In “The Elder Ice”, author David Hambling has not only dipped his writing toe in the world of Lovecraft but has taken the entire plunge. In other words, this book will give you a case of the creeps and you’ll be begging for more.
“The Elder Ice” is part of the Harry Stubbs series from the author and if you’re not familiar with that, just check out DAVID HAMBLING’S AMAZON PAGE to find out.
“The Elder Ice” is actually based somewhat on the arctic expeditions of real world explorer Ernest Shackleton, who led three expeditions to the frozen tundra back in his day. But the author has taken the mundane and turned it into something scary as hell and straight from the twisted depths of a Lovecraftian nightmare.
The main character, Harry Stubbs, is an ex boxer. A lug. Highly trained in the fighting sciences but finds himself working for a law firm as an errand boy of the “do what it takes to get it done” variety. In this assignment, he is tasked with tracking down what he believes to be a treasure from an arctic expedition. His nature is one of keeping his head down and simply getting the job done. His only goal is to find what he is told to find and bring it back to his boss to fulfill his obligation.
Harry is a no nonsense, get to the point kind of guy. The people he encounters while trying to find this “treasure” are not so much. The more he talks to them, the more it becomes obvious there is something more than just a physical treasure involved. And this is where it gets terrifying. But in the authors hands, Harry Stubbs feels a lot deeper than just being a stooge. “The Elder Ice” is fantastic at fleshing out the characters and giving them layers of food for thought.
The creatures he encounters and the things they are capable of in “The Elder Ice” will give you some sleepless nights and fully live up to the great works of Mr. Lovecraft. Unspeakable monstrosities that defy explanation are described in grisly detail to ensure you don’t leave disappointed.
I absolutely love the style of writing used in “The Elder Ice”. The story is set in the 1920’s and the author has nailed the conversational tones and attitudes of the times. And it’s the conversations between characters that give them a fully fleshed out feel and makes you feel like you know them. I also like how the author explores each person fully and yet never gets redundant with unnecessary asides.
“The Elder Ice” feels a lot longer than the 196 pages would assume. You’ll get lost in this world and characters. And, if you’ve ever read a Lovecraft book, you’ll feel right at home…..and scared! I recommend you click the picture above and get your copy now through Amazon. It’s only $1.49 which is a BARGAIN!
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