Night Shade Books
On Sale: August 2, 2016
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An author's murder during an H. P. Lovecraft fan
convention reveals dark secrets beneath the printed page in
this biting murder-mystery satire.
At the Summer Tentacular, murder is non-fiction.
For fans of legendary pulp author H. P. Lovecraft, there is
nothing bigger than the annual Providence-based convention
the Summer Tentacular. Horror writer Colleen Danzig doesn’t
know what to expect when she arrives, but is unsettled to
find that among the hobnobbing between scholars and literary
critics are a group of real freaks: book collectors looking
for volumes bound in human skin, and true believers claiming
the power to summon the Elder God Cthulhu, one of their
idol’s most horrific fictional creations, before the weekend
Colleen’s trip spirals into a nightmare when her roommate
for the weekend, an obnoxious novelist known as Panossian,
turns up dead, his face neatly removed. What’s more
unsettling is that, in the aftermath of the murder, there is
little concern among the convention goers. The Summer
Tentacular continues uninterrupted, except by a few bumbling
Everyone at the convention is a possible suspect, but only
Colleen seems to show any interest in solving the murder. So
she delves deep into the darkness, where occult truths have
been lurking since the beginning of time. A darkness where
Panossian is waiting, spending a lot of time thinking about
Colleen, narrating a new Lovecraftian tale that could very
well spell her doom.
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