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Shadows bend : a novel of the fantastic and unspeakable
Barbour, David, 1961-
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New York : Ace Books, 2000.
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311 pages ; 23 cm
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This unique and original debut novel casts two real-life legends of fantasy fiction -- the creator of Conan and the inventor of the Necronomicon -- in a nightmare of their own making...

H.P. Lovecraft was a writer who would one day become famous for his eerie tales of the macabre -- filled with ancient beings who ruled the world millions of years before the appearance of the human race.

Robert E. Howard was also a writer whose barbarian character Conan would become a literary legend -- a lone hero in a primitive world overrun by humankind's oldest enemies.

But few know the real story that inspired these masters of pulp fiction. The story that begins on a dark and stormy night. A night tortured by the cries of an inhuman infant child. A child who would open the gates to the most dangerous force in the cosmos -- the ancient god Cthulhu...

And only two men -- two eccentric writers -- can stop him.

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In 1935, a reclusive writer named H.P. Lovecraft travels from Providence to Cross Plains, TX, for a meeting with fellow writer Robert E. Howard and a rendezvous with terror. Out of the elements made famous by these early crafters of pulp fantasy, coauthors Barbour and Raleigh fashion a fast-paced, no-holds-barred first novel of Gothic horror and fantasy adventure that pays eloquent tribute to a body of fantastic literature and the writers who shaped it. Though particularly appealing to fans of Conan and Cthulhu, this story of courage in the face of unspeakable horror should attract a wide readership. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.