Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard

Carter & Lovecraft

The start of a thrilling supernatural series that brings the H.P. Lovecraft mythos into the twenty-first century, optioned by Warner Bros TV.Daniel Carter used to be a homicide detective, but his last case-the hunt for a serial killer-went wrong in strange ways and soured the job for him. Now he's a private investigator trying to live a quiet life. Strangeness, however, has not finished with him. First he inherits a bookstore in Providence from s...

Details Carter & Lovecraft

TitleCarter & Lovecraft
Release DateOct 20th, 2015
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
Number of pages306 pages
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Lovecraftian, Supernatural, Science Fiction

Reviews Carter & Lovecraft

  • Dan Schwent
    After his partner killed himself at a crime scene, Dan Carter quit the police force and became a private investigator. When a man he never met leaves him a used bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island, Carter meets Emily Lovecraft, his new employee. A string of impossible deaths plunges them into a web of insanity that might destroy the world...I got this from Netgalley. Fuckin' A!First off, I've never thought H.P. Lovecraft was a great writer and ...
  • Magdalena
    Daniel Carter, ex-homicide detective, but now private investigator is quite surprised when he learns that he has inherited a bookstore in Providence from someone he has never heard of. Emily Lovecraft is surprised and not so happy about it, she is the manager of the bookstore, and have been that for the last seven years since the owner of the bookstore disappeared. She is also H.P. Lovecraft's last descendant. Lovecraft, the man who wrote storie...
  • Althea Ann
    Trepidation was my main feeling going into this book, after reading the description. It sounded intriguing, but it also sounded like an awful lot could go wrong, with the Cthulhu Mythos meeting the modern paranormal-investigation/urban fantasy genre.I'm pleased to report that not only did Jonathan Howard pull it off, this book far exceeded my expectations.Dan Carter is a private detective in the classic vein, a bit lonely, a bit damaged from his ...
  • Emma
    3.5 stars rounded down. An enjoyable easy read and modern take on the Lovecraftian tradition. I believe this was written for tv or taken up for tv and it read a little like that to me.
  • Steve
    4.5 starsI received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This was very well written, very intense, and a very fun read. I'm not very familiar with HP Lovecraft's writings and mythos, but knew enough to be able to follow the thought processes in this book. I'm sure there was some that was over my head.That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Along with the elder-gods mythos, there was almost a noir-like atmosphere to this bo...
  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    Let me start by saying that I might be a bit biased. H.P. Lovecraft's ideas have that effect on me and it's a joy when someone takes them to a whole new level. It happened here.That being said, Carter & Lovecraft is an extraordinary addition to this genre. I am trying to articulate what is exactly that Jonathan L. Howard has done here. I loved it.This wonderful book with such an unassuming title hides an incredible story of an ex-cop who sees som...
  • F. Paul
    I read a advance copy of this. So much Lovecraftian fiction misses the point. You want to shake the author and shout, 'Weren't you paying attention?' Jonathan L. Howard gets it right and offers a delightfully original (and non-Euclidean) twist on the mythos and H.P. Lovecraft himself.
  • Jason
    5 Stars Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard combines some of my favorite genres as well as one of my favorite heroes and puts them together into one awesome read. This is a hardboiled mystery with a main hero and P.I. named Daniel Carter who tries his best to not be a stereotypical gumshoe.Carter & Lovecraft is the second novel that I have read by Howard and I was a fan of his after reading The Necromancer. This book is a detective story tha...
  • Tom Mathews
    My thanks to the folks at the Horror Aficionados group for selecting this book as the February audio group selection, this giving me the opportunity to read and discuss it, and many other fine books, with others.I really enjoyed this book. It provided a good mix of horror and comedy that reminded me of the old TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. The interpersonal dynamic between ex-cop turned private eye Dan Carter and antiquarian bookstore ma...
  • Shadowdenizen
    I was introduced to the works of HP Lovecraft (and his circle) at a very young age, and my abiding love of weird/Lovecraftian fiction has stuck with me through the years. As a result, I've read alot (A LOT) of Lovecraft homages, pastiches, sequels, prequels, and themed anthologies.But typically the worst of the worst in the Lovecraft genre (whether it be film or books) is the hoary premise of "Lovecraft's Descendents must safeguard the world from...
  • Lea
    I think I would have enjoyed this one a lot more if I'd been more familiar with H.P. Lovecraft's works. I love this author's Johannes Cabal books, so I'm disappointed I didn't like this one more.Still, interesting characters and an intriguing plot kept me reading, and I'll probably check out the next book in this (probable) series.
  • Oscar
    El detective privado Dan Carter, que dejó de ser policía tras el suicidio de su compañero en el momento en que atraparon a un asesino en serie, recibe un buen día una herencia inesperada. Se trata de una propiedad en la ciudad de Providence, pero cuando Carter acude al lugar, descubre que en realidad es un negocio en vigor, una librería regentada por Emily Lovecraft, una joven afroamericana, última descendiente del famoso escritor. Al mismo...
  • Wart Hill
    I absolutely loved this. It's strange and bizarre and freaky and wonderful. And Emily Lovecraft is a phenomenally fantastic character and I adore her.
  • Christine
    Daniel Carter is a homicide detective wrapping up the “Child Catcher” serial killer case. The perp is sitting, gut-shot, in the corner bleeding out but with a big smile on his face while Charlie Hammond; Carter’s partner, puts his service revolver to his own head and pulls the trigger.Nothing could possibly explain what happened in that room and Daniel resigns from the police force to hang out his shingle as a private investigator. He is qu...
  • Latasha
