“OMG this was so much fun. Great and Dread Cthulhu finally wakes from his ancient slumber and the world is going down the tubes to the screaming, squirming darkness that devours the human soul. There’s a lot of great characters, warped cultists, and we actually have Cthulhu make a full on personal assault on the human race. Enough eldritch horror to do HPL proud and enough fun to keep modern audiences interested. Well worth the read.” Reviewer Edmund de Wight on Goodreads
“It is always good to read authors different interpretations of classic characters and this is quite different presenting Cthulhu as a Godzilla type creature yet still retaining the essence of what made him a popular character.” Reviewer Chris on Amazon
“Empire of the Undead by Ahimsa Kerp is really very, very good. Intelligent horror fantasy, a sharp eye for history without sacrificing a plot as solid as rock. Extremely highly recommended.” Damien Walter
“I would honestly give this six or seven stars. The author’s attention to detail and historical accuracy are fantastic. The characters are terrific and there are scares a-plenty. If you love ancient history and horror, I cannot recommend this fine book enough.” Reviewer johnchris on Amazon
“With zombie fiction being as prevalent as Starbucks, one really has to do something different to set their book apart. Kerp has done just that with this clever mix of history and undead. Actually the first quarter of the story is straight up historical fiction (awesomely detailed and obviously extensively researched) and it’s so good, after reading the book in its entirety I’m not sure if which part I liked the best.” Reviewer Bandit on Goodreads
“Empire of the Undead hits this sweet spot, by setting its zombie apocalypse right in the middle of the Roman empire. Better still, it splits the narrative between the city of Rome itself, and various places on the frontier. I find this particularly appealing because it gives the story a huge sense of scale, giving us the perspective of both the conquerors and the conquered, and how all different echelons of society deal with the threat…I admired the complexity of the story, and how committed the writer was to keeping things dark and dire. The zombies are a constant threat throughout the story, long after the characters have learned how to destroy them. Naturally, the zombie war elephants are a particularly challenging danger.” Bricks of the Dead Review
“The infection itself was portrayed in a manger that offered some unusual twists and the heartless ferocity the Romans employed to face the threat was well articulated in its full horror. I enjoyed the book and will try other books written by this author…Of the three zombie books set in Rome or Byzantium this was the best.” Reviewer James Mullins on Amazon
“The focus here is action, and not the sort of action one sees in a costume drama so much as an action film, though the novel does sort of bring together those two genres, somehow: it’s Roman gladiatorial costume drama and the classic slow-horde zombie apocalypse rolled into one, and it’s mostly about people trying to survive when the world falls apart at the seams…“Gord Sellar
The stories I liked most were varied. Some took a more contemporary approach, some had a more streamlined style to Lovecraft’s while hanging onto that imitative flavor. Stand outs for me included: … “Turning On, Tuning In, and Dropping Out at the Mountains of Madness” by Ahimsa Kerp, which was absolutely saturated in a sixties milieu that felt almost too fun to belong in a Lovecraft world;
— Wagging the Fox
My favourite Mythos deity, Nyarlothotep, is the subject of another couple of stories. First there is “Turning On, Tuning In, and Dropping Out at the Mountains of Madness”, for which Ahimsa Kerp deserves tremendous credit in imagining the Crawling Chaos as a 60s guru making deals with gullible and stoned hippies.
— Innsmouth Free Press
TURNING ON, TUNING IN, & DROPPING OUT AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (Ahimsa Kerp) is probably the first Mythos story I’ve ever read set in ’60s hippie culture. Definitely the most original characterization of Nyarlathotep I’ve seen, at least since Alan Moore’s Neonomicon.
Hippies and Lovecraftian themes. Oddly interesting, well written and true to the language and behaviors of the day. A good read, and draws nicely to the feelings of being drawn to something that will (and you know it) use you to get what it wants. Euphoria is oddly a touching character and one someone can easily relate to.
— Reviewer Tarl on Goodreads
“I was drawn into the world of Baldairn Motte at once by the rich prose and the promise of high adventure, but it was the characters and the fast moving story that held me literary hostage. I hope there’s a sequel!” — James P. Blaylock
— –Misty Massey
From Fiction Vortex, and why they picked The Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists as their story of the month.
We picked The Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists, by Ahimsa Kerp because we have a thing for long titles. That’s it, really.
Okay, that’s not true. We love this story because it’s just the right dose of steampunk wonderment mixed with a vivid and believable description of a real time in human history. It’s also a coming of age tale that beautifully illustrates the moment when we learn that the world is not as simple, or as just, as we previously believed it to be.
This is an important strength of stories, the ability to show both sides. We can see through the eyes of another that the answers are seldom yes/no, black/white, here/there. And The Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists is a perfect example of this, particularly as a window into a time and place that few people know about anymore.
But also, we really do like the title. How could we not?