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The Lurker at the Threshold Mass Market Paperback – May, 1988
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It has a good pace. It's nicely done. It's enjoyable.
Oh sure, there's a lot of the Lovecraft touches like the lurkers from beyond space and time and the old gods and our pal Yog Shoggoth but really most of the book is all about the research and the hunting through hoary old books. It's like a graduate student fantasy but instead of digging through archives and looking for all those receipts and diaries in order to discover Aaron Burr's tax record or evidence about the affects of the New Deal, you get to discover an ancient religion in which the deities are ready to get to you. And they are possessing your grandfather - and that weird indian.
Of course, you can't really avoid the problems with Lovecraft including the bad dialogue and the casual racism, but for the most part this is a pretty entertaining read about nerds doing research. And some have noted that the ending is a bit anti-climatic but I thought it was awesome. And rather hilarious.
However, this novel most certainly is not a true collaboration between authors H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth. That's where the trouble starts. Anyone truly familiar with Lovecraft's writing style is going to instantly realize that the byzantine sentence construction, the eldritch wizardry of the imagery, and the often archiac and cerebral language we associate with Lovecraft just aren't there. (Derleth, to his credit, writes dialogue better than Lovecraft did and adds some human touches usually lacking in Lovecraft's characters.) Derleth seems to have used just a few paragraphs by Lovecraft as the springboard for an entire novel, padding it out with some paraphrased language from other Lovecraft stories such as "Charles Dexter Ward."
This doesn't make the novel bad, just misleading. And a lot of unsuspecting people read this book and developed an opinion of Lovecraft that has nothing to do with the author's actual work. Why on earth can't the publisher include a foreword letting us know the truth behind the collaboration? I doubt it would hurt sales, and it would help to mend some broken fences.Read more ›
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