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When I first saw this novel, I was pretty sure that it was going to be another role-playing game tie-in novel.
I was pleasantly surprised. While the beginning is a bit slow, once we get past the introductions of all the characters the action begins to pick up. It turns out to be ghoyls well-written novel that could very well have been written without the Arkham Horror imprint. As you may well learn if you’ve read one or two of my reviews, I’m a fan of horror author H. Of course that’s a.
Of course that’s a bit like saying that Cookie Monster from Sesame Street appreciates an after dinner treat. So I gave into my addiction and was rewarded for it.
That’s gonna make it harder to quit!
One of the things that made this novel a bit better that others of its ilk, is that McNeill isn’t a “cosmic name-dropper. Anyway the novel I was talking about before the rambling started spends most of its time listing the names of demons, monsters and gods created by HPL and his correspondents.
Now this body of mythology behind the story is what helped make HPL and the others that wrote to and with him create a rich environment for the stories that they wrote, but many modern day authors think that if you say “Cthulhu” you’ve just written a Lovecraftian story.
McNeill rises above this, OK, so miwkatonic does mention Cthulhu by name, but that’s not what he uses to justify his claim of Lovecraftian horror. This novel breathes of atmosphere of suspense and fear that has nothing to do with which Lovecraftian creature or dark deity he invokes and more about what he doesn’t say about them and how helpless the characters seem in the face of these extra-dimensional horrors.
McNeill also uses a large cast of characters. He miskaatonic somehow able to use all of them to great effect without relegating any of them to a secondary role, although the student named Amanda does seem to get the damsel in distress card in the third act. Each of the other characters seems to get some depth to their characterizations.
Book Review: Ghouls of the Miskatonic by Graham McNeill
However, I feel like the character of Rita, who’s a black female student on an athletic scholarship, from New Orleans and knows about voodoo, is a bit stereotypical. This is not the sole defining feature of her character though and she’s developed from the very outset on different grounds, the touch about experience with voodoo seems a bit tacked on.
One more bit of praise for this novel. I’m sorry, I know it’s frowned upon, but I’m glad to see that there were no heaving bosoms, no ghpuls assignations tbe the velvety darkness, and know angsty inner monologues on how all-encompassing someone’s love for someone else was and how it was threatening to sweep them away in a sea of doubt, fear and confessions of adoration from deep within the pit of their soul.
Sorry, I’m male, and let’s face it no one who is not between the ages of 12 and 17 acts that way. There was some sexual tension between the reporter character and his photographer, but while it was evident that there was interest both ways, the shutterbug didn’t need him in her pants, well, skirts, this was set in the ’20s after all.
Plus there was the whole monstrous devolved humanoids eating young women in Arkham situation, that can put the ole relationship railroad right off the rails. As much fun as I had with this novel, not everyone will enjoy it quite as well. Ghohls of HPL will probably get a kick out of it. This is not the break out novel ofbut it’s an enjoyable addition to a specific sub genre of horror. It’s not Gone With the Wendigobut it is fun. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It is the roaring twenties – a time of jazz, gin, and g-men. But a shocking murder has upset the tranquility of Arkham, Massachusetts. When the mutilated body of a student is found on the grounds of Miskatonic University, the baffled authorities struggle to determine who – or what – is responsible.
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Has anyone read this book prior to playing the game or with no knowledge of the universe it takes place in?
Was the book confusing with no prior knowledge? See 1 question about Ghouls of the Miskatonic…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Apr 06, Brett Talley rated it liked it Shelves: Ghouls of the Miskatonic by Graham McNeil is one of those books. There are lots of ghouls, ancient gods, and cultists creeping around. But while all the elements were there, somehow the magic was missing. Ghouls of the Miskatonic tells the story of a whole host of characters.
Oliver Grayson and Alexander I forget his last name because he only shows up when certain plot points need to be revealed are professors at Miskatonic whose mutual friend, Professor Henry Cartright, is in an insane asylum. Rex and Minnie work for the Newspaper, and Gabrial Stone is a hard-bitten Pinkerton detective whose daughter has been murdered.
Apparently these characters are originally from the role playing game, Call of Cthulhu. The plot involves efforts to resurrect that greatest of Great Old Ones, Cthulhu, from the depths of the South Pacific. There are some kidnappings, strange technological devices, and an appearance by a Great Old One who has an affinity for fire. The book is technically proficient, but somehow, the heart is missing. It reminds me and this is probably a weird allusion of that scene in Black Swan when Padme is auditioning for the title role.
Her dancing is perfect, but it lacks the fire, the passion that is necessary for the part. I felt the same way about this book. The fire is missing.
There are some more specific problems as well. The book has a few parts that are woefully anachronistic.
Ghouls of the Miskatonic by Graham McNeill
First, the presence of women at Miskatonic University. Harvard University did not become co-educational until ! Yale was way ahead of its time, admitting female undergraduates all the way back in And yet, not only does Miskatonic admit women, but one of them, Kate Winthrop, has her own laboratory.
But it gets better. Oh yeah, the white captain of the football team asks her out on a date. And I repeat, this is the s. Shoot, it might even serve to make the place seem all the more unusual than it already is. Harvard is in Boston or just across the river at leastand here this silly cop thinks Yale is there. But no New Englander, much less someone from Massachusetts, would make such a mistake. So it just comes off as wrong.
Then there are the plot points that are never answered spoilers ahead! Why are all the young girls disappearing? Who exactly is Charles Warren?
Were there not less conspicuous people to kill? Who is the man in red? Why are all the apparently bad guys killed by the fire demon at the end, and why would the man in red, whoever he is, do that? What was the purpose of the sphere? Where is it going? Now, I understand this is the first book in a trilogy, but leaving so many questions—many of them basic—unanswered is extremely dissatisfying. A book in a trilogy should work as one book.
Imagine if Hunger Games ended right before the games started. I fear this book does not. Unfortunately I cannot recommend Ghouls of the Miskatonic to anyone other than the most devoted fan of Lovecraft or the gaming series on which it was based.
There is much that is good about the book, but it simply feel incomplete. The cover is awesome.
Ghouls of the Miskatonic
Miskafonic of the Miskatonic is two novellas and a guidebook in one book. The first novella is about some missing girls, some bootlegging operations, and jazz clubs. It has Irish dock workers, Pinkerton agents, Irish bootleggers, rundown boarding houses, and wise-cracking newsagents with cute photographers. The second one is a massive amalgamation pastiche of many, many Lovecraftian and Lovecraft-esque ideas, with changes made to make things a bit more “peppy” screw ghouls that only eat on the dead Ghouls of the Miskatonic is two novellas miwkatonic a guidebook in one book.
The second one is a massive amalgamation pastiche of many, many Lovecraftian and Lovecraft-esque ideas, with changes made to make things a bit more “peppy” screw ghouls that only eat on the dead and carry on conversations in the Dreamlands, we need something that og and hunts and attacks.
This second novella has college professors, scientists with flux stabilizers, hidden in plain sight cults, and references to as many and all of Lovecraft’s short stories as possible. The cutest aspect of this is that the “At the Mountains of Madness” expedition seems to have been slated for the mids but due to events that happen in this novel, get pushed back tue the late’s, early 30’s.
The final part, the guidebook, has placenames and people names from various Arkham Horror the board game with varying degrees of background information stapled in here or there as needed. Mush all three of those together with the two novellas ghoulw tied together towards their middle, and you have a good idea of what to expect.