An Excerpt From HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS: 24 Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos

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HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS: 24 Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1791560520/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1791560520/

Below is an excerpt from “The Thing From Beyond The Living Door” – one of the many tales in this paperback collection:

I asked Caspar about the scuttering sound and was surprised to learn that he’d actually witnessed its source. He hadn’t mentioned it to anyone because the whole incident was so outlandish, he’d figured that no one would believe him.
Shortly after midnight on a Saturday, he’d happened to be awake, watching a late movie with the sound turned down so it wouldn’t disturb other tenants. It was then that he heard the sound in the hallway. It only took a moment to cross to the door and open it.

He looked down the hall and there he saw it – a nimble, hideous thing, at least five feet long and three feet high. Caspar said that it looked like a starfish with seven legs, covered with black-velvet fur. It moved by running on the tips of its limbs, with its body held up in the air. On the top of its body, at the root of each limb, were flexible stalks that ended in glistening, spiderlike eyes, as red as rubies. He added that he could not see a mouth anywhere on the creature’s bizarre body.

The thing did not seem to notice him as it scuttered quickly down the hall. Caspar went back inside his room, but afterward, he wished he had followed to see where it was going.

“I have no idea what a thing like that could be,” I said. “It sounds like a weird cross between a land mammal and a sea-creature, but such a thing just doesn’t exist.”

“I know. It’s just impossible! I wouldn’t have told you about it if you hadn’t asked me about that noise.” Caspar shrugged. “I suppose it was all a dream. But still, can you smell things in a dream? That thing was close enough for me to smell it. Like ammonia.”

“Sometimes I smell ammonia in the halls,” I said. “I just assume Mrs. Veng has been doing some scrubbing.” I thought for a moment. “Can you show me where it might have gone after it ran off?”

 

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For Movie Lovers: The Top 10 Accidental Comedies Of All Time

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Every now and then, a movie comes along that was clearly meant to be a riveting, thrilling drama – but somewhere along the line, its creators went overboard and the movie inadvertently shifted into a comedic gear. That’s what I call an accidental comedy – a type of movie I dearly love. Below, I’ve listed what I consider to be the top 10 accidental comedies of all time. You can find most of these films on YouTube and/or DVD collections of vintage movies.

I’ve arranged these movies chronologically, since I’d be hard-pressed to arrange them by their quality. With movies like these, how can you tell which one is best … or worst? An early warning: Some of the write-ups below contain spoilers, so if there’s a movie in the list you haven’t seen yet and you want to be surprised, you might want to skip reading that particular paragraph.

MANIAC (1934) – When you think of cheap, sleazy horror movies, you don’t usually think of films from the 1930s. In that regard, watching MANIAC will expand your knowledge of movie history exponentially. Basically, this is a convoluted retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” featuring a mad doctor who wants to raise the dead. The doctor’s assistant kills him and then begins to impersonate him with zesty aplomb (I told you it was convoluted!). The assistant then shoots up a patient named Buckley with the wrong drug and before you know it, poor addled Buckley is dragging a half-naked corpse around the countryside. Somehow cats get roped into the action and, per the “Black Cat” plotline, a dead body in the wall makes a cameo appearance. The feverish wall-to-wall over-acting makes this an inadvertent comedy classic.

THE GIANT CLAW (1957) – At last there will come a day when the Earth has to face its greatest opponent: a giant space-bird that apparently lives to destroy. The whole world quakes with fear as this fine feathered extraterrestrial ruins lives, vehicles and real estate at a dizzying rate. We are told it is as big as a battleship, and that it came from an antimatter galaxy. It all sounds perfectly horrifying, but alas, cries of terror give way to gales of laughter when we see that the creature looks like a demented, googly-eyed, turkey-vulture piñata. Apparently, that was the best that the producer could afford…. But hey, maybe aliens DO look like demented, googly-eyed, turkey-vulture piñatas. Who can say?

BLACK SUNDAY (1960) – Many people consider BLACK SUNDAY to be a horror classic … and it is! It is an elegant production that tells a brooding tale of death, black magic, and revenge. Actress Barbara Steele is entrancing as the lovely, evil witch, Asa Vajda. I’m sure there are plenty of people who watch this movie without laughing. But, I’ve seen it many times, and the more you watch it, the more you realize that there’s waaay too much talky, repetitive exposition. Authoritative characters explain every little thing down to the last detail, and that evil witch should does like to gloat, monologuing with more gusto than the villain in any James Bond movie. This is one movie where the inadvertent humor grows on you with repeated viewings.

