It is a story told many times in the century since the Great Martian Invasion - of a devastating and irresistible assault, of mankind in panicked flight, and of humanity's miraculous salvation. Every man and woman, girl, and boy across the globe knows the tale and hears it with reverence and gratitude. And yet - is that the whole story? Did the invaders have all the advantages? All the technology? Not all the brains were on their side. Not all the guile. Certainly not all the ruthless determination.
It's been a quiet week in Arkham, Massachusettes, up there north of Boston, where the hills rise wild. Garrison Keillor meets H. P. Lovecraft in this masterful blend of two classic, and yet completely opposite storytelling styles.
Cletius Tremaine, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at Miskatonic University, has seen a number of very strange and frightening things. Yet for the most frightening he did not have to travel to the deserts of Africa or the lush jungles of Asia or even the lofty peaks of the Andes. For that he had to go to the lethargic little town of Blankenship, Georgia and the Malatowa Mounds.
Ever notice sounds? I mean really notice them? I do. I don't have any choice, not since I fell into The Loop. And what's The Loop? It's a world - a world of sounds and narration, of incidental music and special effects. The Loop is ambiance, implication, and the subtle - and not-so-subtle - manipulations of the Off-Mike People. But people are the same on or off The Loop, a distressing fact that always seems to add up to Blues for Johnny Raven.
A mother huddles fearfully in her living room with her sleeping son. All she wants is to be left alone with Kyle, but the DEA agents are at the door to protect him...from her.