the one hand and fear of that investigation on the other. - Madelon Wilson, December 5, 2019--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B082QNT8M1
- Language : English
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- Print length : 225 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1777060303
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Now I don't want to diminish it on that basis alone. No doubt there's something in that idea, even if it depends on walking a very fine line maintaining the horror and the lighter tone in equal measure. Despite some good intentions here, I just don't think it comes together in a satisfying way by the time we get to the end of this collection.
Its a nice idea in theory, a collection of separate but interconnected tales touching on various aspects of Lovecraftian lore. Problem is it all feels a touch too underdeveloped and rushed to the point of conclusion. The main characters feel a bit too broadly drawn, the dialogue is uninspired and the plotting feels like it's going through the motions with very little sense of building to the finale.
Rarely is anything novel introduced into these proceedings. Its tried and true material to be sure but without any flair to it. No new twist or take is to be found here sadly and it's a shame as I say as I feel there's definite potential to the idea. Its Lovecraft minus much of what made those stories remarkable. You get the creatures but without the superbly conveyed sense of place, atmosphere and unspeakable dread.
There's the core of a sound concept here, but I fear it was a fair few drafts away from hitting the sweet spot. What's left is a bare bones pitch for a cross between X-Files, Warehouse 13 and Fringe without it being as enjoyable as any one of them. A solid pass from me I'm afraid.
Vicious is how I read the director of this nightmare story and a fella who cares nothing for the humanity of the men and woman whose lives he so easily destroys. No if you like reading and following characters and development, don't read this series.
Also this author can't seem to destermine what to call his follow on novels. One place he calls his book THE OTHER then searching for the second in the series I discover it is called something completely different.
No this author needs a good Editor, reader, and somebody who slap hm around and make him wake up about his misuse of good characters he discards so easily.
Lost me though I was really wanting to follow the story onward, the ending of the first novel killed that desire.
They're not superheroes, or pathetic idiots who make inexplicable decisions.
They're very human. I'd like to know more about the Agency they work for, but I suspect that that's the point.
This reminds me of role-playing the Cthulhu game way back in the late 80s, which is no bad thing at all. For less than 3 English pounds it's a bargain. I hope to read more by the author. Very, very good.
It would have got 5 stars if it was a bit scarier though.