THE GREEN SLIME (1968) – This energetic American/Japanese production has one of the most exuberant theme songs you’ll ever hear, and certainly will never forget! The lyrics include these thought-provoking questions: “Is it something in your head? Will you believe it when you’re dead?” Astronauts are sent into space to destroy a huge asteroid heading toward Earth, and some green ooze from the surface of the asteroid smears on their outfits. After they blow up the asteroid, they return to their space station. The asteroid ooze soon grows into green, one-eyed monsters with tentacles, and while they try their best to be frightening, the aliens are really just goofy little Cthulhu-wannabes. There’s drama galore throughout the movie, but all the rubbery space-goobers are more of a humorous distraction than a threat.

GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER (1971) – Most old Godzilla movies have amusing aspects to them, and most of that humor relates to the rubbery suit of the title monster. In this one, the Smog Monster, also known as Hedorah, is even more bizarre and comical than Big G. Like the little space-goobers in THE GREEN SLIME, Hedorah is goofy, rubbery, and more adorable than abhorrent. In the big face-off at the end, Godzilla goes to such great lengths to finish off Hedorah that the battle takes on a distinctly wacky tone. The movie features a few short cartoon sequels with ecological messages, and those also add notes of whimsy to the movie.

INFRA-MAN (1975) – INFRA-MAN was certainly meant to be a fun movie, since the characters, for the most part, are bold and cartoonish. But, it was obviously written as a superhero action movie, as opposed to a comedy. A scientist turns a colleague into a bionic hero named Infra-Man to defend the world against the evil Princess Dragon Mom and her devilish mutant followers – namely, She Demon, Giant Beetle Monster, Octopus Mutant, Emperor of Doom, Driller Beast, Laser Horn Monster, and the twin Iron Fist Robots. The funniest aspect of the movie isn’t the action or the characters – it’s the grandiose dialogue. For example, when Princess Dragon Mom first addresses the Earth, she states: “Greetings to you, Earthlings! I am Princess Dragon Mom. I have taken over this planet. Now I own the Earth and you’ll be my slaves for all eternity!” Wow, nice way to greet her new neighbors. Later, the scientist tries to intimidate the forces of evil by saying, “No matter how potent your weapons are, you’ll be defeated because Infra-Man is invincible against them!” The entire movie is filled with this same high-power, hilarious degree of bravado.

EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (1977) – THE EXORCIST is considered one of the best horror movies of all time. EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC, on the other hand, is considered one of the worst movies of all time … and rightly so. Linda Blair returns to her role as Regan, now recovered from her exorcism ordeal, and Richard Burton plays Philip Lamont, a troubled priest. Father Lamont has been sent by the church to investigate the original exorcism and Father Merrin’s death, which had resulted from that exorcism. The movie goes in many strange directions, and some are laughably bizarre. For example, locusts figure heavily into the plot. Who would have guessed? We find out the demon Pazuzu is a sort of locust demon, and that for reasons too lengthy to explain, Regan now knows how to perform a dance to drive off locust swarms! Also, there’s a machine called a Synchronizer that can align two people’s brainwaves, and the scene with that device is weird, wild and fairly ridiculous. I would like to add, even though it’s awful, I happen to enjoy many awful movies, and I’ve watched EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC at least a dozen times over the years.

CALIGULA (1979) – CALIGULA is a historical drama about a Roman emperor, and its stars include Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, Peter O’Toole and Sir John Gielgud. The movie also contains explicit orgy scenes (FYI, the distinguished performers named aren’t orgy participants). Surprised by all that adult content? Well, you probably shouldn’t be, since Bob Guccione, founder of Penthouse magazine, was also a producer and director. CALIGULA’s most outrageous performances come from McDowell and O’Toole – both excel in their mad, lust-crazed roles. I suppose it’s a bit of a stretch to call it an accidental comedy … it’s more of an intentional porno. But I do think you’ll laugh at Peter O’Toole’s gloriously rambunctious performance. You’ll also laugh with surprise at many of this movie’s various naughty jests and antics.

