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It was eons ago that the Great Old Ones withdrew from this realm, choosing instead a continuance at the center of the universe. Nevertheless, it is often whispered by those who claim knowledge of such things, that a number of these Elder Gods - the lower rank and file, if you will - decided to hold this ground, so enamored were they by the cults who spilled blood in theirIt was eons ago that the Great Old Ones withdrew from this realm, choosing instead a continuance at the center of the universe. Nevertheless, it is often whispered by those who claim knowledge of such things, that a number of these Elder Gods - the lower rank and file, if you will - decided to hold this ground, so enamored were they by the cults who spilled blood in their names.Those times are all but forgotten, obscured by the shifting mists of history.Fast forward to today, and a wrong turn on a country lane is about to expose Jennifer Bueller, and her daughter Megan, to an unpleasant truth: Yes, times have changed, but ancient deities will adapt in order to thrive.Abandoned space gods, an unfaithful husband, a sociopath rapist, and a broken society with a social welfare system that presents horrors of its own; lastly, though by no means least in this eclectic collection of stories, a flash fiction homage to James Herbert, featuring his most infamous creation....

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ISBN : 9781497432994
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Number of Pages : 94 Pages
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The Cthulhu Child Reviews

  • Gregor Xane
    2019-03-20 13:23

    David Brian is a classy writer. He's actually got style and sophistication. Even when he's telling us about death, dementia, and cannibalism, he does it with good manners. This is not to say that what he's writing isn't sufficiently macabre or horrific. Brian just delivers a dab of refinement with his monsters. The stories in this little collection are all good little horror pieces, with one notable exception (and this was a great story, just not horror per se). But, sadly, the stories taken separately are much better than the collection as a whole. The selections for this book didn't quite jive for me. The first two stories shared a key element that diminished the impact of both stories due to their being placed back-to-back. The best story of the bunch isn't technically a horror story at all (as noted above). However, this story, "Sugar Sweet," is easily the most disturbing and most effective piece in the book. I think there is an art (like flower arrangement?) to picking and placing stories in a collection. If this collection contained more stories, perhaps it would have been easier to avoid some of the placement pitfalls encountered here. But, as it stands, you'd be best served to buy this book and read the stories out of order, with a fair chunk of time between them. If you do that, I'd say you'll be quite pleased.

  • Jason Parent
    2019-03-20 09:21

    This collection of four stories from David Brian was deceptively deep, yet dark and disturbing. Alliteration aside, these stories ranged from good to perfect.The Cthulhu Child was the first story. If I had to guess, it came earlier in the author's career than the others. The other three are all technically infallible, but this one had a few minor typos, nothing that detracted from the story. My only real issue was that I'm not overly in love with Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and certainly am no expert, so grasping the Lovecraftian deities was impossible without research. Still, for fans of Lovecraft, this tale pays homage in a way that surely does not disappoint. For horror fans in general, a solid and unique read. Cthulhu mythos meets Invasion... 4 starsNext up was Losing Him. This story was masterfully written. Like the first tale, it is done from a strong female perspective. The only complaint I would have with this story is that its primary theme was a small element of the first story. The author's sinful delight? David Brian has serious talent, so in the anthology, I would have loved to have seen more diversity. Still, the point of view assumed in this piece was an excellent choice from which to craft the story that unfolds... 4 starsSweet Sugar is the third story. It is perfect. No word in it is wasted. It is beautiful, horrifying, and tear-jerking, all at the same time. I wouldn't necessary classify it as horror, though I do not fault the author for doing so. This moving piece is not only as good as some of the work of those fancy-schmancy elitist types who shun genre fiction as second-rate, but it outshines them. Literary fiction with power and class from a genre fiction specialist... 5+ starsThe last story is flash fiction. I generally hate flash fiction because usually the stuff I read does not qualify as a story in any sense of the word and its far too short to become invested in the plot or characters. Thankfully, Brian's story is longer than what I usually see and does tell and interesting tale that I rather enjoyed. I do not know how to rate flash fiction so I will leave the rating here blank.So... 4.333333333333333333333 (and so on) stars, by my calculation. This definitely wets my appetite for Brian's work. I look forward to reading more in the near future.

