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Publisher's Summary

The Necronomicon was not the first book by H.P. Lovecraft to terrify readers with tales of dark and twisted horrors from beyond. No, the Al-Azif, or Book of the Insect, is the first work that told mankind of Cthulhu, Azathoth, and other terrors. Indeed, it was the book that inspired "The Mad Arab" Abdul Al-Hazred to write its more famous successor.

Join us for a collection of novellas written by some of the best Neo-Lovecraftian authors today: Matthew Davenport (Andrew Doran, The Trials of Obed Marsh), David Hambling (Harry Stubbs, The Dulwich Horror), David J. West (Porter Rockwell, Redneck Eldritch), David Niall Wilson (The Call of Distant Shores), and C. T. Phipps (Cthulhu Armageddon) in telling stories of this mysterious book.

Find out where the nightmares began!

©2019 Charles Phipps, David Niall Wilson, David J. West, Matthew Davenport, David Hambling (P)2021 David N. Wilson

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Amazing!

I've bought a few Lovecraftian collaboration books with a few of the same authors and I'm never disappointed. Please keep making these!

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A Different View of Lovecraft's Mythos

I have many Lovecraft/Cthulhu anthologies and collections and I must say this became one of my favorites. I love the inter-connectedness of the stories, Each one is enjoyable on its own, but when they become connected they are even better. I have read some of C.T. Phipps other works, and I was glad to see a continuation of the Cthulhu Apocalypse stories. I am even more excited now to read the other works of West, Hambling, Wilson, and especially Davenport! Matthew Davenport's story and Joshua Saxon's narration gave me the same visceral experience as playing Call of Cthulhu! It is very rare for me to find a story that I enjoy as much as the game I have been playing for over 30 years! Great Book, Great Narrator and a great listening experience!

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Not for everyone, it's a preference!

Tales of the Al-Azif by C.T. Phipps and other great others is a book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is an anthology of stories all with the Al-Azif theme. A good variety of horror stories but my favorite was Cockroach Suckers because it has the most humor, although dark, to go along with the fun horror!
Great narration!

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Great palate cleanser

Loved this collection! Interesting stories and good clear author voices. Not my usual fare, but perfect after listening to several omnibus collections. Narrator is top drawer and has incredible range. I recommend this whole heartedly.

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Eldritch Epicness!

Really enjoyed all of these stories. Kept me enthralled to the end. 5 out of 5 tentacles!

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Another Awesome Collection

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It feels rude to start a review off with how great the narrator was, but I have to do so in this case. I think the main reason is, Saxon crushes it... but the secondary reason is that each story is so interesting and unique that I won't be able to take the time to describe them all in detail like I want to. Just know if you're going into this - it's well written and even better performed.

I'm a sucker for anything C.T. Phipps. I can't get enough of his style of writing. But what that's done is introduce me to not only full genres I wouldn't have read (this being one of them) but also to lots and lots of great authors that I wouldn't have given a chance to. Including people that he's looked up to like David Niall Wilson. Tales of The Al-Azif was a collection of stories, similar to the "first book" (hesitant to call it that but it's basically another collection similar to that one) - Tales of Yog-Sothoth. (It also reminds me of the formatting/pacing of the other collection of stories that Crossroad Press did in Jobs Stranger Than Fiction).

So, more about the book - it's a really interesting collection of stories. All of which jump off of the page in some way. Each one of them is interesting in its own way. Standouts for me included C.T. Phipps and David J. West's stories. They seemed to jump out even more. Phipps because I love his style and I think West's just surprised me the most (in a good way).

Overall, Tales of The Al-Azif is a must-read for Lovecraftian fans. But it's also just a great collection of stories that any reader should enjoy. I absolutely love the format of books like this because I can pick to read a whole story in a sitting, or multiple if I want. But they're long enough to make them great short stories or novellas but short enough to make them "bite-sized" and easy to read quickly.

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Awesome!

I loved it! I've been waiting for quite some time for more of C. T. Phipps Cthulhu Armageddon. Excellent series! Tales of the Al-Azif, A Cthulhu Mythos Anthology gives a nice little short story from that series as well as several other short stories about the Al-Azif, which is another book similar to, but worse than the Necronomicon. Very cool collection of stories and great narrators! I hope these authors do more collaborations like this!

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Great Stories Super Amazing Narrator

Loved this book so much I listened to it twice already! The narrator will blow your mind! I love these stories because they are long enough to not feel like a tease but short enough to fit them into your empty spaces throughout the day and really enjoy them! Intriguing, creepy and occasionally cringy but absolutely wonderful!

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Worth reading!

I like this one. This starts off right and the opening story gets you into the feel of the rest of the book. This would easily be my favorite book by CT Phipps, but I'm a sucker for his Cthulhu Armageddon series.

There are some real gems in here. Speaking of Cthulhu Armageddon, The Last Page is a story from that world. My favorite in here is the first story, The Skull on the Desk.

The narrator does a pretty decent job. I own this in paperback and am looking forward to more of these anthologies.

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““Jesus f***ing Christ on a popsicle stick”

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but I took a chance and I’m really glad I did!
A good, solid mix of stories from different authors, all of which are good and I’ll definitely be looking out for some of them again!
Amazing narration; I was even convinced it was different narrators for a while as the books are read in completely different voices! Brilliantly done.
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.