This is a collection of Horror Shorts by different authors-- and not the usual Lovecraft adherents like Lumley.
More to the Point, these stories all have the following rules:
They take place NOW.
They all presume the basic setting: The Stars are Right and Cthulhu and the Dark Gods Return
The Return is Triumphant: Mankind Loses.
So What happens now?
I forewarn other readers. These stories are Bleak. There may be a glimmer of hope, but that spark is very feeble, a veritable flickering of a single wooden match sputtering on the damp earth.
To pose a comparison-- when you read the other Lovecraft stories or Lumley or the others, the encounters between Man and the Dark ones always happens off the beaten path, deep in a dark untracked forest-- and while the endings are pitiless, the reader is subliminally reassured: The rest of Man's civilizations goes on untouched-- so there is still a chance because Cthulhu is still Trapped outside of Reality.
But in these stories, Cthulhu and his minions explode on the world like a hundred hydrogen bombs strewn from pole to pole and the future ceases to be. Because not only is Cthulhu and his ilk alien, they are transcendentally and evilly powerful. And worse, they are INSANITY given the power of Gods.
So how does Man survive?
For myself, usually, I've read a Lovecraft tome or a Lumley book from cover to cover in one night. With this book, I had to put it down and go watch something light and entertaining, and leave the next story for another night....Continua