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The Innsmouth Syndrome by [Hemplow, Philip]
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  • File Size: 3570 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CF7AZG
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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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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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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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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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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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The Innsmouth Syndrome is a follow up to a not so short story called “Shadow Over Innsmouth,” written in 1930s by H. P. Lovecraft. Normally I avoid spoilers in my reviews, but the Syndrome’s author takes it for granted that the reader had already read the Shadow Over Innsmouth. In the review that follows, I will also assume the same. This means that if you have not yet read Shadow Over Innsmouth, I would advise you to go and read it first. Not only for the sake of understanding Syndrom, but because Lovercraft was an amazing writer and Shadow is one of his better stories.

The story starts with doctor Carla Edwards arriving at Innsmouth. Few weeks before that, a car with four teenagers from the town had crashed and everyone inside died. The coroner investigating the accident noticed that all four teenagers were suffering from various deformities. It was as if they were mutating in some way. The coroner calls Center for Disease Control, and they in turn send in doctor Edwards, who is the heroine of the story.

After a short investigation (much shorter than I would have liked), she discovers that the Cult of Dagon is back in Innsmouth. They were not completely destroyed in the army raid in the 1920s. For decades they laid low, but now they have a pet Shoggoth whom they will soon use to reopen contact with Deep Ones. Doctor Edwards is targeted by the cult for elimination, which results in a nighttime chase through Innsmouth’s decayed alleys and rooftops. How it all ends, I will not say, but it has a nice Lovecraftian feel to it.

While the premise and the plot is not bad, the story, as it unfolds, suffers from some serious weaknesses. The writing itself is OK, but some scenes are poorly set up, even unnecessary.
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