Booklovers received two gifts this February with a pair of publications penned by Allied Authors.
Christopher Whitmore published his third novel, Charming, on Feb. 4. The standalone adventure is a temporary step away from his ongoing post-apocalyptic fantasy series.
Charming spins fairytale tropes on their heads and features larger-than-life characters caught up in a madcap misadventure. The back-cover blurb teases a story unlike any readers have ever encountered:
Leo Fairchild’s life has been in freefall since high school. His parents died abruptly during his senior year, his football scholarship fizzled when he blew his knee out, and now, he’s crashing on his best friend’s couch because he can’t seem to hold down a job for more than five minutes.
What Leo doesn’t realize is that there’s a reason for his streak of awful, awful luck — and her name is Vesper.
In order to uncover the truth behind his multiple misfortunes, Leo and his best friend David must travel to an astonishing new world, a brilliant reflection of our own modern society, where a marriage of magic and technology are able to solve most any problem… or so it seems…
It is there that Leo will discover his strange destiny and just what it means to be a Charming.
But will his fantastic new life be worth the price that must be paid?
Whitmore is also the author of Saviour and Children of the Saviour, which combine complex religious themes, thrilling action, and a generous measure of comedy to keep readers turning pages. His books are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.com.
Lovecraft: The Great Tales
After years of painstaking toil, John D. Haefele released his literary-criticism masterpiece Lovecraft: The Great Tales on Feb. 9.
According to Publishers Weekly, “Haefele’s interpretations are sure to spark debate among scholars of this influential author. Lovecraftians won’t want to miss this one.” Excerpts from the synopsis shed additional light on this comprehensive — and potentially controversial — book:
Tracing the development of HPL’s fictional universe, John D. Haefele ranges from childhood readings of the Arabian Nights to the seismic encounter with the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
After a lifetime of studying and appreciating Lovecraft, John D. Haefele finally sits down and does an unprecedented excavation of the texts, revealing years of startling discoveries, smashing the tame boilerplate criticism of recent decades.
Haefele’s revolutionary ways of looking at HPL’s work defy generations of critical orthodoxy. New ideas — but when you check the stories, suddenly evident and logical.
You won’t find a more masterful handling of the case of Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
Haefele is a well-known figure in Lovecraft and Derleth literary circles. In addition to contributing numerous nonfiction articles in blogs, reviews, and periodicals, he is the author of A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos.
His books are available in paperback on Amazon.com.