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Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Call of Cthulhu - quick thoughts

by HP Lovecraft
50 pages

In this short story, a classic of the horror genre, a young man discovers references to a creepy cult in his deceased uncle's paperwork. The cult has apparently been around since the dawn of time and it's followers are quite creepy and violent. Others who come into contact with the cult - or the god behind it, Cthulhu - often go crazy and may even commit suicide. The god hails from the distant stars and personifies creepiness and chaos.

[Cover]The book is basically a summary of the information the young man has compiled about the cult. There isn't much of a storyline here. Cthuhlu is creepy, yes, but that's about all there is to it. It is a quick, rather dry, story, and I can't say that I felt strongly about it one way or the other.

I read this for part of this year's Dueling Monsters challenge. Check out Fizzy Thoughts on 10/31 to see what others thought of this tale.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I totally agree with the not much of a storyline.

Ryan said...

I haven't read this particular book before, but I have do so with other Lovecraft short stories. Overall, I enjoy his style and I'm still wanting to read At The Mountains of Madness, which everyone tells me is his best work.

blackwatertown said...

Hmm - sounds like one to skip. Thanks for the review warning.

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