  • Angie
    2019-03-07 09:14

    This is a book of four short stories and the first is the longest of them.I liked Cathulhu Child lots, and the mother and daughter Jennifer and Meghan were very easy to like. The author wrote them extremely well and the trip they were on all of a sudden went from mundane to horror book crazy for Megan. Just looked like a fast food restaurant, but it was hiding big secrets. The conversation between Jennifer and her daughter had me laughing as well, so it was a good when all of a sudden things changed. Kingdom Falls was all told from a little girls POV and that made this little story fun as we see things from a child's perspective. Princess was happy in her life, and thought everyone loved her daddy as much as she did, but that wasn't the case and when he's put away things change. And as events play out the book takes a dark turn. And it does it so well. I was left thinking no way did that just happen. Not horror but horrific. Well written again and I was left wondering just what happens next.Of the last two, one was a short but sad look on when your mind starts forgetting things as we age, I could picture Sugar and her man well in my mind. And then the last one Losing Him. This had a really big yuck factor to it. The missing husband and beat upon wife. In just a few pages you can get a real feel for what her life had become. Again not a horror story in the sense of being scared but its the twist that all the stories in the book had. I can't wait to read more of David Brian's work and I can recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read that's a bit quirky but likes a surprise twist to things.

  • Janie C.
    2019-03-12 10:11

    This was a quick and entertaining collection of short horror stories. The monsters proved to be both human and otherworldly. There is also a flash fiction short that pays homage to James Herbert. The title story was my favorite.

  • Celeste
    2019-03-09 15:20

    The Cthulhu Child is a collection of 6 deliciously dark short stories. Now I love a good horror story. And over the years I’ve learnt that a great many things form part of the horror genre. There are of course monsters and beasties and ghosts and zombies and vampires and ghouls and everything in between. Then of course there is reality, which on its own can dark and horrifying without any help from the supernatural. I tend to steer away from the latter because it depresses me too much.This book is a blend of everything. The first story, The Cthulhu Child is a creepy little tale that will forever make me worry about taking a wrong turn. It is a story of a mother and daughter and what can happen when you end up at a little burger joint in the middle of nowhere. It especially worries me because the whole reason everything happens is that the daughter Megan needs to pee. I drink a lot of water, enough said.The second story Kingdom Falls has no supernatural elements in it, but still manages to be horrifying at the same time. I feel bad for the princess, I feel bad for the dog, I feel bad for the twins. So basically I feel bad for almost everyone. This is a big deal, because it is a teensy story as far as im concerned and I wouldn’t normally care about a character that is only going to last 15 minutes from start to finish. You know those little short stories that are like a line but still scare the crap out of you? I love those. That is what Every Single Night, the third story reminds me of. Short, sweet and completely evil.Sweet sugar wouldn’t be classified as horror. That is to say it doesn’t create the same sense of fear a zombie coming at you would. It’s far more real than that. Like losing your child. That’s the sort of fear it elicits.I loved how twisted Aphrodite Tears was and there’s not much I can say about it without giving to much away. Let’s just say as far as im concerned just desserts were given.The last story Losing Him reminds me of something worthy of Stephen King only like 600 pages shorter. It’s twisted, it’s dark, it’s well deserved.Now I know some people may be of the opinion that the story types are too varied but in my opinion that makes it a well rounded book. So if you like your short story collection to have a lil bit of this and a lil bit of that, this book is for you.I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. Just as a side note, i'm reading the revised edition which includes two additional stories. The first edition has just four, short stories.

