Seven interlocking tales of mystery and horror, from the Victorian era to the modern day, set in the shadows of South London. Ancient forces lie just beneath the surface of the ordinary world, breaking through to threaten the lives and sanity of those who disturb them. Inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos of HP Lovecraft, this stylish new collection of adventure stories fizzes with wit and invention. They can be enjoyed separately, but read them together, and the pieces fit horribly together into a larger and more terrible nightmare...A collection to delight horror fans, veterans of the Call of Cthulhu RPG and newcomers alike. The Dulwich Horror of 1927: To William Blake and his friends down from Oxford, a mysterious underground chamber is a diversion to punctuate their round of cocktail parties and champagne picnics. But something malignant is stirring, and ancient evil is about to be unleashed. Can Blake's friends solve the riddle behind the mysterious words Cthulhu fhtagn before they are picked off one by one? Two Fingers: Boat-builder Mike Nicholson will do anything to help his wife when she is mutilated in an accident. His work on luxury yachts gives him access the world of the rich and powerful, and options not available to normal people. But Mike's mission sets him on a collision course with a family determined to keep the age-old secret in their cellar hidden at any cost. The Devils in the Deep Blue Sea: When the steamer Amaryllis picks up a shipwreck survivor in the Tasman Sea in 1886, he turns out to be a strange man with a stranger story. But events prove he really is pursued by a vengeance from the deep, taking a form the wildest sailor’s stories have only hinted at. A storm is brewing, and it is a brave captain who dares to challenge the forces of a sea god. The Monsters in the Park: A day out to the dinosaur sculptures in Crystal Palace Park is a thrilling experience for any eight-year-old in 1936. But Paul is no ordinary boy. A sudden personality change has given him some peculiar interests and unusual knowledge of prehistoric life. Teacher William Blake sets out to discover Paul's real purpose -- and finds himself facing something more dangerous than bronze dinosaurs. The Thing in the Vault: Gangsters, con-artists, and a garrotte-wielding assassin are another day at the office for Private Investigator Ed Jones in 1928 Chicago. But Jones finds himself in real trouble when he goes to a remote New England village on the trail of an eccentric German scientist. There's a murder to solve, but the biggest challenge will be getting out alive. The Norwood Builder: Being kidnapped and handcuffed to a chair by your ex-boyfriend is bad enough. But when he wants to talk about his radical experiments in human biochemistry, things are going to get a lot worse. Especially if his crazy theory happens to be right... Shadows of the Witch House: Witty, headstrong Sophie overcomes tragedy to become queen of a set of Jazz-age Bohemians in South London. But Sophie's horrific past is catching up with her. When her friends start dying in ways that look a lot like human sacrifices, Sophie knows she will literally have to face her demons. If only Sophie wasn't already insane... Warning: contains extreme violence, adult language, occult themes, Nazis, aliens and real science.
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