KEYPORT CTHULU by Armand Rosamilia (with Chuck Buda and Katelynn Rosamilia)
Armand Rosamilia is a busy man. In addition to running his podcast empire, and helming his own show, he writes books. Nightmare filled tomes of slippery gods and shambling beasties. KEYPORT CTHULU was my first experience with reading his work in addition to his work, he includes tales written by Chuck Buda and one co-written with his daughter, Katelynn.
I’m not entirely sure of the history of this book. I think these stories were all published independently and then compiled here in one volume. The tales have a serial quality that allows them to stand alone (although a bit cliff-hangery as a whole story). The tale involves the fishing town of Keyport, New Jersey. It swirls about a family that has lived there for a long, long time and how the roots of the family tree run very deep and long. It slithers and flits at the old gods that slumber beneath the bay and seem to be on the verge of awakening. Of the fishy folks who dwell in the shadows of the old town and don’t really like outsiders. A family held hostage by their bloodline and an impending dark event that will change everything for eternity.
KEYPORT CTHULHU is a wonderful amalgamation of modern prose set in Lovecraftian lore, the story structure and style is a nicely paced current feeling prose that delivers unspeakable horrors that we’ve enjoyed reading about for a long time. The story co-written with his daughter, Katelynn Rosamilia, CTHULHUNICORN is a lovely and cute addition to the madness between the covers. (John Boden)