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- Print Length: 98 pages
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- Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing (March 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQKP9JM
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George and his wife are about to go on a tour of the world after the discovery of a brain tumour in George’s head. We follow George and his wife travelling the world, with George stumbling upon links to the Cthulhu myth. Is it all simply playing out inside of George’s fragile mind or are the sightings and stories true?
One thing Fry does well with is creating that sense of dread and unease as our muddled protagonist George Cox discovers an abandoned foghorn station on the North-East coast of England. Upon entering he discovers the place has been attacked…but, by what exactly? Cox delves deeper into the mystery of the foghorn station and uncovers a dark past.
The atmosphere Fry creates is very typical of the Cthulhu mythos and is delivered well. We don’t really get to learn very much at all about George and Christine other than Christine being concerned about her husband’s sickness and of course George’s ill-health. The pacing is steady enough though it soon becomes a little repetitive as they hop from one place to the next making another discovery. There is nothing wrong with the way in which ‘The Rage of Cthulhu’ is written, it’s just nothing really new to get excited about. I’ve read hundreds of Cthulhu stories over the years and some writers have approached the mythos from a completely fresh and original angle, sadly ‘The Rage of Cthulhu’ is a little forgettable. It’s not all that bad, but not brilliant either. For me it’s just missing that bit of spark that separates it form the pack.
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.
Published by Horrific Tales Publishing Rage of Cthulhu is available in both hardcover and for the Kindle. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
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.