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About Troy Young
Troy has been many things in his career. Shoe salesman, waiter, newspaper owner, children's performer, actor, elected official, policy advisor, CEO, and university lecturer. Now he wants to try his hand at writing.
Troy writes in many genres. His first attempt at writing was his Jimmie Mayfield series. The first two books (The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield and The Lifestyles of the Rich and Jimmie Mayfield) are now available. His most popular works are his Lovecraftian horror stories. Three books in The Other, containing 20 short stories of a linked arc are available. He also writes fantasy and science fiction.
Troy lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter, and dog.
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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.
Do you believe you are destined for greatness but have no idea how that will happen? When you start in a trailer park, the only way you can go is up.A very entertaining read. I loved the quirky characters and could not help but root for Jimmie through all of his escapades. I can’t wait to read the next one. Shelley, Dec 31, 2020
Praise for Jimmie Mayfield
Jimmie Mayfield is a mullet-headed manchild, a 30-year old man going on 18. He hasn't found his groove in life; not in his career, not in love, not in anything. Jimmie believes that he is destined for greatness, but has no idea what that means or how he is going to get there. Living with his mother in a dilapidated trailer at the Pleasant Meadows trailer park in the coastal town of Englewood, Florida, Jimmie's life is a series of missteps. With his loyal but misfit friends at his side, Jimmie tries to figure it all out. But what will he do when a stroke of luck changes everything for him? Catcher in the Rye meets A Confederacy of Dunces meets High Fidelity. This lighthearted tale will make you laugh at parts, cry at others, but more often than not have you say 'WTF Jimmie?' For anyone that has ever sat and contemplated their life, you'll soon find that there is a little bit of Jimmie Mayfield in all of us.
Author InterviewJimmie Mayfield is your first novel. What inspired you to write it? I was visiting Florida, where my parents have a winter home, and I went for a walk in the hot Florida sun. An hour later, with no hat or sunscreen, dehydrated and delirious, a story had formed in my mind. When I came back to Toronto and told my staff this story (I’m a CEO of a non-profit association), one of them said, “when are you going to stop telling us these stories and actually write something?” So I wrote it to spite her.
Originally, the book was entitled Florida Man. Why the change? The term Florida Man comes with some baggage. Jimmie and his friends share some of the characteristics of your typical Florida Man, the memes and stories tend to relate to unusual or strange crimes. They are not good people. Jimmie and his friends are quirky, but at their core, they are good guys. I was worried the title would scare off some readers expecting it to be nothing but drug-induced hijinx, and that those who picked it up expecting that would be disappointed. I mean, there are a few instances in the book of questionable judgment of a criminal nature, but it's all in good fun.
This is the first book in a series. How many books do you intend? The goal is five books. Jimmie's life takes a massive change in direction at the end of this book. The next one deals with him facing his new reality as he tries to adjust. Once the dust settles, he sets out on an outrageous and ambitious goal and he gets swept up in circumstances beyond his control. Without giving too much away, from where he starts the first book, unemployed and enjoying breakfast on his patio to where he ends up three years later, well, the word whirlwind doesn't do it justice.
Why did you set it in Englewood, Florida? Englewood is a real place. My parents own a condo in nearby Placida. I've been visiting every year for the past 10 years, so the area is almost a second home to me. Many places that make it into the book (like Gators and Play Bowl!) are loosely inspired by local businesses. Characters are drawn from people I've met and some of the things that Jimmie has to overcome are based on actual experiences in my and my friend's lives. It leaves Jimmie Mayfield feeling grounded.
Dr. Adele Kramer is the lone survivor of the encounter with Cthulhu. Nyarlathotep's plan worked, and reality continues. Now ensconced as the Director of the Department of Extraordinary Phenomena, a new threat has emerged; the mysterious entity Meph'hibb'anauth.
Investigator Neve Winston sets off on a twisting and unsettling adventure to uncover and defeat Meph'hibb'anauth's plan. Once again, humanity's existence holds in the balance.
What she uncovers is the stuff of madness, and Neve finds herself drawn through space and time, a pawn of the eldritch terror whose goals are simple: the destruction of the universe.
Struggling to keep her sanity, Neve must answer the question: is her role to stop this destruction, or be the catalyst that ushers it in?
This cycle is set after the cosmic horror series The Other: The Nyarlathotep Cycle and includes characters and situations from the first trilogy.
A humorous coming of age tale with political undertones, Jimmie embarks on his wildest adventures yet.
