Cover art by Ben Baldwin. Foreword by S. T. Joshi.
Inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, this stylish new collection of adventure stories fizzes with wit and invention. They can be enjoyed separately, but read them in one sitting and the pieces fit horribly together into a larger and more terrible nightmare.
These tales constitute David Hambling’s initial foray into the realm of Lovecraftian fiction. The fertility of imagination, the crisp character delineations, and the smooth-flowing prose that we find in these seven tales leave us wishing for more of the same, and Hambling will no doubt oblige in the coming years. For now, we can sit back and relish a brace of stories that not only evoke the shade of the dreamer from Providence, but which that dreamer himself would have enjoyed to the full.
— S. T. Joshi
(from his foreword)
David Hambling is an author and science journalist writing for New Scientist magazine, WIRED and The Guardian, as well as the more eclectic Fortean Times, ‘the journal of unexplained phenomena’. In 2001 he ignored all warnings and passed over the river to live in Norwood, South London. Initially unimpressed by its suburban facade, he was gradually intoxicated by the area’s miasma of exotic history. As an admirer of an earlier science writer, H. P. Lovecraft, he set about weaving a series of weird science fiction stories around his locale. His wife and cat are tolerant of this eccentricity.