Praise for The Engines of Sacrifice:
“Chambers’s damaged characters cling to hope even as the world comes apart at the seams, making the insanity and despair of their circumstances poignant as well as deliciously creepy.” —Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review [FULL REVIEW]
“[Chambers’s] writing style is polished with just the right amount of grit added (in language and mood) to make the reading fast-paced and pleasantly bumpy, like barreling down a bad road at three in the morning, slightly drunk, with a head full of philosophy.” –Lovecraft eZine [FULL REVIEW]
“Chambers evokes H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos with frightening effective writing…” –Examiner.com [FULL REVIEW]
“…one of those books that just sucks you in and does not let go until it is all over.” –Horror Bob, The Horror Review [FULL REVIEW]
In hidden places, they sleep and dream, and through their dreams they touch humanity—but their touch brings only the stains of horror, death, and madness…until the day the Old Ones return. In The Engines of Sacrifice, acclaimed writer James Chambers delivers four nightmare novellas inspired by the Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft.
Investigation 37: In the late years of the Vietnam War, Lavender May runs away from home to search for freedom and peace in New York City, but instead, she finds only a world of magic, witchcraft, and lies. (Read an excerpt from “Investigation 37.”)
The Ugly Birds: Only one thing could save Carmine Darabont’s comics magazine from going under: publishing the next chapter of the hit series “The Otherworlders.” But what dark secret drives its creator—Carmine’s ex-fiancé—to refuse to deliver it? (Read an excerpt from “The Ugly Birds.”)
The Hidden Room: At the height of the Cold War, Doctor Calvin Lenox is a member of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team. With his life spiraling into despair, he confronts the mystery of a runaway Soviet defector and the death of three men, only to find himself at the mercy of…the Faceless God. (Read an excerpt from “The Hidden Room.”)
The Engines of Sacrifice: What is the power of words? Can they control the fabric of reality? In a horrifying new world, underground author Rowley Cray struggles against a totalitarian government gone insane and the possibility that he can control the souls of the dead. (Read an excerpt from “The Engines of Sacrifice.”)
Cover art by Jason Whitley.