  • David Brian
    2019-03-17 16:20

    Revised edition with added content:There are many different aspects to the world of horror, and all of them have their own particular place when it comes to providing scares for the reader.We all love monsters, regardless of whether they be vampires, werewolves, or tentacled monstrosities.Equally, literature is full of tales about masked 'slashers', those who hide in the shadows, and who are on an unstoppable quest to hunt us down.Sometimes though, we are confronted by events in the real world which can be as harrowing as any presented by creatures who stalk the night.Whilst not directly corresponding to the situations mentioned above, The Cthulhu Child provides a selection of darkly disturbing tales, each dealing with a separate element of the horror genre.I hope you enjoy

  • J K
    2019-03-21 12:15

    Brief but entertaining, though I didn't think Megan in the first story was quite such a brat to deserve...well, check out this enjoyable nibble of horror to get a taste yourself. Good creepy fun, Kingdom Falls was my favourite.

  • Harry Hunter
    2019-03-10 17:27

    This was only the third book I'd ever downloaded onto kindle, and although it was only short it contained some really interesting stories. I was moved by Sweet Sugar as it touched me on a personal level, but shan't say anymore as it would be a spoiler.

  • Jake Taylor
    2019-02-24 12:32

    This is a small book of four short stories, the first of which, The Cthulhu Child, will remind many, I’m sure, of a very popular television series of the past, The Twilight Zone. The narrative is clear, well written, although the two main characters are rather common; nothing seems to be out of the ordinary until you come near the end. All of a sudden, something happens that is very, very strange. It is surprising to the max; the tale becomes dark and unusual. The ending is climatic, unexpected, I dare to say, “diabolically beautiful”. The next three stories: “Losing Him”, “Sweet Sugar”, and “Every Single Night” are also unique, but you, as a reader, now sense that these are not going to be ordinary tales. You feel ‘more prepared for surprises’ as you read along, but to no avail, they will surprise you too, each on its own unique way.I would also like to point out that I have always enjoyed finding phrases or sentences that identify a talented writer, and here, Mr. David Brian produced several of them, but one that I find very evocative is: “…the landscape slopes away into an expanse of rural splendor,…” just magnificent.A great little book that you can read in about an hour; it deserves 5 Stars,Jake Taylor

  • Diane Lynch
    2019-03-24 10:20

    The Cthulhu Child is a story that proceeds a series of short stories. 21st century twilight zone. I thought I was reading the titled story that left my mouth hanging open as I turned the page to see a new story. Some of them are true life scary. Every one was a great read. You have no idea what's coming. I wanted to read something by this author. Many people recommended as s starter book. I am now a fan of David Brian.

  • David Brian
    2019-02-26 13:25

    Revised edition with added content:There are many different aspects to the world of horror, and all of them have their own particular place when it comes to providing scares for the reader.We all love monsters, regardless of whether they be vampires, werewolves, or tentacled monstrosities.Equally, literature is full of tales about those who hide in the shadows, and who are on an unstoppable quest to hunt us down.Sometimes though, we are confronted by events in the real world which can be as harrowing as any presented by creatures who stalk the night.Whilst not directly corresponding to the situations mentioned above, The Cthulhu Child provides a selection of darkly disturbing tales, each dealing with a separate element of the horror genre.

  • Stephen Cordingley
    2019-03-13 10:26

    With a title like The Cthulhu Child i was expecting tales centered around Lovecraft's mythos, whereas actually this was a short book of very unusual short stories. Only the title story relates to anything Lovecraft, and it is actually up for debate as to whether some of these tales qualify as horror. That being said, they are all of a dark nature and range from good to excellent. Two in particular, Sweet Sugar and Kingdom Falls, were superbly crafted stories that left me deeply moved. I read the whole book in under an hour, but it was time well spent.

  • Linzie
    2019-03-09 11:09

    Only a quick read, and a strange mix of stories but all were very good. Kingdom Falls and Sweet Sugar were exceptional. five plus stars!