    this book was a lot of fun. from the giggle worthy chapter titles to the interaction with HPL's mythos, it's all fun. then the ending? dun duh dun! my favorite part was Waites' Bill. Those Waites women!
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    'Carter & Lovecraft' is a fun science fiction (?!?!) mystery, but I was most impressed by the modern snap (21st century) of the dialogue in this movie-ready action story written by Jonathan L. Howard. The conversations of characters throughout the novel crackled with Howard's comeback wit and implied American English comic vocal emphasis sounds only actors and writers with that ear memory can do. Because I think the dialogue DOES often reflect fo...
  • Mandapanda
    Totally gripping beginning. I don't think I took a breath until around the 20% mark. I love the mix of paranormal with crime/mystery. This book fuses the two different genres really well and adds a little dash of creepy horror. Definitely on board for book 2.
  • Lena
    "'What is that?' She said it in a faint tone of complaint. As if to say the universe was simply being unreasonable now and she would like a return to some sort of decorum." - Emily Lovecraft (channeling a little Scully)Oh my that ended well! I want to read more Lovecraft immediately! Daniel Carter, a Bostonian ex cop(view spoiler)[ and relative of the (non) fictional Randolph Carter (hide spoiler)], inherits an Antiquarian Bookstore run by Emil...
  • Jason Golomb
    Originally posted at fantasyliterature.comDetectives Dan Carter and Charlie Hammond have finally tracked down and cornered the perverse serial killer known as The Child-Catcher. Found in his own home, the detectives move in, focused on a speedy capture, before the Child-Catcher performs his bizarre version of open-brain surgery. Charlie takes the lead, turns up a flight of stairs and Carter hears a shot ring out. He follows, and sees the Child-Ca...
  • Mindi
    Gah, I am so behind on my book reviews! It seems like it's been forever since I read this, but it really hasn't. All rambling aside, I really enjoyed Carter & Lovecraft.Part hard-boiled noir, part weird fiction, this book is a fitting homage to the Lovecraft mythos. It has all the things that I love about Lovecraft, and none of the things I hate. Howard thumbs his nose at H.P.'s penchant for racism by giving him a fictional African American desce...
  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    12/17: Really enjoyed this! I was wondering how he'd make this into the series until the end. That was really clever. I totally didn't see that coming.My one complaints were all the references to mind blowing experiences and the evil villain. I did like the villain though. I thought it was a bit silly.12/16: Liking this so far. A black girl as 'Lovecraft' was well played, Howard. Well played.I feel at a disadvantage being that I've never been abl...
  • Brian
    I loved this! It's strange and creepy and eerie and teeters on the edge of madness in just the precise way I wanted it to....making it hard to put down.I loved this!
  • Jarrod Scarbrough
    I enjoyed this one. I see that not everybody has liked it, but I found it engrossing. But then, I will admit to loving almost anything Lovecraftian. This had a fun twist on the typical Lovecraftian tale. A gumshoe and a bookstore owner cross paths and we find that they are descendants of HPL and Randolph Carter (who, we learn wasn't so fictional after all). Great tale, I hope there are more Carter and Lovecraft adventures in the works!
  • Joe
    This is the perfect literary fusion of two of my favorite things: Detective lit and Lovecraft. In "Carter & Lovecraft" the descendants of H.P. and Randolph through some crazy shenanigans have a book store together. Stuff starts to get weird and wonderfully so. The ending is Lovecraftian in every sense of the word and make me hope, hope, hope that there is a sequel in the works.
  • Peter Bradley
    Please give me a helpful vote at heirs of Lovecraft.So, it seems that Lovecraft was not simply a writer with social anxiety issues; rather, he was writing a secret history of a secret world that his ancestor would have to unravel.Dan Carter is a New York detective who found a serial child murder. The child murder was using the children for research into the true nature of the world. Because Carter's par...
  • Laura
    Wherein the last scion of the House of Lovecraft and the last scion of the house of Randolph Carter are drafted into fighting – well, not Lovecraftian monsters, but something eldritch all the same. Dastardly mathematicians wielding set theory and mysterious lawyers wielding testamentary documents oh my. This Lovecraft isn’t the one who peered past the Enlightenment into the darkness made visible and imagined ancient horrors. This is a Lovecra...
  • Annie
    In the past, when I’ve talked to fans of H.P. Lovecraft, readers always use the same adjectives: eldritch, insane, incomprehensible. A little further reading on Wikipedia* gave me a bit more information on the king of the weird. Someone manages to discover and tap into a weird power beyond kenning and ends up insane or dead. I bring all this up because the main character in Jonathan L. Howard’s Carter & Lovecraft, comes to a Lovecraftian stor...
  • Angel
    Copyright Night Owl Reviews I chose Carter and Lovecraft because I was looking for something different. Well, I am glad to say that I found it! To me, this book had a Sleepy Hollow feel to it. The TV show, not the original story. Lovecraft is to Carter what Crane is to Mills. I felt their relationship was that close. It's not that they spent a lot of time getting to know each other, but they just seemed to fit perfectly together like finally comp...
  • Don Nutting
    This book was the epitome of bait and switch and was a huge let down. The beginning chapters are very well written and then the book nose dives into a story that is almost unreadable. By the first few chapters you are hooked and you hope the writer pulls out of the tailspin. He doesn't. The ending is boring and by then you've committed yourself to a time waste.The cover is beautiful for a Cthulu fan. Forget about it. It is a terrific lure for Cth...
  • Joanne Hall
    I’ll probably get drummed out of the fantasy writer equivalent of the Groucho for this, but I’ve never been a fan of H P Lovecraft. Quite aside from some of his more unpleasant character traits, the actual writing has always left me with a feeling of “so what?” no matter how many words like “fecund” and “gibbous” and “Non-Euclidian” are bandied about…Having said that, I do like Jonathan L Howard, commissioned to write “Car...