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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2008 edited
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    So I think I've found the weirded cool thing this month. Wikipedia describes the novel Move Under Ground as

    ...a horror novel by Nick Mamatas which combines the Beat style of Jack Kerouac with the cosmic horror of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.


    It is free for download at his website, if you're interested. I will admit to not having read it yet, but I have downloaded it, and I figured with the sheer number of Mythos fans here someone might get a kick out of it.
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    The book exists in print, too, I feel like mentioning. I bought a copy from Amazon a few years ago, and it sits proudly on my shelf next to Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archives.

    It's really good stuff, making you care about Kerouac and the other Beatnik characters even as the American Buddhist jazz counterculture is pitted against the bland culture of "square" conformity as seen through a cosmic horror/Burroughs veil. Alan Moore did something similar in The Black Dossier, but Nick Mamatas' version is far more readable and, of course, longer.
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    I'll second the praise. I read the book on a train trip to Boston, and I found myself actually "hearing" the William S. Burroughs bits in his voice. Well, not actually hearing them, ya know, piped into my brain...