In July, 1939, antiquarian and H.P. Lovecraft aficionado, Foster Morley, takes a scenic bus tour through the wilds of northern Massachusetts. He wants to go where Lovecraft went, and to see what Lovecraft saw, to further distill his understanding of history's most impacting horror fantasist.
When he happens upon the curious, secluded waterfront prefect known as Innswich Point-not to be found on any map-he assumes the curiosity of the name is mere coincidence, but in less than twenty-four hours he'll learn that he couldn't be more mistaken.
Deeper and deeper, then, Morley delves into the queer town's dark mystique. Has his imagination run rampant, or are there far too many similarities between this furtive fishing village and the fictional town of Lovecraft's masterpiece, The Shadow Over Innsmouth? Could it be possible that Lovecraft himself actually visited this town before his death in 1937?
Join splatter king Edward Lee for a private tour of Innswich Point - a town founded on perversion, torture, and abominations from the sea.
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The premise here is that Shadow Over Innsmouth was real and a die hard HPL fan discovers this fact for himself. This book was a great Lovecraft pastiche with a neat sense of humor to it, although not a humor book. With tones of Norman Rockwell and Faulkner thrown in, The Innswich Horror makes for a great read.
While reading this novel I couldn't help but hear a song my daughter blares over and over again; "It's the best of both worlds..." Indeed this is the best of both, for horror fans old and new. H. P. Lovecraft and Ed Lee!! How can this go wrong. This book was a far departure from what i am used to when I pick up a Lee book. I have mostly read his small press stuff that is choke full of evil, perversion and red neck hilarity. But, in this novel he shies away from what many might call his trademark and plays it straight writing in the style of Lovecraft or at least a contemporary of his. Without a doubt it shows that Lee can write and is pretty darn learned man, with both the language and using set pieces from the era, circa 1930's. I love everything Cthulhu, and this was the first of many Lee has written, though there are a good number of nods to the master in several of his works. This is Lee's "sequel" to Shadows Over Innsmouth, so if you have not read the story by Lovecraft it wouldn't do you any harm to read it first, though it won't hurt or ruin the story if you haven't and don't want to bother. Those with an open mind will get a kick out of this Lee book. Those who just want his disgusting works, might find this one lacks what they want. Even when the book starts to go in the direction of perversion, Lee uses simple language rather then vulgarity to get the message across, i.e., when the main character is alone with his thoughts about a certain lady, Lee writes (not verbatim), "and then I did what men alone often do..." So you can see this is no Bighead. Give this book a try, if you are looking for something new and fresh from Lee. And thanks to Deadite, this new affordable edition is easy to get your hands on.
Edward Lee has become well known for his extreme and disturbing writings and if that is what your looking for in this book you may be disappointed even thought it is still a good read.The story follows a gentleman called Foster Morley who is a big H.P.Lovecraft fan and visits the town of Innswich whilst in search for the inspiration behind Lovecraft's "The Shadow over Innsmouth". But the deeper that Foster investigates behind the town and Lovecraft's visit the more dark secret he starts to uncover...The book is well paced with plenty of suspense and is easy to get into even if you've never read a Lovecraft book (I havn't). If you are a Lovecraft fan then you will enjoy this although will find more sex and gore than Lovecraft's work although not enough to ruin a brilliant tale.4/5