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Author Topic: Kerouac vs Cthulhu  (Read 1612 times)
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« on: June 29, 2015, 06:18:34 PM »

Just thought i'd give my review on a book i recently read, Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas available free at http://manybooks.net/titles/mamatasnother07mug.html

A beatnik pastiche with lots of lovecraft thrown in. Its really well done, of course the gap between the beatniks and lovecraft isn't as wide as you might think. Anyone who's read Kerouacs 'Dr.Sax' or Ginsbergs poem 'Howl' will see distinct touches of eldritch horror.
Surprisingly for a pastiche this isn't played for laughs, its a proper beat novel with all the humour, sleaze and darkness that one would expect. Because it stars Kerouac as opposed to Sal Paradyse there is a biographical element to it and i wonder how true to Kerouacs personality and opinions this portrayal is.
Some might find it a little vague in places especially towards the end but overall this is a great impression of the beats but with a little better focus and story than Kerouac usually managed. Oh and lovecraftness isn't done as small dash, this is full on Call of Cthulhu style stuff. Adults Only.
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