I recently bought a copy of this book on Amazon, and read this story last night / this morning. This is the story that first introduces Chaugnar Faugn.
I'm wondering if anyone has read it, and what they thought of it.
Firstly, it was a pretty cheap edition of the book itself, with questionable choice of fonts and rife with typos. Fortunately I didn't pay too much for it.
There was a fun prologue in the form of a letter between Lovecraft protagonists Dr Armitage to Professor Peaslee discussing the story, and fictionalizing of mythos events to help expose people to the ideas in preparation of the Old Ones returning. The book also includes a lot of backmatter regarding the story, Long & Lovecraft, and other things that I've yet to get into, likely to pad out the page count.
Regarding the story itself, while it has some very good moments, I found it had a habit of over-exposition in the form of dialogue. Which is kind of funny to say for a Cthulhu Mythos style story, but a single person talking in quotation marks would go for pages without any form of descriptive break. I would have preferred if the story either chose to be a current-tense story with dialogue and descriptions, or simply go full HPL and written as a letter or journal entry.
I get the impression that Long had to meet a certain word count, or didn't have a particularly good per-word pay rate, and expanded on some pieces more than was necessary. The middle part specifically, which was a dream / flashback to roman times felt like it was longer than it should be.
That said, it was a quick enough read that the problems with structure felt minor. The scenes of horror were pretty evocative, more so than I was expecting. And it's always cool to see the original story of a mythos entity, whatever the quality of it is. In short, it's not the best Cthulhu Mythos story I've read, but not the worst either.