Imagine that the destruction of H. P. Lovecraft’s Deep Ones foothold village of Innsmouth resulted in the survivors being placed in internment camps (with the Japanese). And further, imagine a survivor, Alpha Marsh, recruited by the U.S. Government to help them determine if the Russians have stolen body-swapping secrets from Miskatonic University. So far, so good. But Winter Tide does not live up to its promise. The story sags in the middle. It goes on too long (366 pages). And, if you’re going to write a faux-Lovecraft novel, there better be a lot of dread lurking in those pages. Unfortunately, the story bogs down and tedium sets in. Disappointing. GRADE: C

7 thoughts on “WINTER TIDE (THE INNSMOUTH LEGACY) By Ruthanna Emrys

    1. george Post author

      Patti, I spare you most of the “C,” “D,” and “F” books and movies I encounter. But WINTER TIDE has been getting good reviews. I found it long, meandering, and tedious.

      1. Jeff Meyerson

        I agree. LOVECRAFT COUNTRY was not only entertaining in and of itself, but it had something to say.

      2. george Post author

        Jeff, I thought the interconnected stories really worked well in LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. I hope there’s a sequel in the works!

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