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Red Equinox

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  275 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
The Red Equinox has dawned, and the old gods who have slept for aeons are stirring.

Urban explorer and photographer Becca Philips was raised in the shadow of Miskatonic University, steeped in the mysteries of her late grandmother’s work in occult studies. But what she thought was myth becomes all too real when cultists unleash terror on the city of Boston. Now she’s caught
Paperback, 274 pages
Published January 16th 2015 by JournalStone
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Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Cosmic Horror
I've been on somewhat of a cosmic horror binge these last few weeks and I'm happy to report that Red Equinox stands up there with the best of the genre.

I'm not going to get into the plot too much, as several reviews and the synopsis already do . I'm just going to mention a few of my impressions and feelings and leave it at that.

Mr. Wynne makes the Cthulhu mythos his own with this contribution about first resurrecting the language of the Old Gods, and then the Old Gods themselves. They're not dea
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
What’s not to love about spelunking abandoned asylums, inbred squid worshippers, infernal harmonic sing-a-longs and secret government agency cover-ups. Oh yeah, almost forgot the black hole sun hovering over Boston and the Old Ones that will emerge from within the dark star to fulfill their destiny of reigning terror, mayhem and world domination.

An action packed Lovecraftian tale with a well-drawn cast of characters and an engaging plot line. Very well done. Looking forward to the next one in th
Frank Errington
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Douglas Wynne takes on H. P. Lovecraft and scores big-time. Kudos to Chuck Killorin on the cover art for Red Equinox. If you read the story, you'll see just how fitting it is.

Set slightly in the future, Red Equinox, embraces the Lovecraftian mythos with all tentacles, but in a way that was not at all off-putting to those unfamiliar with what that is all about.

From beginning to end, there are treats for those who enjoy Lovecraft and a great story for all readers looking for a good horr
Brett Talley
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We are in a Lovecraftian renaissance, and there are a lot of people who are writing Lovecraft these days. But while you can find a thousand short stories and anthologies set in the world of the mythos, it's not so easy to find full-length novels. And if you do find them, it's really hard to find a modern take on the Great Old Ones. And that's why Red Equinox by Douglas Wynne is so refreshing--it does both, and it does them brilliantly.

If you are a fan of Lovecraft, Red Equinox is a can't miss.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Douglas Wynne's debut was so impressive that of course I wanted to read more of his work. Thing is I'm not a huge fan of cosmic horror, in its classic form I find its bleak density borderline unreadable, although I've read a few modern spins that were quite good. This is certainly one of them. Wynne uses all the classic set ups, but makes it very much his own, I particularly enjoyed the use of ancient history of Egypt. Above all, he's just an excellent writer. His descriptions are vivid, his cha ...more
Jeff Miller
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So as the buzz builds around Douglas Wynne and Red Equinox, lots of people are going to talk about the great use of Lovecraftian This and Lovecraftian That, because there's plenty of it and Wynne borrows decisively and effectively in ways that will light up your pineal gland like a lightsaber. But for this reader who's been raised on King, Straub, and Barker, there's a genuine set of sympathetic characters here, and that's what drives the momentum of this page-burner.

Becca, the heroine of the s
Jon Recluse
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a pre-released copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I can happily say that this book was a treat for me. I love creepy cosmic horror, and I love that this was set in Boston. Don't get me wrong, I love Boston, but I also don't mind the idea of it being terrorized by pan-dimensional tentacle monsters.

