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The Burrowers Beneath (Titus Crow Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The main characters here are from some of Lumley's earlier stories; Titus Crow is a psychic scholar of the Occult, and his friend and colleague, Henri de Marigny. Together, they become more convinced and involved in Shudde-M'ell's exploits across England, and later are recruited by the Wilmarth Foundation, an organisation emanating from Miskatonic University to identify, track down and destroy [where possible] the wide plethora of Cthulhu Cycle Deities that are still extant and active on Earth. The idea is that these entities [Shudde-M'ell, Cthulhu, Hastur, Azathoth, Ithaqua, etc] and their minions [shoggoths, Deep Ones, Mi-Go, etc] once imprisoned by the Elder Gods, are now breaking free and causing havoc, while the Wilmarth Foundation attempt to hold them at bay and cover-up the whole thing.Read more ›
On the plus side, Lumley makes some positive contributions to the Mythos in the forms of the earth-burrowing Cthonians (think: giant telepathic subterranean squid-worms) and sea-Shoggoths. On the negative side, the Miskatonic University is now S.H.I.EL.D., Elder-Signs keep Mythos monsters at bay like crucifixes repel vampires, and Lovecraft's brand of cosmic existential dread has been fixed by the brisk intervention of the Civil Service. On top of this bland pastiche, we have to suffer the main protagonist (though not, mercifully, the main narrator) Titus Crow, who is one of the more annoying Mary Sues that fan fiction has thrown up.
Look, it's an easy read. The Wendy-Smith digression on G'harne, Cthonians and the burrowers beneath is actually a taut and satisfying novella. But overall, this is lacklustre stuff.