Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summoned by Anne M. Pillsworth



File Size: 1397 KB
Print Length: 321 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765335891
Publisher: Tor Teen (June 24, 2014)
Sold by: Macmillan
Language: English
ASIN: B00HTJ05Z0


Praise for SUMMONED

Sean Wynham has always been interested in witchcraft and the occult and has a particular fondness for the stories of H. P. Lovecraft. While exploring a bookstore in Arkham, he finds a history of the town’s witch panic and an advertisement from a seventeenth-century wizard seeking an apprentice via e-mail. Against the advice of his best friend, Sean makes contact with the advertiser, Reverend Redemption Orne. Intrigued, Sean agrees to perform a ceremony to summon a harmless familiar. Instead, he summons a servitor, a bloodthirsty demon poised to take over Sean’s mind if a binding spell cannot be found. As his family and friends race to unlock the secret of the binding ceremony, Sean struggles to maintain control of his demonic familiar before it kills everyone in its path. Slow to start and filled with exposition, the novel nevertheless delivers a frightening story. Billed as the first in a series, this is an intricate homage to the Lovecraftian universe, though familiarity with the classic writer is not required for enjoyment. Grades 8-11. Magan Szwarek Booklist



When the Elder Gods extend an invitation, be wary of the strings attached

While browsing in a rare book store in Arkham, Sean finds an occult book with an ad seeking an apprentice sorcerer, from a newspaper dated March 21, 1895. Even more intriguing, the ad specifically requests applicants reply by email.

Sean’s always been interested in magic, particularly the Lovecraftian dark mythology. Against his best friend Edna’s (“call-me-Eddy-or-else”) advice, he decides to answer the ad, figuring it’s a clever hoax, but hoping that it won’t be. The advertiser, Reverend Redemption Orne, claims to be a master of the occult born more than 300 years ago. To prove his legitimacy, Orne gives Sean instructions to summon a harmless but useful familiar—but Sean’s ceremony takes a dark turn, and he instead accidentally beckons a bloodthirsty servant to the Cthulhu Mythos god Nyarlathotep. The ritual is preemptively broken, and now Sean must find and bind the servitor, before it grows too strong to contain. But strange things are already happening in the town of Arkham….


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I was born in Troy, New York, but I currently live just outside Providence, Rhode Island, at the head of beautiful Narragansett Bay. New England has long been my spiritual home, and the region informs much of my fiction. One day I hope to find Lovecraft’s portals to his mythical towns of witch-haunted Arkham and Kingsport, shadowed Innsmouth and accursed Dunwich. Until then, I’ll just have to write about them..

I am a member of SFWA and HWA and a rabid Austenite. Don’t those three always go together?

Apart from writing, I like gardening, swimming, king cobras, jumping spiders, and cats. No cobras or cats at the moment, but the jumping spiders are always with us. In spite of maintaining a mental age of between twelve and sixteen, I have just married my partner of more than thirty years. Thanks to the RI Legislature for finally living up to Roger Williams’ philosophy of crabbing at people he disagreed with but never denying the primacy of the personal conscience.

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