The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril: (Hardcover)
Simon & Schuster, 9780743287852, 384pp.
Publication Date: May 23, 2006
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Return to 1937, when America is turning to the pulps for relief from the Depression, and meet Walter Gibson, the mind behind "The Shadow," and his rival for the top-selling spot on the nation's newsstands, Lester Dent, creator of "Doc Savage." The murder of Gibson's friend H. P. Lovecraft -- victim of a mysterious death that literally makes the skin crawl -- is about to bring these two writers face to face with a peril sprung from the pulps.
"The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril" is at once a valentine to an old-fashioned genre as well as a modern, meta-literary examination of the classic hero pulp. From the palaces and battlefields of warlord-plagued China to the seedy waterfronts of Providence, Rhode Island; from frozen seas and cursed islands to the dizzying and labyrinthine alleys and tunnels of lower Manhattan, Dent and Gibson, joined by the young pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard and a host of colorful characters, finally step out from behind the shadows of their creations to take part in a heroic journey far greater than any story they have imagined as they race to stop a madman destined to create a new empire born of, and based in, pure, gaseous evil.
"The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril" is a swashbuckling romantic tale of writersand writing, magic and love, marriage and fatherhood, and ambition and loss that weaves the true lives of its real-life characters into a fictional epic.