THE ELDER ICE By David Hambling

I’d like to thank for recommending this book. The Elder Ice is a 74-page tale of what Ernest Shackleton really found on his Antarctic explorations is narrated by ex-boxer Harry Stubbs. Stubbs works for a legal firm and finds himself involved in the famous polar explorer’s legacy which is full of Lovecraftian secrets. David Hambling has really done his homework on Shackleton. I learned a lot about Antarctic exploration with a Mythos twist. I enjoyed this unusual story and I’m eager to read more of David Hambling’s work! GRADE: A-
The Elder Ice (2014)
Broken Meats (2015)
Alien Stars (2017)
Shadows from Norwood (2013)
The Dulwich Horror & Others (2015)
Short Fiction
A Question of Blood (2016)
The Mystery of the Cursed Cottage (2017)

12 thoughts on “THE ELDER ICE By David Hambling

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    Don’t know him, but looks interesting, especially the collection THE DULWICH HORROR. I can hear Rick groaning already!

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, what makes THE ELDER ICE stand above most of the Lovecraft pastiches is Hambling’s attention to detail. I have Hambling’s other books on order.

  2. David Hambling

    So glad you liked it!
    …and I do hope you enjoy the sequel, which has a curious connection to Conan Doyle not mentioned in the story.

    PS The fourth Harry Stubbs adventure, Master of Chaos, was published last month.

    1. george Post author

      David, I’m a big fan of Lovecraft pastiches. Creating a character like Harry Stubbs to narrate these adventures was a bold move! I’m looking forward to reading that Sherlock Holmes-Lovecraft mashup! I’ll order MASTER OF CHAOS (a Trump memoir?) today!

      1. David Hambling

        Thank you – not a mashup, but there is a connection. Stubbs would love to be Holmes, but he’s only just about Watson…

        ((There’s also a story in the Dulwich Horror & Others called The Norwood Builder, echoing The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, which you might like. Or not!))

      2. george Post author

        David, last week was SHERLOCK HOLMES WEEK on this blog. I reviewed a couple of Holmes-Lovecraft mashups (the publishing industry seems to put one out each month!). I’ll be reading all of your books in the months ahead! Keep up the Good Work!

    1. george Post author

      Todd, I knew that Stubbs-Clement connection, but didn’t make the connection to David Hambling’s work until you mentioned it!

  3. Rick Robinson

    We’re having our gutters replaced today. It’s 39 degrees and raining. I don’t envy those guys. The gutters we have now are original to the house (1996), we’re getting Leaf Guard, since we have a lot of trees including many conifers.

    1. george Post author

      Rick, we had new gutters installed when we got our new roof a few years ago. But, I’m considering a variation of Leaf Guard. I’m way past the age of getting on a ladder to clean the gutters.


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