The Alchemist's Notebook was originally a movie that was in preproduction several years ago titled, The Cry of Cthulhu. Unfortunately the project, like many good intentions, never came to fruition. Their concept was an all new Cthulhu Mythos story to be put on film that would have done H.P. Lovecraft proud. At the time, there had been several poor attempts to place Lovecraft and his dreaded Necronomicon on the big screen. They had the notion to make an exciting, plus mind-boggling, Cthulhu movie that had the look and feel as if Lovecraft had stood behind the camera.
The Alchemist's Notebook embodies the same vision in a literary format. Mr. Craft endeavored to pen this Cthulhu Mythos novel as it may have been done if H.P. Lovecraft were alive in the 21st century. Nevertheless, The Alchemist's Notebook consists of three separate narratives that link together a single story, where when one account leaves off, the other continues leading you, the reader, through a terrifying Lovecraftian web of mystery, horror and apocalyptic doom.
The male protagonist, a shell-shocked Vietnam vet, and his wife, inherit an old country estate in Germany around the time that the husband’s company transfers him to the same area. The two soon discover that the coincidence is really too good to be true.
Their home, the schloss, rests near a timeworn door into the earth that is poised to open, exposing all to a horde of four-dimensional beings. Soon the line between our reality and that other space-time will be blurred forever, leaving mankind to be consumed by shrill, shrieking terror.
Only one man has the slimmest chance to save our planet and, even though he has no place to hide, he prefers to run.
Byron Craft has been known to refer to this work as The Alchemist's Notebook because it is the first in a five novel mythos series dealing with mankind’s internal, as well as, outward struggle to control his own destiny while encountering malicious beings from another time and space.
The cover and interior illustrations were done by the artist Tom Sullivan who is best known for his work on The Fly II, The Dread, Army of Darkness and Evil Dead 2.
Byron Craft hopes you will enjoy, in addition to being scared stiff, the first of his five part series…The Alchemist's Notebook
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