MOMMIE DEAREST (1981) – Faye Dunaway played Joan Crawford in MOMMIE DEAREST, and certainly she sank her teeth into the role. The movie tells how Crawford was an abusive foster mother, as well as a compulsive perfectionist and neat-freak. She wanted to control every aspect of her world, and became overly upset when things didn’t go her way. The character’s behavior is so extreme that most viewers cannot help but laugh at her bombastic emotional excesses. The movie eventually became known as an unintentional comedy after its release. For that reason, the film has ascended to cult-movie status – an acknowledged best-of-the-worst classic.  

KING KONG LIVES (1986) – KING KONG LIVES is the sequel to the 1976 remake of the original KING KONG from 1933. In this sequel, we find out that after King Kong fell off the World Trade Center, he was kept alive in a coma at a facility called the Atlanta Institute. How did Kong’s fall from the World Trade Center not shatter his bones to bits? Darned if I know! Kong’s doctor, played by Linda Hamilton, wants to bring the big guy out of his long-term slumber, but he needs a major transfusion before that can happen. Eventually a female giant primate, Lady Kong, is found in the Borneo area and becomes the donor Kong needs. Once the blood situation is squared away, Kong is given a gigantic artificial heart and restored to a mobile lifestyle. Kong then gets mixed up with Lady Kong and sure enough, runs afoul of civilization again, escapes … and is marked for death. It took so much time and effort for us humans to wake him up, only for us to decide he needs to die. Humans sure are fickle! Along the way, Kong fathers an adorable Kong Jr. Aaaawww! KING KONG LIVES tickles me because it makes precious little sense … but still, it ambles and shambles along with carefree confidence.

There you have it – my list of the top ten accidental comedies of all time. I do want to stress, this list isn’t etched in stone. Certainly I’ve seen thousands of movies over the years, but I know I haven’t seen every movie ever made. But rest assured, I’m working on it!

 

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THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT & More Lovecraftian Nightmares

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THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT & More Lovecraftian Nightmares by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1795518367/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1795518367/

THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT presents tales of Lovecraftian fantasy and horror, as well as an epic poem regarding the return of Nyarlathotep to the modern world. Most of these adventures have only been available so far on Kindle. This paperback collection is a companion volume to HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS: 24 TALES OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS, and has been released for readers who prefer holding books, as opposed to devices.

Stories in this collection include “The House Of The Ocelot,” “Queen Of The Vultures,” “The Foul One Lives To Destroy: A Tale Of The Dreamlands,” “Shoggoth Apocalypse,” “The Glorious Return Of Herbert West,” “The Last Witch-House,” “Stainless Steel Sarcophagus,” and many more.

The collection also includes the epic poem, “The Arrival Of Our New Master: A Lovecraftian Armageddon.” People believe that Caliban Storm, son of wealthy Bernard Storm, offers the wisdom and guidance that the world has needed for so long. But in truth, there is something very wrong with handsome young Caliban. He is in fact an avatar of Nyarlathotep, a malevolent deity also known as the Crawling Chaos. Caliban Storm presents the world with a series of amazing technological advances as he rises in power. But, each advance comes with monstrous surprises, and it soon becomes apparent that Caliban has a nightmare agenda in store for the Earth….

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Horrors & Abominations: 24 Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos

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NEW PAPERBACK RELEASE:
HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS: 24 Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos
by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1791560520/

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1791560520/

Enter a midnight world of grotesque creatures and ancient deities from nightmare dimensions. HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS by Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr. presents 24 stories of Lovecraftian fantasy and horror.

Learn the unholy secrets of such malevolent beings as Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Azalareon, Mother Hydra, the King in Yellow, and Yagdolak. Discover the evil activities of the Tillinghast and Delapore families … wicked Mrs. Veng and her horrendous tenant, Dr. Brandywine … and the unspeakable, mutated son of King Tutankhamun.

Stories in this collection include “Deathless Bride Of The Crawling Chaos,” “The Abominations Of Nephren-Ka,” “Coins From Y’ha-nthlei,” “The Blasphemy In The Canopic Jar,” “The Curse Of The Tillinghasts,” “The Colossus In The Catacombs,” “The Nightmare In Delapore Tower,” “The Thing From Beyond The Living Door,” “The Gateway To Carcosa,” “The Testament Of Cthulhu” and many more.

These stories represent many of the writing duo’s most unearthly Cthulhu Mythos tales. So far, the majority of these stories have only been available on Kindle. HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS has been released for readers who prefer paperbacks. These stories were selected from seven Kindle collections previously released by McLaughlin and Sheehan: THE TESTAMENT OF CTHULHU, THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS, THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY, SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE, THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR, THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER, and THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA.