There was a lot of wonderful Lovecraftian meets Old Gods horrors in here. I loved all the mythos, the objects, the rituals... Reading through that was like coming down t
Chuck Killorin
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I know Doug and I was one of the privileged to get a read of the book early on. I also am not particularly a Lovecraft fan. Yes, I know about Cthulu and all the tentacled madness, and the old gods passing dimensions, etc. but not really a fan. That being said, I greatly enjoyed this book and it is solidly Wynne's best to date. His characters have heart and they jump off the page with a realism and humanity. They have realistic flaws they need to overcome and they have skills tha ...more
Meradeth Houston
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honestly, I don't think I've ever read something quite like this. I enjoyed it, but it was distinctly different, both in the mythology that was used, as well as the voice. Becca was an interesting character, flawed but relatable. Her growth was definitely done well. That being said, I never felt a deep connection with her, though perhaps that's just me. The story itself was creepy and fascinating, and the way the pieces wound together kept me reading. I did find myself wishing I knew a little mo ...more
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-horror
By all the Gods, known and unknown, this novel is a masterpiece! Becca Phillips is a young photographer and an urban explorer, living with traumas and fears. Raised by her recently deceased grandmother, a famous occult scholar, Becca inherits a very old jewel and then ... the world starts shaking. Ancients gods, a creepy urban "underworld", first class horror ... not to forget the "Smoots."
This novel might remind you on Lovecraft but it is first and for all a real Douglas Wynne! Well written, f
Wendy Wagner
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Douglas Wynne does a terrific job bringing Lovecraftian themes into the tense realm of the thriller genre. It's reassuring to know that even with big government agencies and all of modern technology on our side, the creatures and terrors from Lovecraft's other worlds are still scary as hell!
William Holloway
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been a reader all of my life. I started out with Tolkien, then Dune, and histories of the darker parts of human existence, but never knew that I had found a home until I discovered Lovecraft. I started reading other horror, King and Koontz,finally finding a familiar freak in Barker, but none of it moved me like Lovecraft.
Later in life I discovered that there was a kind of literary niche existed wherein people wrote stories based around Lovecraft's universe. Most of it was not good. Flash fo
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cthulhu-mythos
This is a wonderful story in a modern-day Cthulhu Mythos setting. Lovecraft would have loved Mr. Wynne’s detailed descriptions of Boston. The author was able to capture some of the cosmic dread that Lovecraft was known for, while still having strong human characters.

***Mild spoilers ahead..big spoilers are hidden***

The book started off well, but I soon felt restless reading the first 90 pages of this 260 page book. While it seemed that there should be a sense of urgency to what was going on, th
Jill Sweeney-Bosa
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Douglas Wynne (The Devil of Echo Lake; Steel Breeze) tells heart-thumping tales that sweep you along in a heady tumult of intrigue, fierce action, suspense, and gorgeous imagery. I read an advance copy of RED EQUINOX back in springtime and man, this story is *still* entwined in my thoughts - nudging, beckoning, whispering...

Whether you’re a devotee of Lovecraftian stuff, or like me, unable to tell one dread elder god from another, there’s much to love in these pages: the just right amount of sch
Christopher Payne
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalstone
The Red Equinox has dawned, and the old gods who have slept for aeons are stirring.

Urban explorer and photographer Becca Philips was raised in the shadow of Miskatonic University, steeped in the mysteries of her late grandmother’s work in occult studies. But what she thought was myth becomes all too real when cultists unleash terror on the city of Boston. Now she’s caught between a shadowy government agency called SPECTRA and the followers of an apocalyptic faith bent on awakening an ancient ev
Kim Switzer
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a story! This was magnificent! So much good stuff--wonderful descriptions, engaging characters, great pacing. I loved how the tension would ratchet up then ease off just long enough for me to catch my breath before skyrocketing again. I loved everything about this book. It had all of my favorite elements--urban fantasy settings with the requisite bohemian artistic types; monsters; ancient secrets and cults; secret government agencies. This book took me on an adventure, broke my heart a coup ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Lovecraftian I've Read!

First off ... This book was recommended to me. I read it. I'm a huge horror fan. Though while I appreciate the love of HPL, I am normally disappointed in how it is realized. Red Equinox did not disappoint! Wynne is a word art master who knows what readers want. It was more than worth the price of admission for this engrossing read! Pick up a copy ... It's the only way to summon ...
Vincenzo Bilof
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's like Michael Bay meets H. P. Lovecraft. Loved reading it. There is a lot to like if you're a casual reader and you want some well-written horror that has some very vivid imagery. I enjoyed the depth in Wynne's writing style, and thought the story was intriguing. Good chemistry between the characters; the story never feels stiffened by the writing.
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
The author lost me somewhere around the scientist cultist ritually masturbating while killing a pigeon.

