Andrew McKiernan has posted an awesome (and awesomely detailed) review of Cthulhu’s Dark Cults over on HorrorScope. Andrew is a gamer from way back, and he cut his teeth on Call of Cthulhu, the RPG that forms the basis for Dark Cults (which itself is inspired by HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos stories), so his opinion carries a lot of weight. Of the anthology, Andrew said:
I think that it is this ‘fun’ aspect that really separates what David Conyers and Chaosioum Inc. mean by ‘Call of Cthulhu’ fiction instead of ‘Lovecraftian’ fiction. A number of stories, such as those by Penelope Love, Oscar Rio, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and David Conyers are especially good and it is a shame these stories all appear in the second half of the anthology … but it does mean the anthology only builds in excitement as it progresses and the final stories are real mind-blowing doozies worthy of the pulp tradition that has made Call of Cthulhu such a popular and long lasting role-playing game.
… and Andrew had this to say of my novella, “Requiem for the Burning God”, the penultimate story in the anthology:
“Requiem for the Burning God” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings is the longest story in the anthology, and probably the best realised in terms of plot, character and setting. This is almost certainly due to the fact that Cummings has more room to play with in this novelette of evil cult-run corporations, gun-toting mercenaries and dark evils festering deep beneath the mountains of Peru. Like “The Devil’s Diamonds“, this is a story of epic scope and grand pulp-style adventure, with everything from flesh-eating ooze to bi-planes dogfighting zeppelins over the Pacific Ocean that comes across almost like Bulldog Drummond vs The Great Old Ones. Not only a fun and exciting read, “Requiem for the Burning God” is the sort of story that I wish my role-playing sessions ran like!
Interested in some terrific stories? You can pick up a copy from Amazon.
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