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The Innsmouth Syndrome [Kindle Edition]

Philip Hemplow
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Veteran epidemiologist Carla Edwards has been dispatched by the C.D.C. to investigate a cluster of inexplicable mutations among the young people of Innsmouth, a sickly and destitute town on the Massachusetts coast. Initially skeptical, she rapidly discovers that the true mystery is older and more horrifying than anything for which her training has prepared her. As the danger mounts, a double helix of history and urban folklore draws her inexorably to the door of a sinister, evangelical cult - and beyond the limits of her science and belief.

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  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CF7AZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Debut Whose Stars Are...Right January 13, 2012
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An absolutely stellar debut by new writer Philip Hemplow, "The Innsmouth Syndrome" is just short of a novella length retelling of the classic H.P. Lovecraft tale, THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH. Hemplow's story is written in a modern style and follows the investigation of a CDC physician punitively assigned to uncover the strange circumstances involving a car accident and several teenagers. The heroine is portrayed as every bit Lovecraft's classic outsider, and Hemplow's denoumont is decidedly and respectfully Lovecraftian. Absolutely recommended, and a must-read for Lovecraft fans of any sort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FINE LOVECRAFTIAN TALE! April 21, 2012
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Philip Hemplow's novella, THE INNSMOUTH SYNDROME, is a fine, modern take on one of the Lovecraftian gods. It's just the right length---novella---to be able to read and digest it in one sitting. When Carla Edwards, a doctor with the CDC, is tapped to investigate a number of human abnormalities in the Massachusetts town of Innsmouth, she has no idea that her investigation will lead her straight into madness and a cult of people who worship a loathesome fish god. Creepy and well-written, I'll be looking for more from this talented author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent riff on the Innsmouth look February 25, 2012
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The Innsmouth Syndrome is a very snappy read, probably long enough to qualify as a short novella. So far as I know it is only available electronically but the $.99 price tag makes it practically a steal. The lovely illustration was provided by Jordan Saia. I don't know anything about the author, Philip Hemplow.

A physician from the CDC, Carla Edwards, is asked by another physician in the local area to investigate the deformities of some young teens in Innsmouth who were killed in an auto accident. She finds the area very run down and hostile to visitors, but perseveres and begins to find out some darker underpinnings to the town. Her inquisitive nature gets the better of her and she refuses to be warned off from pursuing these strange features of the locals, eventually sailing into deeper waters than she knew.

I liked quite a bit about this story. The prose was very assured and main character well developed. Tension was developed very naturally, slowly increasing until the denouement, which was quite creepy. Descriptions were quite vivid and dialogue felt natural. I also liked that author assumed that we the readers know the Innsmouth story from HPL and did not have to have it drummed in again.

Some things did not work so well for me. The protagonist was an African American woman, and this was emphasized a few times perhaps to make a point but it ended up being quite superfluous to the story. Here I thought the author was harping a bit. While I did not mind the change in the mechanism of the propagation of the Innsmouth look, it do much for me either. The way the shoggoth was driven off was a bit too pat. Finally, there were a few esoteric words thrown in, like entheogen and lachrymatory, that added nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Return to Innsmouth August 4, 2012
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In this fine novella, Philip Hemplow takes us back to Innsmouth and speculates on what might have transpired in the 80 years since the shadow fell over the eponymous town. Dr. Carla Edwards comes to Innsmouth to investigate the genetic mutations for which it is famous. Upon arriving there, the skeptical doctor learns that the illness has nothing to do with radiation or disease. Vividly described and dripping with atmosphere, Hemplow gives a loving tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, and fans of the mythos would be well advised to pick up this volume.

Brett Talley, author of the Bram Stoker Nominated That Which Should Not Be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read January 27, 2012
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Philip Hemplow provides a good story and with great Lovecraft atmosphere that kept me from putting the book down. I am an active boardgame player wanting to know more background to games such as Arkham Horror and Mansions of Madness. This book provided more of an updated story versus the 1920's era. I also liked that the story is not in the first person perspective which many stories I have read are. This difference helped me enjoy the main characters experience in Innsmouth and her search for what is happening to the people the town. If you enjoy H.P. Lovecraft stories, I believe this is a good book to add to your library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By P. Zimm
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I really have to say this was a good read. The main character was well written. The story moved at a good pace, the descriptions were vivid. The only thing I did not like was the propensity I have seen in self-published novel or novellas to be a bit short. I was settling in for a good read when I realized I was already 80% done. Well, it is always good to leave people wanting more, and this was only $2.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepiest Innsmouth Tale in a while. July 24, 2012
By Vulpine
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A while back I purchased a story off of the Amazon site for my Kindle, called `The Innsmouth Syndrome', by Philip Hemplow. I only just now got around to reading it. The premise may seem a little overdone, doctor investigates Innsmouth and finds horrors from beyond the waves. But this story has more to it. For one, it actually creeped me out in spots. Normally I look at Innsmouth stories from my own odd viewpoint that `Shadow over Innsmouth' is not a horror story but a coming of age story. This does color my opinions of Deep Ones, the Esoteric Order, etc. Not with `The Innsmouth Syndrome'. It's creepy, it describes the degeneration of the town and it's people in such a way you can't help but go `eep'. And the ending, where the true depth of the horrors is revealed, well it's one of the best I've read in a long time. If you like Innsmouth tales, you will enjoy this story. It's only available for the Kindle and related apps,and more than worth the $.99 US. I give it...ya know I haven't thought of a good scale yet. Just go read it and enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Innsmouth Syndrome

As a life long HP Lovecraft fan that started reading his books at age 10 [ now 53 ] I thought this story by Philip Hemplow was better than the original stories... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arthur von Boennighausen
4.0 out of 5 stars At last some Yog Sothery
Most attempts at writing a Lovecraftion story just don't work. Most authors I have read just don't have the guts to make the universe as uncaring as Lovecrafts. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars That's it!
The story was decent but just as it was getting was over. I am not impressed, I will not look for anything else by this author.
Published 4 months ago by JESSICA GRYSZKO
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping read
Good mix of Lovecraft, horror and medical fringe science.. Pity the ending does not offer the chance of a sequel or more history re the cult...
Published 5 months ago by Michael D Emmerich
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not good
The Innsmouth Syndrome is a follow up to a not so short story called “Shadow Over Innsmouth,” written in 1930s by H. P. Lovecraft. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Walter E. Kurtz
4.0 out of 5 stars shorter than I expected but well-written
I had a good time re-exploring the seriously messed-up little town of Innsmouth in this story/novella. The characters were well drawn and the dialogue flowed well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by scendan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Wonderful stuff. Innsmouth is the most common subject of Lovecraft reworkings, and for a good reason - it's one of his better-paced, clearer stories. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bill Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Dive right in on the fish men!
I'm always willing to submerge myself in a good Innsmouth yarn.

It's great to see another chapter in the Massachusetts saga. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Roger P. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I really like this book, was very fascinating. I do think it would be better without the creature. I recommend
Published 10 months ago by Boomadiidii
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Lovecraftian Goodness
A nasty little rural town with a nasty little history, Innsmouth has become notorious among fans of intelligent horror. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tim D.
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