With Keyport Cthulhu, Armand Rosamilia bakes up a delicious disquiet pie. Each story is but a slice of the town Rosamilia created. The dank and gritty town of Keyport, New Jersey seems like the perfect vacation spot for me and mine. But I love tentacles and creatures that go bump (or should I say splash) in the night. This auspicious collection is just the start of something much bigger–I’m hoping for a series. I know there’s a sequel out already, so tentacles crossed. I’ve used tentacles twice in the first paragraph. Score one for the good guys!
Keyport Cthulhu quickly sends shivers down your spine with the first tale. Ancient is about an inherited home near the ocean and an eerie painting. The young writer and his wife are unsuspecting of Keyport and its rich history. The young couple isn’t prepared for what the house has in store for them. The wife is kidnapped and the husband is left reeling. The ocean beckons.
I dig the premise behind this quirky town full of fishy-eyed people. The individuals who come to Keyport don’t remember they had once lived there, making the reading experience more enjoyable because it personalizes the story. You experience what the characters experience and that is an amazing feeling. I loved the old church and the priest. All the characters are well-developed.
I don’t know much about the Lovecraft mythos, but I do know a great book when I read one. Keyport is much like Innsmouth, and Keyport Cthulhu is a hat tip to H.P. Lovecraft. I thought it was cool that we get a little more of the rich history of Keyport with each story. I don’t know how the stories were first published, but it kind of felt like a serial. I’m glad Chuck Buda talked Armand Rosamilia into re-releasing this one. I also enjoyed the two stories by Katelynn and Chuck. Armand’s daughter has a bright future in horror literature. I can’t wait to see what she creates next. Hopefully, Keyport Cthulhu 2 is just as good as the original.
Just look at that cover! This is my first time reading Armand Rosamilia, but it definitely won’t be my last.
Revised and Expanded Edition for 2017!
“The painting forced him to move back with such suddenness, he nearly fell over the side of the old wooden railing. It depicted a grisly scene, as if your worst nightmare had been splattered on canvas. Despite his mind screaming to look away, he could not avert his eyes” – Ancient
Set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years…
Who can survive when Cthulhu rises?
Includes several bonus stories:
the steampunk tale “Rats In The Cellars”
“Cthulhunicorn” co-written with Katelynn Rosamilia
“Lockbox” previously unreleased
And two Lovecraftian tales from author Chuck Buda: “The Terrible Old Man of Keyport” and “Dark Waters of Sin”
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