"Readers will be enthralled, chilled, and astonished." -- Tom Piccirilli, author of A Choir of Ill Children
Somewhere back in the 1960s, the stars align for the rising of Old R'lyeh from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The first witness to this portent of humanity's certain doom happens to be Jack Kerouac. The pioneering Beat author recognizes Cthulhu, H. P. Lovecraft's deity of cosmic entropy, as the source of modern-day conformity, commercialism, and complacency. Kerouac loses no time in recruiting fellow Beats Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs for a battle against the devastations of the Lovecraftian gods and their "Cult of Utter Normalcy." Together, the three set out on a road trip from California to New York to end the madness -- unless it overwhelms them first.
"Those who appreciate sophisticated, progressive horror and fantasy fiction should eat it up." -- Publishers Weekly
"A damned fine novel . . . Horror fans looking for something different will definitely enjoy this, and fans of the Beats should find more than enough good stuff here for them as well." -- Bookslut
About the Author
Nick Mamatas is an American horror, science-fiction, and fantasy author. He has written nine novels, several short story collections, nonfiction, and poetry, and he has edited anthologies. Mamatas has won a Bram Stoker Award for his editorial work and has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award.