  • Jeff Dawson
    2019-02-22 17:17

    Good CollectionThis is a tough one to rate. Why? The book is advertised as a work of horror. In many ways it is, in others it isn’t. The Cthulu story is more sci/fi with a hint of bone-chilling horror. Aphrodite’s Tears is more a work of suspense and terrible regret. “Losing Him” is an excellent, “gotcha ya.” Story. I came across some punctuation issues. This could be the difference between the common English language we in the states and those in the UK speak. They didn’t detract from the stories at all.I enjoyed the prose of each different story. I commend the author for being able to be diverse and flowing with each style. Very nice.Of the six shorts I’m going with Sugar and Kingdom Falls. Sugar covers a topic many of us with aging parents can relate to. An excellent tribute for families who are dealing with a parent enduring the ravages of time. Very well craftedKingdom Falls takes twists and turns which are very refreshing. This story appears to be taking place in medieval times, till you start reading. It’s an excellent shocker. Princess is an abused child who in the end reaps her revenge and it isn’t pretty. Well done.All in all, a four star work.

  • David Brian
    2019-03-24 13:23

    There are many different aspects to the world of horror, and all of them have their own particular place when it comes to providing scares for the reader.We all love monsters, regardless of whether they be vampires, werewolves, or tentacled monstrosities.Equally, literature is full of tales about masked 'slashers', those who hide in the shadows, and who are on an unstoppable quest to hunt us down.Sometimes though, we are confronted by events in the real world which can be as harrowing as any presented by creatures who stalk the night.Whilst not directly corresponding to the situations mentioned above, The Cthulhu Child provides a selection of darkly disturbing tales, each dealing with a separate element of the horror genre.I hope you enjoy. :)

  • Ros Burrage
    2019-03-16 15:17

    I was a little disappointed by not being terrified & freaked out by the stories in this book. The disturbing front cover suggested (to me) some really dark stories inside. But then I did stop watching the Saw movies after Saw4 because they bored me, so I guess I am really hard to scare-sorry David!The first story was for me the most gripping, but it ended up mostly how I suspected, no great surprises. I hope some of the stories were supposed to be amusing, because I was chuckling at a few of them. Honestly, I think I'm just weird. I think if anyone else read this book they would be at least a little freaked out/disturbed. I thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read it.

  • Kaddi
    2019-03-17 14:34

    Nice little book full of interesting stories, and each of which provided a very clever twist. A very good freebie read.

  • Janie
    2019-03-25 15:38

    Downloaded this for free and what a good little book it turned out to be. My favourite story was Sweet Sugar, and it actually brought tears to my eyes. Every Single Night is an homage to James Herbert,s The Rats, and I,m sure it would have raised a smile on the face of the horror master. This was a very good little read.

  • James Sunderland
    2019-03-12 10:21

    Well that was weird!

  • Laura Bosworth
    2019-03-03 09:25

    Confession time. My husband knows the author personally, and so my netter half has been twisting my arm to read this little book of six short stories for well over a year. I didn't really fancy it though, because i'm not into the whole Cthulhu thing.As it turned out, it was only the title story that related to the mythos, and this was actually a fun and gory little tale.I'm not sure whether all of these stories qualify as horror, at least not in any recognized sense, there are no werewolves, ghosts or vampires to be found here. That being said, all of the stories contain elements of creepiness, and some are downright unsettling. I particularly enjoyed Kingdom Falls & Losing Him, but the real gem in this collection is a story titled Sweet Sugar. It is not a horror story... and yet it is.

  • David Brian
    2019-03-09 11:20

    Revised edition with added content:There are many different aspects to the world of horror, and all of them have their own particular place when it comes to providing scares for the reader.We all love monsters, regardless of whether they be vampires, werewolves, or tentacled monstrosities.Equally, literature is full of tales about those who hide in the shadows, and who are on an unstoppable quest to hunt us down.Sometimes though, we are confronted by events in the real world which can be as harrowing as any presented by creatures who stalk the night.Whilst not directly corresponding to the situations mentioned above, The Cthulhu Child provides a selection of darkly disturbing tales, each dealing with a separate element of the horror genre.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-25 10:11

    This was a really unusual selection of stories, and not at all what I expected based on the cover. All were well written, but Sweet Sugar and Kingdom Falls were my favorites.

  • Sally Wren
    2019-02-28 16:31

    Very good 5+*