Short Story Review: “Nyarlathotep’s Way” by Tom Pinchuk

3 of 5 stars.

Lovecraft’s “old ones” remove the humanity of modern religions, often to explore horror or baser drives. These gods act as modern titans with an uneasy relationship to human society. This tale explores the rationale, or way, of one of these gods–Nyarlathotep, the transient god.

Serge, a Russian-born homeless musician in California, considers himself transient. In seeking something he can relate to and worship, he turns away from the standard religions of the society that has done little for him, and instead seeks the ancient god who might appreciate his service. After finding his way to a temple hidden among abandoned buildings, Serge entreats the indifferent surfer-dude clerk at the temple to intervene on his behalf. Serge seeks success, and is willing to sacrifice.

Tired of souls, the god accepts a ratty pair of sneakers and the worn socks of the indigent . . .

This tale appears in Whispers of the Abyss 2: The Horrors That Were and Shall Be edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through
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