Review for a Lovecraftian Comic anthology currently on Kickstarter

Adam wrote a review for a comic on Kickstarter - we were not involved in any other way and didn't contribute but thought some of our Patrons might be interested...so I'm sharing :)


The most merciful  thing in the world, I think, is the ability of Cthulhu is Hard To Spell: the  Terrible Twos to correlate so much magnificent eldritch content. This tome-sized  follow-up to the original volume  - 161 perilous pages - features 38 great new  takes on the Great Old Ones. From the squamous to the singular, this collection  of abnormal chants and blasphemous images will delight gods both young and  elder.


The tales range in  tone from moody to terrifying to genuinely funny. A slight majority of the  pieces aim for laughs, but these vary so much in scope and content - and are so  well-executed - that the comedy seldom grows tedious. ‘That’s My Cthulhu’ by Rob  Stanley, Gregory Woronchak, Rebecca McConnell, and Toben Racicot is a standout  in this area. A terrific concept - Cthulhu as a sitcom dad - perfectly executed.  Leanne Daniele (now writing as L.K. Ingino) and Abby Butler’s ‘Home Hunting:  Apocalypse Edition’ is another great example; lovely illustrations and an  inherently funny concept create a piece that is a lot of fun, and at least six  percent less hellish than the property shows that inspired it. Another  particularly funny one is ‘Never Too Elder To Love’ by Allison Bannister and  Willow Paye. You wouldn’t think meet-cute and personifications of the howling  madness from the edge of the cosmos would work together...but they  do.


It’s not all funny  stuff, though. The uplifting, epic feel of ‘Father Figure,’ created by Paul J.  Mendoza, Brandon T. Perlow, and Micah Myers, is no small feat given the brevity  of the page count. There were a few tales in this book that left me wanting to  spend a bit more time in the world that the creators constructed, and this was  certainly one of them. The sweet and thought-provoking ‘Hellhound’ by Kelsi Jo  Silva is also noteworthy; definitely a story that you’ll want to give extra  attention to as you read. Also worth mentioning is ‘Unseen’. Here Claire Lesley  has created a beautifully illustrated pastiche that provides an original glimpse  into the madness of Abdul Alhazred.


And then there are the  scary ones. The anthology opens with a tense chiller; ‘Deliver Me From Evil’,  written and illustrated by Matthew Childers. ‘Waiting for Whateley’ by Mike  Korpi and Don Nguyen has a fantastic New England noir (is that a thing? It is  now) atmosphere and I was sorry to see it end. This was another excellent short  story that left me wanting a glimpse - or a good long look - into what happened  next.


Perhaps the single  most emotionally affecting piece in the book - ‘Howard Dies In the End’ by  Terrance Grace and Silvio DB - was well-placed to close out the anthology. It  encapsulates exactly the sort of lingering horror in which Lovecraft  specialised. This tight little story expresses perfectly a crawling creepiness  which leaves you looking at the shadows and flickers in your own heart and  wondering what they are, or worse...what they mean.


Cthulhu is Hard to  Spell: The Terrible Twos is a terrific collection of quality stories by indie  creators who deserve your support. You should back this project and read this  book. Help these artists and writers to lie dreaming in their house at  R’yleh...and perhaps their creations will eat you last.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/russellnohelty/cthulhu-is-hard-to-spell-a-2nd-lovecraft-comic-anthology?fbclid=IwAR0ib8xlUc-LBJxnxpFZLzMzTl4LP7PrBzEfmGbOH1WFw58fOsDNghSdOpk 

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