Short Story Review: “Kickstarter” by Richard Lee Byers

1 of 5 stars.

This humor piece is all gimmick without story as it spoofs a kickstarter donor ad while plugging in terms, entities and places from the Lovecraft universe. Appropriate for Mad Magazine perhaps more than a literary anthology, the item provides more insights into the kickstarter ads that it spoofs than into Lovecraft which it purports as its subject.

Many of Lovecraft’s main topics, subjects, and locales get dragged into the ad: Dunwich, MA, Miskatonic, Cthulhu, R’lyeh, Eldritch, Squamous, and Azathoth. The names are dropped, but little context is given.

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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