Chris Stoneking
Dec 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Took a long time to get started. Was largely disorganized in the beginning, clumsily setting additional characters on the board after setting up the main protagonist, spinning them in and out seemingly because he couldn't figure out any other way to write himself out of the corner he'd drawn.

Disappointing mostly because the premise was initially interesting, but very poorly executed.
M.R. Graham
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars from me.

The Good:
Red Equinox definitely works well as a modernized Lovecraftian monstrosity. It's dark, dirty around the edges, elegantly vulgar in places. It was a little slow to get going, but picked up about a quarter of the way in and held my attention pretty well until the end.
Wynne's language is really what kept me reading, though, even through the rare place where the story started to lose me. It's obvious that Wynne loves words. Every sentence was flawlessly-crafte
Disclaimer: I received this book from Library Thing Early Reviewers.
Urban Explorer Becca Phillips is a photographer battling severe seasonal depression. Some days she does not feel like getting out of bed. She was raised in the shadow of Miskatonic University, steeped in the mysteries of her late grandmother’s work in occult studies. But what she thought was myth becomes all too real when cultists unleash terror on the city of Boston. After the death of her grandmother, her life gets very compl
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, so you are in your apartment , preparing for a photo trip into the basements of old Boston buildings. You have noticed that, if you use infra-red you see much more (and also other……things) in the photos. Your grandmother was an occult specialist and kept the whole family under tight rein. She may have opened a door she shouldn’t have and that is why things are changing.

The characters in this story were so real! I could empathize with Rafael who loves Becca to death. He tries to protect her
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Becca Philips is an urban photographer, prowling around abandoned buildings and finding beauty in crumbling, decrepit architecture. She doesn't think much of it when she comes across an ragged old man chanting over the waters of a birdbath in a dark ritualistic manner, but it isn't long after that encounter that the world itself starts crumbling around her, and she is faced with the reality of something darker and more malevolent than she ever could have imagined.

What a pleasant surprise! I didn
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a preview copy in return for a review, so here is my review. This book is Lovecraftian and that might be all I need to say about it. Without giving away too much, "Red Equinox" is set in the not-to-distant future where things all come together to allow the Old Ones to re-enter our world. This is one of those good, old fashioned good versus evil stories where it seems that all the cards are in the hands of the evil players. The Old Ones are always present someplace in the ...more
Kevin Wilson
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Red Equinox is one of the most well written pieces of horror I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Douglas Wynne has masterfully woven a story that has all of the elements that I look for in horror literature. It is frightening, action packed, has believable characters and covers every facet of human emotion. The monsters are real and the reading causes a cinema of images in your minds eye. Douglas’s tribute’s to other contemporary horror authors are sprinkled throughout and he has resurrected ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ha2015
I haven't read much Lovecraft so I wasn't too sure I'd really be able to enjoy it much. However, this colorful (someday I'd like to back to the text to look at how many times certain colors were mentioned & when) tale was easily accessible. There was a bit of a slow build up, but once you get past the first 40% of the book, things really start to happen and it was difficult to put the book down. The set up was good and the ending satisfying. Would I read more books featuring some of these ch ...more
Gregory Bastianelli
Not too many authors dare to bring the world of H.P. Lovecraft into modern times. Douglas Wynne was up to the challenge in “Red Equinox” and succeeds with an exciting novel that lets loose the dark lords of Lovecraft in downtown Boston and its surroundings. Utilizing some of Boston’s iconic landmarks, and some lesser known decrepit sites, Wynne has crafted a story that is part horror and part action thriller that keeps your pulse racing till its climactic conclusion atop the Bunker Hill monument ...more
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Douglas Wynne wrote his first dark fantasy novel at the age of fifteen but has never found the courage to take it down from the attic and read it. After a long detour through music school, rock bands, and recording studios, he came full circle back to fiction writing and is recently the author of five novels: The Devil of Echo Lake, Steel Breeze, and the SPECTRA Files trilogy (Red Equinox, Black J ...more
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