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I Am Providence

I Am Providence, August 2016
by Nick Mamatas

Night Shade Books
256 pages
ISBN: 1597808350
EAN: 9781597808354
Kindle: B01B6FJOOK
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"A book perfect for Lovecraft fans!"

Fresh Fiction Review

I Am Providence
Nick Mamatas

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted January 5, 2017

Mystery

I have never read a story by H. P. Lovecraft. However, I have seen movies based on his books or ideas from his books and I do love reading Lovecraftian books, probably because I love horror and especially monsters. The description and the fantastic cover made me keen to read this book and I was thrilled to get the chance to read it.

Colleen Danzig is attending the Summer Tentacular convention in Providence for the first time. This is a must visit convention for every H. P. Lovecraft fan. Then, everything turns into a nightmare when Colleen's roommate Panossian is found dead with his face removed. Could this be an ordinary murder or is this part of a plan to summon the Elder God Cthulhu? It seemed that Panossian had in his possession the book Arkham bound in human skin when he died. The book is now gone, along with his face. But, only Colleen seem to be determined to find the culprit...

I AM PROVIDENCE is a book that I feel would really appeal to Lovecraft fans. I can imagine that this book would be a bit confusing to people with not much knowledge about Lovecraft's books. You do get information about Lovecraft, the man, and his books in the story. Especially about the Elder God Cthulhu, who will bring the end to humanity when summoned. And, yes there are those in the book that wants that.

The story is a bit uneven. I did enjoy Colleen's POV, however, her chapters are alternated with the POV of Panossian, yes the dead man who is still there in a way, in the faceless body. He has a tendency to ramble on a bit. Before he died he was quite an interesting guy. After his death, he becomes very contemplative about his life and death and who would have killed him. In other words, he rambles on and on and I felt myself dreading his chapters.

I AM PROVIDENCE by Nick Mamatas is an interesting book, not as engrossing and thrilling as I had hoped it to be, but it's a good book with an interesting story. The ending felt both good and bad, good in that you get an explanation for what happened to Panossian. But, also bad because it feels like the epilogue is missing. And, the last part of the book leaves you with an ending that makes you wonder what happened since it's Panossian's POV and he can't see what is going on...

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SUMMARY

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 is out.

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 police.

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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