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Randolph "Dilda" Carter

A rant about books, horror, and the weird.  I sometimes take on my love/hate relationship with goodreads and Amazon.

Currently reading

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories
Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, William Shatner
Progress: 140/336 pages
Pavane
Keith Roberts

Truly Appalling

The Weird Company: The Secret History of H. P. Lovecraft's Twentieth Century - Pete Rawlik

What starts out auspiciously devolves into a simple monster-fest as Rawlik goes into excruciating detail about every Lovecraftian being ever mentioned by anyone. It reads at times like a Call of Cthulhu scenario manual. Since he starts with At the Mountains of Madness as a premise he's forced to come up with a plot eventually having used up all of Lovecraft's other stories to write Reanimators. However, this doesn't keep him from eventually strip mining the Dreamlands stories once he runs out of original ideas.

Characters and monsters alike are seemingly all immortal and are resurrected willy nilly after being "destroyed" whenever it is convenient to move the story forward.

Any sense of the outre or weird is completely lost as Rawlik can't seem to decide if he wants to be clever-funny or serious. The whole thing ends up as a blend of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Ghostbusters complete with tank fed green slime guns.

I can't believe that after how much I hated Reanimators I wasted money on this.

 

Boring as hell and totally forgettable.