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The Weird Company: The Secret History of H. P. Lovecrafts Twentieth Century Paperback – October 7, 2014
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"The once human characters deal with their loss of humanity and their hope that they are not just monsters in sometimes subtle but always complex ways. Combine this with a wonderful League-of-Extraordinary-Gentleman-like plotline and you have a great adventure tale worthy of being included among any fan’s library."
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Praise for Pete Rawlik:
"The coolest, most gifted Lovecraftian writer working today."
W. H. Pugmire, author of The Strange Dark One
"Rawlik rampages through Lovecraft country like a grave-robber on formaldehyde ... not so much a writer to watch as one to keep under constant supervision, animal tranquilizers, and heavy restraints."
Cody Goodfellow, author of Radiant Dawn, on Reanimators
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The Weird Company itself is a group of characters from Lovecraft’s and Rawlik’s pervious stories, each with a unique set of skills. They travel to the bottom of the world to essentially prevent the destruction of the planet. I don’t want to give too much away but the story is fast paced and there is some good character development but for me the best part was Rawlik’s scientific concepts and ideas used to explain things as varied as the physiology of the shoggoth to how faster than light travel is possible. I could not get enough of that.
Finally, Rawlik has a great ability to make Lovecraft’s horrors be, well, once again horrible! Like the Universal creations of Frankenstein’s Monster or the Wolfman, or more recently the xenomorph from the Alien Franchise, continuous exposure to Lovecraft’s creations can make them less terrifying over the years. However, Rawlik puts the menace and horror back into these entities, particularly with the Elder Things and the shoggoths. There is an early scene in the novel that shows what happened to the Lake party in Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and it is one of the most terrifying things I have ever read in a Lovecraftian tale – well worth the purchase of the book or eBook. In conclusion, I can’t recommend this book enough and looking forward Rawlik’s next novel.
by Pete Rawlik
THE WEIRD COMPANY (title becomes apparent during the story) is a very literate, well-crafted homage to H. P. Lovecraft and an excellent addition to the ever-expanding Lovecraft Mythos. HPL's aficionados will well recognize references as events throughout the story play both on the reader's mental stage and on the cosmic backdrop itself. Commencing with a 1931 Miskatonic University expedition to the vast frozen reaches of the Antarctic, continuing with the Federal Occupation of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, and on again to Antarctica, this horror/mystery/supernatural thriller weaves in many events, participants, and places from Lovecraft's own seminal work. Author Pete Rawlik seamless interweaves these multiple anecdotes and keeps readers' attention throughout, leaving us with the impetus to reread again the master himself: H. P. Lovecraft.
and wanted. Pete Rawlik takes the stories of HPL, and fills in spots,
so you see more behind the assorted bunch of people in the Lovecraft canon.
If you've ever read 'Anno Dracula' or 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'
this is in the same idea. He goes places I'd not have thought of, but
even with the more out there stuff, it fits and makes logical sense. He
also name drops modern authors in the stories, so it's a fun game of
'spot the reference' that tickles my fan-being fancy. So, if you like
Lovecraft, and love in jokes and references, get 'The Weird Company'.
I'd also suggest reading the previous book, 'Reanimators' as it gives
the story of one of the main characters. 5 out of 5 writhing pseudopods.
Mr. Rawlik is obviously a Lovecraft scholar and has done a great deal of research to flesh out this novel. I've read pretty much everything HP wrote and even I had to Google some of the more obscure characters but they were there. Several more prominent characters were mentioned but did not appear directly, leading me to believe that there is a series building here (hopefully).
Though the existential angst and noir tropes are all present, this is really more of a dark adventure story in the vein of Robert Howard, or even Doyle, than HPL. Weird, violent (at times grisly) and almost totally devoid of any human intimacy whatsoever, but still: there is quite a bit of humor and the 'heroes' of the Company can at least affect some change against the 'villains.' This group isn't Lovecraft's typical 'victims' as they have all already had their initial run-ins with the Mythos and survived. Now they must band together against the looming menace of the torpid but awakened shoggoths.
Sounds like I liked it, right? Well, I did. So why only three stars? Eh, I'd give it 3.5 if that was an option. As with most e-books, it suffers from some pretty glaring technical and grammatical errors, though much fewer than most. Further, there were some plot threads that appeared to lead somewhere really interesting only to hit a wall and never be revisited. Again, perhaps indicating a long term series brewing, but there are ways to account for that. I will certainly be interested in following Mr. Rawlik further down this path.
For: Fans of Tarzan, Sherlock, Conan and Solomon Kane; HPL; Pulp and Weird literature; Laird Barron; Joe Lansdale; the Shadow and Doc Savage; and Stuart Gordon's version of the Mythos.
Maybe Not For: Mythos Purists (if you can't keep an open mind, you'll only be disappointed). And if you enjoy this, check out "The China Town Death Cloud Peril" and/or "Move Underground." Other great novels with a lot of similarities.
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This is the second book in Pete Rawlik’s ‘The Secret History of H.P. Lovecraft’s Twentieth Century’ trilogy.Read more