First book in a great new horror series!
The Lovecraft Squad All Hallows Horror by John Llewellyn Probert
My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my advance reading copy of this book! Rock on!
The Lovecraft Squad, also known as The Human Protection League, exists to battle the horrors of the Elder Gods such as Cthulhu and their myriad descendants and human servants. So when a Cthulian Horror rises in England, an ancient church is ground zero for horror unimagined. The League sends Doctor Bob Chambers to investigate.
Two schoolboys have found a skull, a long bone, perhaps a femur, and a ancient manuscript. Anyone who touches the artifacts finds him or herself in terrifying nightmares. The manuscript is called the “Soothsayer’s Tale” and appears to have been written by Geoffrey Chaucer…
Bob is drawn into a four-day isolation investigation in All Hallows Church. The church has been abandoned and was even desantified by the Catholic Church. But the investigation is being pushed by an intrepid reporter and her newspaper.
There are seven people in the group. The reporter, Karen Shepworth; Doctor Bob Chambers; historian Dr. Rosalie Cruttenden; so-called Parapsychologist “Dr.” Peter Chesney; Father Michael Traynor, represeitive of the Catholic Church; and contest winners Paul Hale and “Ronnie” Quesnel.
These seven enter the church, Father Traynor having arrived first to open the place. The doors are shut and locked. They will open in four days, or if the panic button installed just inside doors on the wall.
Things begin to go wrong from the start. No amount of preparation could have prepared these seven people for what they will endure.
Perhaps the ghost of an ancient nun who speaks to Dr. Cruttenden says it best. Gasping from maggot infested lips she intones: “Nine circles….the Gates of Hell….do not dig down below!”
This is perhaps one of the best horror tales I have read in recent history! The first chapter is a bit rough, loaded with f-bombs from the two boys who discover the artifcats. But after that the pure horror begins and rushes the reader like a charging bull which will chase him or her all the way to the last line! What lies down below?
I give the book five stars!
Quoth the Raven…