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By R. MCRACKAN on 01-05-18
Original Lovecraftian sci-fi horror
A theme of many of Lovecraft's stories is ancient beings from space. Naturally, this story takes place in outer space. Such a blindingly obvious direction to take the mythos, and yet I've never before seen it done. I love it.
It's also original to go to the source of these creatures. Considering how much of a threat one of these beasts is to humans, the idea of finding its home planet is superlatively stomach dropping.
I enjoyed the understated but fun inclusion of classic sci-fi/horror tropes including the underused modern mad scientist.
The narration is mostly good except for the side kick. I can't understand enough through that character through the accent.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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By Cameron F. on 02-11-18
'A Grade' weird cosmic fantasy
I was provided with a copy of this short story by the author, in exchange for a review.
I'm a fan of pulp writing and weird fiction. If it overlaps into the Cthulhu Mythos, it's going to get my attention. There are many authors contributing enthusiastically to this shared fictional universe. Some of these offerings take liberally from the bestiary while giving back little more than vapid genre mishmash. Don't get me wrong, I keep reading the material and the pages keep turning. But I don't read them again.
'Herald of Chernobog' was my first experience of author D.C. Lozar's work. I listened to the audiobook twice and have revisited parts a third time while writing this review.
There is a lot here to interest and engage the reader. First there is the other-wordly setting of the Chernobog asteroid belt, adroitly described. Told we're possibly about to access Cthulhu's Yuggoth, we're already half out of our minds, and any characters in such a setting have to arouse pretty intense curiosity. Viktor is a vagabond, disgraced physician who is banned from Earth. He has the technical skills to be acing it in his new career as an interstellar treasure hunter, teamed with some generally badass connections to dark magic and/or the Slavic mythos. He is companioned/served by an AI personality program in his forged staff. Except in this case the AI is the soul of a dying witch, trapped by Viktor in the moment of dying. What a setup! Ten minutes in to this 58 min audiobook and I was totally hooked!
Narrator Alexander Doddy has done a splendid job with the performance of the story. Slavic accents were well done. He even managed to render the series of syllables, normally unpronounceable in human speech, indicated by the letters Cthulhu.
Thanks for a great read! Now following this author and considering a purchase of more of his work.
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