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Cthulhu Armageddon (Cthulhu Armageddon #1)

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“Under an alien sky where gods of eldritch matter rule, the only truth is revenge.”

CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other “talking” monsters).

John Henry Booth is a ranger of one of the largest remainin
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Crossroad Press
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This was an entertaining fantasy/horror story. It had a decent mix of action and humour. The setting was also fairly interesting world with its mix of weird Lovecraftian monsters and left over technology from our era.

As the title might suggest this story was set in a post-apocalyptic future. 100 years have passed since the return of the great Cthulhu and the other Great Ones to the earth. Humanity is in its dying days with just a few pockets of survivors living in the monster filled desert wast
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cthulhu Armageddon (Cthulhu Armageddon #1) by C.T. Phipps is an awesome fantasy/with a touch of sci-fi. There is plenty of action, adventure, suspense, magic, creatures, a great plot, well developed characters, and intrigue. It was a wild ride and it was a strange mix of desert, western, and more. I thought of Scorpion King only Western and in the future, after an Earth destruction. It was unique and suspense filled, action packed, and you never knew what was going to happen. I can picture this ...more
Bob Milne
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cthulhu Armageddon is a book that blends the elements of several genres, and does so with some surprising success. There's definitely some Mad Max insanity behind it, but what struck me most strongly was the way C.T. Phipps pays a sort of homage to Stephen King's The Stand, while taking a page out of Brian Lumley's book and swapping the awkward biblical mythology for the far more satisfying (and terrifying) Cthulhu mythos.

This is the story of John Henry Booth, a stone-cold exterminator of threat
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a massive departure from this author's other works but it was just as good. It's a blend of different genres, which can be hit or miss, but it works here. It's kind of like Mad max with a western feel, mixed with a little Stephen King and Lovecraft thrown in. Sounds odd, but I really enjoyed it.

This tells the story of John Henry Booth, a soldier who protects the remnants of humanity from the hellish creatures that have taken over the world. During a mission, things take a turn for the w
Stephen Kozeniewski
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the book I didn't realize was missing from my life. Now that I've read it, I feel this great, CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON-shaped hole in my heart.

Picture, if you will, a Warhammer 40,000 novel, only not set in that unique landscape. That's the closest thing I can think of to compare this book to. It doesn't read like Lovecraft, although it's clearly and deeply indebted to him, Derleth, and the rest of the gang. It doesn't read like military porn, although I was halfway expecting it to go that wa
David Hambling
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cross Aliens and Mad Max, and you get noisy, spectacular fun — and that’s pretty much what we have here. Picture a squad of Colonial Marines blasting their way through HP Lovecraft’s entire back catalog of weird and wonderful creatures and you’re starting to get close. Phipps has a strong 80s action movie aesthetic; while HPL’s protagonists cower, gibber and faint when they encounter eldritch horrors, here they empty their Heavy Assault Rifle into the incoming before reaching for the hand grenad ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it

Overall rating = 3 & 1/2 stars

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Cthulhu Armageddon is a book that grabbed my attention for two reasons. One it’s a dystopian, post-apocalyptic story that mixes Lovecraftian mythos with action & terrific characters. The second reason being C. T. Phipps himself, he has impressed me a lot with his previous work and so I have high hopes for this one.

The book's main character John Henry Booth is an Remnant Recon & Extermination r
Seth Skorkowsky
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it

I'm a huge fan of the Cthulhu Mythos (not as much as many, but more than most) so I was quick to pick up Cthulhu Armageddon to see a modern take on the Mythos folklore. I've enjoyed several of C.T. Phipps previous works, so I was comfortable with both the author and materiel.

Phipps' world, set after the Great Old Ones have returned, is a lot of fun. The Cathedral is the crown jewel of that world and it beautifully captures this familiar and alien setting. Other locations, such as New Arkham,
The Grim Reader (
The synopsis for this book promises much and Charles Phipps delivers in his own weird and wonderful way. The Great Old Ones have reduced the planet to a wasteland where monsters roam free and pockets of human survivors plod on with their insignificant lives. It all sounds a little depressing but ‘Cthulhu Armageddon’ is a cosmos load of fun. The star of the show is former ranger John Henry Booth, who is on a mission to hunt down and destroy Dr Alan Ward, an other world tyrant that killed his team ...more
C.T. Phipps
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book because it occurred to me the Great Old Ones are always coming but rarely get a chance to actually destroy the world. Cthulhu had lost his first encounter with humanity by getting a boat driven through his head and the stars not being right. So, instead, I wrote a book where they'd already one to reverse some of their badass decay. I was inspired by equal parts Fallout, Mad Max, and the Gunslinger/Dark Tower for this novel. Interestingly, the racial politics got the most commen ...more
Phillip III
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is the first book I have read by C.T. Phipps. I wasn't sure what to expect. For starters, the cover is amazing. I've said it many times before, but will gladly repeat myself, I oftentimes judge a book by the cover. It may be shallow. It's, however, what makes me pick up a book in the first place for closer inspection.

