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The Other: Encounters With The Cthulhu Mythos Book 1 Paperback – Import, 31 March 2020
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What happens to humanity when Cthuhlu's dreams come to an end? The Cthulhu Mythos has touched and mutated humanity for ages. But in recent times, Mythos related activity has been on the rise. Why? What mysterious forces are causing an increase in these encounters, and what ultimately will be humanity's fate? Governments around the globe are working in secret to uncover and unravel the taint of cosmic horror that infects the planet. The stories contained in this book follow three investigators employed by a shadowy government agency as they encounter entities fueled by the malevolent energy of something known as The Other. As they peel back the layers obscuring the unknown horrors that inhabit the vast universe, the investigators enter a futile struggle against inhumanity, insanity and despair. This collection of linked short stories pulls the reader into the world of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
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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
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- Publisher : Troy Young (31 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 222 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1777060303
- ISBN-13 : 978-1777060305
- Item Weight : 331 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.42 x 22.86 cm
- Country of Origin : India
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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.