Another Awesome Collection
4.5 out of 5 stars
It feels rude to start a review off with how great the narrator was, but I have to do so in this case. I think the main reason is, Saxon crushes it… but the secondary reason is that each story is so interesting and unique that I won’t be able to take the time to describe them all in detail like I want to. Just know if you’re going into this – it’s well written and even better performed.
I’m a sucker for anything C.T. Phipps. I can’t get enough of his style of writing. But what that’s done is introduce me to not only full genres I wouldn’t have read (this being one of them) but also to lots and lots of great authors that I wouldn’t have given a chance to. Including people that he’s looked up to like David Niall Wilson. Tales of The Al-Azif was a collection of stories, similar to the “first book” (hesitant to call it that but it’s basically another collection similar to that one) – Tales of Yog-Sothoth. (It also reminds me of the formatting/pacing of the other collection of stories that Crossroad Press did in Jobs Stranger Than Fiction).
So, more about the book – it’s a really interesting collection of stories. All of which jump off of the page in some way. Each one of them is interesting in its own way. Standouts for me included C.T. Phipps and David J. West’s stories. They seemed to jump out even more. Phipps because I love his style and I think West’s just surprised me the most (in a good way).
Overall, Tales of The Al-Azif is a must-read for Lovecraftian fans. But it’s also just a great collection of stories that any reader should enjoy. I absolutely love the format of books like this because I can pick to read a whole story in a sitting, or multiple if I want. But they’re long enough to make them great short stories or novellas but short enough to make them “bite-sized” and easy to read quickly.
The Necronomicon was not the first book by H.P. Lovecraft to terrify readers with tales of dark and twisted horrors from beyond. No, the Al-Azif, or Book of the Insect, is the first work that told mankind of Cthulhu, Azathoth, and other terrors. Indeed, it was the book that inspired “The Mad Arab” Abdul Al-Hazred to write its more famous successor.
Join us for a collection of novellas written by some of the best Neo-Lovecraftian authors today: Matthew Davenport (Andrew Doran, The Trials of Obed Marsh), David Hambling (Harry Stubbs, The Dulwich Horror), David J. West (Porter Rockwell, Redneck Eldritch), David Niall Wilson (The Call of Distant Shores), and C. T. Phipps (Cthulhu Armageddon) in telling stories of this mysterious book.
Find out where the nightmares began!
Tales of the Al-Azif by CT Phipps, Matthew Davenport, David J. West, David Hambling, David Niall Wilson
Narrator: Joshua Saxon
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Published by Crossroad Press Genres: Fantasy, Horror
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Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star, Tales of Yog-Sothoth, Heart of a Dragon