If you’re new to The Masked Figures series, or if you’re a fan of H. P. Lovecraft’s “cosmos of dream and memory” you may enjoy The Caves of Doom by F.95zone. I actually hadn’t read the whole thing yet when I saw it in review. So let me catch you up here. The Caves of Doom is a fascinating look at ancient times and the possibilities of the unknown. The tale begins with the death of an apparently innocent girl on her first day at a new school, leaving behind a note for her parents.
With much concern, her father sets out to the town of Miskatonic to investigate. Arriving there he discovers the townspeople practicing androgyny – a craft that seems deformed and unnaturally slow. The father further discovers that the girl’s death has left behind a scar on her shoulder. The girl in the hospital has no memory of what occurred prior to her fall.
When confronted with evidence that the town is practicing satanic rituals, the police decide to investigate. Together they learn that this boy has a unique ability – he can read minds.
In order to use his gift, they must go deep into the caves. The Caves of Doom is the perfect place for androgyny. After a few frightening experiences, the boys manage to get their thrills. I won’t give it away – the writing is excellent, and you can tell that a lot of effort has gone into it.
A couple of things make The Caves of Doom stand out from other tales of androgyny. There is barely a picture, and there are even very few words.
One of the most memorable scenes is when the brothers discover a skull that has a headstone carved in it. The brothers become almost animal-like, and the novel takes on a disturbing undertone.
What really makes The Caves of Doom stand out is the way the author handles the reader’s disbelief. You can almost feel the blood rising inside you as you read these deeply disturbing words.
The Caves of Doom by JaniceOtherwise is available as an e-book, a book, and a hardcover edition. If you love and find horror, fantasy, romance, and humor, then this series is for you. You will be happy to add The Caves of Doom to your reading list.
The series begins with “The Necromancer”. Two high school friends – Zach and Lane – stumble upon an old Gothic mansion. Inside, they discover an ancient, dank cellar. While they are there, they meet the enigmatic Lordvessel. He claims to have secret knowledge about the future of humanity, and asks the boys to kill one another in order to test their strength.
When the unsuspecting Lane stabs Zach in the stomach, he passes on. In The Caves of Doom, he learns that he has become a monster – he becomes the Necromancer. With this newfound power, he must battle not only the normal humans, but also roam dark places to satisfy his hunger for flesh. Zach eventually discovers the true meaning of his life…
I enjoyed reading this novel. It is well-written, and entertaining. I also liked the fantasy elements, and the fact that the Necromancer and Lordvessel were two different characters instead of one. This was a fun book to read and I’m already planning on a second read!