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The House of the Toad Hardcover – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Fedogan & Bremer; 1st edition (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878252038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878252036
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,334,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was slow to get started, but once the plot started to unfold I was very interested. Tierney could stand some work on his characters (they're a bit shallow), but the plot is suitably Lovecraftian once it begins to move. If you're a Mythos fan, this book is worth your time to read and add to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on May 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The House of the Toad is a Cthulhu mythos novel by Richard Tierney. It was published in 1993 by Fedogan and Bremer; there has never been a reprint but used copies are readily available. I originally acquired my copy in 1994 and first started reading it back then, but then we moved (again), and it was packed into a box and never came to light again until a few months ago when I finally unpacked all my old book boxes. There were both limited and trade editions; I do not know which one I have, but it is a very nice cloth-bound hardcover with slipcover. Cover art is by Harry O. Morris, showing a toad-like face. It is pretty good but does not have the wow factor certain modern day mythos books have. The last page has a decent drawing of the fall of the House of the Toad. Page count is 248 with text starting on page 3, with an author bio on the slipcover (no longer current, as it was from 15 years ago). Editing was tight; I saw one slip up substituting compliment for complement, a common enough error with word processors. The only thing by Mr. Tierney I can recall reading was his Simon of Gitta book, The Gardens of Lucullus from 2001, co-written with Glenn Rahman. TGOL was a pretty good S&S sort of book with distinct mythos overtones; the authors' research on ancient Rome gave the descriptions some vivid immediacy. At any rate, I liked it well enough to look forward to The House of the Toad.

The events in The House of the Toad take place in the environs of Moline, IL, near where the Rock River joins the Mississippi. Mr. Tierney is from Iowa and I wondered if he ever lived there (which made me wonder if the persona of the protagonist was at all autobiographical).
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