With The Damned Highway, horror legend Brian Keene and excellent writer Nick Mamatas delve into the mythos of two popular American icons, combining the uncanny horrors of H.P. Lovecraft with the gonzo journalism of Hunter S. Thompson.
I was excited for this novel’s release the second it was announced on Brian Keene’s website last year. Considering the source material and the people involved, this seemed like destined for excellence. The stars were right, one might say.
I finally had the opportunity to dig into the novel last month, and what I found was a dark, over-the-top read that kept me hooked up until the very end. The authors nailed the voice of Hunter’s work and the atmosphere of Lovecraft’s. They weave them together so perfectly, in fact, that one can’t help but think that the two mad worlds were destined to collide. Having their Hunter Thompson-inspired protagonist trip of Fungi from Yuggoth, and tying the Cthulhu mythos to the 1970s political climate were a blast. Along the way, the authors even throw in some mad prophecies for today’s world.
Cthulhu 2012, kids. Why vote the lesser of two evils?