The Riddle of Cthulhu

by Ray Emerson
Release date: 2003
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, horror

As we now sit on the brink of Armageddon, it just could be that WE are under threat of an invasion — not as a country, but as a planet. And our weapons of mass destruction would be no match for what THEY could undoubtedly bring to the show. If we are clear on nothing else, the many theories of alien invasions all seem to agree on one thing — WE can’t beat THEM. At least, not technologically.

"The Riddle of Cthulhu," by Ray Emerson, offers a neo-classical odyssey in which humanity must determine who or what the aliens are, and then come to grips with the most serious problem Man has yet faced — how to avoid total annihilation. Two young lovers and their companions are at the heart of this tale of bravery, adventure, and an insidious alien invasion.

The ancient myth of the devil, Cthulhu, and the Necronomicon of the Abdul al-Hazred have long gripped science fiction and fantasy readers with the sheer horror of the unknowable. In this story, Cthulhu has reoccupied the Earth with his evil "Old Ones" and is bent on destroying Mankind. Emerson explores the eternal battle between the forces of good and evil, and further intertwines this clash with the age-old mystery: "Where did we come from and why are we here?" And we are left with one final question of our own: "Could WE actually pull this thing off and beat THEM?"

updated 2012-08-07

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