There is a lot going on in this tale. Information comes at the reader from all directions. Phipps is world building, and does a fantastic job at it. At first I wa
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.

Cthulhu Armageddon is an outstanding addition to the Cthulhu mythos and faithful to the sanity-warping vision of H.P. Lovecraft. As someone who has listened to several of Lovecraft’s tales over the years, I can appreciate the obvious respect the author demonstrates for the Cthulhu genre while he solidly lays the foundation of his own unique new chapter that I believe Mr. Lovecraft would approve of. Of particular note, the author’s depi
Timothy Ward
In a genre of Cthulhu monsters and elder gods, this was expectedly strange and unique. The weird western setting was a cool start, with the hook of a soldier trying to find out how his team was killed on a mission. The many twists and clues about who was responsible and how our hero would respond led to a fast paced journey through the strange and magical blend of realities. The middle of the book lost me at times, and had portions where I lost interest in the plot, but I rode out the last three ...more
Toby Tate
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cthulhu Armageddon immediately thrust me into a bizarre world of weird wonders and terrifying dangers and held me fast in its grip until the last page. C.T. Phipps' writing, although it has always been good, just gets better with each book. The author will probably think this description is bonkers, but the story reminds me of a cross between Starship Troopers and Stephen King's Dark Tower series, with a big heapin' helpin' of H.P. Lovecraft's Colour Out of Space spooned on top.

With great chara
Darren Dilnott
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first encounter with C. T. Phipps. But after reading Cthulhu Armageddon it won't be my last. This was such a fun easy read, that I struggled to put it down. This book is Cthulhu Mythos, post apocalypse, with a western feel. The author clearly knows his mythos, and it's filled with some of the best known monsters and gods. But what sets it apart for me is the underlying humour the author has injected. So many laugh out loud moments.
Really enjoyed this book.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

C. T. Phipps' Cthulhu Armageddon is an amazing post-apocalyptic weird western novel, because the author delivers an original no-holds-barred vision of what the world is like after the Lovecraftian Great Old Ones have conquered it and how the surviving humans try to cope in the new world. In this novel, elements of horror, science fiction and western blend seamlessly together in an exciting way.

Before I write more about this novel and my thoughts about it, I'l
Jan Chlapowski Söderlund
* - I did not like this book.

Mr Phipps has written a book which I am afraid did not go down well with me.

Let me first explain why I read Weird and New Weird stories. I consider myself an avid Lovecraftian fan because of the intelligent horror-angle which shines through in his stories. Lovecraft's philosophy of cosmicism, which portrays some heavy-weight existential angst with the ant- or mosquito-like quality of humans vs the supernatural. And the fact that the horrors are not evil in themselve
I had an absolute blast reading this book!

C.T. Phipps creates a world in which the Ancient Ones have awakened and wrought destruction across all humanity. In this post-apocalyptic world, John Henry Booth seeks a cathedral in the middle of the desert. And while he finds it, it comes at great cost, and sets him down a path of exile and revenge, full of battles with gods and necromancers. It's a unique post-apocalypse, something I haven't seen before, and I absolutely LOVED it.

Phipps states at the
Cameron Kobes
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book is billed as a post-apocalyptic western, but I’d say calling it a western is a stretch. It’s a fantasy action thriller set in a desert wasteland, conceptually closer to a story like Mad Max than a story like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
To really have context for this novel, you need at least a cursory knowledge of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, whose popular stories include The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror, and my personal favorite The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Lovecraft s
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was quite a surprise for me because it`s not a apocalyptic western like you see advertised on the cover...Nooo... A long way from it...And reading some of the other reviews I saw that there are readers that share my opinion on this particular subject.

The novel it`s build like a Joe Ledger book, by Jonathan Maberry, meaning we have a hero that kills and tramps everything that cames in his path.

