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F.B.I. criminal profiler Diana Mancuso doesn’t do field work anymore. Not since a tragic mistake that cost innocent lives. But when notorious serial killer Luther Vayne escapes from prison and resumes his campaign of brutal murders, the Bureau convinces her to take one last case.

To catch him, she must understand him. She must delve into the arcana that fuels his madness, r
Published January 27th 2017 by Necro Publications
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Veronica ⭐️
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The occult, cults and witchcraft are not things I ever read about. They truly scare me and give me nightmares. So, why did I read this novel? I offered to read it thinking it was another murder mystery detective novel. So read it I did.

It took me a few chapters to get into the story but once it got going I was pulled into the mystery.

Diana Mancuso is one tough FBI agent and swears like a trooper. She is top of her field in criminal profiling but now prefers a desk job teaching rookies in behavio
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THE RITES OF AZATHOTH is an exceptional and outstanding horror/mystery/thriller which can proudly take its place in the Lovecraftian Mythos as a fine work of fiction. Riveting, intriguing, and terrifying, the novel speeds us along as an FBI profiler, highly intelligent but morally ambiguous, agrees to field work after a lapse of several years. The case to which her Assistant Director assigns her is one so strange and farfetched that no one in law en
Kirsty ❤️
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you download an e-book to kindle fire by the nature of the size it can hugely increase the number of pages of a book. This one is 450ish pages but on my indle comes out at just over 10,000. That's 10000 swipes of a page. The last few I've read that long have been torturous to the point I've put off reading this book rather than face mind-numbing trek through a 'large' book.

That was a mistake as I loved this book and had the whole thing read in two days in and around putting in full days at
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Rites of Azathoth has a little bit of everything in it and this worked very nicely. This book had murder, mystery, FBI procedural/investigation, the occult, Occult rituals, suspense, science fiction, horror, etc. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I found it to be intriguing, interesting, engaging and a fun, creepy ride into the occult and the hunt for the truth. I LOVE when a book surprises me!

Diana Mancuso is an FBI criminal Profiler who now teaches instead of doing field wor
Josie Jaffrey
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Gin Book Club received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.


This was an excellent crime thriller with plenty of occult mystery thrown in for good measure.

The plot moved at a good pace and raised plenty of questions to keep me guessing all the way through the novel. The tension of the story built throughout leading to a showdown which was both satisfying and dramatic, if a little far-fetched for me.

The central characters were strong and I found myse
RITES OF AZATHOTH is well thought out, super descriptive FBI thriller by way of Lovecraftian science fiction epic. Wow! It was a good storyline that could have benefited by just a bit of editing. It seemed a little long in the beginning, but once the story got started and I was invested in the plot, I read straight through to the end.

I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to everyone who is looking for something just a little different.
Melissa Chung
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I want to thank Kelsey Butts, Frank Cavallo and Bedlam Press for sending me this book for an honest review.

I must say when I first started reading this book, I was curious to see where it would lead. As I progressed through the story, I could hardly put it down. Very interesting read. 3.5 stars.

Diana Mancuso is a 43 year old criminal profiler with the F.B.I. In ten days time her whole world will be turned upside down.

Carter Shaw is a curator of Near Eastern Antiquities. He has been working at th
Danielle Urban
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rites of Azathoth by Frank Cavallo is clearly a well-written dark fantasy. The title and cover caught my curiosity. Upon reading this tale, I found Frank Cavallo's talent to entertaining. His novel is a dark mystery and horror combined. A thriller too. A serial killer, a tragic mistake that cost innocent lives, and new murders committed will surely lure readers further into the story. A fast-placed plot with an edge that will frighten and keep readers like myself deeply engaged. Suspenseful with ...more
Claus Appel
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very gripping story. Quite unpredictable, and I very much needed to know what would happen next.

It is very strongly inspired by Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror" and functions as a kind of distant sequel to that story.

The ending was disappointing. It ended up being more like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" than Cthulhu Mythos. But I kind of knew from the beginning. When a Cthulhu Mythos story starts to bring up the topic of "the end of the world", it pretty much always ends in disappointment (at least
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Lovecraftian Tale

F.B.I. Agent Mancuso has stumbled upon multiple cases of the work of an inhuman serial killer. But the more she gets closer to the truth, the more she enters madness and reality is no longer what it seems.
Lovecraft would have loved this story. It is rare to find a tale concerning Azathoth and this keeps you cringing all throughout.
pick this up, its good!!!
Manuel Lafuente Salinas
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good combination between Lovecraft and serial murders.
Liam Walker
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed about 80% of this book the end was rushed however & there was maybe 4/5 spelling mistakes etc
Jim Dodge
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David Dubrow
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frank Cavallo’s Rites of Azathoth is a fun read, if slow-moving; much of the novel is taken up with description, law enforcement procedure, and dialogue, so if those elements are your cup of tea, you’ll find a lot to like. Devotees of the Cthulhu Mythos won’t need to be told that the novel centers around Lovecraftian themes; all you need is a title with the name Azathoth in it to get our misshapen hearts pumping. Overall, Cavallo does a fine job of updating Lovecraft’s horrors, making them relev ...more
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In the last couple years, it seems like there’s been a major surge in the amount of new material being published in the field of dark genre fiction. And a surprising thing about that is the literal plethora of entries in the lexicon of weird or cosmic horror fiction, with collections like Laird Barron’s Swift to Chase and T.E. Grau’s The Lure of Devouring Light receiving high—and well deserved—accolades, not to
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Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh Cthulhu there was so much about this book I loved. I loved the main plot of the story. The Lovecraftian Mythos was worked in perfectly. It didn't jar at all or feel like the author just skimmed Lovecraft's works just to be able to throw in a reference now and then. It all flowed smoothly and naturally. I loved it. The action parts were gripping. Especially in the last few chapters. Luther Vayne was an awesome character. I'd tell you more but, nope, sorry. You'll just have to see for yourself. ...more
Felix J
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great mix of a police procedural-type thriller, with FBI agents chasing down leads on the trail of an escaped killer, that plunges into all-out supernatural territory. The procedural stuff is hard-edged and gritty, and really lands you knee deep in the nuts and bolts of a criminal investigation. That's just setting the stage for what's to come though. When the book takes a serious turn toward the occult, things take a dark and decidedly otherworldly tone. What at first is seemingly ju ...more
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Frank Cavallo's new novel, the dark fantasy "Rites of Azathoth" is currently on sale from Necro/Bedlam. He is also the author of "Eye of the Storm", "The Lucifer Messiah" and the weird western "The Hand of Osiris."

His short fiction has appeared in venues such as Another Realm, Ray Gun Revival, Every Day Fiction and Lost Souls. He has worked in the Warhammer universe, penning the novella "Into the

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