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- Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing (March 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQKP9JM
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Top Customer Reviews
I don't think the subject matter of the new novella from Gary Fry is much of a secret. With a title like The Rage of Cthulhu the reader has a pretty good idea of what to expect.
"Cthulhu still lives, too, I suppose, again in that chasm of stone which has shielded him since the sun was young. Who knows the end? What had risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men. A time will come."
- H.P. Lovecraft: "The Call of Cthulhu
George Cox and his wife, Christine are preparing to travel the world. Married for forty years, George has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor and if they don't make the trip now, they likely never will.
Aside from occasional bouts of dizziness, George's condition may also cause hallucinations and therein lies the twist with this story.
Are the horrors that George Cox uncovers on his travels real or are they a result of his condition. It's up to the reader to decide.
If it's been a while since you've read a story steeped in the Lovecraftian mythos, Rage of Cthulhu will fill that void nicely.
A quick read which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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From the author's bio - Gary Fry has a PhD in psychology, though his first love is literature. He lives in Dracula's Whitby, literally around the corner from where Bram Stoker was staying while thinking about that legendary character. He has been writing seriously for about 15 years. Gary has had a number of books published, including short story collections, novellas and novels.
Not having read HP Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, I had no idea what this creature was or the history behind it, but after reading this story, I am curious to find out more. From the start of this story you are drawn into a secret that has not been talked about in 50 years, from listening to the two old men’s tales or reading an ancient Norwegian manuscript, you are taken on a journey around the world only stopping when George gets to his final destination. Whether it was in George’s dreams, visiting different places and seeing new cultures all this added to the mystery of the Cthulhu. The use of George’s illness makes you doubt yourself whilst you are reading it, as I kept wavering between thinking it was all in his head and thinking that he was chasing the monster down. Even finishing this book did not solve my dilemma. I had sympathy for Christine, George’s wife as I felt she was struggling between letting him investigate the mystery and believing him and worrying about his illness.
As it is a novella it is a quick read and it is a book you can finish in one sitting. The suspense builds up slowly and I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Whilst reading it I was expecting something dramatic to happen, but when it did, the descriptive way the author wrote those scenes I was imagining being with George and watching him face his demon.
A well written tale of an ancient monster, this will have you gripped to the end a good horror read.
Fry’s update is told in a narrative style that moves fluidly from chapter to chapter. It’s an account of individual exploration and discovery leading to a horrific encounter, similar to the style that Lovecraft so often employed, but minus the purple prose of the times. Fry is respectful of the source material, and the spirit and tone of the story mirror Lovecraft’s themes.
In the original story, a Norwegian crew lose their ship while sailing near Australia, and discover the uncharted island of R’lyeh. An ancient Great Old One sleeps here while awaiting resurrection. The crew accidentally release Cthulhu, a massive god-like being with powerful tentacular features, who is worshipped in secret by several worldwide cults. Only one crew member, Gustaf Johansen, survives and his manuscript detailing the encounter is later discovered and investigated.
Fry’s protagonist is George Cox, a social psychologist nearly 60 and ill from a brain tumor that will eventually kill him. Along with his wife Christine, he is on a global holiday during his remaining days. He becomes intrigued by a discovery during the beginning of their world tour, along the north-east coast of England. Next to a lighthouse, he inspects the damaged wall of an abandoned building that used to house the fog horn machinery. Massive damage has occurred, traced back to a nasty 1975 storm. Cox doubts the official story of land subsidence as the cause, and begins his research into the incident.
Through whispered stories in dim pubs, he hears of a monster attacking the building during the storm. Later, he learns of fog house employee Jens Amundsen, who came upon a copy of the Johansen manuscript and began to trace pentagrams on the floor and use rituals to summon an Old One.
Fry cleverly links events to a 50-year cycle, traced back to the original story. When the stars are in the proper alignment, and the correct incantations are spoken during the proper rituals, Cthulhu will rise again. That’s what happened in 1925 in The Call of Cthulhu, in 1975 in The Rage of Cthulhu, and later in 2025 when this story concludes.
Cox’s pursuit of the truth continues during his global vacation, and he somehow uncovers evidence everywhere they travel. He begins to have dreams, unexplained lapses of memory, and semi-conscious spells. During these spells he begins to speak in the Old language.
Every clue he uncovers acts as a lure, bringing him closer and closer to an encounter with Cthulhu. His wife thinks his behavior is a condition of his illness, and doesn’t try to interfere. Even though regular readers of Lovecraft can anticipate the ending, it doesn’t alleviate the accelerating tension and suspense of Fry’s tale.
The Rage of Cthulhu is a worthwhile sequel close enough in style that it will evoke memories of classic Lovecraft tales. I’d love to see Fry write more sequels to these stories in the future.