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Salvage #3

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Olmstead stood on the shore and removed his clothes. He’d only been back there once in the past two years, after he’d salvaged Joe Sargent from the degrading pit that the upper-earth men were rotting him in. Olmstead was proud of liberating so many of his kin while avenging the unnatural deaths of those who’d fallen.

Innsmouth had been thoroughly razed by the bastard authorities, and their precious torpedoes had done for Devil Reef. It’d be a fair swim but Olmstead knew his great-great-grandmother would guide him home, as she’d done so many times in his dreams.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    The third and final part of my tribute to H.P. Lovecraft's, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". I wanted to call the piece, "We shall dwell amidst wonder and glory for ever" but didn't have enough room in the title field!

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    Drew Martyn about 3 years ago

    A fabulous triple that makes me want to go back and read more Lovecraft. It's definitely got that earth as a vital element character that I recognise (from the little HPL I've read!!). Nice one.

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    Richard Charles Davidson about 3 years ago

    Just got done rereading a bunch of HP. A fitting tribute. Good job, Horrorshow.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Drew and Richard. I'm really pleased that you both got something out of my little trilogy. :-)

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    Thanks for the kind words, Samantha! Lovecraft is definitely not for everyone so I'm not sure if he'd be your cup of tea, but his work and view of the universe certainly resonates with me. :-)

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    Jonathan Mills about 3 years ago

    I'd have liked to have seen some mutation in Olmstead, to really drive home the Dagon thing - the frog-like mutations were the real star of the show in the original, and resonate with the use of the word "croaked" in the other two part, but that's probably just me - nice job.

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    Josh Peters about 3 years ago

    I find a drabble works best as a complete story. This series does that for the most part but I found "Salvage" the strongest.

    Either way, I enjoy Lovecraft stories and Innsmouth in particular. Thanks!

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    Jonathan Mills about 3 years ago

    Also, audible has a really good version of this story to download, in case anyone's tempted to try it but doesn't have a lot of reading time free. The reading's got a certain atmosphere that really adds to the story.

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    Horrorshow about 3 years ago

    @Jonathan - Thank you for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the drabble. With hindsight I completely agree; I should've at least hinted at an "evolution" in Olmstead's physical traits.

    @Josh - Thanks a lot for the comments. Delighted that you got something out of the series and that there is another HPL fan here on at drablr.com!

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