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1816: The Year Without Summer - eBook (Unredacted Cthulhu Almanac) Kindle Edition
1816 was a year unlike any other and without question it shaped the decades and centuries to come. Most believe the palatable bland narratives of their history books, however the true explanations behind the various causes and events of that year were far more horrifying than they could possibly realise.
Stories told from alternative and unexpected viewpoints and situated from all around the world ensure that this anthology is both unique yet still holding true to the overall core values in terms of the atmosphere, entities and timeline established by HP Lovecraft and expanded upon by his inner circle of fellow writers in what has been termed the expanded Cthulhu Mythos universe.
This anthology offers the breakthrough collection of stories that fans of the genre have been waiting for, a collection that is more than just rehashing the same ideas of grizzled private investigators defeating cultists or deep ones in the overly saturated time period of the 1920s & 30s.
Twelve fabulous five thousand word Mythos inspired short stories, one per month, filter true events through a macabre mythos lens and attempt to reinterpret some of the years most significant events that shaped the world.
A fresh line-up of authors, both seasoned veterans and aspiring occultists, ensure that although the time periods of the twelve stories may be the same, the locations, settings & narrative perspectives will not.
- ASIN : B07Q5GFPVQ
- Publisher : Beyond Death Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (April 6, 2019)
- Publication date : April 6, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 443 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #955,270 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
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By Miguel Fliguer on November 29, 2019
Whether you know a lot about the history yourself or don't and just go along with it as I did this felt authentic and offered a huge variety of plots. (It certainly made me do a little wiki diving.) It is filled with all sorts of strange and incomprehensible beings, Ghouls, your usual Lovecraftian "Deities", and heck even the King in Yellow makes an appearance.
This truth is revealed through documents and letters collected all over the world and each one tells a story for each month of the year. The various narrators all must battle for their sanity as they come across things they can't understand. While most are soldiers and sailors and other sorts of military types, you get a great story about a Rabbi that was my favorite.
This succeeded completely in capturing a dark and foreboding mood and engaging my imagination, which is what I love about this genre. I enjoyed how the history blended in effortlessly with the Mythos stuff. The action is also spectacular. The soldiers, armed with muskets and sabers, must do battle with beings they can't even comprehend but can certainly comprehend that they are capable of tearing them to shreds.
Apart from the gore, which I love but always feel like I shouldn't admit, the descriptions of the creatures are just so fun and gross. There was real creativity going on here.
I won't be going through all the stories here, it would basically just be more of me gushing weirdly like I already have. The tales use a lot of the usual ideas but they felt original and the collection concept kept them grounded. I didn't even think there was a bad story. This was just excellent.
1816: The Year Without Summer ends as a fresh and exciting collection which isn't easy in this well-worn genre. I suppose choosing to stay ignorant and not read the truth this is offering you would be a warning right out of any Lovecraftian story but do it anyway, it is worth going mad for.
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This makes 1816 fertile ground for writers of speculative fiction and horror. What we have here are a fourteen stories set in that miserable year. One concerns the eruption itself, twelve are set one per month during the year, and there is a bonus story at the end.
The stories are inspired (some very loosely, it must be said) on the writings of H P Lovecraft. As with all anthologies the standard is variable, but there are several stories which are very good indeed.
I would've liked a brief note with each story explaining how it related to the "actual" history of the year in question (the only setting I had any previous knowledge of concerned the raft of the Medusa), but that's just a minor quibble.