Fools and Cthulhu

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William knows that a phone call at three in the morning is never a good sign. Nor is it a good sign when the call is about the dreaded Necronomicon. There are a lot of bogus Necronomicons out there. And anyone that succeeds in getting one of the forgeries to work receives a lot of attention. Unfortunately, that attention tends to not be human.

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About Morgan Drake Eckstein

As a kid, Morgan Drake Eckstein wanted to be a humorous newspaper columnist just like Emma Bombeck. As a teenager, he didn’t know what he wanted to be—but his classmates were fairly sure that it would involve lots of words and screaming at people from across a room. In his twenties, he wanted to be a science fiction writer like Robert Heinlein or Douglas Adams. In his thirties, he wanted to be a fantasy writer like Robert Asprin or Terry Pratchett. In his forties, he still wanted to do dodgy things like this, but wisely did not tell this to the administration of the university he was attending…but they might have figured it out anyways, thanks to his humorous astrology column for the student newspaper. Now, in his fifties, he believes that he would really like to be a stand-up comedian like Eddie Izzard or Ross Noble. Sadly, none of these ambitions will ever be fulfilled, for Morgan is Morgan.

A Third Degree Wiccan and Adept Major (6=5) in Golden Dawn, Morgan Drake Eckstein has been involved in Wicca and paganism his entire life. He is a board member of Hearthstone Community Church (Denver, Colorado—the Open Full Moon People), as well as a former elected officer of Bast Temple (Evolving Order of Eclectic Ways/[formerly] Golden Dawn in the Outer/Ba Iset Order of the Rosy Cross [BIORC] in the Inner). Besides his monthly newsletter column, Morgan writes and blogs about the esoteric traditions on his Gleamings from the Dawn blog. He holds two bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado at Denver (literary studies and history). He is happily married to a ceramic artist. He is owned by several cats who wish that he would make more money as a writer and artist, so that they could eat fresh shrimp every night.

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Review by: Fred L. Taulbee, Jr on Sep. 27, 2013 :
Morgan Drake Eckstein’s “Fools and Cthulhu” is a good story, especially if you’re a Lovecraft completist, and if you are, good luck with that--good luck even if you’re just a Cthulhu completist. I take great pleasure in supporting anything that says the Necronomicon is not real. I’m a huge Lovecraft fan, and have a collection of at least two faux Necronomicons. I might have to doublecheck, but I could swear this short story here alludes to one specifically. There is one rambling sentence that rambles so much I can’t even tell if it is a true run-on or just rambling, and I rarely see semicolons in the work of literary masters, and I admonish them in amateur fiction. The story does take a turn near the end when some characters seem to appear, but I’m not even sure if they do, and also when the main character starts what I might be mistakenly calling his conjuring. In this section the story is told and not shown. It reads for those who already know what the main character is doing, and if that is okay with you then the story is fine. A few minor problems I would expect a selling author not to make, but an interesting topic and story, even though a bit confusing make for chancy purchase depending on your tastes.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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