In hidden places, they sleep and dream, and through their dreams they touch humanity--but their touch brings only the stains of horror, death, and madness...until the day the Old Ones return.
In The Engines of Sacrifice, acclaimed writer James Chambers delivers four nightmare novellas inspired by the Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft.
Investigation 37: In the late years of the Vietnam War, Lavender May runs away from home to search for freedom and peace in New York City, but instead, she finds only a world of magic, witchcraft, and lies.
The Ugly Birds: Only one thing could save Carmine Darabont's comics magazine from going under: publishing the next chapter of the hit series "The Otherworlders." But what dark secret drives its creator--Carmine's ex-fiancé--to refuse to deliver it?
The Hidden Room: At the height of the Cold War, Doctor Calvin Lenox is a member of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team. With his life spiraling into despair, he confronts the mystery of a runaway Soviet defector and the death of three men, only to find himself at the mercy of...the Faceless God.
The Engines of Sacrifice: What is the power of words? Can they control the fabric of reality? In a horrifying new world, underground author Rowley Cray struggles against a totalitarian government gone insane and the possibility that he can control the souls of the dead.
Publishers Weekly Starred Review:
Chambers (Resurrection House) draws readers deep into H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos with chillingly evocative writing and the clever integration of real-world events. Four interlocking stories take place at least in part in the Long Island town of Knicksport, where portals open into the uncanny dimensions inhabited by the elder gods. Could the emergence into our world of Azathoth, Shub-Niggurath, and Nyarlathotep be tied to the Wiccan enthusiasm of the 1970s, the strong presence of horror themes in 1980s indie comics, or the "accident" at Chernobyl? Can Cthulhu be reached through the transformative powers of fiction? Chambers's damaged characters cling to hope even as the world comes apart at the seams, making the insanity and despair of their circumstances poignant as well as deliciously creepy.
Praise for James Chambers:
"Chambers is adept at striking the perfect balance of darkness and light...." - Dark Wisdom
"...Chambers acknowledges the internal monsters of the psyche. He also adroitly addresses the external evils; those terrors that are kept at bay for the sense of sanity." - Hellnotes
"...for those who like their horror straight up and to the point..." - Horror Fiction Review
"Chambers has a skill for evoking the emotions that are needed in the horror field." - David Agranoff, Postcards from a Dying World
"Chambers writes stories that are paced fast enough to friction burn a reader's eyeballs." - Horror Reader.com
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About the Author
James Chambers is the author of numerous tales of horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction, which have been published in more than 20 anthologies and magazines, including Bare Bone, Bad-Ass Faeries, the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad, Breach the Hull, Crypto-Critters (Vol. 1 & 2), Cthulhu Sex, Dark Furies, The Dead Walk, The Domino Lady: Sex as a Weapon, Hardboiled Cthulhu, Hear Them Roar, Allen K’s Inhuman, Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak: Supernatural Sleuth, Lost Worlds of Space and Time (Vol. 1), No Longer Dreams, Sick: An Anthology of Illness, So It Begins, Warfear, and Weird Trails. His wrote the collection The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales in collaboration with illustrator Jason Whitley. He has also written numerous comic books, including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals and “The Revenant” in Shadow House, and edited the graphic novel adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn. He lives in New York and can be found online at www.jameschambersonline.com.
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