Dan Harms’ “The Host From the Hill”
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Few reference books have me heading to the bookshelf as often as Dan Harms’ Encyclopedia Cthulhuiana. His matchless knowledge of mythos lore and historical grimoires led me to lure him to his first fiction sale. “The Host From the Hill” proves my instincts right, and Dan a talent to watch.
He drafts as his action hero the historical figure John Georg Hohman, 19th century compiler of the magical recipe collection The Long-Lost Friend. In snowy Berks County, PA, Hohman’s nose for occult books leads him to an alarming letter, backwoods ritualists, and a deftly rendered aerial battle.
Dan Harms is a librarian and author living in upstate New York. He is best known for his books The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia (Elder Signs) and The Necronomicon Files (Weiser). He has written numerous pieces for the Call of Cthulhu game and served on the editorial boards of such august publications as Worlds of Cthulhu and The Unspeakable Oath. At this time, he is finishing work on an annotated edition of The Long-Lost Friend, the author of which is the protagonist of “The Host from the Hill.” Dan can be found blogging at Papers Falling from an Attic Window.