Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas
Trade paperback format. Recommended. This mashup of the world of Kerouac with the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft is moody and terrific!
"Readers will be enthralled, chilled, and astonished." -- Tom Piccirilli, author of A Choir of Ill Children
Somewhere back in the 1960s, the stars align for the rising of Old R'lyeh from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The first witness to this portent of humanity's certain doom happens to be Jack Kerouac. The pioneering Beat author recognizes Cthulhu, H. P. Lovecraft's deity of cosmic entropy, as the source of modern-day conformity, commercialism, and complacency. Kerouac loses no time in recruiting fellow Beats Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs for a battle against the devastations of the Lovecraftian gods and their "Cult of Utter Normalcy." Together, the three set out on a road trip from California to New York to end the madness -- unless it overwhelms them first.
"A damned fine novel . . . Horror fans looking for something different will definitely enjoy this, and fans of the Beats should find more than enough good stuff here for them as well." -- Bookslut