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ALTAR, by Philip Fracassi is a story of cosmic horror, told from a ground zero perspective.

We don’t often get to see ground zero in cosmic horror. While the genre is known for its sweeping set pieces of apocalyptic carnage and megadeaths piled on megadeaths, most authors seem to skim over the massive loss of human life and the inherent tragedy of the scene. ALTAR certainly fills that gap, by giving the reader a deeper look into a dysfunctional corner of everyday society before the catastrophe.

ALTAR, however, isn’t a cut-and-dry cosmic horror book: its buildup is slow and the book’s horror payout and tragedy do tend to be too subtle, which makes it an excellent primer for anyone who’s looking for a new approach to the genre but not a primer or a quick fix for anyone who’s looking for a bit of Lovecraftian horror.

So here’s the thing: if you are looking forward to having a slice of everyday lower-class life turned into subtle nightmare material with a cosmic horror chaser, then this book is for you.

ALTAR is Published by Dunhams Manor Press


-Visceral, ground-zero cosmic horror
-Well developed setting
-Interesting approach to cosmic horror


-Too short for its own good
-The ending comes too abruptly and cuts off too suddenly to be enjoyable

ALTAR, by Philip Fracassi
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About The Author


Konstantine is a writer by choice. His short stories have been published in Haikaosru's Battle Royale-Slam Book, the AE Canadian SF Review and the Savage Beasts anthology by Grey Matter Press. People tell him he's got a writing problem, but he's recently managed to have one of his stories published in Japanese so he guesses he's still got it under control. He's got a Patreon Account, where he writes SF flash fiction and dreams to one day isolating himself in a little house in the mountains, where he will live off the land and order groceries from Amazon, like his glorious ancestors.

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