I am excited to reveal the cover for middle-grade, action-adventure, paranormal, horror, science-fiction BILLY LOVECRAFT SAVES THE WORLD by Billy Lovecraft, which is scheduled for release November 13, 2014. The stunning cover was designed by Andy Garcia.
Saves the World
Description:By Billy Lovecraft
The last thing Billy Lovecraft’s parents sent him before the crash was a photo of something on the wing of their plane.
Now he’s stuck with a horrible and heart-breaking mystery: What was that awful creature, and why were his parents targeted?
It’s up to Billy to gather a team of like-minded kids and lead them through a dark new reality where the monsters are real, not everyone is who they seem to be, and an ancient alien wants to devour the world.
Billy Lovecraft guest post for Coffee, Books & Art
Shoggoth Eradication 101
To defeat a gross adversary like the Shoggoth, you gotta know what they are and where they come from. I'm twelve, and even I know that.
Shoggoths are protoplasmic, vaguely intelligent creatures that can form eyes, mouths and appendages at will. Imagine a squishy, translucent slug the size of a bus. And it's just peppered with random eyes and strange limbs.
They were originally bioengineered and bred to be used as slave labor by an ancient race of aliens named Elder Things. The Elder Things controlled the Shoggoths via hypnosis, so there wasn't any particular need for the Shoggoths to be intelligent.
In fact, the Elder Things were pretty darn scared of the Shoggoths gaining independent thought. And possibly rebelling.
But, whoops, wouldn't you know it: That's exactly what happened.
The Shoggoths mutated, got themselves some smarts, and rebelled.
The Elder Things were able to stop them, but it didn't matter. The Elder Things' time as a civilization drew to a close. And the remaining Shoggoths continue to live—even going so far as to imitate the culture of the fallen masters, often being heard screaming "Takeli-li! Takeli-li!"
In general, Shoggoths are only found near the Elder Things' last city at the Mountains of Madness. Though there have been sightings in Innsmouth, Massachusetts and—as I learned—Montclair, New Jersey.
The issue at stake is the apparent fact that Shoggoths can be summoned to a location by a powerful cultist or cult priest. Said whackadoo cultist can then use hypnosis to control the creature, turning the horrible, gelatinous jerks into squishy assassins.
There's no practical, complete protection against Shoggoths or Shoggoth incursions. Sorry. These are strong mamajamas who can squish through plumbing pipes and under the cracks in your doors. A vault like Lovecraft HQ's Library will work. Or at least stop it from getting in. But even then, there's no way out for any of us human-types.
Which leads us to more esoteric options.
Magic is a solid go-to. As long as you've got experts. I employ two such dudes (Metal Max and Sweet-tooth) with the Cthulhu Detective Squad—and all members are required to be at least somewhat familiar with the processes required.
Now, as for what actually works, we've found a few choices. The Dark Breaker sigil can sever the connection between a Shoggoth and its master. The obvious issue is getting close enough to use it. So it's not super practical. Another choice is a spell called The Call of Elsewhere—which teleports the Shoggoth... well, elsewhere. This is a temporary solution at best. Because that Shoggoth will come back. So instead, we recommend either the Star's Burning Gaze, which will immolate the nasty sucker, or the Vortex Whirl, which will disintegrate it and transport it to a nearby dimension.
Mind you, we've never figured out where this dimension is, but it's probably a real rotten place by now. Don't go there.
The Cthulhu Detective Squad's preferred method is handled by another one of our experts: science/tech guru Big Jim. He created out patented Tesla Cannons. Man, those things kick butt. They're basically lightening throwers. We use them to cook Shoggoths, Cthulhu Spawn, and all kinds of bad guys.
The best thing about it is there's almost nothing left of the monsters when we're done. Just ash. Charred dust.
I understand that these options might not be available to all of you. So if nothing else...
Or get in touch with the Cthulhu Detective Squad. We can help.
Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://twitter.com/BillyLovecraft.
Don't worry. We're professionals.