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LOVECRAFTIAN MONSTROSITIES & ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HORRORS

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Lovecraftian Kindle Collections by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.:

THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA & Three More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015KCOYPE/
THE ARRIVAL OF OUR NEW MASTER: A Lovecraftian Armageddon:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H2QGQFG/
THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M08J985/
THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS: Tales Of Weird & Lovecraftian Horror:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07696HR14/
THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER & Five More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DIHNRRE/
THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071KK5B5Q/
SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6VSKKW/
STAINLESS STEEL SARCOPHAGUS: Tales Of Lovecraftian Fantasy & Horror:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KXBTBQ7/
THE TESTAMENT OF CTHULHU: Tales Of Weird Fantasy & Horror:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DBX631N/

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THE ARRIVAL OF OUR NEW MASTER: A Lovecraftian Armageddon

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THE ARRIVAL OF OUR NEW MASTER: A Lovecraftian Armageddon
by Mark McLaughlin. FREE on Kindle Unlimited:
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2QGQFG/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H2QGQFG/

Nyarlathotep has returned….

Mark McLaughlin, Bram Stoker Award-winner for Excellence in Poetry, has concentrated on Lovecraftian fiction in recent years. His latest release, THE ARRIVAL OF OUR NEW MASTER, is an epic poem which tells of the return of Nyarlathotep to the modern world. This poem is composed of multiple chapters, and together they pay homage to “The Colour Out of Space,” “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” “The Dreams in the Witch House,” “The Cats of Ulthar,” and other classic tales by Lovecraft.

People believe that Caliban Storm, son of wealthy Bernard Storm, offers the wisdom and guidance that the world has needed for so long. But in truth, there is something very wrong with young, handsome Caliban. He is in fact an avatar of Nyarlathotep, a malevolent deity also known as the Crawling Chaos.

Caliban Storm presents the world with a series of amazing technological advances as he rises in power. But, each advance comes with monstrous surprises, and it soon becomes apparent that Caliban has a nightmare agenda in store for the Earth. A homeless woman named Penny Blanchard sees through his tricks – but who will believe her, and will she be able to stop Caliban in time?

McLaughlin’s latest trade paperback releases are the novels, HUMAN DOLL, THE HELL NEXT DOOR, and INJECTABLES.

McLaughlin has co-authored the Lovecraftian fiction collections, HORRORS & ABOMINATIONS, THE HOUSE OF THE OCELOT, THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA, THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER, THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR, SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE, THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY, THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS, and THE TESTAMENT OF CTHULHU with Michael Sheehan, Jr. Also, Mark McLaughlin is the coauthor, with Rain Graves and David Niall Wilson, of THE GOSSAMER EYE, which won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry.

Mark’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in more than 1,000 magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies, including DARK FUSIONS: WHERE MONSTERS LURK!, GALAXY, LIVING DEAD 2, WRITER’S DIGEST, CEMETERY DANCE, MIDNIGHT PREMIERE, DARK ARTS, and two volumes of YEAR’S BEST HORROR STORIES (DAW Books).

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THE TESTAMENT OF CTHULHU: Tales Of Weird Fantasy & Horror

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THE TESTAMENT OF CTHULHU: Tales Of Weird Fantasy & Horror by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr. FREE on Kindle Unlimited:
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DBX631N/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DBX631N/

Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr. present tales of weird fantasy and horror in the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers. In “The Testament Of Cthulhu,” an ailing traveler visits a community with a hideous secret – a secret that might be the answer to his complex medical problems. “The Ambassador From Ulthar” tells of a young man who cannot escape his fate after injuring a denizen of the Dreamlands. While escaping from an abusive relationship, an aspiring writer encounters an unlikely ally in “The Sea-Spider.” A grotesque deity exacts a terrible and unspeakably complete vengeance in “The Foul One Lives To Destroy: A Tale Of The Dreamlands.” “Sea-Green Gown With Gold Buttons” presents a tale of THE KING IN YELLOW, a forbidden book that brings madness to those who dare to read it. A young performer is caught in a web of horror when he falls in love with a citizen of Carcosa.