The final individual to accompany them to the ultimate encounter is discovered. Along with Malcolm Mayweather, they confront an evil spirit who has waited centuries for their release, uncover a lost artwork from the mad painter Richard Upton Pickman, encounter a powerful witch, and defeat the physical manifestation of an Outer God. But the real challenge comes as Adele, free from her coma, leads the others to the depths of the South Pacific, to the fabled city R'lyeh, to confront Cthulhu himself in a race to save all existence.
The stunning conclusion to the popular trilogy The Other, a modern tale filled with action and adventure in H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
This book contains the following stories.
The House at the Edge of Time and Space Dr. Adele Kramer grows in power and explores the universe. A mysterious force compels her to travel across the universe, to the very edge of time and space, to house she knows intimately, to learn secrets she needs to succeed at Nyarlathotep's mad scheme.
The Shade of Pierre Girault Malcolm Mayweather gets a new partner, Charlene Hines, sprung from prison by Harjit Singh at Dr. Kramer's urging. They speak to a man in Vancouver, awakened from a long coma, and learn of a mad sorcerer who imprisoned his spirit in eighteenth-century Quebec City. Travelling to Quebec, they learn first hand why you avoid powerful sorcerers.
The Misplaced Masterpiece of Richard Upton Pickman Written from the view of the antagonist, an art gallery owner discovers a lost painting, a work by the mad painter Richard Upton Pickman. Driven to madness by the piece, he grows increasingly paranoid that the people inquiring about his recent purchases are more than they seem.
The Curse of the Windsor Witch A recent excavation at a churchyard releases the malevolent spirit of an ancient witch on an unsuspecting city. Strange murders follow as the investigators work to discover a link between the victims and strive to bring the murder to justice.
The Bride of the Yellow King Charlene goes rogue and races to Prince Edward Island alone to take down a family of cultists. But someone has designs on her, and a ceremony put on hold for twelve years comes to frightening reality.
In the Depths of R'lyeh Adele returns from her captivity in space and reveals the final encounter. They must travel to the home of Cthulhu, the sunken city of R'lyeh, and prevent the Great Old One from ending existence.
Praise for The Other, Book 2
The sequel, same as the first, a great action-adventure series, with the Lovecraftian mythos in front as the antagonistic force. Fun for fans of the mythos, I would suggest it. J. St. Pierre, Dec 23, 2020
I love these Lovecraft inspired stories. The conflict between humanity and the elder gods comes into a stronger focus in volume two in this series. What previously could have been seen as random, sporadic events becomes a pattern. Mr. Alexander, Nov 3, 2020
Joe Mills and Pete Ivalu are dead, and Dr. Adele Kramer is in a coma. Harjit Singh needs to replace them in his ongoing confrontation with The Other. He turns to Malcolm Mayweather, a firefighter injured by an escaping Shoggoth, freed by the fire started by Adele to destroy it. It draws Malcolm into the world of lost alien gods and terrifying creatures.
As he gets drawn further into this fantastic realm, Malcolm deteriorates mentally and physically. But he must hold on because he is one of the key figures who will determine if the entirety of existence remains or is lost in an instant.
While Malcolm struggles with these challenges, Adele faces her own. Left floating in orbit around the Blind Idiot God Azathoth at the centre of the universe, she learns the depth of Nyarlathotep’s plans and her part in it all. An event is approaching, but what is it? And can they stop it?
This collection of linked short stories pulls the reader into a modern take on the world of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. It contains the following stories:
The Rat King: Malcolm and his new partner Mindy travel to Saskatchewan to investigate sightings of mutated rats. The rats are the least of the town's problems.
The Alien Gardener: Mindy relates her strangest case to Malcolm. She investigates a strange blight impacting Niagara when she encounters a mysterious plant in a greenhouse. Are the effects hallucinogenic, or is what she sees real?
The Pyramid of the Black Pharaoh: In a show of international co-operation, Malcolm joins a group of investigators drawn from around the world to investigate a mysterious pyramid uncovered in the Egyptian desert. Their delve into a building hidden for thousands of years starts in motion a terrifying future.
The Druid of Castle Rock: In this second international adventure, Malcolm travels to Scotland to aid a young researcher field test her invention that can track Other-related corruption. They use it to uncover an ancient cabal hidden in plain sight in Edinburgh.
The Viking's Doom: Returning to Canada, Malcolm aids a Norwegian researcher trying to discover the real reason the Vikings left North America.
The Tattered Lady: Malcolm rejoins Mindy as she searches Winnipeg's homeless population for a mysterious woman known only as The Tattered Lady. We find the lengths that Harjit will go to stop the influence of The Other.
The Thing In The Customs House Written in H.P. Lovecraft's style, the reader is transported to Montreal in 1928 to learn of the incident that leads to the formation of the Department of Extraordinary Phenomena.
This is book two of a trilogy.