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Paragraph for Ken Hite

Great Chicago glowed red before our eyes. We were suddenly on Madison Street among hordes of cultists, some of them spraweled out on the street, elongated chitinous scythes where their hands used to be dragging across the ground, hundreds of others gathered around store-front churches or crowded onto corners, all waiting and buzzing.

- Move Under Ground, Nick Mamatas


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Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
The book is great fun throughout, with one or two quite interesting takes on Lovecraftianism buried in the clever.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed it too, and you were right there were some neat touches there, particularly in the way people interact with the Mythos. I guess that this is one of the better non-HPL stories.

I've recently read a few things by Jeffrey Thomas, Monstrocity which is set in his grimy futuristic city Punktown and Unholy Dimensions, a Lovecraftian collection. Both have their good points.

What's your favourite non-HPL Mythos story?
Oct. 24th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
If I had to pick, I'd say "Sticks," by Karl Edward Wagner. It's actually more like an M.R. James story than an HPL story, but it's usually anthologized as a Mythos tale.

Of the old school stuff, probably "The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis," by Clark Ashton Smith.

Neither tale actually uses any of the Great Names, though.
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