Mark McLaughlin is the author of BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM and MAGIC CANNOT DIE, and Michael Sheehan, Jr. has co-authored THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA, THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER, THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR, SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE, THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY, and THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS with McLaughlin.

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Magic Cannot Die: Strange Tales Of Sorcery & Enchantment

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MAGIC CANNOT DIE: Strange Tales Of Sorcery & Enchantment by Mark McLaughlin. FREE on Kindle Unlimited:
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078ZZFNDR/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078ZZFNDR/

MAGIC CANNOT DIE presents strange tales of sorcery and enchantment from Bram Stoker Award-winning author Mark McLaughlin. In these stories, you will meet an artist whose nightmare painting comes to grotesque life … a sexual predator who encounters a shocking surprise … three immortal creatures locked in a bizarre ménage à trois …and the trusting graduate of an unspeakable academy. You will encounter a TV producer with a startling secret to his success, as well as a young poet whose childhood dreams have opened a gateway into a malevolent realm of horrors. In these stories, you will learn the mystic ways of unearthly beings, and discover the many reasons why MAGIC CANNOT DIE.

Mark McLaughlin is the author of BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM and HIDEOUS FACES, BEAUTIFUL SKULLS, and with Michael Sheehan, Jr., he has co-authored THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA, THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER, THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR, SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE, THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY, and THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS.

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THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS: Tales Of Weird & Lovecraftian Horror

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THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS: Tales Of Weird & Lovecraftian Horror by Mark McLaughlin & Michael Sheehan, Jr.  FREE on Kindle Unlimited:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07696HR14/
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07696HR14/

THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS offers nightmare tales of weird and Lovecraftian horror from the authors of THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA and SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE. “The Surprising Sweetness Of Their Blood,” a sequel to Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror,” reveals an unspeakable horror hidden in the town of Dunwich, brought to hideous new life by the meddling of a well-meaning outsider. In the collection’s title story, a ghastly alien creature hides in plain sight at the Pickman Waxworks, and only one man knows its millennia-old secrets … and its shocking new agenda. “The Gateway To Carcosa” is a tale of The King In Yellow,  a forbidden book that brings madness and death to anyone who dares to read it. “Aunt Paloma” takes you to a mansion of horrors where a dying woman must contend with her predatory relatives as she guides her bizarre man-child to his singular destiny. “Nobody Goes To Paw Paw Town Anymore” tells of a community that guards its horrors well – because the town’s monstrous secret is also its primary source of income. In “The Glorious Return Of Herbert West,” a deceased doctor who specialized in reanimation is resurrected in the far future, so he can help a team of scientists to fight the legions of shoggoths that are destroying the Earth. But certainly the team is not prepared for the good doctor’s latest prescription….

Mark McLaughlin is the author of BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM and HIDEOUS FACES, BEAUTIFUL SKULLS, and Michael Sheehan, Jr. has co-authored THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA, THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER, THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR, SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE, THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY, and THE CREATURE IN THE WAXWORKS with McLaughlin.

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THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos

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THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY & More Tales Of The Cthulhu Mythos by Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr.
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THE RELIC IN THE EGYPTIAN GALLERY presents the writing duo’s most bizarre Cthulhu Mythos stories yet. In the collection’s title story, you’ll learn of a grotesque Egyptian revenant, forced by an evil power to destroy all living things in its path. In “The Lurker In The Kelp Forest,” a wealthy family is plagued by a hideous aquatic monstrosity. “The Power Of Azalareon” takes you down a forbidden stone stairway into a slime-streaked cave, where dwells a nightmare being that can warp reality.

“The Thing From Beyond The Living Door” features concepts from “Cool Air” as it tells the tale of G’hodloth, a vampiric entity that obeys the commands of the evil Mrs. Veng and her associate, Dr. Brandywine. “The Nightmare In Delapore Tower” is a modern-day continuation of the classic tale, “The Rats In The Walls,” while “Another Terrible Old Man” goes into surreal sensual territory that “The Terrible Old Man” would never have explored.

Mark McLaughlin is the author of BEST LITTLE WITCH-HOUSE IN ARKHAM, and Michael Sheehan, Jr. has co-authored THE ABOMINATIONS OF NEPHREN-KA, THE HORROR IN THE WATER TOWER, THE BLASPHEMY IN THE CANOPIC JAR, and SHOGGOTH APOCALYPSE with McLaughlin.

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