Awesome like cotton candy and the perfect hot dog and the deadlift and the 48 kilo kettlebell and Over The Top with Sylvester Stallone.
A summary without a spoiler
Bruce knew just how to approach me. He basically said, “How would you like to take an early look at a new graphic novel about HP Lovecraft?” I’ve talked about good old, wretched old, thin-lipped old HP Lovecraft before.
In fact, he is solely responsible for my worldview, which means he taught me about the many-tentacled creatures that live on the bottoms of our oceans and far beyond the stars and how their memories live on on Earth in the form of weird cults and eerie fish-men.
And now Bruce was offering me a crack at a graphic novel that contains all of these things, but also uses HP himself as a character.
I’m not a huge fan of graphic novels, but I’m willing to try anything with HP’s (Lovecraft, not the computers) name attached to it. I don’t know much about art, but I think the art in this book is wonderful.
The story has an asylum, a kingdom of ice, some tentacles, a sacrifice, a monster made of fire, and lots of chattering teeth. It is wonderful. It is short. It is fun to read. It is something that I think Lovecraft would approve of. He didn’t approve of a whole lot, but he did encourage other writers to expand on his universe and use his characters.
Bruce Brown has done this and I am honored to be an early set of eyes for him. I can’t say more about the book without ruining the plot for you, but I’m happy to tell you that it comes out January 6.
Make January 6 a day of tentacles and thinly veiled madness. You won’t be sorry.
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