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The Devourer Below: An Arkham Horror Anthology Kindle Edition
Something monstrous has come to Arkham, Massachusetts. There have always been shadows here, but now a new hunger has risen from the depths and threatens those who dwell here. But there are heroes too – people who stand up and fight to stem the tide, even when it costs them everything. Explore eight shocking new tales of occult horror, captivating mystery, and existential fear – from a zealous new heroine to conniving cultists, bootleg whiskey to night terrors, and fiends that crawl from open graves. A nightmare has fallen across Arkham, and it will devour all.
"As always with Aconyte’s impressive (and ever-growing) range, it also finds a satisfying balance between being detailed enough for existing fans of this IP and accessible enough for readers taking their first steps into Arkham Horror fiction. All told it’s fun, suitably creepy, wonderfully varied and consistently entertaining. What more could we ask for?" (Track of Words )
"Not only are each of the stories engaging, atmospheric and deeply compelling slices of Jazz Age horror fiction by themselves, but editor Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells has ensured that every tale progresses the overarching narrative of the horrifying activities and occult plots of the Cult of Umôrdhoth, developing a cohesive and chilling meta-narrative that comes to an action-packed and quietly unsettling conclusion. " (Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviewer )
"I've really enjoyed the Arkham Horror novels I've read, and have found them to be some incredibly creepy and compelling horror mystery stories, so I'm absolutely over the moon to see these tales work so well in short story form too, and I'm excited to see more anthology books like this." (Trans-Scribe )
"All eight stories in this collection are strong reads and have done a great job of tiding me over until I have the chance to pick up more full length novels and further familiarize me with the universe of the series. I can't wait to read more from this series and maybe even try the board game." (Never Anyone Else )
"An entertaining horror anthology with plenty of chills." (Muse Books )
About the Author
- ASIN : B08WM5NPP5
- Publisher : Aconyte; Paperback Original edition (July 6, 2021)
- Publication date : July 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2742 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1839080965
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #246,092 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #580 in Movie Tie-In Fiction
- #643 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #756 in Fantasy Anthologies
- Customer Reviews:
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The authors in this book do a great job at doing what HP himself did well, and that's delivering a bite sized story with great atmosphere filled with cosmic horror goodness. These authors, who are obviously huge fans of the Arkham Horror LCG, do a wonderful job of blending canon from the Arkham Horror universe and Lovecraftian mythos into well written, suspenseful stories.
These 8 stories perfectly capture the personalities of various and diverse characters that fans of the franchise will recognize, giving more growth and backstory to well established characters. But where it really shines is giving lesser known characters (Lita Chantler) or enemy cards (Ruth Turner) their own great stories and these characters quickly become favorites you hope to read more of.
This book will quickly make you feel as if you are playing a scenario of the LCG as you read about Leo De Luca picking up whiskey during prohibition and battling ghouls, or Lita Chantler looking for information about her murdered husband. Fans of the series will rejoice at familiar characters and locations like Arkham Sanitorium, Velma's Diner, and Umordhoth.
This anthology is really a fantastic book filled with short stories that are independent but contribute to an overarching plot. Fans of Arkham Horror, Lovecraft, and new comers alike will thoroughly enjoy this book page after page, although to get the most enjoyment I do recommend playing through The Night of the Zealot from Arkham Horror LCG. This is absolutely a book to look out for when it comes out July 6th.
For the most part these stories aren't particularly frightening in any way, although they are often gross because of the body horror. For the most part these read like private eye short stories with a horror twitst. One of the things I enjoy most about these stories is that the "good guys" aren't particularly good people, they're morally grey at best.
My favorite story in this collection was "Labyrinth" which is a story within a story. A detective is trying to track down why people with a specific birthmark are being targeted by cultists and a librarian tracks down a story of how these people are decedents of Ariadne of Crete and the Minotaur and Labyrinth tale is actually based on Minos gaining his wealth though Umôrdhoth. This was a very cool retelling. None of the other stories really stood out but, overall, if you like the 1920s golden age of detective fiction AND Lovecraftian horror you'll probably enjoy this universe.
I did receive a digital ARC of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to leave this review.
I’m impressed with this book. I loved all 8 stories, and I had a hard time putting this book down. I especially loved how each story was separate, but they were all still connected in a way. Each story revealing just a little bit more information and glimpses into this hunger – The Devourer Below.
If I had to pick — my top two stories would be:
1. Labyrinth by Thomas Parrott
I’m a sucker for Greek mythology, and Greek mythology mixed with horror really made this one of my favorites. I also liked more than just the content – I enjoyed the pacing of this story and the suspense.
2. All my Friends are Monsters by Davide Mana
I really enjoyed Ruth as a character. It was interesting seeing how she handled the situation she was forced into. This was also a story where I feel like you got more of a connection to the other stories. I would love to read more about Ruth!
Overall this book had a good balance of suspense, mystery, and horror. This made me want to pick up more Arkham Horror books, and look into the board game as well!
Thank you NetGalley and Aconyte Books for the ARC.