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Strange Eons

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Robert Bloch

Strange Eons is Robert Bloch's homage to his old mentor and correspondent, H.P. Lovecraft. Taking names and incidents mentioned in Lovecraft's tales, Bloch (best known for the novel Psycho) weaves a story surrounding three individuals who run afoul of … see full wiki

Author: Robert Bloch
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Date Published: June 1979
1 review about Strange Eons

Bloch at his best and a tribute to the master

  • Jun 25, 2009
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Robert Bloch, as a teenager, was one of the "Lovecraft circle".  In fact, the early stories Bloch published were primarily pastiches of Lovecraft's ideas.  In this, he certainly was not alone.  After all, Brian Lumley and Ramsey Campbell did much the same thing, and both of them are major horror voices now.  Bloch went on to write some 40 novels and 250 short stories, including his most successful by far, the novel PSYCHO. 

STRANGE EONS is a pure Lovecraft novel, and throughout makes reference to all of the major Lovecraft stories and creations.  I don't like to give too much away, but if you enjoy Cthulhu, Nyarlethotep and the other critters, you will love this novel.

As an aside, I met Mr Bloch in Providence, Rhode Island in 1967.  I was stationed on a destroyer in Newport, and one weekend I went to Providence just to see where Lovecraft once walked.  I met Muriel Eddy, the widow of Clifford M Eddy, a good friend of Lovecraft, and was invited to her home for "high tea".  Bloch was a houseguest.  I was amazed at his humor, his courtesy to a young fan and his grace and charm.  We talked a bit about horror writers, and how normal most of their lives were, and he actually commented to me "Oh yes, most of us are perfectly normal.  Beneath it all, I have the heart of a small boy.  I keep it in a jar on my desk".

I'm not sure that this book is still in print, but I have seen it for sale fairly cheaply on eBay.  If you can find it, and can afford it, it is well worth reading.

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July 16, 2009
That's something Forry Ackerman used to like to say as well. Only he kept it on his desk somewhere under all the letters.
July 16, 2009
I have no idea who said it first, but I heard it first from Bloch.
July 16, 2009
My bet is that it might actually be older than both of them, but if I had to pick between the two of them I'd choose Forry.
July 16, 2009
I'm really not sure. I do know that Bloch had one warped sense of humor, though. Warped in the sense of "gee, I wish I'd said that"
July 16, 2009
Forry was the eternal jokester and he was one whole year older, more or less, so that's why I'm giving him the honor.
July 16, 2009
I do know that he had one hell of a sense of humor. I was not aware that it was as dark as Bloch's, though. I liked Ackerman's writing, but I haven't read him nearly as much as I have Bloch and the other Lovecraft Circle. In fact, most of Ackermans' stuff I've read, he has been editor rather than writer
July 17, 2009
I've never really read any of Forry's stuff other than a little tame X-rated story he had in a magazine once that he sent to me. He wrote under some pen names I know and did some collaborations, but bascially I think he was an editor.
July 17, 2009
There were some stories in some of the early paperback collections that were by him. They weren't bad. I do have several books he edited, though, and all were good.
July 17, 2009
Some of his mild porn was lesbian stuff and he wrote under female pen names, or so I've heard.
July 17, 2009
I didn't know that.
July 17, 2009
You probably didn't really want to know it either.
July 17, 2009
Oh, I don't know. I was Navy. I've read my share of porn.
 
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