But still, the storyline it`s solid, I really didn`t expected that, and we`re in a world when
Sean Duggan
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for an honest review, as I've read a number of the this author's other books.

I've been hard on some past novels I've reviewed that have billed themselves as "pulp fiction", hearkening back to those days when books were churned out constantly involving steely-eyed protagonists who mowed down mooks and slept with every female, criticizing them for lacking depth or any sort of impact. This book does not bill itself as "pulp", but it fits perfectly. Booth is a strong c
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading one of C.T. Phipps' novels, and it is an epic, eldritch, pulse-pounding adventure. Our setting is some hundred years or so after the rising of the Great Old Ones threw the world into chaos and madness, where a few scattered human communities struggle to survive in a world of insane cults, horrifying monsters and the worst that humanity has to offer. Our main character is a soldier who finds himself scapegoated and exiled by his community, after an encounter with a m ...more
Dave Stone
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
have you ever wished that Jim Butcher would suffer head trauma, rewrite Harry Dresden as a nothing to lose cowboy in a post Elder God rising apocalypse? -but with 12% less talent and less coherent? Well stop rubbing that lamp your wish has been granted!
Cthulhu Armageddon is fun verging into parody. and like the pig farmer, he uses every part of the mythos. I enjoyed it, but my taste is terrible.
Steve Caldwell
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cthulu Armageddon deals with the remnants of humanity struggling to survive in small walled enclaves 100 years or so after the rise of the Old Ones, the primordial gods of the universe. Being so vast they barely notice the life forms on earth except as nuisaces under their tentacles. This coming has also created mutated humans and brought monsterous servants with it. Into the wasteland created by this invasion go the Rangers, the city's scavengers and warriors against the encroaching darkness.

Kitvaria Sarene
Fast paced and fun, a bit too easy and the dialogue a bit too "lighthearted and fun" in some scenes that I felt should have had me on the edge of my seat and not do a light eyeroll at the characters witty or snarky remarks.

All in all I had fun reading it though. I liked the characters (especially a Ghoul!), the monster ideas worked well for me - not so abstract as to leave me confused, but strange enough to definitely feel "alien" to me and the prose was easy to follow.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
There are few authors who live on in the cultural sphere the way H.P. Lovecraft does, at least within genre fiction. His influence transcends various cultural forms not only literature, but we see his fingerprints on TV, movies, video games, comics, music and even science (just ask Erich von Däniken). One of the reasons for Lovecraft’s longevity is most likely not his use of adjectives, his inability to describe the horrors he envisioned or his overt racism. It is the world and characters he ima ...more
Trevor Sherman
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-reads
Have you ever read anything by H.P. Lovecraft? how about listened to one of the radio plays by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society? No? Well why the hell not? Go and read them!! It's ok I'll wait...
Ok that's better. Now remember how the "Things" that came and everyone dies? Well not everyone did die. A few small pockets of humanity survived for around one hundred years, and one of these Pockets is called United States Remnants.
The story is told in first person through the eyes of John Henry B
Dyrk Ashton
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cthulhu Armageddon is extremely imaginative with a startling, well drawn post-apocalyptic world where Lovecraft’s Old Ones have returned - and won.

When I first saw this book was coming out I knew I had to read it. With a title like that, how could I not? The Old Ones of Lovecraftian lore have been summoned and nearly destroyed the world. Cool! The few remaining humans struggle to survive against supernatural, inter-dimensional horrors? Right on! Great cover too.

And I enjoyed this book quite a bi
Nia Ireland
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The internet informs me that this book is very much in the style of old westerns. I can now inform you that I apparently like westerns!

For me, the important things about this book are:

The Wasteland is the perfect setting, it's so well written that you can almost taste the dust.

The author manages to squeeze in all manner of nerdy wondrousness and make it seem totally plausible. This reads like genius.

Phipps' female characters KICK ASS. That's right. Here's a fantasy novel with a male protagonist
Kenny Soward
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cthulhu Armageddon is a rather interesting foray into the Cthulhu mythology as told by our protagonist, John Booth, a ranger charged to protect the last remnants of humanity. The story itself is pretty fast paced with lots of action, touching on a wide spectrum of creatures and far-reaching ideals from the Cthulhu mythology without lingering too long in one particular place. Bizarre creatures are tossed out and succinctly destroyed in glorious gore as our hero fulfills his destiny, which is to d ...more
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C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles" (

He's written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Esoterrorism, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer's Star, Straight Outta Fa
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