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The Cthulhu Cult

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Having fled town under a cloud of salacious scandal, Shelby Tyree has returned, a mysterious woman at his side and a strange new devotion to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft in his head. His childhood friends Rick and Conrad scarcely recognize Shelby, who has been transformed from a rakish dilettante into a zealous guru devoted to his own pseudo-religion. They take it upon the ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published May 16th 2009 by Createspace
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Lysander Hansen
Jan 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
While the story had an excellent premise and the author built up a great atmosphere, the execution is problematic. There are a lot of things to be desired but two problems stand out the most: there is blatant racism (not just from racist character) and implied sexism. Not only is the n-word used but many stereotypes and racist tropes are played on to execute the story. The author also played on the very misogynistic "Lady Macbeth" trope. This wasn't as bothersome as the many red flags marking th ...more
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Review:THE CTHULHU CULT by Rick Dakan

How I enjoyed this novel! Couldn't stop reading! I am no Lovecraft scholar, but I am a fan, of the Great Man himself and of the expanded Mythos. So I was immediately engrossed in the theme of this story, in which the principles of Cthulhu are brought to life in contemporary Sarasota, Florida. Author Rick Dakan superbly delineates the philosophy and metaphysics that would serve as the foundation for any devotion to Cthulhu, as well as the psychological underpi
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Earl
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I was somehow disappointed by the ending, that after all the references to the mythos of Cthulhu, it went to a conclusion that need not be Lovecraftian in the end. Or at least it lacked the sufficient material to ground Lovecraft with the insight delivered by the novel.
Carlos
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Many a writer, particularly in the field of horror, has borrowed from H.P. Lovecraft, adopting and adapting the themes, settings, monsters and even sometimes characters that have appeared in his fiction. With this novel, Rick Dakan has taken the more original approach of basing a story on Lovecraft's philosophy.

The story takes place in Sarasota, Florida, where the narrator, Rick, and his best friend, Conrad, have lived most of their lives. Another childhood friend, Shelby, comes to town after ha
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Tarl
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lovecraftian
This was a very interesting read. I actually give it above a four star rating, though I will hold it back from a five. The writing is really well done in this book. The pacing is steady and hits all the right marks. The characters are believable and react to situations like you expect them. There's enough of a hook to keep you reading the next chapter despite having said that you would stop two chapters ago.

One of the reviewers here stated that the ending seemed rushed, and looking back, I would
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Donald
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2013
Right from the beginning, from the very first line, I was hooked. This is a well crafted story. It takes a unique tack utilizing all things H.P. Lovecraft by making the story's characters aficionados of the pulp writer. Each of the three male friends have their own quirky personalities, Shelby being the oddest of them all.

The presentation of events starts by building the characters and how they interact with each other. Shelby comes out of the gate as the odd guy who marches to the beat of a dif
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Christian
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mistery
A very well written book for the most part but appears to be a little bit rushed in the last chapters. Rick Dakan creates a wonderfully mysterious environment starring Rick Dakan, Author as the hero of the story.
If you liked this book I can only recommend Mr. Dakan's Geek Mafia series to your attention.
Geek Mafia by Rick Dakan Geek Mafia Mile Zero by Rick Dakan Geek Mafia Black Hat Blues by Rick Dakan
Melinda
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
While the book was able to capture some of the lurking horror associated with Lovecraft fiction, there is so much back and forth between Rick and Conrad, and later Sterling. The premise that Conrad would ruin his life over a barely dated girl doesn't fly with me. I know the author tried to set things up so that Conrad would pull away from Shelby, but the extremes that Conrad went to shocked even the other characters with no motivations beyond the flimsy one. And without Conrad's driver, the stor ...more
Brian Surratt
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird
This is more a book about culture than cults, and the subtitle of this key bit. The theme of obsession is explored from points of view inside and outside of the cult. Paganism, art, sex, religion and domination are all explored here, but very little of the Mythos.

All that aside, it is a very enjoyable book. I found is very engaging and read it quite quickly.
Brian Williams
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly fun book to read. I enjoyed the satiric undertones and the way the author built the suspense up to the unexpected ending. He kept me chuckling, poking sticks at paranoid conservative ideologues, as well as religious demagogues in general.
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