- File Size: 3570 KB
- Print Length: 84 pages
- Publication Date: July 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CF7AZG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Innsmouth Syndrome Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Brett Talley, author of the Bram Stoker Nominated That Which Should Not Be.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It wasn't bad, just too short. It needed more depth in character creation. Don't get me wrong I thought the author did well the amount of space he had vPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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
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 morePublished on May 22, 2014 by DJ
The story was decent but just as it was getting good...it was over. I am not impressed, I will not look for anything else by this author.Published on May 8, 2014 by JESSICA GRYSZKO
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 on April 2, 2014 by Michael D Emmerich
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 morePublished on February 13, 2014 by scendan
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 morePublished on November 29, 2013 by Bill Thomas
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
I really like this book, was very fascinating. I do think it would be better without the creature. I recommendPublished on October 31, 2013 by MichelleU